Winners Announced For Trek Photographer Of The Month September 2017

This month’s photo contest is special because it has been judged by our founder, Arjun Majumdar. “It was a tough call. We have a lot of great entries this month,” he says.

Each photo that has been selected has been appreciated for the thought and effort put into getting that perfect shot.

With over 500+ photo entries this month we truly had a ball going through all the different treks and views.

Here are the winners for the Trek Photographer of the Month September 2017.

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 

Monica Gahlout – Hampta Pass 

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Sunset at Balu ka Ghera

Capturing the interaction of the sunset with the surrounding makes this photo stand out. Arjun points out how the mules being in the front with the tents behind makes the viewer immerse themselves in the world of trekking. “She has got the lighting right. You want to be there just by looking at the photograph!”

First Runner up

Ashish Bhatt – Pin Bhaba 

Walking on the bridge

This is another excellent composition. Did you notice how the trekker is standing right in the middle of the river. Arjun says, “This means the trekker waited for this exact moment when everything was in perfect alignment.” Not to mention, the two colours of the same river stand out beautifully!

Second Runner Up 

 Harsha Madalam – Roopkund 

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Bedni bugyal with Nanda Ghunti in the backdrop

This photo, as Arjun says, captures life on the mountains in its fullness. The vibrancy of the landscape is something that has been captured really well in this shot!

Trekker’s Choice Award

Barsha Sengupta – Roopkund 

The view of Chaukhamba from Bedni

Using the temple as the foreground gives this photo an interesting twist. The lovely alpenglow on the mountains is the cherry on top. Arjun says, “This is definitely an excellent composition.”


Sandeep – Bhrigu Lake 

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Standing above the clouds at Bhrigu Lake

The trekkers seem to be standing on a sea of clouds. Arjun says, “The fact that the trekkers are aware and experiencing this enthralling experience makes this a great shot.” The composition is bang on!

Ashish Bhatt – Pin Bhaba

Just like walking in Paradise!

This is another stunning composition. Even though it is a midday photo it makes for a great shot. The lighting during the day doesn’t usually compliment good photography. Arjun says, “The rarity of a midday photo being good makes this one worth the appreciation.”

Deeksha Ketarki – Roopkund 

Roopkund-Deeksha Katarki -A Rainbow captured from the Bedni Bugyal campsite
Can you spot the rainbow?

It is funny how nobody except one of the trekkers has noticed the towering rainbow covering the entire expanse of the Bedni Bugyal. Arjun says, “A classic case of being at the right place at the right time. A sole witness to the miracle.”

Vishal Sinha – Har Ki Dun 

Har ki Dun - Vishal Sinha - Maninda Tal site with the way ahead leading to Borasu Pass
Maninda Tal site with the way ahead leading to Borasu Pass

A fantastic photograph! Two trekkers in the mountains, an endless trail ahead and a riot of colours. Arjun says, “This could easily pass as an advertisement for trekking in the Himalayas.”

Ishita Saha – Hampta Pass

Hampta Pass - Ishita Saha - The sole traveller on the way to Chandrataal
The sole traveller on the way to Chandrataal

This one is a terrific composition of a lone biker in a spectacular setting. Arjun says, “The photographer has captured the isolation and the feeling it evokes towards the idea of solo biking.”

Zohaib Bagdadi – Gaumukh Tapovan 

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A Blue sheep at Bhojbhasa

Capturing blue sheep takes a lot of patience. A blue sheep is a fast-moving animal and capturing a photograph with the animal facing the camera is surely a win. Arjun says, “It shows how patient the trekker must have been with the animal just to get this one shot.”

Dipan Talukdar – Roopkund 

Roopkund - Dipan Talukdar - Chowkhamba at dawn from Bedni Bugyal
Chowkhamba at dawn from Bedni Bugyal

Capturing sunrise at Chaukhamba so clear and sharp in spite of the distance from the subject is quite difficult.Many of you may know the distance at which you see Chaukhamba from Bedni. Arjun says he would frame this photo and hang it in his office for the crispness of the composition.

Meenakshi Gautam – Kedartal 

Kedartal - Meenakshi Gautam - Panaromic view and reflection of Mt. Bhrigupanth, Mt. Thalayasagar and Jogin 3 peaks in Kedartal
Panaromic view and reflection of Mt. Bhrigupanth, Mt. Thalayasagar and Jogin on the Kedartal

The symmetrical reflection of the mountains on the Kedartal is nothing short of extraordinary. Arjun says, “This trekker has gotten the shot at the right time. This is an early morning shot which is when the waters are still.” Oh, and the freshly fallen snow on the peaks just adds to the drama.

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The poll closes on 2nd November 2017 at midnight. 

Karishma Jayapaul

Karishma Jayapaul

Karishma Jayapaul was an assistant content manager at Indiahikes. A journalist by profession, she loves to write about real life experiences. Her love for fitness and writing made her join the Indiahikes content team. Baking is her first love, while in her free time she plays the piano.

133 thoughts on “Winners Announced For Trek Photographer Of The Month September 2017

  1. Beautiful click by harsha madalam, he is successful in capturing the mountains life essence in a moment which takes ages to witness.

  2. hey hi… I was looking to send some pics of roopkund along with the seasons first snowfall … could you help me as to how to upload them

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