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Facebook shop in India
By Bala Shah

Techgoss has an ongoing photo competition where the best human interest photo from any IT, BPO, KPO and Telecom hub will win a minimum prize of Rs. 15,000.  The runner up gets Rs. 5000.  Every other published photo gets a minimum of Rs. 1500.  The contest ends March 31, 2011. (More details below)

Techgoss reader TechWolv snapped a photo of the new Facebook shop in Mumbai, India.  Will the world’s largest social networking website Facebook sue this small shop in Mumbai?  Or will Facebook look the other way and just have a quiet laugh?

Techgoss will send TechWolv a cheque of Rs. 1500 and his photo is in the running for the top cash prizes.

Do you have such human interest photos as well?

(Details of the photo comp)

Rs 15000 for your photo
By Bala Shah

Do you live in any of the IT and BPO cities? Do you like taking photos with your mobile phone and digital camera? Do you have a nose for news and an eye for the unusual? Do you want to see your photos published but prefer to remain in the background? reports on what is really happening in the BPO, IT, KPO, telecom sectors and their social eco systems. Eco systems is another fancy way of saying tech conferences, startup meetings, pubs, parties, bands and social activities.

Techgoss has launched a Rs. 30,000 contest for human interest photos from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Pune, Mumbai, Mysore, Kolkata and other cities which host IT, BPO, KPO and Telecom companies.

The best photo or photo feature will win a minimum of Rs. 15,000**.  The runner up gets a minimum of Rs. 5,000. All other published photos will be paid a minimum of Rs. 1500.  The contest ends Mar 31, 2011.

What are the kinds of photos that can be submitted? Anything of human interest in the cities that host the IT, BPO, KPO and telecom sectors.  This would include

- Interesting photos from IT / BPO offices from the 1990s and early 2000.
- An eye catching billboard advertising something. Click.
- A Taxi driver with an email address painted on his vehicle. Click.
- Food vendors (mis)using Google, Facebook and other tech and telecom logos. Click.
- Traffic Police stopping everyone outside an IT, BPO and Telecom Company. Click.
- IT Office party at a 5 star hotel. Click.
- A joyful moment at the BPO cultural evening. Click
- Yoga Guru Ramdev conducting a Yoga session at Infosys. Click.
- IT Boss dancing with gay abandon at the quarterly TCS party.  Click. 
- Manager’s BMW parked in wrong spot.  Click.
- Free Software Foundation’s Richard Stallman making a point to an Indian audience. Click
- KPO boss breaking the rules by smoking inside the office.  Click
- Senior manager dozing in corridor before another boring NASSCOM conference. Click
- Bloggers having a discussion at a conference. Click.
- Four techies piled on a bike making their way to work. Click

While Techgoss receives a steady stream of news tips, sometimes our Tipsters send in photos as well.  In July, 2010, we had published exclusive photos of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg attired in Indian clothes and dancing at a wedding in India.  Sometime back, a Tipster sent in photos of the marriage ceremony for Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia. Do have any such human interest photos from the Indian IT, BPO, KPO and associated sectors? We will pay a minimum of Rs. 10,000 for all such exclusive photos.

Not sure if the photo you have is suitable for the contest?  Just email us to clear any doubts you may have.

Techgoss guarantees anonymity to all its contributors, photographers and writers.  If you have a full-time role in any IT or BPO Company, you can use a pseudonym while sending in the photo to  Your name will only be used in the article with your permission.

Please send your photo to techgoss[@] as well as editor[@] Please do include a contact phone number and a good time for you to talk. Confidentiality guaranteed.  ‘Contact Us’ in has all our contact details.

Ideally, each photo should be 600 X 400 pixels and less than 100 K. Each photo should be accompanied by a 2-3 line description about date and place taken and who the people in the photo are.

**There will be a minimum prize of Rs. 15,000 for the best photo.  The runners up will get a minimum of Rs. 5,000. If there is no suitable winner in any one category, the prize money will be divided equally among the contestants whose pictures were published. Every photo published in Techgoss during this contest period will be paid a minimum of Rs. 1500.  And if that particular photo wins a prize, that Rs. 1500 will be deducted from their final prize. Payment will be via PayPal.

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