Acid attack survivor Ritu used to hide her left artificial eyes while going out. She received 45% burns on her body and 90% on her face, besides losing the right eye, the sight in her left eye was affected too


Jai Thakur

Jai Thakur is an independent photographer from New Delhi. As an advertising postgraduate, he started his career as a copywriter in 2009 and since then worked with various agencies, consultancy firms and MNCs. In 2013, he attended a weekend photography workshop and post that started practising on his own. The majority of his works revolve around the socio-economic environment of society. Other than the number of group exhibitions in India, Germany and Paris, he is a recipient of various national and international awards including the Water Hero Award by Govt. of India (Ministry of Water Resources, RD & GR), National Geographic’s MyIncredibleStory, Sahapedia Frames Grant, PX3, MIFA, TIFA and many others. His work has been published in multiple books and platforms like Dodho Magazine, National Geographic, Annual Book, Better Photography, POY-Asia, Indian Photo Arts Magazine, 121Clicks, Street Photography India Book, Photographers Forum’s Book, Edge of Humanity, Exposure Magazine and many more. He appeared in the MX Player web series “Express Yourself” on River Conservation. As a member of the curation team, Jai has organised three editions of City Experience Festivals (Agra, Lucknow & Banaras). As a day job, he is working as a Business Research Analyst and practising photography simultaneously.

[ PORTRAITS ] A single photograph of a person or group of people that increases the understanding and appreciation of the subject(s). Selfies or self-portraits are acceptable. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 10 images. The images must be taken in 2021.

Judges for Portraits
Anush Babajanyan
Liang-Pin Tsao
Nyimas Laula
Samuel He
Jean Chung