Aadhyaa Aravind Shankar has been awarded the Peace Image of the Year in the children category in the prestigious Global Peace Photo Award. In a ceremony held at the Austrian Parliament in Vienna, the seven-year-old girl hailing from Bangalore won the title for a photograph entitled “The Lap of Peace”, which shows her mother in the lap of her grandmother.
After receiving the award Aadhyaa said: “I am deeply honoured to stand here, in front of you as the winner of the Children’s Peace Image of the Year 2021. When I was told that the theme for this competition was ‘Peace’, the first thought that came to my mind was that we humans can continue to live in peace only when Mother Nature is protected and nurtured. A few days later, I saw my mother sleeping peacefully in her mother’s lap. That is when the idea of connecting a mother’s lap to the lap of nature occurred to me. Nature is the universal mother for all of us, and thus, this photograph was born.”
She is the first Indian ever awarded the prize in either the adult or children category. She received a letter of appreciation, a medal and a check of 1,000 euros.
Eric Falt, the director of UNESCO New Delhi, who had presided over the Jury of this year’s prize, praising Aadhyaa said, “Young Aadhyaa was clearly the star of the show. She received the prize with great aplomb, and the audience loved it! I warmly congratulate her.”
The Global Peace Photo Award recognises and promotes photographers from all over the world whose pictures capture human efforts towards a peaceful world. It is awarded annually by Lammerhuber Editions in partnership with UNESCO and the Austrian Parliament. This year, over 15,000 photographs competed for the title.