PhotographerDivyakant Solanki
Prize2nd Place in Event / Competitive Events
CompanyEuropean Pressphoto Agency
City/CountryThane, India
Photo Date20 March 2016
Entry Description

Wrestlers apply mud to prevent slipping during an Indian traditional wrestling competition known as Kushti, at a wrestling arena popularly known as Akhara during a local competition event in Mumbai, India, 20th March 2016. Kushti is a traditional Indian form of wrestling which usually takes place in a clay or dirt pit also known as Akhara. This traditional and ancient form of sport is slowly losing its shine to modern wrestling but a few dedicated people try to continue to train themselves and keep this culture alive.

About Photographer

Divyakant Solanki, a self-taught photographer working with European Pressphoto Agency based in Mumbai, since 2010. He born in Amreli city of Saurashtra region in the state of Gujarat, India. He did Diploma Computer Engineer from RCTI-Ahmedabad. But as he was more passionate about photography, he stopped further study and started freelancing. He joined Business Standard - Ahmedabad in 2003 as photographer and later transferred to Mumbai bureau in 2005. His work graced in all major publications such as New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, Telegraph etc.