Street/People Category July 2020 Winner, taken in New Delhi, India, captioned “Floral Face”.
As ASIAN Geographic’s annual Images of Asia (IOA) 2020 Photo/Videography Competition looms closer, submissions to our IOA Monthly competition – the precursor to our annual event – are pouring in. We have received stunning photos across the categories, and are now featuring our monthly winners in an exclusive interview!
Below is our interview with one of this month’s spotlight, Jobit George, the IOA Monthly July 2020 winner in the Street/People category, selected from the June 2020 entries.
AG: What is the story of your beginning and journey to creating great images?
Jobit: After attaining a business degree in the year 2015, I took the decision to pursue my dream of becoming a professional travel and documentary photographer. My first step in this direction was a diploma in photography from the Delhi College of Photography, New Delhi. The stories and moments around me made me observe life through photographing and documenting, especially since I have been practicing photography professionally.
Light plays a very important role in life and in photography, so light guides me to create great images. My work has been exhibited and published in many national and international magazines such as National Geographic, Better Photography Magazine, Canon, National Geographic Traveller India, and Digital Photographer Magazine. Among these special honours, I was also the winner of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 and a finalist in the Sienna International Photography Festival 2019.
AG: How would you define your style and concepts you enjoy exploring?
Jobit: Composition plays a very important role in my style of work. By genre of the profession, I am a street, travel and documentary photographer. I love to document different people, places, cultures, and everyday life stories. When I go out to shoot streets and places I observe first, looking out for moments and stories that are connecting, meaningful and convey a point of visual impact of life.
AG: What is great photography to you, and are there any photographers you would like to work with?
Jobit: Great photography to me is about learning, observing the art of life anticipating moments and stories around us, and creating a visual presentation through strong composition.
Mr Yasser Alaa Mobarak from Egypt is my mentor and Mr Zohaib Hussain has been my teacher in early stage of studies. Master photographer Steve McCurry is one my inspirations, along with Mr Nirvair Rai. I look forward to work with National Geographic and their photographer Mr John Stanmeyer and learn more from them.
AG: What is your preferred imaging gear to work with and why?
Jobit: The camera is a gear that helps me to document my journey. I use a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera, which helps me build a bridge to life documentation and discoveries.
AG: What is the next Asian destination you’d like to explore and why?
Jobit: The next Asian destinations I would like to explore are Nepal, Bangladesh, and Manila, for the love of stories and life these countries hold attract me the most towards them.
Overall, my country, India, is the one I find best to explore for the diversity, cultures, and colours it offers.
AG: Can you share more about your current and upcoming projects?
Jobit: Currently, I am working on a projects based on everyday life stories in India, along with a few other ongoing projects based on the Rohingya refugees of New Delhi. Travelling helps me build up new stories so travel projects are always on my list!
Congratulations once again to Jobit for being the Images of Asia (IOA) Monthly Winner in the Street/People Category! You can check out Jobit’s Instagram here!
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