It’s the first month of the year and what better way to celebrate than a trek in the Himalayas! Although January doesn’t see many trekkers due to the chilly winter, this year was quite a surprise. Trekkers flocked to Sandakphu and Brahmatal; bringing with them these beautiful pictures!
Here are the winners, judged by Anuja Gupta, for the Photo Trekker of the month of January.
Trek Photographer of the Month – Raghavendra SN
The oblivion is a perfect caption, makes me think: What would it be like if I was that guy just walking into nowhere. The path seems like it can disappear any moment. Makes you anxious and excited about what is to come.
1st Runner Up – Trace Carrasco
One more good photo for human canine bonding. however, here the tables have turned. The dogs look like they’ve come to make friends with the kid. It feels like that childhood school scene where a group of kids come and ask a new kid if he wants to play with them. The kid looks a bit shy and the dog looks like he’s urging him to come play. Again perfect composition, there’s just enough elements to make the feelings come alive.
2nd Runner Up – Santosh A
The contrast hits me first – that strong orange on white snow and clouds with the blue sky. The trees are also interesting. Added to all this, there’s snow fall! So much is happening in this photo but in the right proportions. Even though the trees are the only living things, this photo seems to be full of life.
Trekkers Choice Award – Gayatri
For someone who has been to Lohajung, this photo is very interesting. This place is usually very green and full of life. The snow and frost over this inclined place makes it almost unrecognisable. This photo almost makes Alaska look mundane.
Brahmatal – Snehanshu Pradhan
Sandakphu – Udit Ranjan
The sleeping buddha itself is awesome. This is the first photo I’ve seen with flora in the frame. In all the other photos the buddha seems like it’s in another world altogether, maybe inaccessible. But in this photo, it feels like I can go there. It’s nice when someone can bring life into the frame.
Brahmatal – Raghavendra S N
If it weren’t for that cloud, it would’ve been just another photo. The cloud looks like it’s consuming the mountain or like it’s been covered by a blanket to protect the mountain from the approaching storm.
Brahmatal – Vishvajeet Chavan
One of the best photos to show human-canine bonding. The person is sharing food directly from his/her tiffin box. We usually do this only with our human friends. This shows friendship has no boundaries. The dog’s eyes shows that even they have strong emotions. I can almost feel how hungry and grateful the dog is. Composition is also perfect.
Sandakphu – Mark Rodrigues
Love the depth in this photo. The path takes my eyes to the horizon. Other than that, it looks like this person has been walking a long way and finally he has reached a new place. Both the person and the end of the path are placed perfectly in the photo. Good composition! The snow and fog makes it dramatic too.
Brahmatal – Vijendra Patil
This picture offers a stark contrast between pristine snow and the surrounding tree line. The dining tent sits amidst fresh snow in what is otherwise a barren landscape. This picture is reminiscent the isolated space that the trekkers enjoy, far away from the madding crowds.
Cast your vote for the Trekkers Choice Award
- Gayatri - Houses at Lohajung (31%, 209 Votes)
- Trace Carrasco - A child playing with dogs (18%, 124 Votes)
- Udit Ranjan - Sunrise from Sandakphu (17%, 112 Votes)
- Santosh A - Brahmatal campsite during snowfall (13%, 86 Votes)
- Vijendra Patil - The dining tent stands alone amidst fresh winter snow (7%, 49 Votes)
- Raghavendra SN - Into the Oblivion (6%, 43 Votes)
- Snehanshu Pradhan - The foggy basecamp - Lohajung (3%, 18 Votes)
- Raghavendra S N - Attitude vs Altitude (2%, 12 Votes)
- Vishvajeet Chavan - Lunch time for everyone (2%, 11 Votes)
- Mark Rodrigues - A chilly checkpoint on the Sandakphu trek (2%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 675
Voting ends on 3rd March at 2:00 pm
About our Judge Anuja Gupta
Anuja Gupta works as a trek leader with Indiahikes. She has over 8 years of experience as a Photo Journalist. Through her photographs she strives to tell us stories from the mountains. Take a look at her work in the #HumansOfTheHimalayas segment on our Facebook page