Up and coming McLeodganj photographer Tsering Topgyal achieved a career milestone on 8 February when his photo made the cover of the New York Times newspaper.
Topgyal was photographing the march in support of His Holiness the Karmapa from the Tsuglakhang to Gyuto Monastery on 4 February when he captured the striking image of three nuns holding up photos of the Karmapa, with the snow-covered Dhauladhar range as a backdrop.
The photo accompanied an article on the discovery of foreign currency worth Rs 80 million at Gyuto in January, the first coverage of the story by the world-renowned newspaper. It ran in both the print and online editions of America’s leading quality daily.
Topgyal photographed the demonstration for the Associated Press Delhi office on behalf of Moonpeak partner Ashwini Bhatia, who is AP correspondent for the Dharamshala region. The US-based wire service is the world’s biggest news organisation, supplying stories and pictures to media around the globe.
Topgyal, 24, graduated from TCV Dharamshala in 2007, where he was a member of the Photography Club. He gained a Certificate in Photography at Fergusson College in Pune in 2008, and completed his BA at Symbiosis College in 2010. He is hoping to gain an internship with a news organisation in Delhi.
An estimated 2,000 Tibetans, Indians and foreigners participated in the march to proclaim the Karmapa’s innocence. Police are investigating the currency haul, which the Karmapa’s office maintains was gathered from donations.