“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” – Dorothea Lange
Delhi Public School R.K. Puram’s photography and filmmaking society, DIGEX, is a vibrant community of talented photographers and filmmakers. They hosted the most anticipated annual event, Digex 2023, on 19 May 2023. This event served as a medium of self-expression for enthusiastic school students and provided them with a platform to showcase their talent in photography, filmmaking, ad-making, photo manipulation, and more. This year, the event witnessed the participation of numerous schools from various regions. It saw a healthy competition in each of the events
This year’s event consisted of six different categories: Pixelate Senior, Pixelate Junior, CreADive, PhoneScape, Hi-Res, and Camistic.
Pixelate Senior: This category of the event is the online photography contest for Classes XI and XII, which provides a platform for students to showcase their skills and creativity through the power of their lens. The theme was ‘Broaden your horizons, shift your perspective’. This competition was judged by award-winning filmmaker and versatile artist, Mr. Rahul Yadav, who, being an all-rounder, is an endless source of inspiration for all the aspiring photographers and filmmakers.
Pixelate Junior: Pixelate Junior is the online photography contest that encourages the budding photographers of Classes IX and X to give their best, be original, and learn more about photography.This event was judged by Mr. Dinesh Lal, the Chief Cameraperson and HOD of the Art Department at Aajtak, a renowned personality in the news industry. The topic for this category was ‘Gray-Scale Glamour’.
CreADive: CreADive is an on-the-spot online advertisement-making competition. Students created a captivating visual sequence of 30–40 seconds. Judged by the club’s alumni, Siya Chhabra and Kushagra Pandey, the participants had to create an advertisement on‘chalk’.
Camitistic: Camitistic is the “storyboard” event. This is an extremely interesting category where participants have to click 3–4 photographs in a specific sequence in order to depict a story. This year, the stories were on the topic ‘To blind to see’ and the event was judged by former members of the club, Prithvi Paul and Pulan.
Hi-RES- It is the only category of the event that was not held on the spot. It is the online short-film-making category where participants form a team of four students to create a cinematic masterpiece in 4-6 minutes. The films were judged by an alumni of the club, Vivaann Pahwa and Sana Chawla and all entries were made on the topic ‘Out of the blue.’
PhoneScape: It is an On-The-Spot and versatile phone photography contest for students of Classes XI and XII. What made this category unique was that all the details and the topic of the event were disclosed on the spot, and participants showcased their skills by using phones instead of conventional camera photography. The alumni of the club, Chhavi Chopra and Vansh Jain, were the judges for this event, and the topic disclosed was ‘In the motion of life find stillness.’
Concluding the Annual Photography and Filmmaking Festival was a captivating valedictory ceremony, attended by thearticipating schools.The proceedings commenced by welcoming the chief guests with flowers. Then with a captivating short film created by the members of the DIGEX club, paying tribute to the club’s illustrious history and accomplishments since 2009. The Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, addressed the participants and appreciated them for their hard work and effort and emphasized on the fact that everyone who participates is a winner and passion is the path to your dream. She also thanked the alumni of the school as they are the pillars of our school’s success, she then congratulated the participants and Ms Manika Khanna. A mesmerizing performance, symbolizing the journey of an aspiring photographer by the Performing Arts Society was presented. Ms Manika Khanna, congratulated Digex and the Principal through her address and expressed her strong views on women empowerment, she congratulated the teacher incharge, Ms Sarika Kaushal and all the participants, telling everyone that the road to goals is not always easy. Taking the podium, Ms. Sarika Kaushal, advisor and incharge of the DIGEX Club, addressed the audience, sharing insightful reflections on the importance of participation and the role of students in Digex. The award ceremony commenced with the felicitation of esteemed and inspiring alumni, evoking admiration and gratitude. This was followed by a ceremony to honor and bestow awards upon the participants.
The results of the events are as follows: