Canary Wharf photographer captures festival of light for blind people

A 29-year-old from Canary Wharf was yesterday named as one of the runners up in photography competition aimed at capturing a festival of lights for blind people.

Abhishek Bhattacharya, who lives at New Providence Wharf, Fairmont Avenue, captured the public’s and judges’ imagination with his stunning image of Diwali celebrations in Trafalgar Square.

Diwali ,also known as the festival of lights, is an important celebration in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism,

The competition was run by the international charity Sightsavers, which work to eliminate avoidable blindness, as part of their Vision India campaign.

Abhishek said: “I am delighted to have my photograph chosen! Diwali is a beautiful and colourful festival and this image captures just one element of the festival. It’s a shame so many people in India are unable to see the brightness and colour because of their poor sight. I’m sure this competition has helped raise the awareness of the great work Sightsavers and Vision India are doing to bring a little light into the lives of blind people in India.”

The title won him a pair of Polaroid sunglasses.

Sightsavers has been working in India since 1966 and have supported around four million cataract surgeries during this period.