Indian NGO Akshaya Patra’s annual online photography contest; ‘Click a Smile’ 2016 witnessed huge level participation. A number of people participated in the contest with zeal, fervor and enthusiasm. The organization showcased handpicked entries from the contest on 30th April at its location partner; Mantri Square, in partnership with Britannia Good Day. The photography exhibited highlighted the theme of the beauty of a child’s innocent smile. It exhibited some o the priceless captures of children, dipped in the hue of liveliness and playfulness associated with childhood.
The one day event took visitors on a grand tour through the smiles of myriad children as seen through the lens of photographers who enthusiastically took part in the contest. Akshaya Patra received over 1700 entries from 80 countries across the globe. 50 best entries of this year and the top 10 entries of last year were on display that intrigued and delighted many.
The pictures clicked by professional photographers and in-house photographers were also showcased by Akshaya Patra in order to raise awareness about its noble cause. These photographs revealed the journey of Akshaya Patra’s beneficiaries from a hungry belly to an enlightened mind with Akshaya Patra’s hearty meals, through their lens. The pictures of real beneficiaries, the cooks, the kitchen operations, the blue delivery vehicle and the playful faces of children at school premises, all echoed the Foundation’s cause of providing ‘unlimited food for education.’ It also organized the Pick A Smile Contest which included the visitors picking up a photograph that appealed the most to them. Winners were announced on spot and were given away T-Shirts and exciting goodies that took the exhibition’s theme further, of spreading smiles all around.