Gurdwara initiative: Flowers and photography for a cause

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In what can be termed a unique and first-of-its-kind effort by a gurdwara to spread awareness against social evils like female foeticide, drug addiction and environmental degradation, a unique flower show-cum-photography contest was organised by Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar, on Sunday.

Organised in collaboration with Balihari Kudrat Vaseya, the contest which invited entries from all the schools, colleges, institutes and individuals of the city brought out a colourful spectacle of flower show dominated by chrysanthemum flower in varied hues, sizes and presentation styles.

Jatinder Singh Sandhu, president of the gurdwara committee, said, "We organised this unique show with an aim to encourage our youth to protect environment."

Dr Khem Singh Gill, former vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, was the chief guest who was impressed with the 'talent of young photographers'.

The Young click

On-the-spot photography competition which was held in three categories (8 to 12 years, 12 to 18 years and 18 above) saw the most enthused participation in first category with little photographers clinging to their 'professional' cameras and their lens talking to the flowers in every sense.

Tanav Singh, Class V, Sacred Heart Convent School, who won the first prize, said, "I clicked on the theme 'flowers and faces' given to us. I got the motivation to click from my father and grandfather. My grandfather will be the happiest person when I take home this trophy."

Student of Guru Nanak Public School, Class VI, Prabhansh Singh, who got the third prize, said, "I clicked the flowers made with flower pots and really enjoyed this show today. I want such contests to happen more often."

"I love photography, and my father has encouraged me to take it as a hobby. At home clicking photos of my grandma is what I enjoy the most," says Raajishwar, Class VII student from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, who got the third prize.

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