The CBA Award for Exceptional News Feature went to NDTV's senior
editor Barkha Dutt and Ajmal Jami (camera) for their vivid and daring
report on the communal riots in Gujarat.
The CBA Unicef Award for Outstanding Local Children's Broadcasting
has been awarded to BBC World Service Trust/Doordarshan and Naco,
the Indian AIDS organisation, for a vigorous and pioneering TV campaign
on AIDS aimed at young people, which challenged minds and changed
behaviour. The eight-member team led by series producer Sonia Chowdhry
The Commonwealth Short Story Competition 2003 has been won by Madhulika
Liddle of Delhi, whose story A Morning Swim triumphed over
3,741 entries from around the Commonwealth. She won £2,000.
Her story was inspired by an obscure newspaper report about a small
boy who makes a living by diving for coins in the Yamuna River.
India has four other successful short story winners, Usha Rajagopalan
from Manipal, Amara Bhavani Dev from Bangalore, Sriparna Saha from
Kolkota, and Suchitra Ramadurai from Chennai, all of whom received
Highly Commended Prizes of £100, and all of whom travelled
to Delhi for the prize-giving.
The Commonwealth Photographic Awards received more entries from
India than any other nation. Although the top prize went to a Canadian,
John Lehmann, who won £2,000 for his photograph of a newly
born baby in the arms of its ecstatic parents - interpreting the
competition's theme of 'Celebration' - there were eight Highly Commended
Winners from India.
M L Barai, Binode Kumar Das, Rajib De, Ashok Nath De, Swapan Mahapatra,
Dines Mukherjee, Indranil Sarkar and Debashis Sawoo are mostly from
Kolkota, and several of them travelled to Delhi to receive their
The Commonwealth Short Story Competition began in 1996 and is funded
by the Commonwealth Foundation and administered by CBA.
The Commonwealth Photographic Awards is an open competition for
all Commonwealth residents and included both colour and black and
white photographs. They are organised by the CBA and the Commonwealth
Press Union, supported by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
and sponsored by The Commonwealth Foundation.