Kushti

CompanyEuropean Pressphoto Agency (EPA)
PhotographerDivyakant Solanki
Prize2nd Place in Event / Competitive Events
Entry Description

Wrestlers apply mud to prevent slipping during an Indian traditional wrestling competition also known as Kushti at a wrestling arena popularly known as Akhara during a local competition event in Mumbai, India, 20 March 2016. Kushti is a traditional Indian form of wrestling which usually takes place in a clay or dirt pit also known as Akhara. These traditional and ancient form of sport is slowly losing its shine to modern wrestling but a few dedicated people try to continue to train themselves and keep this culture alive.

About Photographer

Divyakant Solanki (1981, India), a self-taught photographer, joined Business Standard in Ahmedabad in 2003, moved to Mumbai Bureau in 20005 and later joined European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) in 2010. He won first place “the best photo of all” in World Water Day 2017 Photo Contest, Third Place in Editorial: Sport (Professional) in Moscow International Foto Awards 2017, Honorable Mention in the Editorial: Sports (Professional) in the International Photographer of the Year Award 2016, Silver Medal in People in the News (Stories) category, in the China International Press Photo Contest 2014, Third Place in the Sports category in Media Foundation of India's National Press Photo contest 2014. His work published in various international newspapers and on websites such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The National, The Seattle Times, The Telegraph and more.