Bhalotia, a native of Maharashtra, is based out of London and her winning photograph “Flying Boys” was shot on the iPhone X. The picture intends to capture the day-to-day activities of boys in Varanasi.
Talking about her winning photograph, she says that she sees it as a “symbol of fearlessness and freedom”. The boys were jumping off from a man-made cliff into the Ganges river to beat the hot weather during the summer season.
Bhalotia has been shooting on an iPhone over nine years now and says “it feels like I’m shooting with my palm”. The convenience of the iPhone helps her in “understanding the true semiotics of street photography with iPhone at my convenience is a euphoria.” The iPhone makes it convenient for her to click images and she says that it grants her “the privilege to manoeuvre my craft as I like.
The IPPAWARDS are now in its 13th year of existence and entries were open to any photographer using an iPhone or an iPad. The rules stated that the images should not have been published anywhere though social media posts were allowed. Photographers weren’t allowed to use software like Photoshop to edit images. However, using iOS apps was allowed. iPhone add-on lenses were also allowed.
The winner of the grand prize of the year gets a free iPad Air and the title of the photographer of the year by IPPAWARDS. Thousands of photographs from over 140 countries were a part of the competition.