Winners of June 2017 Photo contest

This June we’ve been flooded with breathtaking photographs of Hampta Pass, Buran Ghati, Roopkund and Rupin Pass among many other treks. We caught ourselves smiling at our screens while going through 500+ photos!

After culling through a drive full of photos, our judge, Vinod Krishna says, “It felt like a photo time machine transported me to the mountains.” 

Our judge has picked out the top three winners. But in addition to that, we have a Trekkers’ Choice Prize!

Trek Photographer of the month 

Raj Morbia – Rupin Pass

Rupin Pass- Raj Morbia- Enrote to Rhontigad from Pass
Enrote to Rhontigad from Pass

This is a beautiful frame. It shows the journey ahead and marks the trail perfectly. It has been shot while trekking and reflects the photographer’s effort in capturing this frame. Our judge says it provides a lovely contrast and the leading lines align very well in the frame. Truly a great visual experience!

First Runner Up 

Chintamani – Roopkund

Roopkund-Chintamani-The best view comes after the hardest climb
The best view comes after the hardest climb

The bright yellow tents against the snow covered mountains definitely makes for a brilliant shot. Our judge says this frame is very well balanced and has a nice contrast.

Second Runner Up 

Udaya Ravi – Rupin Pass

Rupin Pass- Udaya Ravi- Solitude- The glory of being alone
Solitude- The glory of being alone

One sheep in the middle of the frame draws your attention to the rest of the herd. Our judge says even though the background is massive it provides a good contrast and helps draw attention to the foreground.

Trekker’s Choice Award

Aniket Telang – Roopkund

Roopkund Summit Trail

This photo captures the massiveness of the Roopkund trek. “This is a good shot and provides the viewer contrasting elements – the massive mountains and miniature humans,” says Vinod Krishna


Pranay Saini – Buran Ghati 

I can almost feel the tension in this shot. This is one of the most tricky sections of the Buran Ghati trek. Our judge says it could have been a neat photo if it was shot wide to show the contrasting elements around and the scale of the rapelling zone.

Buran Ghati 1706 - Pranay Saini - The infamous Barua pass desend
The infamous Barua pass descent

Dip Ranjan Chaterjee – Hampta Pass

The Hampta Pass trek is truly incomplete if you don’t spot these glorious horses on the way. Our judge says this one is a good wide shot. The horse in the frame is a good addition to the frame.

Hampta Pass - Dip Ranjan Chatterjee - Returning Home (Balu ka gera)
Returning Home (Balu ka gera)

Saurabh Vashistha – Roopkund

Nothing like curling up in your own warmth on a breezy day huh! Our judge says the frame captures a good part of what comes along with every trek – mountains, skies & mountain dogs.

Roopkund - Saurabh Vashistha - Mountain doggo dreams of a cloud elephant
Mountain dog dreams of a cloud elephant

Sridhar GS – Roopkund

This photo is so symmetric! The reflection is on point. “It is a well balanced shot and the frame has a nice divide – fore, mid and background elements,” says judge Vinod Krishna

Roopkund - Sridhar GS- Reflection of Mt. Trishul from Bedni Bugyal campsite
Reflection of Mt. Trishul from Bedni Bugyal campsite

Prachi – Roopkund

Can you see those birds scattered in the sky? Our editor, Swathi says she loves the minimalist feel of the photo. Judge Vinod agrees that it is a nicely framed capture even though it breaks the rule of thirds.

Roopkund_Prachi_Homecoming at Bedni Bugyal
Homecoming at Bedni Bugyal

Karan – Roopkund

Another classic shot borne out of playing with reflections in the puddle. This shot especially has good exposure. Our judge says he likes the colours and framing in this shot.

Roopkund-Karan-Reflection of Mt. Trishul visible at Bedni Bugyal Campsite
Reflection of Mt. Trishul visible at Bedni Bugyal Campsite

A note about our judge: Our Judge Vinod Krishna also known as Vinkrish, is a passionate trekker, runner and photographer. His day job is with one of the largest IT companies in the world. He is a certified Project Management Professional, holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and is an NLP Master Practitioner. You can check out his photography here.

Which one is your favourite shot? Vote for it below!

  • 1. Shlvaji Bandgar – Brahmatal Trek (30%, 384 Votes)
  • 8. Priyabrata Sahoo - Brahmatal Trek (21%, 260 Votes)
  • 4. Puneet Garg - Sandakphu Phalut Trek (19%, 237 Votes)
  • 10. Vinay G - Kedarkantha (17%, 211 Votes)
  • 5. Shriram Kondhawekar - Brahmatal Trek (5%, 57 Votes)
  • 6. Siddhartha Paul - Kedarkantha Trek (3%, 42 Votes)
  • 2. Deb Purkait  - Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek (3%, 40 Votes)
  • 7. Vidya Sagar S R - Kedarkantha (1%, 18 Votes)
  • 9. Amit Nandu - Kedarkantha (1%, 8 Votes)
  • 3. Dileep Kumar - Dayara Bugyal (1%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,264

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33 thoughts on “Winners of June 2017 Photo contest

  1. A Naturally beautiful trail is bound to give exceptional views through the lens.And having done both… Roopkund is anyday more picturesque than buran ghati. I wonder if any pic from buran pass shall ever win the contest… Food for thought!

  2. No doubt at all. Capture taken by sridhar is classic. I think that’s not a good idea to judge someone photo using votes.. There can be scenarios where yoi will ask your friends vote for my photo then?