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Tranquil sunrise
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Tranquil sunrise
Varanasi
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/750Sec-f/8-ISO100-16mm-9Apr2014-06:23:36

A spectacular sunrise against a brilliant blue sky with moored boats in one of the numerous ghats at Varanasi makes one stop and savor the breathtaking moment. Udayan stopped too to capture this tranquil sunrise for eternity.

01. Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on Oct-19, 2016
02. Won jointly 1st place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Best) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanetcommunity.tumblr.com) & published in the blog as winning image and received a LP Book of Udayan’s choice. [Link: goo.gl/yuEmpI]
03. Runner-up of “Best Shot-December 2016” Photography Contest organized by photofie.com and published on their website [goo.gl/qBNYLK].
04. One of the winners of FB/Groups/loversofphotography weekly contest [theme was Godman] & it was shared on the cover for a week in January 2017. [Link: goo.gl/JeGBvU]
05. Accepted in 5th DIGIFOCUS International Digital Salon 2017 [digifocusclub.org]
06. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) in their Pune judging.
07. Accepted in 1st ONYX International Exhibition of Photography-2017 [campinaexhibitions.net/onyx].
08. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) in their Ratlam judging.
09. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) in their Udaipur judging.
10. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) in their Dewas judging.
11. It has own one of the 10 consolation prize in ShutterBug Photo Contest organized by amazon.in in August 2017 and theme was #EverythingIndia. He has received a SanDisk 64GB Extreme Go 3.1 USB as prize. [Link: goo.gl/br9Das]
12. It was featured in amazon.in website under Shutterbug, Amazon’s Photography Club [Members Gallery] in 2018. Link: goo.gl/ri5sB8 | goo.gl/wXS7PA
Sailing Sadhu
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Sailing Sadhu
Varanasi 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/250Sec-f/11-ISO800-16mm-8Apr2014-17:29:00

Wandering amongst tourists trying to eke out a living, this enterprising sadhu took on the role of a guide to help tourists around his city and make an honest living for himself. On a boat ride along the river Ganges as Udayans guide, this holy man made himself comfortable at one end of the boat with his smoking pipe and a content squat. He could not resist the temptation of some worldly pleasure as he sailed along the cool river front smoking his beloved pipe lost in thoughts of enlightenment.

01. Published as Photo of the Day on earthshots.org on 8th May 2014. This was also published as news article at harvestheart.tumblr.com, fotodesigners.com, socialmail.com & graficament.com
02. Won 1st Place in DPReview Challenge (Intangible Cultural Heritage) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 10th June 2014.
03. Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography - June 2014 issue.
04. Won 2nd place in PixelPost Photo Contest-2014 (pixelpost.in) and received a trophy, a certificate and an exclusive calendar. It was also published on their website & facebook page.
05. Published in PostCard of LonelyPlanet Magazine India in February 2015 issue.
06. This image featured as the cover image in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on Image Management: Part III that published on 24th Aug 2015.
07. One of the TOP5 entries of Lonely Planet: Photo Challange - Orange on their Flickr Group (flickr.com/groups/64228671@N00) in March 2016. [Link: goo.gl/h4wNqg]
08. Featured on konakonakotak.com. Kotak Mahindra Bank became India’s fourth largest private bank in 2015 & to highlight its presence across a significantly larger geography that includes smaller towns and cities, it has rolled out a campaign, titled “Kona Kona Kotak”.
09. Uber-India bought this image to use on their instagram and credited INR.1000/- to Udayan’s Uber App in July 2016.
10. tabi-indo.com used this image on their website to promote one of their travel package to Varanasi.
11. Accepted in “Holy Island-3rd International Art Exhibition of Sacral Motifs-2016” organized by Photo Club Kornat in Croatia [fotoklubkornat.hr] and published on their e-catalog.
12. Featured in an article on Image Management that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-December2016 issue [smileartbeats.com].
13. Accepted in DPA Internationa Circuit 2017-Montenegro judging [digitalphotoarchivelimited.com].
14. Won Jointly 2nd Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was Religious-but not Christian) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 6th February 2018. Link: goo.gl/Z7TKtK
15. Accepted in 4th International Salon Singidunum 2018 [srbijafoto.rs]
16. Accepted in 2nd ONYX International Exhibition of Photography-2018 [campinaexhibitions.net/onyx].
17. Accepted in 2nd FIP National Digital Circuit 2018-Patna Judging [fip.org.in].
The last mile
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The last mile
Varanasi
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/90Sec-f/11-ISO800-16mm-9Apr2014-06:42:20

“Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves - And Immortality”.
Millions of people from many parts of India throng the edge of the holy Ganges at the Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi with a hope that their final journey on earth ends where humanity meets divinity. At the divine gates, their lifes deeds would be weighed and if the good weighed more than the bad, they would earn the right to walk into light. Udayan found this hunched old man emerge from a courtyard filled with wood that fuels fire to consume the mortal remains of humans. His slouching shoulders, measured steps, the weighing scale and his lifes possessions on his back summed up the solemn story of the last mile in this frame.

01. Accepted in Fotorbit India 1st National Circuit-2017 in Galaxy Art Society Judging [fotorbitindia.com]
02. Accepted in 1st FIP National Digital Circuit-2017-Raiganj Judging [fip.org.in]
03. Accepted in PFM International Digital salon-2017 [pfmclub.com].
04. Accepted in 2nd Exhibition-Wonder 2017 [photobalkan.com].
05. Accepted in UNIQ IMAGINATION 1st International Circuit-2017-Winstage Photography Judging[wwwshutterbugartsociety.in].
06. Accepted in Fotorbit India 1st National Circuit-2017 in Photography Pathshala Judging [fotorbitindia.com]
07. Accepted in 4th International Salon Singidunum 2018 [srbijafoto.rs]
08. It has won a Special Mention Award at 1er interno 2018 organised by Foto Club Quilmes. Link: goo.gl/8fhNuu
09. Accepted in 1st CSCP National Salon-2018 [www.cscp.school]
10. This is one of the two images of Udayan which were part of the Coups de Coeur organized by wipplay.com as part of the screening of the Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad happened September/October-2018.
Worlds apart
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Worlds apart
Varanasi
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/10Sec-f/8-ISO200-25mm-10Apr2014-08:05:07

Often life presents a juxtaposition of circumstances and people that create a fascinating frame. Two women... a content widow with no worldly cares at rest near a pretty yet lifeless model, their feet inches apart, yet clearly conveying their different attitudes towards life. Untouched by the passage of time, the two women created a thought provoking frame for Udayan.

01. Won 2nd prize in the Oct-2015 Flickr Monthly Contest (Alone) of The Camera Club of Hyderabad (flickr.com/groups/thecch) & prize was Two 12X18 Photo prints including shipping from zoomin.com
02. Accepted in SRIJAN 1st All India Digital Salon 2015
03. Won “Expert Top 10” award in Homeless Contest in photocrowd.com [goo.gl/2RnPaq]. It was also featured on many websites on the occasion of World Homeless Day [10th October 2016] like twice in www.xinmin.cn [goo.gl/ijdpXE & goo.gl/U0oYMa], in two different posts on www.tnews.ir [goo.gl/9yHyOA & goo.gl/ YL6Qfn], xinbojy.com [goo.gl/iE6XDB], two different posts in clipmass.com [goo.gl/YUHJDo & goo.gl/uPiqlW], newszii.com [goo.gl/cndcw5], indy100.com [goo.gl/JQ0RVY], scol.com.cn [goo.gl/eGr98i], atisam.ir [atisam.ir/news/93975], akhbarelyom.com [akhbarelyom.com/news/571119], deadbees.net [goo.gl/sZCFrm], otaghkhabar24.ir [otaghkhabar24.ir/news/66999], postjung.com [goo.gl/c6J2nL], theuniversal.it [theuniversal.it/6765-2], meekhao.com [goo.gl/az7056], mashhadsar.ir [goo.gl/OeNzNC], namnak.com [ goo.gl/o1O31p], dbw.cn [goo.gl/YVfhNC], chinadaily.com.cn [goo.gl/nQyQow], xinhuanet.com [ goo.gl/oKG5og], sina.com.cn on [ goo.gl/M12XjC], awangarda.ru [ goo.gl/eZRaj8], tahapakhsh.ir [goo.gl/ igcROs], segye.com [goo.gl/HKOiUV], catdumb.com [ goo.gl/51z3xl], fjsen.com [goo.gl/5HPTqr], travelask.ru [goo.gl/zpx9Qi], world.kapook.com [goo.gl/DYXdq9] and haoranw.com [goo.gl/HtP4MU].
04. This is one of the two images that Accepted in 16th China International Photographic Art Exhibition. Total 638 images are accepted from 55637 entries by 10167 photographers from 96 countries & exhibited at Zhengzhou, China in May 2016. It is also published on their website & printed catalog. Here is the link: goo.gl/vx0kkF. It is also featured at cipafe.com [goo.gl/rRmMvR].
05. Won 1st prize in the March-2016 Flickr Monthly Contest (Theme was Woman) 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
06. It was featured on kujaja.com gallery in 2015. It is a stree photography group. [Link: goo.gl/y3tBM3]
07. Won the 1st place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Nap) of Lonely Planet blog (goo.gl/mJ2bzd) & published in the blog as winning image and received “The Travel Book” as the prize.
08. 1st place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (Street Photography) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in Jul2016 & published on their website at phototcrindia.com [Link: goo.gl/CcmcAh].
09. Won “Expert Top 10” award in Street Life Contest in photocrowd.com. Here is the link: goo.gl/u1MJj1.
10. Third place winner of weekly photo contest of Nirvana - The Photography FB Group in Jul 2016 & theme was “Old Age”. [Link: goo.gl/hx19zB]
11. Accepted in 5th EMPA International Digital Salon-2017 (empa.in).
12. YourArtGallery.com used this image for a poster on their social network in Feb 2017. Link: goo.gl/tcYYqY
13. It was featured on Klickideas Annual e-Book, Spotlight-2016 [klickideas.com/spotlight-2016]
14. 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]
15. Accepted in 5th DIGIFOCUS International Digital Salon 2017 [digifocusclub.org]
16. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) and received a Certificate of Merit in their Delhi judging.
17. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) and received CAS Honorable Mention in their Pune judging.
18. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) and received a Certificate of Merit in their Ratlam judging.
19. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) in their Udaipur judging.
20. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) and received a WPAI Gold in their Kolkata judging.
21. Accepted in SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com) and received a GPU Gold in their Dewas judging.
22. Accepted in Circuito Internazionale 21 Gran Tour Delle Colline-Trofeo Arno Judging [grantourdellecolline.it].
23. Accepted in Digitalna Foto Arhiva Circuit-2017 (digitalnafotoarhiva.com) in their Serbia judging.
24. It has been featured on the winning page of Urban Culture contest organized by photocrowd.com. Link: goo.gl/fvDtJ8
25. Won 2nd Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was Unintentional Blur) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 22nd October 2017. Link: goo.gl/YYZDar
26. It was one of the highly appreciated images of fortnightly theme contest -The Art of Black and White organised by Photography Club of Assam FB Group in October 2017. Link: goo.gl/3JuKnS
27. Won the 1st prize in thematic contest [Woman] in April 2017 organized by Photography Club of Assam-Barpeta Branch in their fb group [fb/groups/PCABB] and received a 16GB SD card as the prize. [Link: goo.gl/q0UeLc]
28. Accepted in Zoom 17 International Circuit of Art Photography [zoomcircuit.com.ua] in their Haifa judging.
29. Accepted in 4th Pathshala International Salon-2017 [photographypathshala.in].
30. Awarded with Honorable Mention/Diploma in 22nd International Exhibition of Photography-2017 organized by Foto Klub Kornat [fotoklubkornat.hr].
31. Accepted in Shadow 2nd International Circuit-2017-Photography Pathshala Judging/Salon-2 [worldsofshadow.org]
32. Accepted in Shadow 2nd International Circuit-2017-Worlds of Shadow Judging/Salon-3 [worldsofshadow.org]
33. Won third place in IVAF FB Group Monthly Contest-June2017 [fb/groups/1383652221727483] and theme was Street. Link: goo.gl/rc4n4R and ivaf.in
34. Accepted in 1st Pictograph International Salon-2017 [psasalon.com].
35. Accepted in DPA Internationa Circuit 2017-Montenegro judging [digitalphotoarchivelimited.com].
36. Accepted in Fotorbit India 1st National Circuit-2017 in Fotorbit Judging [fotorbitindia.com]
37. Accepted in Fotorbit India 1st National Circuit-2017 in Photography Pathshala Judging [fotorbitindia.com]
38. Accepted in Fotorbit India 1st National Circuit-2017 in Galaxy Art Society Judging [fotorbitindia.com]
39. It has been featured on the winning page of Street Life contest organized by photocrowd.com. Link: goo.gl/aFrsvW
40. It has been featured on the winning page of Homeless contest organized by photocrowd.com. Link: goo.gl/Pd1Jks
41. It has been featured on the winning page of Black and White Street Photography contest organized by photocrowd.com. Link: goo.gl/6yKNoo
42. This is one of the two images of Udayan that has been published in Chiiz Magazine-Volue 10-January2018 along with his profile picture as contributor.
43. Accepted in 4th International Salon Singidunum 2018 [srbijafoto.rs]
44. Awarded a Photography Pathshala Silver in Rainbow 2nd International Circuit-2018 [Galaxy Art Society Judging]. rainbowcircuit.org
45. Accepted in Portrait Ciurcuit 2018 - 3rd Exhibition of Photography-Portrait 2018-Vienna Judging. [photoclub202.com].
46. It has won the weekly ”Power of Photography Contest” [Theme was Woman] organised by Toehold.in in March2018 and received a Gift Voucher worth INR.2000/- [Link: goo.gl/BdqwCX]. It is also shared on their FB Group Cover [facebook.com/groups/toehold.in].
47. Accepted in IRIS 1st ALL India Digital Salon 2018 [irisphotofoundation.com].
48. Accepted in the Monochrome Section of The International exhibition of art photography CONTRAST 2018 [contrast.fotodoboj.com]
49. Awarded Club Diploma [Photo Club Infinity Doboj] in the Life Section of The International exhibition of art photography CONTRAST 2018 [contrast.fotodoboj.com]
50. Accepted in 2nd FIP National Digital Circuit 2018-Durgapur Judging [fip.org.in].
51. Accepted in 2nd FIP National Digital Circuit 2018-Patna Judging [fip.org.in].
52. Accepted in 2nd FIP National Digital Circuit 2018-Dimapur Judging [fip.org.in].
53. Accepted in 1st CSCP National Salon-2018 [www.cscp.school]
54. Accepted in Light and Moment International Circuit 2018 [Pix Photography Judging]. Link: photo-world.org
55. Accepted in Light and Moment International Circuit 2018 [Third Sense Photo Club Judging]. Link: photo-world.org
56. Accepted in 2nd PCA National Digital Salon 2018 [pcasalon.co.in].
57. Won “Judge Top 10” award in Story of the Streets Contest in photocrowd.com. Here is the link: goo.gl/rRooes
58. Accepted in Tell Me Your Story contest organised by sillesanat.com for its members in 2018. Link: goo.gl/e2Az4P
59. Chiiz magazine featured this image on their social media as “Chiiz’s Pick” in September2018. Link: goo.gl/v6ctWE & goo.gl/ajixbg
60. Accepted in Tell A Social Problem with Photograph contest organised by sillesanat.com for its members in 2018. Link: goo.gl/2n7Zv2
61. Accepted in 5th FIP Grand International Digital Circuit-2018 [Fullframe Camera Club Judging]. Link: fip.org.in
62. Accepted in 5th FIP Grand International Digital Circuit-2018 [Photographic Association of Bihar Judging]. Link: fip.org.in
63. Accepted in WPAI Circuit 2018-Delhi judging [wpaidelhi.com]
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Varanasi
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/125Sec-f/4-ISO800-33mm-9Apr2014-08:45:35

Varanasi is as known for its aromatic gusty Benarasi Paan as its known for the traditional brocade Benarasi silk sarees. Each taking the shape of an industry on its own, the saree can cost someone a bombshell while the paan does not. Naturally, one can find a plethora of big and small shops selling this favorite chewing product in every nook and cranny of Varanasi. This aged paan seller seemed to be lost in reading the newspaper whilst waiting for customers as if he is looking to find business projections to help him scale his operations.
Symmetrical Stairway
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Symmetrical Stairway
Varanasi
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/20Sec-f/11-ISO4000-16mm-9Apr2014-10:52:54

Udayan was exploring the city of Varanasi and its quaint old buildings when he stumbled across a freshly painted modern looking one. The interesting repeated symmetry of this strikingly colorful staircase when he looked up to see where he was going mesmerized him.

01. Got a special mention in the weekly contest (Theme- Structure) of Photographers Paradise FB Group (facebook.com/groups/PhotographyParadise) on 23rd June 2014.
02. Won 1st prize in the June-2014 Flickr Monthly Contest (Abstract) 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
03. Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography - July 2014 issue.
04. Won 3rd place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Pattern) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog) in Aug 2014.
05. Accepted in Marmaris International Photography Festival 1st International Photography Contest (Turkey-2014) & published on their website at altinjuri.com
06. Shortlisted for Darter-Creative Slow Speed Photography Contest with Manfrotto-2014 and published on their website at darter.in
07. This image featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on Image Management: Part I that published on 22nd July 2015. It has also used as the cover image of the article.
08. Won 1st Prize in Halla.in Amazing Architecture Photo Contest-2015 & prize was two T-shirts with his winning image printed on it with his name. It was also shared on their FB page & instagram related to their architecture contest in 2015.
09. Won 1st Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was changing levels using a structure) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 18th Dec 2015.
10. Won “Crowd Top 10” award in Modern Interiors Contest in photocrowd.com. Here is the link: goo.gl/Zvyb5d
11. Featured in an article on Image Management that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-December2016 issue [smileartbeats.com].
12. One of the winners of FB/Groups/loversofphotography weekly contest [theme was Black&White Stairs] & it was shared on the cover for a week in March 2017. [Link: goo.gl/vlGzGh]
13. This is one of the three images that is a part of a travelling exhibition titled “Architecture” organized by thephotographicangle.co.uk and will be exhibited across UK in 2017.
14. It was the winner in architecture category of #Freedom2Click photography contest organized by CP Expeditions [dcpexpeditions.com] in August 2017 on the ocassion of India Independence Day and prize sponsored by Manfrotto. [Link: goo.gl/LYQuYS]
15. It has been selected as the winner of Fortnightly Theme Photo Contest [Pattern] organised by Photography Club of Assam FB Group [fb/groups/101761733278576] in Nov/Dec 2017 and received a printed and laminated certificate. Link: goo.gl/goNnQr
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