February 2016 Photo Contest - Results out!

February 2016 Photo Contest - Results out!

Category Photo Contest

By Sandhya UC



We had some amazing entries with strikingly great perspectives of the treks for the February Contest.  Our judge Ravindra Joisa has picked some of the best out of them. The winning photographs are below. Congratulations! Keep trekking and keep inspiring us with lovely pictures!


 Aniruddha- Brahmatal Summit 

A perfect shot at the summit, amongst the mightiest! The snow plume on top of Mt Trishul in the background, the depth and mountain range in the mid and background. The placement of girl in the foreground follows the rule of thirds and the action adds extra dramatic effects and makes it a heavenly place to visit.

1st Runner Up

Rohit Singla – Prashar Lake

With the terrain and the sky playing a magical fest of colors and the snow capped mountains adding a dash of awe to it, this shot best explains the lovely Prashar Lake trek. Not very often do we come across such well framed perspectives of the lake.

2nd Runner Up

Anurag Deherkar- Brahmatal

A capture of what your naked eye doesn’t notice! The image shows the beautiful Star trail/vortex in the night sky. The tents under the open sky makes it heavenly. I liked the post processed image considering the clarity and low light.


1. Rohit Singla – Prashar Lake

We have seen several pictures of the Prashar Lake, but this is one angle we hadn’t seen too often. Love the drama in the dark skies and the clarity in the picture.


2. Subhashis Pal – Sandakphu

Sandakphu has some of the best long distance views along the trail. We love this shot for the fresh perspective it adds, with trekkers along the trail, aiming to reach higher grounds to get better views!


3.  Pratik Nundy – Sandakphu

Camping right under the stars, with the view of Sleeping Buddha! The picture is so well framed! 


4.  Rushir Shah – Sandakphu

When the sun decided that the mountains should turn gold and horizons should make the dawn and dusk meet right there. What a picturesque scene to wake up to! Rushir has managed to capture the right moment! 


5. Dhiraj Kamble – Sandakphu and Phalut

This perspective tells us a lot about the Sandakphu trek. The forests, the views, the long distances along mountain sides, it is all caught beautifully in this picture!


6. Ankit Gupta- Prashar Lake

That little tent with the human makes this a story-telling shot. How did he get there, what is on the other side of the walls of snow, so many curious aspects in this picture!


7. Saheer Sawar- Sandakphu

 Sandakphu trail covered in snow is a sight to look out for. The frame looks like a painting.



A note about our judge: Ravindra Joisa

Ravindra Joisa

Ravindra Joisa is a resident of Bangalore and has spent his childhood days in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. He is an outdoor lover and has completed several treks such as Kashmir Great Lakes, Tarsar Marsar and Roopkund.

He was gifted with his first camera – Canon Powershot 100/130 IS (Point and shoot) at the age of 23, using which he had experimented different types of photography for about 5 years. At 28, he bought his first DSLR Nikon D600 (full frame, currently using D610) along with a 50mm 1.4D prime lens.

Ravindra now specializes in photographic education and plans for leading photo tours on weekends. He uses a unique blend of illustrations, animations and photographs along with his experience in photography, all of which makes learning photography easy and fun. 

You can take a look at this website here – http://www.ravindrajoisa.com/

You can also follow his accounts on Facebook or Twitter. He’s always posting fantastic pictures! 


To take a look at the winner of the February 2016 blog contest, click here. 









Sandhya UC

Co-Founder & COO

About the author

Sandhya is a founding partner at Indiahikes. Over the past ten years, she has explored and put on the map few of the greatest Himalayan treks in India, including Kashmir Great Lakes and Kedarkantha. She is a TedX Speaker and has been awarded the Women of Worth Award by Outlook Business in 2017.

She believes in sustainable living just as she believes in sustainable trekking.

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