For many years since inception, clubs from around the country used to look upon YPS as the most active and successful group when it comes to winning in Salons. Over a period of time, the group participation spirit had diminished, though the members were actively participating in Salons. This had two implications:
- The name of YPS was lost in the Salon Circle
- The new members joining YPS could not get the required guidance to participate in Salons and earn photographic honours.
[Note: To know more about salons, visit all about salon participation by KRISHNA BHAT | Youth Photographic Society (ypsbengaluru.com)]
Mr. Digwas Bellemane, a life member of YPS floated a group in Oct 2017 for salon participation with Mr. Krishna Bhat as one of the administrators. Six other like minded people joined in the beginning. Soon, more and more YPS members joined the group. In 2019 the group was renamed as YPS Salon Participation Group and officially placed under the YPS Salon Participation Subcommittee being led by Mr. Krishna Bhat. Under the able supervision and guidance of the subcommittee, the group grew very quickly and achievements started showing up.
- YPS won more than 250 Best Club Awards between 2018 & 2021 and continues its winning streak into 2022.
- Many YPS Members could achieve International and National Distinctions.
- Apart from salons, the group members played a major role in Interclub Contests of Federation of Indian Photography (FIP), Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique or International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) and Photographic Society of America (PSA)
- YPS has been the Best Club Winner in the last 4 FIP Interclub Contests. This is an yearly contest among the Corporate Members of FIP.
- YPS could, for the first time, participate as a club in FIAP World Cup for Clubs 2019.
[FIAP is the only UNESCO recognised body for promoting art of photography. It’s origin dates back to 1950 and is presently headquartered in Luxembourg. At present 53 national photography federations are members of the FIAP including FIP].
- Best of the Best Exhibition held in December 2019 at Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath to commemorate success of the Salon Participation Group.
Amidst the lock down imposed due to Covid Pandemic, YPS achieved its 100th Best Club Award on April 8, 2020 by winning Best Indian Club award in Surodhuni Art 1st International Salon 2020 (Digital). Hearty Congratulations to the Salon Participation Subcommittee, Salon Group members and other members who have contributed to this historical achievement.
TOTAL WINS SINCE 2018 : 283
|Year||Number of Awards||Gallery Link|
|2018||25 Best Club Awards||2018 Awards|
|2019||55 Best Club Awards||2019 Awards|
|2020||113 Best Club Awards||2020 Awards|
|2021||61 Best Club Awards||2021 Awards|
|2022||29 Best Club Awards||2022 Awards|
The Salon Participation Subcommittee is led by Mr. Krishna Bhat and supported by Mr. Digwas Bellemane.
KRISHNA BHAT EFIAP/g, EFIP, EPSA, cMOL, GPA.PESGSPC, ECAS, Hon.PESGSPC, Hon.CPE, Hon.APF
Director – Youth Photographic Society
Mr. Krishna Bhat is a Scientist by profession in the field of aeronautics and a Fine Art Travel Photographer by passion. The Himalayas and the Western Ghats are his favourite outdoors. He likes shooting landscapes, culture, people and enjoys creating monochrome images. Apart from his regular responsibilities as a Director of YPS, he mentors the Salon Participants, thus contributing to YPS’ recent successes in National and International Salons as well as members’ Photographic Distinctions. He actively participates in International Salons and has won many awards and commendations for his works from 40+ countries. He has also been a jury in several national & international photo contests. He is also a Life Member of Federation of Indian Photography and part of it’s Salon Saathi team which oversees the conducting of salons with FIP patronage.
Digwas Bellemane, EFIAP/g, EPSA, EFIP, EIUP, GPA.PESGSPC, Hon.MoL, ESFIP, A.CPE, Hon.CPE, Hon.WPG, Hon. AvTvISO, Hon.PESGSPC, Hon.FPPS
Being born in the quaint town Sirsi amidst the beautiful western ghats of Karnataka and being self-employed in the field of electronics in Bengaluru, Digwas Bellemane’s journey in photography started almost 14 years ago. He has come a long way since then and evolved as a photo artist, excelling in the space of Fine Art, Travel and Landscape photography. He has participated in a huge number of worldwide photographic exhibitions, affiliated with the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique, Luxembourg, Photographic Society of America, Master of Light, Canada and Federation of Indian Photography. His works are highly acclaimed and have won recognition in the form of honours, awards and exhibition acceptances in various shows across the world.
He successfully completed the image analysis course offered by the Photographic Society of America in the year 2018. He has been invited as a judge in many National and International photography contests. He is a life member of the Federation of Indian Photography and in-charge of the Distinctions Committee and a Salon Saathi. He is also the lead and a member of YPS Dṛṣṭi Editorial team. The YPS conferred a ‘Service Award’ on him in recognition of his outstanding contribution to art photography through his personal achievements and meritorious services in 2018.
If you want to participate in salons or to know more about salons, Contact YPS Salon Participation Subcommittee