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Musavviri Photography Competition

Brought to you by The Deccan Archive in collaboration with INTACH Hyderabad

November 19 to November 25 marks the World Heritage Week. Hyderabad is a city with 444 years of rich history. The Deccan, in fact, has been inhabited since the megalithic age. One cannot do justice to the Deccan’s heritage in one lifetime. To observe and celebrate the Deccan’s unique independent identity, we are glad to present the first Musavviri Photography Competition in honour of the most important contributor of Hyderabad’s photographic history - Lala Deen Dayal Musavvir Jung. The theme for the competition is simple: capture Dakhni heritage through your lens, explain your take in a small paragraph, not more than 150 words. Heritage does not mean just old buildings, it can be a tree, a ritual, rock formations, waterbodies, monuments, arts and crafts and the process that goes in the making, or any intangible heritage.

Who can participate? Anyone can participate. The competition is open to all, free of cost. However, the theme of Dakhni heritage must be followed.

How to register? There is no registration fee required. Photographs can be submitted anytime within the competition timeframe (i.e. 19 November 2022 midnight to 25 November 2022 11:59:59) at the official Google Form for the competition. All entries must adhere to competition rules.

What are the competition rules? Entry is limited to original works that have not formerly been released as any printed, web-based, or other medium (including advertising and stock photos) and for which the entrant holds all applicable rights. Works that have been posted on personal blogs or social media can be entered. Before submitting a work, the entrant is responsible for taking all steps necessary to protect the right of publicity and other rights of persons depicted in the work, including but not limited to obtaining their permission, to avoid any problems related to the infringement of these rights.

The limit for submitted works is ONE PHOTO ENTRY per individual.

Entries including content from (1) to (5) below may be disqualified at the organiser’s discretion:

  1. Content that infringes on any laws, or is defamatory or libellous

  2. Content that constitutes or encourages criminal behaviour, leads to civil liability,or that otherwise violates laws

  3. Commercial content that promotes products or services

  4. Content in which animals were harmed or manipulated in the making of said content

  5. Content that infringes on the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or other intellectual property rights of a third person or entity (whether individuals or companies), or violates rights of privacy or publicity.

What are the entry guidelines?

Image data files created with a device capable of taking still images, including smartphones and digital still cameras (including medium and large-format digital cameras). Images that have been retouched by using camera apps, photo editing apps, other software, etc. will be accepted.

  1. Both colour and monochrome images will be accepted.

  2. File size: up to 10 MB of image data per work

  3. Image data file format: JPEG/150 dpi or more recommended.

  4. Hard copy submission requires the entry to be printed on 5x7” photo stock and mailed to The Deccan Archive Studio.

  5. The standard colour space for the judging process is sRGB.

  6. Entrants must hold all applicable rights to the final image, including any retouching or other image processing.

Hard copies of the entries must be sent to The Deccan Archive Studio, #503, Maphar Aasra, Humayun Nagar, Hyderabad - 500028 before 27 November 2022. The Deccan Archive or INTACH Hyderabad are not responsible if the entries do not reach us before the deadline ends.

Note: Winners might be asked to provide higher resolution images for publication or display purposes related to the contest.

Where do I submit online?

Last date of submission: 25 November 2022 11:59:59 PM.

What will be the judging criteria?

The entries shall be shortlisted by The Deccan Archive and INTACH Hyderabad’s team at their own discretion. The Jury panel shall review the shortlisted entries after the completion of the competition period and decide the winner, runner ups and honorary mentions.

When will the results be announced and what will be the prizes?

The winners shall be announced on the 28th November 2022 at 5 PM. The first prize shall receive a cash prize of INR1000 with a certificate. The second and third place shall win a cash prize of INR750 and INR500 respectively along with certificates. The top 10 shortlisted entries, along with the winner and runner ups, shall be exhibited both online and offline.

The results will be announced through our Social Media channels. Follow our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.

For more queries, please contact or contact Mani Sahith, Head of Competitions at 7396 866 599.

Important Dates to Remember:

Competition announced: 19 November 2022

Last day to submit entry (soft copy): 25 November 2022

Last day to submit hard copy: 27 November 2022

Announcement of results: 28 November 2022

Download the brief here:

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