Roopkund - Sept/Oct 2012 Photo Contest

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Roopkund - Sept/Oct 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 Shakthi!


A beautiful campsite scene taken at the golden hour. The quality of the light is so pure and soft, gently lighting the entire scene. Edges of the slopes take a zig zag path slowly leading the viewer’s attention to the mountain in the background. Good depth and appropriate exposure to show the details on the mountain as well. Only wish the tent was not cornered so much towards the right.


Second Prize: The second prize goes to Saikat!

Beautiful framing by the photographer. The bell on the left is placed on the thirds to directly grab the viewer’s attention. The wooden block on the left, the flowing yellow cloth nicely frame the mountain below and restrict the attention inside. Shallow depth and side lighting works well here. Beautiful perspective.


Third Prize: The third prize goes to Baasir!

More often than not, panoramic format is ignored by the photographers. Here the photographer has rightly chosen to present the beauty of the landscape using the wide panoramic format. Nice point of view to capture the reflection completely. Also the concrete edge of the lake nicely guide the eyes from left to right making sure nothing is missed. A colorful capture!




Here are the shortlisted 14 best photos of the Roopkund trek. Trekkers were asked to submit their best photos from the trek for the contest.


The judges will now run through these photos and choose one among them as the winner. Before the judges choose, 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 Trek Voucher

Rs 1,000 Trek Voucher



1-Photographer: Baasir

2-Photographer: Harpreet


3-Photographer: Jose James


4-Photographer: Jose James

6-Photographer: Jose James


8-Photographer: Rahul

10-Photographer: Saikat

11-Photographer: Shakti

12-Photographer: Shakti

13-Photographer: Sudipta


14-Photographer: Sujit


15-Photographer: Sujit

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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