Two Indian students from the Jamia Millia Islamia have won the student competition at the Sony World Photography Awards this year.
Neal Kartik and Pranab Kumar Aich are the winners of the 'Student Focus Competition' at the Sony World Photography Awards 2009 receiving 50,000 Euros worth of photographic equipment for their university.
Twelve students from 6 continents were shortlisted to compete in 'Student Focus' in Cannes where they took part in photography workshops and challenges this week.
The students were helped by the industry expertise of some of the biggest names of the photography world including Adrian Evans, Tom Ang and Mary-Ellen Mark.
The two winning images by Pranab Kumar Aich and Neal Kartik are - 'Cry of the big cat' and 'The Midas touch'.
One of the judges, Tom Ang, said, "The student photographers had to tackle a very challenging brief for the final round of the Student Focus. One group produced the distinctly superior work which demonstrated a sound grasp of the brief.
"I'm delighted that it is Jamia Millia Islamia from New Delhi that will be receiving the very substantial prize of digital camera equipment," he added.