Second Place

The Exhausted Holocaust

SL Shanth Kumar

The Times of India

Thousands of migrant workers walk along eastern express highway in the outskirts of Mumbai City in hope of reaching back to their home villages. Workers were stopped at police checkpoints and send back to city but most of them who became homeless in city by then decided to stay back on the highway sleeping on roadside. As the lockdown restrictions in India gets relaxed gradually, many migrant labourers who lost their jobs attempted to go home. Some were successful in getting a ticket aboard special trains while many had no money to pay for the ticket. Millions of people then decided to make the journey home, some as far as 2000kms, by foot. Photojournalist documents their journey as they make their first pit stop some 200kms outside the city.

SL Shanth Kumar has been a photojournalist since 2002 where he started with The Indian Express newspaper. Currently a Special photojournalist with The Times of India in Mumbai, Shanth has won several prestigious for his work including the 2012 Wisden photography award at Lords ground in London, Better Photography Best Indian Photographer of the year in 2011, 2012 National Photo Competition,  2016 Environmental photographer of the year from royal society of London, 2017 Best photo of the year in National press photo Awards including awards for photography showing environmental degradation. 2018 , Government of India professional photographer of the year National photo award , 2018 Asian journalism award Environmental Photograph of the year by environment Singapore council ,2018 Environmental photographer of the year by CIWEM 2019 and HIPA International Photography award 2020 2nd place in Water Category. His favorite topics are street photography and natural life.

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