Russel Shahul, senior news photographer with Malayala Manorama,Kozhikode bagged the state government’s best news photography award.
The news photo taken during the trophy distribution function of the Kerala State School Arts Fest in Kozhikode -2015, bagged him the first prize.
The picture,published in Malayala Manorama newspaper with the caption,”Cuppinum Manthrikkum Idayil’ on 22,January 2015 (Between Cup and Minister) shows the high dramatic scene in the valedictory function of Asia’s biggest arts fete.
There were high voltage protests by SFI activists during the tenure of the UDF and their protests were mostly against the education minister.
Award winning picture :
During the closing ceremony the minister was addressing the audience.At that time one SFI activist rushed towards the minister on the stage with a black flag.Sub Inspector of Police G.Gopakumar tries to stop the activist.