Third Place

SL Shanth Kumar
The Times of India
India

Rescue workers pull a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed building which crashed after incessant rains in Mumbai, In a huge class divide in Mumbai the lower middle class unable to pay high rents and maintain the buildings they live in are forced to stay in old crumbling structures. Every year due to the incessant rain Mumbai receives, a number of buildings collapse just not killing many but also destroying the lives of survivors. Inspite of this people continue to live in these kind of buildings continuing life like nothing happened. In this image photojournalist captures the res silent will of a survivor to stay alive after being trapped under 8 feet of rubble for over 8 hours, highlighting the the human spirit that never gives up.

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.

[ SPOT NEWS ] This is a category for non-COVID-19 single photographs of breaking news or events in which no planning was possible. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 10 images. The images must be taken in 2019 or 2020.

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