The Tarun Sehrawat AwardÂ was initiated in 2012, in memory of Tarun Sehrawat, a young photojournalist who worked for TEHELKAÂ and passed away after contracting cerebral malaria while on an assignment in the heart of the Maoist hinterland in Chhattisgarh. His courage, passion and skill made him rare among the journalists of our time. And it isÂ in this remembrance that the idea of a Tarun Sehrawat Award for Journalism of Courage and Conscience was established.
The award aims to honour journalists, photographers, reporters, cameramen and videographers who capture injustice, inequity, dispossession and other social, cultural, economic and political faultlines in the country.
Winners are given a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakhs and the award is announced each year at THiNK, Goa.
By Donna Mathew