Wow Tamil Nadu Awards: Art of bringing TN's unsung artists to the forefront
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Wow Tamil Nadu Awards: Art of bringing TN's unsung artists to the forefront

Sep 27, 2018

Tamil Nadu has always been known as a haven for cultural and traditional arts. Be it music, dance or crafts, this state has been the perfect home for artists to grow and evolve. It has given all these artists incredible careers and fans. Even on popular media, music and dance reality shows are bringing many talented people to limelight.

However, other arts such as visual arts and photography do not have such a strong support system in the state. There are many creative individuals and artists in Tamil Nadu who are not recognised as much as mainstream artists. Fields like photography and creative arts need a shot in the arm to grow further. This is the main motivation behind the WOW Tamil Nadu Awards.

This concept is based on celebrating the spirit of Tamil Nadu through various visual arts and creative talents. An initiative to promote the arts among the public and encourage more people to participate, this award symbolises the rise of visual arts in the state. 

Credit: Benedict Savio
Credit: Benedict Savio

The WOW Tamil Nadu Awards is instituted by Benedict Savio who is the Director of Global Media Box. This award is presented to the best of people in various fields of various visual arts and is set to the theme of showcasing the culture, vibe, architecture and uniqueness of Tamil Nadu. The award recognises deserving artists and promotes a healthy competition to bring out the best of the arts to the public eye.

While bringing the best of creative artists to the forefront, WOW awards aims to rope in more people to attempt their hand at creative arts. With extensive support from Mr V. Palanisamy I.A.S., the Commissioner of Tourism, Global Media Box is taking care of the concept and implementation of the WOW Awards on World Tourism Day. The occasion of World Tourism Day adds extra speciality to the event as the contests are themed to promote the innate beauty of the state of Tamil Nadu.

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Credit: Wowtamilnadu

Among all the visual arts, photography is an art that people lap up. However, there are not many avenues for talented photographers to showcase their talents to the public and compete with the best of the country on a recognised platform. WOW Awards attempts to fill this gap.

The WOW Tamil Nadu photography contest aims to reach out to the maximum number of people and get entries from photographers of varied levels. The online submissions for this contest opened on 1st May, 2018 and closed on 1st August, 2018. A total of 4084 entries were received and were evaluated based on different sub-divisions such as theme, visual quality, creativity, etc. The top 100 entries were selected to be displayed at the Madurai Tamil Sangam, Madurai on the 26th and 27th September.

Credit: Wowtamilnadu
Credit: Wowtamilnadu

The selection committee consisted of eminent personalities from popular media. Noted film directors, cinematographers, advertising photographers, media agencies, etc were part of the jury. Public opinion also was a part of the selection procedure for selecting the top entries. The best two entries will win the WOW Tamil Nadu 2018 awards with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each. 12 special entries will win the Creative Eye Appreciation Award with a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each. The final selection will be announced on 27th September at the World Tourism Celebrations to take place at Madurai.

As the ceremony is all set to take place with grandeur and innovation, this high-energy concept is expected to go on to become a grand success. After all, there is never a dull moment when art is being celebrated!