Kedarkantha December-2012 Photo Contest

Kedarkantha December-2012 Photo Contest

Category Photo Contest

By Sandhya UC


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


First Prize: The first prize goes to Kunal!

Goes for the feel the photographer has managed to create through this composition. A sense of achievement and happiness, being at the top is very evident in this picture! Photographer is successful in stirring a craving in us, to be at that very place to enjoy that very view.  The dark red shirt of the foreground subject against the white background of the mountains worked very well for the contrast and separation. The placement of subject on the vertical thirds adds strength and stability to the composition. The curves of the mountains naturally guides the viewer’s eyes into the frame to explore the depth of the scene slowly. In all a beautiful, involving composition.”

Second Prize: The second prize goes to Nupur!

A beautiful early morning scene painted by light. Credits to the photographer for capturing the glorious golden yellow rays, lighting only a selective section in the frame. Exposure is perfectly handled. Details in the shadow region is also visible. Depth is beautifully handled using layers – that small bit of snow in the foreground, the dried tree in the shadow region, the lighted section of the mountains and the snowcapped mountains in the background. Even the top-thirds occupied by the sky is dramatic with clouds reflecting the light!

Third Prize: The third prize goes to Gagan!

Another beautiful composition. Fell short of being incredible because of tilted horizon which makes the mountains look as if they are sliding backwards towards the right and the top one third sky not offering much to the composition. Apart from that, truly a million dollar place to sit and enjoy the incredible view of the mountains below. Photographer has managed to capture the true essence of the environment through this picture.




Here are the shortlisted 15 best photos of the Kedarkantha trek. Trekkers were asked to submit their best photos from the trek for the contest.


Our  judge Srinivasa Prasath 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




1-Photographer: Abhirup

2-Photographer: Amol

3-Photographer: Chirag


4-Photographer: Doyeli


8-Photographer: Nupur

10-Photographer: Sandipan

11-Photographer: Satish


12-Photographer: Shoaib

13-Photographer: Shoaib


14-Photographer: Sreekanth


12-Photographer: Soumik



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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