2016 Winner of the Toto-Tasveer Award for Photography / Sameer Raichur

Tasveer, in association with Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) invites entries for its 10th annual Toto-Tasveer Award for Photography from young photographers between the ages of 18 and 29

The Toto-Tasveer Award for Photography is one of the most important photography awards in India today that recognises young talent. The award presents an opportunity to be associated with two renowned organisations that are committed to showcasing the finest of photography, and has been a significant stepping stone for previous nominees.

Two winners will be selected by a group of eminent judges and panelists to receive a cash prize of Rs. 30,000 each.

The deadline for applications is 7th October 2016.

Download the Application Form


Only Indian nationals resident in India are eligible to apply. (Overseas Citizen of India card-holders are not eligible.) And since the spirit of the award is to identify promising young photographers, you can apply if you were born on or after 1 January 1987. No exceptions will be made.

The submission should comprise a maximum of 16 images, in either colour or black and white, or a mix of the two.

1. The submission should comprise still images. Video photography will not be accepted.
2. The images should be of a size between a minimum of .5 and a maximum of 1 MB each.
3. The submission should be made on CD (three copies) along with hard copies of only five photographs of your choice. These should be in reasonable size, i.e., easily visible, but no larger than A-4.  DVDs will not be accepted.
4. The photographs should be on one or two themes. Your choice. Please do not send a random assortment.    

Entries should be sent by courier or ordinary post (and NOT by registered post or speed post) to the address below (the phone numbers supplied are for courier purposes only).

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA)
(Category: Photography)
H 301 Adarsh Gardens
47th Cross, 8th Block
Bangalore 560 082
Phone: 080 26990549 | 098806 23357

The Photography Application Form (available here) should be filled and signed and sent along with your submission.  Applicants also need to ensure that their name does not appear anywhere on the CDs or the hardcopy version of their photographs. Your submissions will be given code numbers to protect your identity from the jury.

Submitted material will not be returned.  The decision of the jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum.  We reserve the right to use your submitted photographs (if necessary) to promote the Toto-Tasveer Awards either on the Tasveer or TFA website or in any of our in-house/related materials. Barring this, the copyright rests with the applicants and the submissions will be put to no other use without their express permission.

All winning applicants need to ensure that their winning photographs carry due credit/mention of the Toto-Tasveer Award wherever they are exhibited or published for a period of two years post the TOTO 2017 Awards Ceremony

If you have any further queries, please email