Award of Excellence

Gasping for Air

Anindito Mukherjee


It was the suddenness and the intensity of the second COVID-19 wave that took everyone by surprise in India as it broke a fresh record with over 412,000 new cases of Covid-19 the total number of those infected according to Health Ministry data neared 20 million, the health care system of the capital and in many parts of the country collapsed and record number of people ended up desperately seeking Oxyegn support which was scanty. The second wave crisis kept intensifying showing no signs of easing pressure on the country as people desperately seek supply of Oxygen, even hospitals and health centers ran out of it and denied admission of newer patients due to lack of resources.

Anindito Mukherjee is independent news and documentary photographer based in New Delhi.

[ COVID PICTURE STORY ] A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence or series based on daily coverage of general news or breaking news related to COVID-19. Each submission consists of 10 to 20 images. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 3 submissions. All images must be taken in 2020 or 2021.

Judges for Covid Picture Story
Anush Babajanyan
Liang-Pin Tsao
Nyimas Laula
Samuel He
Jean Chung