Bhubaneswar: Photo journalist Ashok Panda received best photo journalist media conclave award from finance minister Sashi Bhushan Behera and M.P Soumya Ranjan Patniak.
Ashok Panda (born 28.01.1969), presently works as Chief Staff Photographer of Odia daily Samaya and contributes photographs to several State level and national newspapers and websites. He began his professional career as a photojournalist with Eastern Press Agency (1984-1995) and then joined Samaya (1996). He also contributed to The Asian Age (1997-2000) and The Times of India (2000-2011) and several other publications like The Patriot, Newstimes, Eenadu and Sanmarg.
His photographs of 1999 Orissa Super cyclone made him known in media circle all over the country. Later he held several exhibitions of selected photographs of the Super Cyclone titled ‘Mahatandav’. He had two more exhibitions titled ‘The Camera Cries: Five Years of Orissa Tragety’ (2001) and ‘Sky is the Limit'(2002). All his exhibitions won popular and critical acclaim.
He has received several awards including Best Photographer Award by www.orissadiary.com (2011) and Prerana (2011), Panchama Veda Best Photography Award (2010), Satabdira Kalakara Best Photographer Award (2010). He has also won the Photography Contest organised by Ministry of I & B on 2000.
Born at Baisingha, Mayurbhanj to Pitambar Panda and Annapurna Panda, he studied at ITI, Balasore. He did a Diploma in Photography and Videography from State Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training.