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This Award-Winning Photo Of Marina Beach Is A Reminder Of Chennai's Staggering Beauty

Damn, Chennai. You're great to look at.

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This is Chennai-based photographer, Rithwik V.J.

Rithwik VJ

Recently, this aerial shot of Marina Beach placed him 3rd in the "lifestyle" category of the the iPhone Photography Awards.

He was the only Indian awardee among contestants from 139 countries.
Rithwik VJ

He was the only Indian awardee among contestants from 139 countries.

The part-time photographer and full-time software engineer was gifted an iPhone 5 by his sister last year, which he used to take the photo.

"I just wanted to explore the view from Lighthouse (which had remained closed for decades). While I am usually used to taking photographs with the DSLR, the view was so good that I didn't want to miss the chance to capture it. The only thing I had in my hand was my phone," Rithwik told BuzzFeed.

Rithwik VJ
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