A photograph portraying how tribals on steel city outskirts earn a livelihood by selling non-timber forest products has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Woods Photographic Competition at Glasgow in Scotland.
The snap, featuring a tribal woman selling saal leaves, datoon and other forest products, was clicked by conservator of forests (working plan) for Jamshedpur circle Sanjeev Kumar at a weekly haat in Haldipokhar, about 20km away from the steel city, in December last year.
As of now, Kumar’s click is among the 109 photographs shortlisted for the competition. The top 25 snaps will be exhibited during the 20th Commonwealth Games, which will be held at Glasgow in July.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Kumar said that Commonwealth Forestry Association in partnership with Commonwealth Woods, a legacy project of the 2014 edition of the Games, recently informed him about the selection.
He added that his snap was the only Indian entry at the contest. “I had sent five photographs portraying how people earn a livelihood through selling non-timber forest products. It’s a common sight at Singhbhum marketplaces, especially at weekly-haats in rural areas. I have a habit of taking such snaps. When I came to know of the Commonwealth contest, I decided to send the clicks,” said Kumar.
The forest conservator further said: “The news of selection came as a pleasant surprise. I felt great, more so because it is the only photograph from India that has been shortlisted for the competition.”
The shutterbug also revealed that besides photography, he was interested in painting and writing. “My works with the brush and the pen focus on the conservation aspect of forestry,” he said, adding that his paintings had made it to various national and international contests.