March 2016 Photo Contest – Results out!


Brilliantly captured photo contest entries for March kept coming in well past deadlines and we couldn’t help but welcome them with a smile. Our judge Ravindra Joisa had a tough time picking a few out of the lot. The winning photographs are below! Take a look!

Congratulations to the winners! Keep trekking and keep clicking!


Jai Pandya- Kedarkantha 

This frame, as serene as it looks, can tell a thousand stories. A perfect capture with colors balancing out the snow covered land. Do we really need to point out the ‘subject’ here? To top it of, Jai Pandya has also put together a blog with drop-dead gorgeous pictures from the trek.

Kedarkantha Trek - Jai Pandya - A friend we made on the trek, who, at times even led the trek. All the way to the peak

1st Runner Up

Satyen Dasgupta –  Chandrashila

The first few rays before sunrise from behind the razor-sharp peaks are clearly mesmerising! The picture looks unreal, but we know that it hardly has any editing! This is a very well-timed and symmetric shot!

Chandrashila-Satyen Dasgupta-Before Sunrise

2nd Runner Up

Deepak J Nayak- Kedarkantha

The Kedarkantha base camp! Love the way the trees and branches are used as natural frames, showing the landscape and the mountain range in the background. Some campsites are simply breathtaking.

Kedarkantha - Deepak J Nayak -Perfect Camping Site



1.Usha Ambaliya – Chandrashila

The lovely Rhododendrons along the trails of Chandrashila. We love the way the pinks pop out. It’s a very pleasing on the eye. The vast landscape and the trail that goes along the left side shows how beautiful the Deoriatal trail actually is!


2. Gayatri- Nag Tibba

Nag Tibba has truly refreshing sights to offer along the trail. The greens and hazed mountains can only make you feel more alive than ever!

Nag Tibba - Gayatri (1024 x 576)

3. Anand Tamhankar- Kedarkantha

A shot right before the trekkers summited at Kedarkantha. A walk that is said to make one realize, it was worth the climb after all.

Kedarkantha – Anand Tamhankar (1024 x 683)

4. Satyen Dasgupta – Chandrashila

“Is this even for real?” This other-worldly picture has to be in the nominations simply thanks to the rarity of such a capture!

Chandrashila-Satyen Dasgupta-The Ring

5. Aishwarya Rajendran – Deoriatal-Chandrashila

These are the kind of views from the summit that can easily send chills down your spine! This clear and close-up shot of the Himalayan Range from the Chandrashila summit is something that pops your eye out! We especially love how the clouds are kissing the peaks!

Deoriatal to Chandrashila- Aishwarya Rajendran- Magnificent Himalayan range as seen from Chandrashila summit

6. Vamsi Krishna- Har Ki Dun

This is a perfect rule of thirds frame. The snow playing charmer across wide landscapes is something you’d never miss to notice along the Har Ki Dun trail.

Her ki Dun - Vamsi Krishna - The approach to Har ki Dun

7. Varuni Chauhan-Har Ki Dun

It looks like the foreground full of flowers and the path, is intentionally luring the viewer’s eye straight to the snow covered mountain peak. A well composed frame.

HKD-Vaaruni Chauhan-enroute kalkattidhar

8. Sandeep Suresh – Sandakphu

This is one of the best shots of Sandakphu trail we’ve come across. A well placed subject with the lovely landscape playing perfect backdrop for this dreamy capture. There is golden light with oncoming clouds – that explains the Sandakphu trail so perfectly!

Sandakphu-Sandeep Suresh-Scene from Tumling

9. Nagendra – Kedarkantha

The interestingly fogged mountains in the background and trekkers climbing uphill just show how tiny humans can be in the lap of the mountains.

Kedarkantha – Nagendra – KK we are coming.

10. Jimit Gadhia – Kedarkantha

Another beautiful campsite and the reflection, well captured. Don’t you wish you could live in that tent on the lake!


11. Santanu Sain – Sandakphu

Another tough shot from the trails of Sandakphu. The image has been well captured in spite of low light and fog. We think this picture alone captures the spirit of the Sandakphu trail, where mist floats in and out, surprising trekkers with sudden gifts, such as these flowers!

Sandakphu Trek--Santanu Sain--Magnificent Magnolia

12. Bharath Raj – Kedarkantha

Clear skies, flowers well in bloom, a cottage tucked away in peace, well, things that a city life cannot offer? A lovely capture.

Kedarkantha – Bharath Raj – Serine Living (2048 x 1152)

So those are the Top 15 pictures for the March 2016 Photo Contest.

This photograph right below deserves a special shout out. It’s a fascinating shot that four trekkers worked to produce! They were making the best use of their torches weren’t they? 🙂

HarkiDun_Trek Team Effort_ Bulb Photography


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 –
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 March 2016 blog contest, click here.









Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy is the Chief Editor at Indiahikes. She also runs a video series, Trek With Swathi. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at Deccan Chronicle. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications such as Deccan Herald. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates that mind like nothing else can.Read Swathi's other articles. Watch Swathi's video series here.

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