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Tanumoy Das

Tanumoy Das is a software engineer who enjoys photography and travels. He got into photography after capturing the sunrise in Darjeeling at age 8.

Interview With The 2023 New York Photography Awards Winner – Tanumoy Das

1Can you introduce yourself and talk about how you got into photography?

My name is Tanumoy Das and by profession I am a software engineer. Traveling is one of my hobbies. From an early age, I was interested in my father's camera and going through our family photo album was one of my pastimes. During my first visit to Darjeeling at the age of 8, I witnessed the mesmerizing sunrise over Mt Kanchenjungha and actually wanted to carry the moments with me, which later interested me to capture the moments with the lens. That's how I got into photography.

2Where did you study photography?
Self learning with Online Courses
3Do you remember your first shot? What was it?
Picture of my parents in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
4What equipment do you use?
Camera - Nikon d850, Nikon d5200 Lens - Nikon 24-70 f2.8 ED VR, Nikon 50mm f1.8, Nikon 200-500 f5.6, Nikon 18-140mm f3.5-f5.6 Tripod - Benro Pixel Remote Shutter
5What do you hope to achieve?

Photography is a powerful medium for storytelling. My goal is to capture moments and share them with viewers and also carry the moment with me.

6What compliment inspired/touched you the most?

As a photographer, any recognition from photography awards inspires and motivates me a lot.

I was inspired by Dr. Abdul Kalam's famous quote: "If you fail, never give up because failure is your first attempt at learning."

7What inspires your unique storytelling?
I like to portray the skyline of cities in different lighting conditions of the day.
8What THREE (3) words describe your photography style?
Cityscapes Skyline/Nightscape Golden hour/ Blue Hour photography
9Congratulations! As the winner of the New York Photography Awards, what does it mean for you and your team to receive this distinction?

I am truly humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award from the New York Photography Awards. Capturing moments through the lens has always been a passion of mine, and to be recognized among such talented peers is a remarkable validation of the dedication and effort I have put into my craft. I extend my deepest gratitude to the New York Photography Awards for this incredible honor.

10Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2023 New York Photography Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

I captured two scenes: "Moonrise over NYC Skyline with Statue of Liberty in the foreground that shows a dramatic view of NYC Skyline" and "Moonrise in the middle of famous 42nd Street NYC. In another photo, I captured fireworks on Independence Day over the Hudson River. The New York Photography Awards is such an internationally recognized platform that I thought it would help me showcase my art to the world.

11How has winning an award developed your career?
It will definitely inspire and increase my dedication to photography.
12Name 1-3 photographers who have inspired you.
Peter Alessandria
13What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out, by a mentor or your role model?
Using a tripod while taking nightscape photography
14What advice would you give someone who would like to become a photographer today?

Go out and explore different lighting conditions and angles of photography.

15What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

Be focused and work hard

16How do you stay in that space of being receptive to new information and knowledge?
I am always open to learning new technologies/techniques.

Winning Entry

Moon rise with NYC Skyline | 2023

This photo depicts Moon rise behind NYC Skyline and with famous monument Statue of Liberty..…
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Tanumoy Das

Tanumoy Das is a software engineer who enjoys photography and travels. He got into photography after capturing the sunrise in Darjeeling at age 8.

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