The 2010 Star Youth Achiever Award goes to Sandeep Maheshwari, founder of

Written by Businesswire India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 17 2010, 17:42pm hrs
Sandeep Maheshwari, founder of has bagged the coveted Star Youth Achiever Award instituted by the Global Youth Marketing Forum 2010. In the Forums second edition held in Mumbai from 9th to 10th February 2010, achievers from the fields of marketing, advertising and branding were chosen for their exemplary contribution to their domains.

The Global Youth Marketing Forum is an exclusive congregation of brand specialists, marketing professionals, researchers, who are the brains behind some of the most successful and appealing youth centric brands in fashion, lifestyle, sports, technology, music or anything that appeals to the youth.

The panel which chose the achievers included Dheeraj Sinha, Chief Strategy Officer, Bates 141; Dev Amritesh, Vice President Marketing, Dominos Pizza, and Jay Gupta, Managing Director, The Loot along with Suman Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer, Euro RSCG, who chaired the panel.

On being bestowed with the award, Sandeep said, Being selected as Star Youth Achiever is a huge honour for me. I am glad that the immense hard work that my team and I have put into has been recognised at this esteemed platform. This is a wonderful inspiration to continue to strive for excellence.

A freelance photographer turned entrepreneur, Sandeep Maheshwari, was quick to take cue from the needs of the Indian advertising and marketing industry of the ready availability of stock images. He realised that the commercial stock photography, which was a US$ 1.5 billion industry globally, was virtually absent in India. He thus launched in the year 2006.

With over 800,000 images, today has the world's largest stock of Indian images where one can search, purchase and download as per his needs. The website has proved to be a great hit with small, medium and large businesses by providing them ready-to-use high quality images for advertising, marketing and publishing. In short, it slashes down the cost of producing a shoot from lakhs of rupees to a few thousands and the time from weeks to a few minutes. At present, over 6000 brands in more than 42 countries use images from for their advertising, marketing and publishing needs.