Victor George

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Victor George
Born Victor George
April 10, 1955
Kanakkary village of Kottayam district
Died July 9, 2001(2001-07-09) (aged 46)
Thodupuzha in Idukki district
Occupation Photojournalism
Notable credit(s)

1983 - Received the Gulf Malayalee State Award for Best News Photography.

1985 - UNICEF Award and was selected as one of the Top 10 Photographs in a competition jointly held by UNICEF and Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

1985 - He also won the professional category prize in the sports photo Competition held by Sports Authority of India.

1989 - Bulgarian Award for photography.

1994 - Covered 12th Asiad, Heroshima along with Sports Editor, Sanil P. Thomas.
Spouse(s) Lilly
Children Aswathy, Neil

Victor George (April 10, 1955 – July 9, 2001) was an Indian photographer who died while photographing landslides in Kerala. He was the chief photographer of the Malayala Manorama newspaper.

Early life[edit]

Victor was born in the Pattithananm-Kanakkary village, Kottayam district, Kerala. He studied English literature at university. His brother introduced him to photography.


In 1981 Victor joined Malayala Manorama, a Malayalam daily. From 1985 to 1990, he worked in their Delhi bureau. The photographs taken by him during the 1986 National Games won him initial recognition in the field. His shots of the swimmer Anita Sood with Kavita Sood cheering her from the gallery during the women's 400-metre freestyle brought Victor instant recognition. His photograph of the Indian relay team dropping the baton in a disastrous finish at the 1989 South Asian Federation Games, Kolkata, was widely appreciated.

In 1990, Victor became the Chief Photographer of Malayala Manorama.


On 9 July 2001, Victor set out from Kottayam to cover a landslide that had claimed three lives in Cheppukulam, near Thodupuzha in the hilly Idukki district. That afternoon, torrential rains triggered another landslide in Venniyani Mala, which killed Victor. His corpse was found in the debris after a two-day search.

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