And now for the third of six winners of our inaugural Best In Show prizes for the 8th annual Exposed DC Photography Show. We invited a panel of distinguished Washington-area photojournalists to pick, in their esteemed opinion, their favorite photograph from our group of 49 images. Each Best In Show winner receives a $100 prize made possible by the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
Today’s Best in Show image is “Chinatown King” by Veeresh Inginshetty. Congrats Veeresh! His photo was chosen by judge Lucian Perkins, a staff photojournalist with the Washington Post and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.
Exposed: There is so much activity in your image, and so many engaging expressions. Can you share with us where this was, and what was happening?
Inginshetty: This was photographed at a parking lot on H St (close to the Gallery Place / Chinatown Metro station) during the 2013 Chinese New Year celebrations. I was close to the stage waiting for fireworks to begin when I saw this family having a good time. I liked the way the ladder framed and emphasized the kid’s face, but the frame in totality seemed incomplete. I decided to wait for some time to see if I could get another element of interest in the picture and after couple of minutes, I saw a gentleman with a kid on his shoulders trying to get to the other side. I found the missing piece and was fortunate that everything came together to make for a very interesting composition. The “King” part however was a very lucky co-incidence, I had missed that part of the frame while composing as everything was happening so fast as it is with most street photographs.
Exposed: What made you choose this image to enter into the show?
Inginshetty: I have been entering images for the past 2-3 years and this is the first one that made it through. The layers in the photograph along with the expressions is what I like about the photograph and for these reasons I thought this would be the right entry for Exposed DC.
Exposed: Your Best In Show prize was awarded by Lucian Perkins, a photojournalist with the Washington Post. Are you familiar with his work?
Inginshetty: Honestly, I wasn’t aware of Mr. Perkins’ work before this. I did look up his work and I must admit I am surprised that I didn’t come across his name earlier. It’s a big confidence booster to have had my photograph chosen by a two-time Pulitzer prize winner and I have to thank Exposed DC for it.