It has been three weeks since we hit 10,000 followers on Instagram. To celebrate the same, we hosted the Trek Photographer of the Year 2015-16 challenge. Instagram was flooded with splendid pictures of the Himalayas, hills from the Western Ghats, and in some cases, Greenland as well!
We had four themes, IHSnowScape, IHWildlife, IHTrekkersInAction and IHTentLife. The fourth theme with the tents, without a doubt, had the best entries! If only we could all live in tents forever!
However, with no further ado, let’s announce the winner of the Instagram contest who wins a grand Trek Voucher of Rs.10,000! He had four entries that bowled us over, and at times had us going “aww!”
Sushil Govardhan, take a bow. You are the Trek Photographer of the Year 2015-16!
Here are Sushil’s four entries:
1. IH Snowscape – The compostition of this shot is great! The trekker in the distance, Mt. Nanda Ghunti in the background, the clarity of the mountain, they make for a beautiful landscape shot!
2. IH Trekkers in Action – The Stok Kangri Summit climb. Anyone who has trekked in such weather knows just how difficult it is to get one’s camera out of the bag and capture a shot. It shows you what a summit climb is really all about! What a splendid action shot!
3. IH Tent Life – As Sushil has rightly said, a billion star hotel can any day beat a 5 star hotel! Trying his hand at astro photography, Sushil has done a brilliant job with this one!
4. IH Wildlife: A Himalayan marmot – an animal our trekkers have often caught sight of on their trails! What better to signify wildlife from the Himalayas!
@indiahikes #ihwildlife A Himalayan marmot, normally friendly with humans. We found this guy enroute Pangong Tso. He was especially shy, may be because of very less human presence in the area. This was while we were trekking from Gangpoche to Mankorma camp site during Stok Kangri trek. #wildlife #Marmot #ladakh
Congratulations Sushil! After Brahmatal, Kanamo and Stok Kangri, we hope you go on many more expeditions!
While Sushil met all the criteria we had for the contest, there are several other entries that we loved. Here are our favourites from the four themes!
IH Trekkers in Action:
The colours, the setting, the trekkers, the flat floor. It doesn’t get better than this! We love the compostition and the feel of this shot!
IH Tent Life:
We haven’t seen a better wide angle shot of the Deoriatal campsite, especially with such clear views of Chaukhamba. We believe this picture shows how a real trekker actually lives in the mountains.
Doesn’t this goat just say “I’m fabulous!” What a lively shot! There are several ways you can make goats look adorable in pictures. But this is the best we’ve seen so far. Also, it can beat any shampoo ad!
This photo exudes simplicity and elegance. The pines, the snow, Kedarkantha captured at its best!
Winter… Kedarkantha slopes The Kedarkantha slopes in winter are a sight to be seen. The soft snow all over renders a dreamy look to the landscape. If one is lucky you can have snow right from the first campsite at Juda Ka Talab another sight that fights for attention with this one! #IHSnowScape #IndiaHikes