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Red Rabbit Photography Competiton 2021

Writing with Light: VoW-Red Rabbit Photography Competition

Dr. Tania Saili Bakshi


Who doesn’t dabble in photography these days?  A photograph taken through a professional camera or a mobile captures a moment, a place; an emotion; an experience; or just an idea for eternity.


A growing medium of personal expression and appreciation for folks across continents, since the early 19th century photography  has transcended the passage of time – a century-old photograph is still appreciated today.


For most of us brought up in the late 1980-early 1990’s,  a casual flirtation with a manual camera became a life-long obsession. We were smitten by the shutter-bug. It became a safety valve in a pressure cooker when ‘things’ got to us.


While words such as ‘Aperture!’ ‘Depth of field’, ‘Exposure,’ and topics like subject, composition and focus were completely alien to us, some took to photography like fish to water, producing images of nature, people or abstract things using vibrant colours and forms. They didn’t just ‘click’ but captured moments that would otherwise be lost forever. These people perfected the art of writing with light.


As technology leapfrogged it turned everybody with a smart phone into a photographer, but the essentials of the art form remained the same: Clean the lens; hold the mobile firmly to reduce camera shake; focus; tap the small yellow square on the screen, swipe it up or down to get the right aperture and ‘click’ but only when you have done a quick mental check-on the subject, composition, focus and exposure.


Now if you too have been sold hook, line and sinker to the world of writing with light, then join the Valley of Words, 2021 Red-Rabbit Photography Competition, a free for all age-group online photography competition.


The VoW – Red Rabbit Photography Award  turns two this year. Instituted in memory of Lt. Col. Ranjeev Lal of the 99 Field Regiment, Corps of Artillery, Indian Army (Retd.), who laid down his life while carrying out flood relief operations in Uttarakhand in August 2019, the award is a celebration of nature in all its moods.


A recipient of the Hill Ratna award from the Government of Uttarakhand, Col. Lal was an ardent nature lover and a keen participant of VoW. This Award aspires to instill that same passion in the youth of today.


The theme for the 2021 awards is “COVID – Nature Through a Lockdown Lens”. The images can be what you have captured from a window/ balcony/terrace or on solitary walks owing to the pandemic.


Due to the pandemic, this year too the exhibition will be digitally hosted.  The competition is free for all. All one needs to do is click on the below given email form and upload two entries  (5MB minimum) shot via their smartphones. Just remember, digital enhancement of images can lead to disqualification.


As a special incentive for the younger generation, the competition has a separate category for those under 18 and there are loads of prizes to be won!


The submission deadline is 31st October 2021.


Please complete the form below to submit your entry!

The Red Rabbit Photography Competition 2021 is now closed for new submissions. If you have any queries, please write to us at

The awards will be given in two categories:

  1. Students (Under 18 years of age)
    • 1st place: Prize Money + Certificate
    • 2nd place: Prize Money + Certificate
    • 3rd place: Prize Money + Certificate
    • 3 consolation prizes of Prize Money + Certificates
  2. General (18 years of age or above)
    • 1st place: Prize Money + Certificate
    • 2nd place: Prize Money + Certificate
    • 3rd place: Prize Money + Certificate

Additional rules:

  1. You can send in a maximum of two entries
  2. Each entry needs to have an appropriate caption
  3. Digital enhancement can lead to disqualification
  4. VoW-Red Rabbit reserves the right to use any of the submitted images for any Not-for-Profit cause

The pandemic has given us the perfect opportunity to stay home and yet get closer to nature through exploring our artistic side, so send us your ‘best’ click and win!.

Just remember, the submission deadline is 31st October 2021.