Monday, June 24, 2024

Over 34,000 Submissions For OPPO India’s Imagine If Photo Awards

-      ‘Portrait’ category received maximum entries (26%) followed by ‘Landscape’ (20%)

-      The top six winners—to be announced on July 25, 2024—will get a chance to visit the Paris Photo 2024

Within seven weeks, OPPO India received 34,000+ entries from photographers across India for the imagine IF Photography Awards 2024 in Round 1 which concluded on June 15th, 2024.

OPPO launched the imagine IF Photography Awards globally in 2023 to spark creativity in mobile photography and showcase the prowess of OPPO camera technologies. The competition made its foray into India this year after the success of the inaugural edition.

Round 1 invited Indian citizens over 18 years to share their smartphone photographs across nine categories: Landscape, Portrait, Colours, Unfading Moment, Fashion, Snapshot, Light, Travel, and Collection. Of these 34,000+ entries, the ‘Portrait’ category emerged as the most popular and garnered 26% of the submissions. This was followed by ‘Landscape’ that witnessed 20% participation.

Sushant Vashistha, Head of Digital Marketing, OPPO India, said, “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to the platform. The high volume of entries uncovers new photography talent across India, and we are glad to present them with an opportunity and a platform to showcase their work on a global stage.”

The top 50 photographers will move to Round 2 by end of June and the final six winners will be announced on July 25, 2024. “The shortlisted photographers will get to shoot exclusively on our flagship OPPO Find X7 Ultra device and experience the world’s first Quad Main Camera while submitting their nominations for Round 2. We are excited to see the next set of photos and the creativity they will showcase.” added Sushant Vashistha.

To generate excitement around the competition, OPPO India released a brand video on its Instagram featuring Director, Screenwriter, and Indian ambassador for the initiative, SS Rajamouli with TV Producer and Actor, Raghu Ram. The video presents Raghu as the judge of a photography contest, and in true Raghu fashion, he is shown losing his cool over the photography capabilities of the contestants. Raghu’s level of disappointment is consistently on the rise and so is his anger. Just then, SS Rajamouli enters the scene and advises Raghu to nurture creativity rather than shun it. Following this, Raghu’s attitude shifts, and he is shown sharing encouraging feedback with the contestants with a big smile.

The imagine IF entries are being judged by a panel of expert photographers including Celebrity Wedding and Portrait photographer and OPPO Imaging Expert Joseph Radhik, Wildlife Photographer Aarzoo Khurana, Fashion Photographer Arjun Mark, and other global jury members.

All top six winners will get an opportunity to attend the Paris Show 2024 and collaborate with OPPO India for photography-led projects in future. The Gold awardee will receive a cash prize of INR 5,00,000, two Silver winners will get INR 2,00,000 each and three Bronze winners will win INR 1,00,000.

About OPPO

OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find X and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO also provides its users with ColorOS operating system and internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO has footprints in more than 60 countries and regions, with more than 40,000 employees dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

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