The photographs, memes and posters related to biodiversity and ecological conservation, which were shared by Abhivyakti Panaji on its online platforms, have generated interest from over 20 countries across the globe.
The programme ‘Rashtriy Yuva Jagruti’, was organised for the fifth year in association with the Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) from January 1 to February 19. It comprised competitions of photography and creating digital posters, reels, memes, monologues and micro tales.
“Our website has recorded more than 1.15 lakh views and we received over 500 registrations and over 300 submissions from 18 states and union territories, which include Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Goa among others,” said Veda Manerikar, coordinator for Rashtriy Yuva Jagruti from Abhivyakti Panaji.
“Initially, it was a state-level event and since the past two years due to the Covid pandemic, it was conducted virtually in association with the National Biodiversity Authority to ensure outreach to maximum states,” Manerikar said.
The competition going online turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the programme could push its boundaries and include entries from across the country.
“This programme received a response beyond our imagination. Everyone interested in biodiversity conservation can view the prize-winning entries on the website of Abhivyakti as well as the GSBB online platforms,” said board member secretary Pradip Sarmokadam.
Chairperson of National Biodiversity Authority Vinod Mathur was the chief guest at the concluding event, which saw cash prizes being announced to Nayan Sadhak, Biplab Naskar, Alip Halder, and Rahul Sardar, all from West Bengal for the monologue contest.
Digital poster competition winners were Gautam Naik, Akshay Volvoikar, Sundar Chaudhary and Konal Makwana, all residents of Goa. Srushti Desh Bhandari, Akshay Volvoiker, Neha Bhobe and Sushant Kadam, all from Goa, were declared winners of the reel contest.
Photography contest saw Irengbam Momocha from Manipur win the first place, followed by Abhishek Govekar from Goa, Parth Lokhande from Maharashtra and Jovan Dias from Goa.
Twizel Coutinho, Akshay Volvoiker, Nimay Kamat, and Himanshu Naik from Goa won prizes for the meme contest, while the microtale competition saw Jesmal Jelal from Kerala, Saleen Marandi from Bihar and K Akhilesh, Ninad Tengse, and Anushree Savoiverenkar from Goa win the prizes.