Goecha la - 2013 Photo Contest

Goecha la - 2013 Photo Contest

Category Photo Contest

By Sandhya UC


The contest results are out !  The top three winning photos are below. Our Judge shares with you why the pictures turned up winners. Post your comments below.

First Prize: Raghavendra


L S Prasath shares “This photograph captures the very essence of high altitude trekking and the frozen Himalayan landscape in winter! Such a wonderful landscape with half frozen lake. Leading lines are used very cleverly to create a strong composition! The leading lines from the foreground lead the attention towards the lonely trekker who is enjoying the landscape. Also the placement of the trekker in the frame is very strong. Background is a beautiful wall of snow mountains trapping and retaining the attention within the frame. Also the lines from the top of the mountains leads down towards the trekker, bringing the attention back to the human element and help associate with their emotion. Depth and exposure are handled very well. Overall stands FIRST in this contest.”

Second Prize: Rahul


“SECOND prize goes to Rahul for carving out a beautiful photograph of the rugged landscape. Foreground is a reflection of the snow capped mountains in the background. It is so clear and crisp that it immediately grabs the viewer’s attention and creates a strong foreground interest, which is very important for a landscape photograph. Piece of rock on the lower right helps in defining the depth for this shot. Mid ground shows the rugged landscape and the slow transition to snow capped peaks in the background. Blue sky is a definite plus. Exposure is balanced well to retain the details on the snow. Overall a good landscape photograph, portraying the environment very well”. says L S Prasath.

Third Prize: Sandipan


L S Prasath says “A good long exposure photograph. It clearly shows the primitive yet contained life the trekkers go through in the mountains. Good choice of exposure to have both the tents, the background snow peaks and stars in good focus. And also the detailing of stars in the sky is very good. It was definitely a good idea to shoot during the blue hour and add another tinge of color to the sky instead of a dark upper frame. Yellow of the tents and blue of the sky are going well together. Overall stands THIRD in this contest”.


Here are the shortlisted 21 best photos of the Goecha la trek. Trekkers were asked to submit their best photos from the trek for the contest.

Our Judges will now run through these photos and choose one among them as the winner. Before the judge chooses, tell us which of these photos deserve the best photo award (use the comments box below).

The photographs selected here are in random order. The numbers attributed to the photos are to identify the photographer and does not denote any ranking by Indiahikes. Use the number and the name of the person to make your comments. Please click on the photo to view the enlarged image.



A note from Indiahikes:

The winners get the following awards from Indiahikes.

The winner of the photo contest gets a Rs 5,000 Trek Voucher from Indiahikes.

Rs 2,500

Rs 1,000
























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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