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Edge of a Ledge
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Edge of a Ledge
Avalabetta Hilltop
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/30Sec-f/22-ISO100-18mm-17Sept2016-16:35:53

This surreal frame was taken at the edge of a mountain top a little before sunset at Avalabetta, a little known hilltop near Bangalore. The rolling hillocks and the large strips of greenery in the distance formed the hazy outline of a distant backdrop against a spectacular ledge. The golden sunrays added to the drama giving the ledge and this image a silver lining.

01. Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on Feb-3, 2017.
02. It was featured on Klickideas Annual e-Book, Spotlight-2016 [klickideas.com/spotlight-2016]
03. Accepted in Zoom 17 International Circuit of Art Photography [zoomcircuit.com.ua] in their Rivne judging.
A Beautiful Smile
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A Beautiful Smile
Nandi Hills
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/90Sec-f/4-ISO100-35mm-16Oct2016-10:08:10

Perhaps she is one who is not free of guile, but she is one who has such a beautiful smile
And a beautiful smile carries one a long way, it does more for one than words can ever say
~ Francis Duggan

01. It was one of the five images exhibited in Click-2017 organized by MIT School of Photography [mitsop.edu.in] in March 2017 and received a Rental Voucher from Primes & Zooms [primesandzooms.in].
02. Accepted in Digitalna Foto Arhiva Circuit-2017 (digitalnafotoarhiva.com) in their Serbia judging.
03. Udayan’s image won the 2nd prize in Black & White Paid Photography Contest [Volume-II] in May2017 where 50% entry fees goes to a prize pool and it is divided into 3 parts (45%, 35% & 20%) for the first three winners. Udayan received an Amazon GV worth INR. 473/-. Link: goo.gl/4i14AX
04. Jointly 2nd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (B&W Portrait) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in June2017 & published on their website at phototcrindia.com [Link: goo.gl/Iou3Kq].
05. Accepted in DPA Internationa Circuit 2017-Ireland judging [digitalphotoarchivelimited.com].
06. Accepted in DPA Internationa Circuit 2017-Serbia judging [digitalphotoarchivelimited.com].
07. Accepted in DPA Internationa Circuit 2017-Montenegro judging [digitalphotoarchivelimited.com].
Water
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Water
Hoskote
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/180Sec-f/4-ISO200-35mm-11Oct2016-16:39:25

A couple of women at the community water tap waiting for their turn to fill their water pots and while they are at it, catching up on some gossip to go. Well, this is a typical scene at rural areas near Bangalore where corporation water arrives twice a day for the community to fill up on. The dainty jewelry on the lady’s feet coupled with the striking colors and shape of the water pots and her busy body language captured a slice of rural Karnataka as Udayan sees it.

01. Featured on Flickr blog [blog.flickr.net] as Honorable Mentions of “Flickr Heroes of the Week” in Oct2016. [Link: goo.gl/TAI37K]
02. Accepted in 1st FIP National Digital Circuit-2017-Raiganj Judging [fip.org.in]
03. Accepted in Fotorbit India 1st National Circuit-2017 in Photography Pathshala Judging [fotorbitindia.com]
A Priceless Smile
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A Priceless Smile
Hoskote
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/200Sec-f/11-ISO200-18mm-11Oct2016-16:31:38

She kept busy the whole day by tending to her beloved cow, taking it out to graze for food, bathing it, caring for it and finally milking it. She perhaps earned a hundred rupees that evening for the little precious milk she brought in to the milk center at a little village off Bangalore city. Can you put a price to her independence, her pride and her smile… that would be priceless!
Plate up
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Plate up
Hampi
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/1000Sec-f/4-ISO400-35mm-28Aug2016-15:25:33

Bearers of food for pilgrims to this remote temple in Hampi, a World Heritage site known for its beautiful temple complexes, these clean plates lined up in military like discipline reminded Udayan of the selfless service they did as bearers of good fortune and of happiness.
Leap of Faith
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Leap of Faith
Hampi
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/750Sec-f/8-ISO400-42mm-28Aug2016-17:42:14

As evening approached, a troop of monkeys led by its leader jumped across these vast spaces between tall steep boulders at a temple near Hampi. Udayan froze this moment in a picture when one monkey was still in air. What gave it the courage to take such a leap of faith? Was it confidence in himself or blind faith in his leader?

01. Selected as Mentor’s Choice in Camarena Academy [fb/groups/camarena.in] on 28th October 2016 & entered for the yearly contest to win the Grand Prize worth INR100,000/- and received a certificate. Here is the link: goo.gl/YuTyDH
02. It was one of the TOP5 in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: In) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanetcommunity.tumblr.com) & featured in their blog [Link: goo.gl/EJHbAw]
03. Won 1st prize in the December-2016 Flickr Monthly Contest (Subject was Best of 2016) of The Camera Club of Hyderabad (flickr.com/groups/thecch) & prize was a 8x8 Printed Hardcover Photobook in Classic Paper worth almost Rs 1100 from zoomin.com and a pdf book on digital photography.
04. Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on Jan-13, 2017.
05. Accepted in Apricot Photo International Salon-2017 [apricotphoto.com]
06. Jointly 2nd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (Wildlife in B&W) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in February2017 & published on their website at phototcrindia.com [Link: goo.gl/JTZqNK].
07. Udayan have received a membership from Sille Sanat Sarayi from Turkey. For this he has received an id card & a white pin. This is one of the ten of his images that featured as his portfolio in their website. [Link: goo.gl/1wvNOi]
08. Got honorable mention in Black & White Photography Contest organized by worldphotographersclub.com in Feb 2017 and published on their website. [goo.gl/5IuVru]
09. Accepted in 5th DIGIFOCUS International Digital Salon 2017 [digifocusclub.org]
10. It was shortlisted in Wildlife Photography Competition organized by photofie.com in 2017 and featured on their website. [goo.gl/HX77wV]
11. Won “Judge Commended” award in One “Shot One Moment” Contest in photocrowd.com
12. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) in their Pune judging.
13. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) in their Kolkata judging.
14. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) in their Dewas judging.
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David Y Lee, a NatGeo Editor favorites this image at Your Shot in April 2017. Here is the link: goo.gl/Du0akY
16. Accepted in 2nd TPAS Salon-2017 (tpas.co.in).
17. Accepted in Digitalna Foto Arhiva Circuit-2017 (digitalnafotoarhiva.com) in their Croatia judging.
18. Won “Expert Commended” award in “Wildlife” Contest in photocrowd.com
19. Accepted in JCM Circuit-2017 (jcmcircuits.com) in their Indore judging.
20. Accepted in JCM Circuit-2017 (jcmcircuits.com) in their Ahmedabad judging.
21. Accepted in JCM Circuit-2017 (jcmcircuits.com) in their delhi judging.
22. Accepted in 1st FIP National Digital Circuit-2017-Raiganj Judging [fip.org.in]
23. Udayan’s image has been adjudged as the “Image of the Week” for the weekly contest themed #HPCMammalWeek of Haridwar Photography Club FB Group [fb/groups/hpc.haridwar] in June 2017 & now eligible for the annual HPC calendar and exhibition contest. [Link: goo.gl/xhpLvT & goo.gl/kuPteY]
24. Won the 2nd place in thematic contest [Capturing Action] in June 2017 organized by Photography Club of Assam-Barpeta Branch in their fb group [fb/groups/PCABB] and received a certificate. [Link: goo.gl/grfdVj]
25. Accepted in UNIQ IMAGINATION 1st International Circuit-2017-Third Sense Photography Club Judging[wwwshutterbugartsociety.in].
26. Accepted in UNIQ IMAGINATION 1st International Circuit-2017-Shutterbug Art Society Judging[wwwshutterbugartsociety.in].
27. Accepted in DPA Internationa Circuit 2017-Ireland judging [digitalphotoarchivelimited.com].
28. Accepted in DPA Internationa Circuit 2017-Serbia judging [digitalphotoarchivelimited.com].
29. Accepted in DPA Internationa Circuit 2017-Montenegro judging [digitalphotoarchivelimited.com] and awarded a salon HM. It is also featured on their eCatalog.
30. It has won 1st prize in Imagine with Freedom photo contest on the occasion of India Independence day in August 2017 organized by Photography Club of Assam and prize sponsored by Manfrotto [Link: goo.gl/hYQc5N]
31. Won “Expert Commended” award in “Into the Wild” Contest in photocrowd.com
Steps to water
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Steps to water
Hampi
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/90Sec-f/11-ISO100-42mm-27Aug2016-12:13:44

The fascinating patterns and the symmetry of the Pushkarni stepwell in Hampi where each level was carved in a repetitive triangular shape was very alluring. The three corners of the pyramid shaped stairs, the three dimensional angle where two flanks of the tank meets and the three tourists shadows on the water below presented a magical frame.

01. It was judged as Highly Commended in the monthly contest of thephotographicangle.co.uk in 2016 and published on their website [Link: goo.gl/vrasdR]. He also received a certificate for the same.
02. Won “Judge Commended” award in Stairs Contest in photocrowd.com
03. Accepted in Fotorbit India 1st National Circuit-2017 in Galaxy Art Society Judging [fotorbitindia.com]
Bahubali
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Bahubali
Sravanabelagola
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/125Sec-f/11-ISO400-19mm-13Aug2016-17:58:36

Udayan traveled to Sravanabelagola, a town in Karnataka where the star attraction was a 58-feet tall monolithic statue of Bahubali. Home to Jain heritage for over 2000 years, the calm countenance of Bahubali amidst the ageing grand courtyard of the temple offered a dramatic backdrop to a group of children playing with gay abandon. Udayan caught a candid view of this sacred pilgrimage site with a picture of contrasts, the old and the young, the calm and the playful, the sky and solid temple architecture.
Windswept fields
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Windswept fields
Kollegal
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/125Sec-f/8-ISO100-18mm-2Jul2016-13:45:40

Large areas of fertile land heavy with almost ripe harvest covers the landscape for as long as the eye can see in Mandya, Karnataka. The summer wind played between the tall coconut trees and the blades of paddy forcing them to sway to its rhythm. Were the blades of paddy bent over because of the heavy string of golden kernels on its tips or were they simply submissive to the gusty wind?

01. Won jointly 1st place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Harvest) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog) in Sept2016 & published in the blog [goo.gl/McSfOv] as winning image and received a LP Book (The Cities Book) of Udayan’s choice. [Link: goo.gl/36qIt6]
02. It has been adjudged as the “Image of the Week” for the weekly contest themed #HPCVillageWeek of Haridwar Photography Club FB Group [fb/groups/hpc.haridwar] in August 2017 & now eligible for the annual HPC calendar and exhibition contest. [Link: goo.gl/GLFRTN]
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