Celebrating Women : Women's Photography Exhibition 2011
My Business~ Photograph by DushiYanthini Kanagasabapathipillai is on display
Journalism is still a heavily male dominated field in Sri Lanka. Women are slowly but steadily getting into the field of journalism. On the other hand, we are mostly assigned to cover “soft” issues such as to handle the women’s page of a newspaper or cover culture or sub edit stories. We are hardly and rarely assigned to cover conflict or sports, because male journalists and editors think that these are “hard” issues women are unable to cover. Women are equally dedicated, determined, educated, focused and of course talented. We have proven our talents over the years, while standing side by side and shoulder to shoulder on the field with men to cover from disaster to design.
34 women photographers participated in the Women’s Photography Exhibition 2011. The exhibition was organised by the Women and Media Collective. The event was organised to celebrate the International Women’s Day. It was held at the Harold Peiris Gallery in Colombo. It was held from 25 - 27 March 2011.
The photography exhibition displayed the work of women, from professionals to amateurs, and featured a wide range of photography, from travel photography to portraiture to wildlife photography.
The photographers featured were :~
Azra Abdul Cader
Marisa de Silva
Covering from protests to portraits by women are on display
Women and Media Collective Director Dr.Sepali Kottegoda welcoming the guests to view the photography exhibition
Women and Media Collective Director Kumudini Samuel lights the oil lamp
It's always been a challenge for the women to fight for their space, while being on the field to cover news
Viewers taking a closer look at the photographs on display
"It's an excellent effort which encourages women to carry camera, and click. More women are encouraged through this exhibition to experiment their hidden talent" says Deminithurage Amarabandu
The photos on display were a canvas of versatility
An array of photographs on display
Photography lovers thronged in large number on the inauguration day