Trek Photographer of the Month February 2017 announced!

February is a month when very few treks are accessible. But the few that are accessible are an absolute treat to the eyes. With snowfall, high winds and surprisingly clear skies (post-snowfall), February usually promises a lot of drama. These photographers who manged to whip their cameras out and capture that drama deserve a round of applause.

Without further ado, here are the winners for the Trek Photographer of the Month of February 2017. Congratulations to all those who participated. Keep trekking!

TREK PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH- Prateek Desai

Brahmatal

The first few snowflakes never fail to put a smile on a trekker’s face. But what about when there’s a full fledged snow storm? That’s what these two trekkers in the below picture seem to be experiencing. We love the drama in this photograph. It gives an expedition-like feel to the Brahmatal trek.

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Two trekkers trudge through a snowstorm on the Brahmatal trek

 

2nd Prize

Udaideep Jadli – Brahmatal

It’s hard to believe that the above and below pictures are from the same trek, isn’t it? There’s something spooky about the forests in this picture. Add to that a hint of adventure!

The misty oak and rhododendron forests of the Brahmatal trek.

 

3rd Prize

Saptarshi Dutta – Sandakphu

We love such pictures for their story-telling quality. This pictures gives us a peek into the lives of the local folk on the Sandakphu trail. The picturesque backdrop, the raw foreground, there are several elements in this picture that make it a great one!

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Captured on the way to Pandim from Kalipokhri

 

Trekkers’ Choice Prize

Pranjal Pangaonkar – Brahmatal

There’s something very soothing about this picture. The calm waters, the still sky, the lone tree. It’s no wonder Lord Brahma chose to meditate here. It looks like a space that would make one deeply reflective.

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The Brahmatal lake in winter

NOMINATIONS

Prateek Desai – Brahmatal

At a first glance you might confuse this picture to be taken on a trek in Nepal, with big mountains at such close proximity. But when you look longer, you’ll notice the unmistakable contours of Mt Trishul (right) and Mt Nanda Ghunti. What a fabulous shot from Brahmatal! A rare and dramatic capture!

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Mt Nanda Ghunti and Mt Trishul as seen from the Brahmatal summit

 

Manas Sharma – Sandakphu

Speaking of big mountains, there are few pictures that capture the magnificence of big mountains. This is one of them. It’s a close-up of the Kanchenjunga face of the Sleeping Buddha (the stomach). Captured during dawn, with wisps of clouds rising off the surface, it’s a breath-taking shot.

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A striking clear view of the Kanchenjunga face of the Sleeping Buddha

 

Saptarshi Dutta – Sandakphu

This is perhaps one of the most underrated sections on the Sandakphu trek. Captured during the descent from Gorkhey to Ramam. These forests are mostly pine, dense and dark. Our co-founder believes that this is one of the best sections of the trek. Beautifully captured!

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Pine forests on the way from Gorkhey to Ramam

 

Preeti Krishna – Talle Valley

A long shot of the Pange River Camp. This picture captures several elements of the Talle Valley trek – the thick jungles, riverside trails, one of many bridges that you cross on trek, and a little bit of the culture – the small clusters of huts that you come across throughout the trek. It makes for an interesting shot.

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The Pange Camp by the riverside on the Talle Valley trek

 

Himanshu Kishore – Nag Tibba

Minimalism at its best. The play of light and darkness, the mysterious effect it adds to the hills make this a great shot. Don’t miss the details on the edges of the hills!

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The misty hills of Garhwal, shot from Nag Tibba

 

Udaideep Jadli – Brahmatal

After a long day’s trek, you know that feeling when you spot your campsite. The last of your energy comes rushing and you run to your tent. A well-composed shot.

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Entering the Bekaltal Campsite
Swathi

Swathi

Swathi Chatrapathy is a journalist from Bangalore. She heads the content team at Indiahikes and runs a video show called Trek With Swathi. Writing, reading and trekking are up there on her list of favourite things!

82 thoughts on “Trek Photographer of the Month February 2017 announced!

  1. Prateek Desai is excellent with his camera. His compositions are superb. He should definitely be the winner!!!!!!

  2. PRATIK DESAI – He has clicked beautifully & natural scene in camera and posted here for us. As per me it’s best pic among all. Others are also good.

  3. I vote for pratik desai ,
    He. Has taken very difficult pic as snowfall Going on ! Men on ground how they’re Facing difficulties to walk .
    One more important thing is to judge the beutiful area or location to fix in the
    Frame is the beauty !keep it up Pratik

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