On the outset, I would like to state that photography in the mountains is not easy. During your journey, many a time you might come across the perfect moment when everyone else is huddled up in their tents, and the wind is rendering your fingers numb. Nature always champions your cause, treating your eyes (and lens) to scenes of unimaginable beauty, but situations don’t. It is here that the mettle of a true photographer is determined. You should always know where to draw the line, and at the same time search for moments that are not staring you in the face, moments that everyone will not find.
Many of the participants in this contest have done exactly that, and it was with a lot of scrutiny that I have arrived at this list. It was truly an honour to have come across such brilliant entries, and I consider myself very lucky to be granted this opportunity.
With no further ado, here are the winners of the August 2016 Photo Contest! Congratulations to all the winners!
View from Shea Goru
This picture has all the makings of the perfect landscape shot – a striking foreground with the bright red flowers, a long exposure on the flowing river in the mid ground, and never ending mountains and clouds in the background. Every part of this frame catches the viewer’s eye.
1st Runner Up
Enjoying the view of Kibber
Another brilliant shot. The wonder of an explorer having stumbled upon an enchanted land – the rugged expanse of the Key Gompa makes for a wonderful frame. The prayer flags in the foreground add a lot of drama. Nicely done!
2nd Runner Up
Motherly love in the Himalayas
What a beautiful story this picture tells! A mother providing for her infant in harsh conditions, against a stunning backdrop of Harmukh. Shows the level of compassion animals have for each other. Well done!
Trekkers’ Choice Award Winner
The journey from Rola Kholi to Pandu Ropa
A nicely framed shot. A U-shaped valley in the foreground, with the mighty Dhauladhar/Pir Panjal forming the backdrop. Add some clouds to it and the love for the Himalayas is renewed.
Horses in action at Pandu Ropa
I love the activity in this picture, there are so many different things happening at the same time! A full-fledged fight taking center stage, while a horse calmly grazes in the background. Great timing!
Nanga Parbat at a distance
This is a very, very special picture, and you my friend are lucky indeed! What you are looking at, several kilometers away, is the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat. The Rupal Face is often referred to as the highest mountain face in the world, and rises a whopping 15000 feet from its base in the Indus River Valley. It is the deadliest part of a mountain which is known to be one of the toughest climbs in the world. Thank you for this shot!
Twin lakes of Kashmir Great Lakes trek
This one looks straight out of Tolkien’s Middle Earth! Dramatic clouds rising above the twin, turquoise colored lakes. Add a human element to it, and you have a fantastic landscape picture.
A calf that fancies human company
The Kashmir Great Lakes trail is well known for its’ charm and serenity. And this calf, standing on rolling meadows and bright blue skies, brings out the essence of this trail in many ways.
On the way to Vishnusar Lake
Elements of this photograph lead us into the image, like the glacial remains on the right. That’s the reason why this one stands out.
Trekkers at Gadsar Lake
This shot shows us the essence of high altitude trekking. Some like to be on the move, while others stand transfixed. The backdrop and the reflection are just the icing here. Lovely!