Winners Announced For October 2017 Trek Photographer Of The Month

We’ve had quite a visual treat looking at all the entries for the month of October. This month’s photo contest has been judged by our dear friend and one of our revered Trek Photographers, Satyen Dasgupta.

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 autumn settings with the lovely warm colours.

Here are the winners for the Trek Photographer of the Month October 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 

Sagar Pradhan – Rupin Pass 

01.Rupin Pass- Sagar Pradhan- The day it snowed at lower camp site
The day it snowed at the lower waterfall camp site

Nothing can beat the view of freshly fallen snow! Our judge Satyen says, “The real flavour of a winter trek can be felt by looking at the photograph. The natural elements have been captured well and the presence of a human element enhances the composition and depicts the object quite nicely.”

First Runner up  

Ashish Gada – Roopkund 

02.Roopkund - Ashish Gada- sunrays hitting the east of Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti and scenic view from Bedi Top
Can you see the sun rays hitting the east of Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti ?

Such a classic photo that manages to get all the elements in just one shot. Our judge thinks the colours of the light have been very well captured in this photo. “The feel of the warm sun’s rays along with the snow on the fore-ground makes this photograph even more appealing,” he says.

Second Runner Up 

Tejaswani Bettadpur – Har Ki Dun 

03.HarKiDun-Tejaswini_Bettadpur-FunAtHarKiDun
Frolicking at the campsite

What a candid shot! An action shot like this one is not an easy one to capture. Our judge Satyen says, “The playful moments of  the locals have been very well captured and the photographer has managed to freeze the action very well.” It also gives the viewer a peek into the locals of this region.

Trekker’s Choice Award 

Abhinav – Kuari Pass

08.Kauri pass15oct-Abhinav-on the way to talli camp (1)
On the way to the Tali campsite

This is no doubt a great panaromic shot. Our judge agrees, “A nice panoramic  shot where every thing is in place – the elements, trail, the beauty of nature and the layers of mountains.  The framing of this photograph is brilliant. It draws the viewer into the photograph with the grandeur of the Himalayas in the backdrop. Nicely done!”

Nominations

 Niraj Kanodia – Deoriatal Chandrashila 

04 “Chandrashila summit – Niraj Kanodia – Sun rise”
The view from the Chandrashila summit

This photo just made us go wow! Our judge says, “This one is a very nice and balanced panoramic shot, considering the placement of natural and human elements.” I can only imagine the emotions whizzing past the trekkers who have just reached the summit.

Sudipto – Kuari Pass 

05.Kuari Pass-Sudipto-in the Air infront of Hathi Ghoda peak from Kuari Top
Up in the Air in front of the Hathi Ghoda peaks at the Kuari Top

We can’t believe the perfect timing of this shot. The stunning Hathi Ghoda peaks in the background just add to the drama of this photo. Judge Satyen says, “Action well frozen where the subject appears to be suspended in the air with the stunning mountains  in the background.”

Biman Dey Sarkar – Har Ki Dun 

06.Har Ki Dun - Biman Dey Sarkar - The beauty in the dusk in Har Ki Dun campsite
Beauty at dusk at the Har Ki Dun campsite

This photo perfectly represents autumn on the Har Ki Dun trek. Our judge says, “This photograph has a nice blend of colours. The placement of elements is complimenting each other although the post processing appears to be on the higher side.”

Sudipto – Kuari Pass 

07.Kuari Pass-Sudipto-Star gazing from Khullara Camp site
Star gazing at the Khullara Camp site

A blanket full of stars in the night sky is a sight you will not get anywhere else other than the mountains. Our judge says,”The Kuari Pass trek is one of the only treks where you can get up close and personal with  the peaks of Garhwal and this night shot of star gazing just takes it a notch higher. This is a wonderful shot!”

P. Rajesh – Sandakphu 

09.Sandakphu - P Rajesh - Rolling mist at Sabargram
A misty day at the Sabargram campsite

The mist in this photo appears to be blanketing the mountains. Our judge thinks the best part about this photo are the layers of mountains and the mist. “I liked the clarity in this image and the snow-covered mountains. The landscape is just too beautiful. The photographer could have made it better by putting the object little inside,” he says.

Biman Dey Sarkar – Har Ki Dun 

10.Har Ki Dun - Biman Dey Sarkar - Stream near Valley of God
The Supin river snaking through the rocks

This photograph looks more like a painting. The Supin river steals the show! Our judge thinks this simple yet beautiful shot deserves recognition. “This is an amazing landscape shot showcasing the beautiful Himalayas. I would say it is a postcard-perfect shot. This image is sharp, though it is clearly visible that the photographer has spent some sweet time on post processing,” he adds.

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Karishma Jayapaul

Karishma Jayapaul

Karishma Jayapaul is 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.

22 thoughts on “Winners Announced For October 2017 Trek Photographer Of The Month

  1. abhinav…. suprb click yr…. a best photographer is nt who click pics bt real photographer knows how to buetify the things…..

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