CM Pema Khandu at the World Photography Day event in Itanagar on August 19

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu urged photographers and videographers of the state to document the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of Arunachal Pradesh and showcase it to the world.

“You can become leading promoters of tourism while archiving the rich culture and scenic beauty of the state,” Khandu said after inaugurating an exhibition put up by the Arunachal Photography Club at the Civil Secretariat in Itanagar to commemorate the World Photography Day.

The chief minister asserted that tourism is one sector that can change the economy of Arunachal Pradesh and said there’s no better way to lure tourists than professional portrayal of the state’s unique culture and places through pictures and videos.

Reminding the prime minister’s call to everyone to visit once a year at least 15 destinations within the country, while specifically mentioning the Northeast, Khandu said it would boost tourism like never before in the region.

He appreciated the contribution of Arunachal Photography Club whose members hail from various backgrounds and professions.

“Despite being indigenous to the state, many of us do not know much about other tribes and places. I congratulate members of APC, who voluntarily are spreading awareness and bridging the gaps through their creative works,” Khandu said.

He assured the government’s support and cooperation to the endeavours of the APC in promoting Arunachal as a sought after destination.

“It’s in fact time that our youths take up photography as profession. The world is wide open and sky is the limit for creative arts when taken up as a profession,” Khandu said.

Giving a brief about APC, its president Bengia Mrinal informed that the club was established in 2014 powered by a few enthusiasts, hobbyists and amateur photographers from different backgrounds like doctors, engineers, bankers, entrepreneurs, etc and a few unemployed youths. The club now has 34 registered members from across the state.

“The idea of having a photo exhibition to mark this day at the State Civil Secretariat is to showcase the beauty of Arunachal to our top government officers and officials as they are the decision-makers of the highest level,” Mrinal added.

Chief Minister Khandu gave away prizes to the winners of a photography contest organized by APC to mark the occasion. John Taru Habung bagged the first prize while Moge Riba and Jaju Pulu were the 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. Tadar Jamja received the Jury Choice Award for a photo of two kids with a waterfall in the background.

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