Photography Contest – Last date for entries: Aug. 18, 2016

The Banyam Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) hosts ‘Kind Madras’ – Photography contest.

Kindness is that most human of qualities that sets us apart, yet few show it consistently. Fewer still exhibit it, regardless of circumstances. No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted (Aesop). Any act of kindness uplifts both the giver of it, and the recipient.

Send us your photographs depicting acts of kindness. There will be two categories of entries, one for those using a camera and another for pictures shot on a mobile phone. The best 3 in each category will be chosen by our esteemed panel of judges comprising film director Mani Ratnam and celebrity photographerG.Venket Ram.

Shortlisted photos will be displayed at the ‘Marina’ restaurant, Haddows Lane, Nungambakkam from 22 nd August onwards.
Celebrity Photographer G. Venket Ram will distribute the prizes on the 24 th of August at 11 am at the ‘Marina’ restaurant, Haddows Lane, Nungambakkam.

Entries can be submitted by mail to and photo file size should not exceed 2 MB.

Last date for entries: August 18, 2016

For further details contact:

The Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz – Sep. 3, 2016

The sixth edition of The Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz will be held on Saturday, 3rd September 2016

Venue: St. Bede’s Auditorium, Santhome. From 12 noon.

This Quiz will be conducted by Dr Navin Jayakumar.
· The Quiz is open to school children between classes 5 and 12 in and around the city of Madras.
· Prizes worth Rs. 1 lakh to be won
· Last date to register – 31st August 2016
· For more details on registration and participation, is available at

Graffiti Games in Temples / Monuments- Photo Contest – Last date Aug. 15, 2016

Capture photos of traditional board games carved as graffiti in temples and monuments of Chennai.

These graffiti tell us a lot about games, their variations, their spread and popularity as well as their antiquity. With Temples modernizing, many old floors are being ripped up to be replaced by modern and convenient marble, we stand to lose a lot of our history with the loss of these boards.

Send in your photos along with the entry form attached by August 15, 2016 to Winners will be announced on August 18, 2016 at a traditional board game evening at Ashvita Bistro.

Prizes will be announced for the three best/ unique photographs

For more information contact or call +91 98417 48309

Contest: Shoot Madras – Photo Contest – Last date – Aug. 15, 2016

Photographic Society of Madras (PSM), sharing nearly 16 decades of the City’s history, is holding the ShootMadras photography contest during the Madras Week this August.
There are two sections:
1. Open
2. Students

1) My Madras The photographer’s personal tribute to Chennai, depicting what it means personally. Including typical Chennai views like beaches, towns, eat outs, city life, cityscapes – Scenes against which day to day life in Chennai plays out.

2) Only in Madras Scenes which are unique to Madras, be it a Modern woman in Jeans and tops with Jasmine flower in her head or the thenga-maanga-pattani-sundal in the beaches. And trade mark autos and ‘flying trains’

3) Evolving Madras Shift from the ancient to the old to the modern. Buildings with modern facades, yet vintage structures at the rear. Brand new bridges, flyovers and metro lines. Evolving roads, markets in parallel with structures of yester years.

Entries to be sent to

Last date 15 August 2016, 2200 hours.

Six first prizes, Six second prizes and Six third prizes
Special Mentions at the Judges’ discretion.
And complimentary PSM membership till 31st March 2018 for first and second prize winners.
Entries Maximum two per theme, per participant, but in only one of the two sections
An exhibition of prize winning entries will be held in August 2016.

For further details, please contact B Ramana Kumar, Vice President, Photographic Society of Madras. Cell; 9841113024, email:

Heritage quiz for school children – Aug.19, 2016

At DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu.
The quiz is open to students of 6th, 7th and 8th Standards only. No participation fee.
The quiz is an annual feature and a rolling trophy will be presented to the winning team along with other exciting prizes. The quiz will include various topics on General Knowledge, Heritage & Culture, Current affairs, identifying the artifacts etc.

Contact DakshinaChitra for more details at 98414 36149 / 044-2446 2435 / 2491 8943

Photography Contest – Last date to submit entries: Aug. 5, 2016

Alliance Française of Madras (AFM) is holding a photography contest during the Madras Week 2016.

This contest is open to all residents of the city.

Theme : Madras Yesterday… Chennai Today

Pertaining to the theme, participants can send in their photo entries that depict what the city of Chennai means to them. Photographs may include typical views of the life in the city, cityscape, culture, tradition, day to day life, festivals, nature, wildlife and capturing the magnificence of the city’s architecture from the oldest arch to the modern structures.

Entries to be sent to and must reach us before 12 Noon on 5th August.

20 entries will be picked by a select Jury and an exhibition of the winning entries will be held at the AFM Gallery from August 22 – 28, 2016.

Rules & Regulations :

Submission :

1. One participant can send a maximum of two pictures.

2. Entries will not be accepted on CD or as prints.

3. Each entry should be accompanied by the following data sheet duly filled in.

Image size :

– Each participant shall submit their photos in TIFF file format (preferred) or JPEG format (as an alternative) with a resolution of 300 dpi.

– Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and cropping and must not alter the content of the original scene. Highly manipulated images and composite images including HDRs are not permitted. Monochrome images are allowed.

Qualification :

– Entry is open to all photographers – amateur and professionals.

Copyright :

– The original image(s) must have been taken using a photographic process and all entrants must have the sole copyright to each image they submit. Clip Art and Copyright Free material are not acceptable. Alliance Française of Madras assume no responsibility for misuse by anyone of the copyright of published images.

Compliance :

– The organisers may reject any entry/image at their discretion. An entry may be rejected if it does not conform to published competition rules or is deemed unsuitable. The entries have to be original work of the entrant, who owns them. The entrants may be asked to provide the original for verification. An entrant failing to provide a requested image file may, at the organisers’ discretion, be considered to be in contravention of the contest rules and will be disqualified.

Notifications :

– Notification of results will be sent by email. Entrants should ensure that they provide an active email address and that spam filters are set to accept emails from AFM. Notifications will not be sent by post.

Reproductions :

– By submitting an entry, the entrant permits the organisers to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for AFM publicity in print or online internet site and/or in other media.

Heritage of Chennai – Multimedia Presentation Contest for City Schools – Aug. 23, 2016


This contest is held in connection with MADRAS DAY 2016 (Aug. 22 is celebrated as Madras Day) which celebrates our city. The contest encourages city school students to explore Chennai’s heritage and present the topic given to you in multi-media form. This contest has been held for the past 13 years.

GUIDELINES: We want you to choose a street in an old sector of our city which has old houses and buildings (at least 10 of them on either side). Study the streetscape, the local architecture, the nature of houses and residents and the striking features of this street. Take classy photos, make notes, talk to people in the know.
>> The contest is open to school children studying in classes 8 to 12.
>> A school can send only one team. Each team MUST have 3 members and all 3 members must take turns to make one presentation.

1. Identify a street that goes back in time – 1930s-60s for your study. Make sure the street has great old features. Ask your school teacher-adviser to seek the approval of the organisers. E-mail to – – and get the OK to start work on the project.
2. Do street-based research, undertake a tour of the place to take pictures on the spot, notes and interview people who can give you more inputs. Take photos and videos – use them in your project. We look for multi-media rich projects.
3. Back at your desk put the project together with pictures and the main points in the Power Point presentation capsule and explanation notes written on sheets of paper. (On each slide, you must have a maximum of just 3 lines, each line 5 words only. Dumping content on a slide earns you minus marks!).
4. At the contest venue, your team of 3 students will take turns at the mike to present the project using the PP. You can use your notes for reference as your speak.
5. The presentation in PowerPoint on the approved theme will have to be done by all the three participants. It can be done in English or in Thamizh or a mix!
6. The duration of the complete presentation – PowerPoint and Oral – should not exceed 10 minutes. Participants should be prepared to answer on-the-spot questions from the judges.
7. The PowerPoint presentation should be submitted to the organisers on or before Aug. 12, 5 pm.
E-mail it to – (Subject line – Madras Day – PP Contest)
(Please do not courier the project. We do not entertain hand delivered entries!)
8. The team should retain a copy of your project on a pen-drive or copy it to an electronic device and bring it to the venue of the contest. The organiser will provide a PC and a projector at the venue to help you make your presentation.
9. The Contest is open to first 25 teams to register on first-come-first-serve basis.
10. The contest will take place on Aug.23 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm with a 30 mins. Lunch break (you need to bring your lunch!). Venue: Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore. (Report at 9 am to download your PP onto our PC)
11. The best THREE presentations will be awarded TROPHIES, gifts and certificates. All participants will be given certificates. The prizes will be given at about 3 pm.
12. Prizes will be awarded based on quality of research / presentation of visuals and points / presentation format and answers to the questions posed by the judges.
This event is supported by Mylapore Times, the neighbourhood newspaper and South India National Association (SINA), Luz.

There are over 100 events held for Madras Day/ Madras Week in late August. All info is at

– Vincent D’ Souza/ Co-ordinator / Team Madras Day
Team Madras Day