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PhotographerJai Thakur
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyBA Continuum India Pvt. Ltd.
City/CountryNew Delhi, India
Photo DateFeb 14, 2016
Technical Infof4, 1/200s, ISO 250 at 120mm
Entry Description

These are the children of tea garden workers of TERAI Tea Garden, North Bengal region who are surviving on just Rs. 95 as their daily wages. These workers are basically from Adivasi group. Adivasi is an umbrella term for a heterogeneous set of ethnic and tribal groups considered the aboriginal population of South Asia. Adivasi make up 8.6% of India's population or 104 million, according to the 2011 census, and a large percentage of the Nepalese population. These were migrated from Jharkhand and forced to work in tea gardens since British era and are still fighting to survive within Rs 95. Amidst of these hardship these kids manage to enjoy their time out.

About Photographer

Jai Thakur, 30, a Business Research Analyst with one of the top rated Wall Street firms started photography out of his passion for traveling and storytelling. His work has been selected and displayed at various platforms like Where the Road Leads... at Lalit Kala Academy 2016, Nicefoto 2014 (An international celebration of Amateur photography), Jeevika: 10th Asian Livelihood Documentary Film Festival 2013 and Nicefoto Jaipur Chapter 2013. He won Honorable/Jury awards at the repute of Monochrome Black and White International Photography Awards 2016, Moscow International Foto Awards 2016, International Photography Awards (Family of Man) 2016, International Photography Awards 2016, Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016, Sahitya Kala Parishad Annual Art Exhibition 2015 (Govt. of Delhi NCT) and Jury Mention at Jeevika: 10th Asian Livelihood Documentary Film Awards. His work has been published in various media platforms be it print, online or Instagram.