London: Indian photographer Amit Madheshiya has been named 'Arts and Culture Photographer of the Year' at the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2011.

Mumbai-based Madheshiya was one of 13 professional category winners presented with an award held at the ceremony at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, on Wednesday night.

His winning series of photographs, entitled People Watching Cinema at the Nomadic Talkies, was shot in the remote villages of Maharashtra. It documents people attending nighttime film screenings held by a travelling cinema.

The nomadic cinemas travel to the villages, which are located far from fixed-site theatres, once a year and show an eclectic mix of films.

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world's largest and most comprehensive photography competition.

Amit Madheshiya works as an independent photographer has received an Arts Research Grant from the India Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from the Cluster of Excellence at Heidelberg University and the Goethe Institute 50 Year Anniversary Grant for his work in nomadic cinemas.

In 2009, his vibrant and thoughtful images on the project won the Sony World Photography Award for Arts and Entertainment, as well as the Grand Award in the Humanity Photo Awards.

In the same year Madheshiya was also declared Emerging Photographer of the Year in India.
Argentinean photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg was named overall Photographer of the Year winning a USD 25,000 cash prize and Sony digital SLR equipment.

His photographs offer a rare and insightful look into the lives of a community of islanders who live on the Parana River Delta in Argentina.

All the winning images will be exhibited from 26 April to 22 May at Somerset House in London.

The exhibition captures a unique view of the world in 2010/11 as recorded through the lens of winning photographers.

(Agencies)