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Ant on my plant
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Ant on my plant
Chennai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
1/400Sec-f/11-ISO1250-100mm-4Jul2020-10:57:31

1️⃣Featured on a Better Photography Poster to promote their Unseen Nature Contest-2020 [instagram.com/p/CDF5W6qqrRz]
A Geometric Affair
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A Geometric Affair
Chennai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/400Sec-f/2.8-ISO640-70mm-2Mar2018-18:10:58

“Where there is matter, there is geometry” said Johannes Kepler. The regular act of hanging the mop out to dry against a bright red wall behind a neighbour’s home made for a great study on angles and lines.

*Accepted in Salon
Kodungallur Bharani-I
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Kodungallur Bharani-I
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/200Sec-f/8-ISO320-24mm-7Apr2019-16:11:24

*Accepted in Salon
Off the beaten track
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Off the beaten track
Canning
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/60Sec-f/2.8-ISO100-29mm-19Feb2020-6:15:53

*Accepted in Salon/s
Safe
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Safe
Kumortuli
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/4000Sec-f/1.4-ISO200-50mm-17eb2020-12:36:29

1️⃣Printed in Chiiz Magazine-May2020 [38th issue].
Mylapore Festival
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Mylapore Festival
Mylapore
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/160Sec-f/2.8-ISO100-35mm-12Jan2020-16:40:01

*Accepted in Salon/s
Bicycle
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Bicycle
Chennai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/20Sec-f/2.8-ISO12800-35mm-4May2019-22:52:57

*Accepted in Salon/s
Hot Air Balloons
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Hot Air Balloons
Mahindra World City-Chennai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/200Sec-f/2.8-ISO6400-16mm-5Jan2019-20:19:35

An orderly line of inflated balloons stood in line ready to take off with its load of tourists at the 5th Tamilnadu Hot Air Balloon Festival-2019 in Chennai on. The fire within the balloons burned as wildly as the desire in a tourists heart to see the city from up above.

*Accepted in Salon/s
Reaching the star
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Reaching the star
Mahindra World City-Chennai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/25Sec-f/2.8-ISO2000-22mm-5Jan2019-18:24:57

Thalaiva, the leader of the South Indian film industry, the lord of people’s hearts... a hero loved, revered and worshiped by millions of people around the World. Actor Rajnikanth has received much admiration from his fans. This one could not contain his joy at seeing the larger-than-life actor before him in a film’s poster on a hot air balloon at the 5th Tamilnadu Hot Air Balloon Festival-2019. Reaching the Star!

*Accepted in Salon/s
Rapunzel
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Rapunzel
Mahabalipuram Fishing Village
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/1000Sec-f/4-ISO640-35mm-12May2019-8:24:47

This girl had a smile that could light up the world and hair like long silken threads. She was perhaps getting ready to go somewhere as she combed her hair looking down at her friends playing in the street. I could not help but think of her as an Indian Rapunzel who as in the Fairy tale was locked up in her high tower wishing she was able to join her friends below soon.

1️⃣Awarded a ISF HM in PAUA Judging of Fotocraft Circuit-2019 [jcmcircuits.com]
Framed for Eternity
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Framed for Eternity
Visakhapatnam
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/15Sec-f/18-ISO800-19mm-30Sep2012-05:37:06

An enchanting sunrise at Vizag often entails the various elements that Udayan captured in this image. A gorgeous sky, serene sea, distant ships, few morning walkers, some divine music softly playing on loud speakers along the road, lots of greenery and a calmness you can otherwise find in temples or prayer houses. Udayan could not resist capturing this frame for eternity.

1️⃣Published in Eye Spy at Vizag Chronicle (City Supplementary of Deccan Chronicle) on 5th Oct 2012.
2️⃣Print is on sale at tadpolestore.com from Feb2014.
3️⃣Featured 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”.
Fishing
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Fishing
Dawki
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/1500Sec-f/2.8-ISO400-88mm-29Oct2017-14:14:28

There are people that fish and those who just disturb the water.
~ Chinese Proverb

*Accepted in Salon/s
Shnongpdeng
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Shnongpdeng
Shnongpdeng
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/50Sec-f/2.8-ISO100-24mm-29Oct2017-16:42:50

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

1️⃣Won 2nd place in the January-2018 Flickr Monthly Contest (Subject was Mountains and Hills) of The Camera Club of Hyderabad (flickr.com/groups/thecch). This was the last contest of them with voting. It will be a judge based contest from February-2018 and Udayan will be one of the three judges for this contest for future onwards.
2️⃣Selected as Honourable Mention in “Sunset & Sunrise” Photography Contest in 2018 organized by worldphotographersclub.com and featured in their website. Link: goo.gl/abXgsS
Rooms full of light
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Rooms full of light
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 24-105 F/4L IS USM
1/750Sec-f/4-ISO1600-105mm-15Nov2014-20:19:02

Amazing shapes, intricate patterns, numerous colors all synergized by a warm glowing incandescent light. Every time Udayan drove by this shop, he was drawn to this festive display. Aulus Cornelius Celsus once said “Live in rooms full of light“. Who can resist such an alluring room full of light?

1️⃣Featured on natgeotraveller.in as DailyShot on 20th Jan 2015 on the theme #IntoTheLight & won a free copy of the magazine. It is also shared on their twitter & facebook.
2️⃣Published in Eye Spy at Hyderabad Chronicle (City Supplementary of Deccan Chronicle) on 22nd Jan 2015. This News Paper is also available online at dc-epaper.com
3️⃣Featured as Cover Picture of Halla.in facebook page (fb/hallaexpress) in July2015.
4️⃣Won 1st prize in the April-2016 Flickr Monthly Contest (Theme was Light) 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
5️⃣Selected as a Winner of talenthouse.com’s “The Perfect Shot” Campaign for Shopping Category in 2016 and also featured on their website [goo.gl/L5lmZi].
6️⃣One of the finalist images of “Light” contest organized by WorldPhotographersClub.com and published on their website as playlist in 2016 [goo.gl/jix5BU].
7️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in Dewas judging of SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com).
8️⃣Won 2nd Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was The Storefront of Today) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 7Dec2018. Link: goo.gl/yD12fm
A new day has come
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A new day has come
Marina Beach
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/90Sec-f/11-ISO100-18mm-26Jan2017-07:32:36

Let the rain come down and wash away my tears
Let it fill my soul and drown my fears
Let it shatter the walls for a new sun
A new day has come

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on Feb-27, 2017.
Basket in the air
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Basket in the air
Kasimedu Fishing Harbour
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/8000Sec-f/3.5-ISO400-20mm-7Sep2017-07:33:45

The Kasimedu Fishing Harbor at Chennai comes alive when a trawler pulls in with a load of fish. Porters like this one in the shadow hold up their cane baskets to not only protect themselves from the sun, but also to avoid bumping into each other as they weave their way to the waiting customer while also indicating that they are available for hire with their raised posture. In its shadow, this unique way of life was captured perfectly.

1️⃣Featured on Flickr blog as Honorable Mentions of “Flickr Heroes of the Week” in September2017. [Link: goo.gl/ipuJtc]. It was also featured in their Instagram Story for a day [@flickr].
2️⃣elected as #HallaDailySnap on 9th October 2017 and featured on their website as cover image [halla.in]. It has also featured in a Halla.in blog titled “Last Month in Popular: Top 35 Pictures from October Month’s Photo contest”. Link: goo.gl/7K1U6D
3️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography-Oct 2017 issue.
4️⃣Published as Photo of the Day on photoburst.net on 22nd November 2017.
Waiting for fish
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Waiting for fish
Kasimedu Fishing Harbour
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/640Sec-f/2.8-ISO200-31mm-22Jul2017-07:07:50

There was silence as day broke over some stacked crates and a tri-cycle parked in front of a wholesale fish shop. As trawlers from the deep sea bring in the day’s catch, the hustle of selling fish would bring everything to life. This is one slice from the amazing street life Udayan saw of the lull before the storm a trawler of fresh fish brings to the Kasimedu Fishing Village in Chennai.

1️⃣Selected as the winner of Urban Photo Contest organized by photofie.com in 2017 and published on their blog [Link: goo.gl/daZpNj].
2️⃣Selected as #HallaDailySnap on 9th September 2017 and featured on their website as cover image.
3️⃣Featured in a photofie.com blog titled “Have we mentioned that we love stylish, smart and elegant clicks?” in Oct2017. Link: goo.gl/EFDqsn
Breezy Beach
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Breezy Beach
Edward Elliot’s Beach
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
0.4Sec-f/8-ISO100-16mm-18Nov2018-18:00:00

Have you ever had a warm roasted, lemon and chili spiced corn on the cob at a beach with the moisture laden wind blowing on your face as you watch the waves gently crashing on the shore? If you have not, you must! Go to the Besant Nagar Beach in Chennai and order your corn cob freshly roasted before you in a hand-operated fire spewing barbecue now!

1️⃣Selected as the Honourable Mention in the “Creative Long Exposures” contest organised by Better Photography magazine & published in the March 2020 issue.
Concentric Circles
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Concentric Circles
Mahindra World City-Chennai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/40Sec-f/2.8-ISO8000-23mm-5Jan2019-18:33:12

Dwarfed by these hot air balloons, the tiny humans went about their business of getting these giants ready for an evening of floating and flying. The concentric circular pattern of the balloon expanded with every gust of wind being blown into it making the humans in the distance appear even smaller.

1️⃣Selected as #HallaDailySnap on 14th Feb 2019 and featured on their website as cover image.
2️⃣Featured in a Halla.in blog post titled “10 Photography Trends for 2019”. Link: goo.gl/Dj3cNx
3️⃣Published in PostCard of LonelyPlanet Magazine India in April 2019 issue.
It is all in my destiny
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It is all in my destiny
Visakhapatnam
Canon AE-1 Program with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
1/30Sec-f/1.4-ISO100-50mm-17Nov2005-17:45:00

Udayan arrived at the fishing harbour in Visakhapatnam close to 5 in the evening. He had heard that local fishermen sold their day’s catch every evening as they brought their fishing vessels in. This old woman caught his attention because she sat in the quietest corner guarding her treasure of dead fish least the scavenger crows fed on them. She had a vacant look on her face just like the dead fish around her. She told him that she would wait everyday to gather the leftovers from the days catch so she could dry them in the sun and sell it later. This is what kept her alive in “The City of Destiny”.

1️⃣Won 3rd Place in DPReview Challenge (India 2: Close-up Portraits-FEMALE subjects only) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 25th July 2013.
Unraveled entangled
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Unraveled entangled
Visakhapatnam 2005
Canon AE-1 Program with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
1/250Sec-f/8-ISO100-50mm-16May2005-15:00:03

The RK Beach at Visakhapatnam is a popular tourist spot and usually thronged by lots of locals and tourists alike. Because of the high footfall and constant activity on the beach, it is not very popular among the fishermen who like to reserve their activities to more secluded beaches a little distance away. Therefore, this group of fishermen organizing their nets on this beach was quite an oddity. What caught Udayans attention was the single minded devotion to their activity. They did not mind being covered with these heavy nets as they trudged along the beach under the scorching sun. They looked like mechanical cog wheels working in unison to complete the task at hand.

1️⃣Won 1st Place in DPReview Challenge (Beach Activity) & published on DPR’s website (dpreview.com) on 16th April 2013.
2️⃣Consolation prize winner of 1st National Level Photography Contest-2015 organized by SivoontePedia of Thrissur.
3️⃣Won 1st prize in the November-2017 Flickr Monthly Contest (Subject was Professionals at work) of The Camera Club of Hyderabad (flickr.com/groups/thecch) & prize was a zoomin.com GiftVoucher worth INR750/-
4️⃣Won 2nd Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was One of us! The human planet. People; different, yet the same) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 26th December 2017. Link: goo.gl/9imR2r
5️⃣Won Critics’ Choice Award in May Day Photo Contest - 2018 organized by srishtidigilife.co.in and received a Manfrotto Windsor Camera and laptop backpack.
6️⃣Awarded a WPAI Silver in PCC-Chandigarh Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019 [wpaidelhi.com]
Erra Matti Dibbalu
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Erra Matti Dibbalu
Visakhapatnam
Canon AE-1 Program with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
1/125Sec-f/8-ISO100-50mm-15May2005-14:15:00

This image was shot at Erra Matti Dibbalu, a maze of deeply gullied red sand dunes frequented by tourists, couples in search of a quite place to romance, film crews to shoot critical scenes, nature lovers as well as the local residents who enter this maze to find fodder for their cattle and firewood for their hearth. Vehicles are not allowed as the passages can become very narrow without warning. The only means of transportation is walking or the trusted carts pulled by cattle. The loose sand makes it difficult to venture deep into the heart of the dunes and Udayan was drawn to the mystery of what lay beyond the apparent.

1️⃣This images is a part of the HSBC collection (2009). The photographs are displayed in Hexagon House, HSBC Global Resourcing, Visakhapatnam.
2️⃣Displayed in INTACH Visakhapatnam Photogrphy Contest & Exhibition 2011
Ode to Tranquility
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Ode to Tranquility
Visakhapatnam
Canon AE-1 Program with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
1/120Sec-f/11-ISO100-50mm-26Feb2007-15:40:00

The long winding roads along the virgin beaches of Vizag make for a fantastic drive. As Udayan turned around the corner near the Buddhist ruins at Thotlakonda, he saw this vista open up. The tall palm trees, the tranquil sea, red sand and perfect weather made this image a fitting memoire of the essence of Vizag.

1️⃣Published in BIKE India magazine (June 2007)
You’ve Got Mail
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You’ve Got Mail
Visakhapatnam
Canon AE-1 Program with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
1/10Sec-f/8-ISO100-50mm-17Oct2007-04:00:00

Udayan regularly went to a magazine stall at the RTC Complex, a busy bus depot in the middle of an even busier business hub in Vizag. The ebb and flow of travellers in various stages of their journey coupled with the hallmarks of a busy business hub made for an interesting study. This unkempt row of colorful letter boxes belonging to various media houses, TV channels and other local companies intrigued him always. So many letters would wait in anticipation of reaching its destination, the reader, just like the passengers around them. Recently, a pillar was built in front of these post boxes thereby making this picture impossible to replicate in future.

1️⃣Eexhibited in the 2009 exhibition to celebrate the World Photography Day in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina & published all the images (total 36 of 25 photographers from 20 countries) to the online portal of Tuzla (tip.ba). Participation of this exhibition was by invitation only. Exhibition was held in Galerija JU Doma Mladih Tuzla from 19 Aug 2009 to 5 Sep 2009.
Vendors of Faith
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Vendors of Faith
Visakhapatnam
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/800Sec-f/5.6-ISO400-36mm-28Aug2012-15:04:13

Udayan spotted these youngsters walking on the streets of Vizag wearing red clothes in accordance to their faith. It felt like they were a team, busily going about their routine task of reminding passersby of the fact that God was omnipresent and could be found everywhere. They tugged at peoples devotion to make a living, yet could not resist the urge to take a break in between. Surely, God also needs a break sometimes.

1️⃣Published in Eye Spy at Vizag Chronicle (City Supplementary of Deccan Chronicle) on 25th Sep 2012.
2️⃣Won the Grand Prize at G.K.Vale Photography Contest on the theme Vibrant Colour and was awarded with 1 HD photo enlargement (8x12) & One HD Calendar (6x9) in July 2014.
3️⃣Joint winner of Photographer Paradise FB Group (facebook.com/groups/PhotographyParadise) Weekly Contest (Theme-Story of Streets) & displayed on their cover for a week from 8th September 2014.
4️⃣Won 1st Prize in Halla.in “Red” 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.
5️⃣One of the TOP5 entries of Lonely Planet: Photo Challange - Red on their Flickr Group (flickr.com/groups/64228671@N00) in February 2016. [Link: goo.gl/JbpBZz]
6️⃣Published in www.fotoflock.com (Fotoflock by Epson) as Photo of the Day on 2nd August 2016.
7️⃣Won 1st prize in the August-2017 Flickr Monthly Contest (Subject was Red) of The Camera Club of Hyderabad (flickr.com/groups/thecch) & prize was a zoomin.com GiftVoucher worth INR750/-.
Mask it!
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Mask it!
Visakhapatnam
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/40Sec-f/4.5-ISO6400-36mm-13Oct2012-19:30:30

The “devil” can strike fear in anyone’s heart but this brave little gypsy girl. Standing defiantly against a roadside tree adorned with Indian devil masks, she seemed secure by the knowledge that they will keep all evil away from her. Gypsy families often pitch illegal settlements on busy pavements and sell these handcrafted devil masks that are believed to ward off evil if hung outside homes. True to her belief, these masks were therefore guarding her and her home on the streets of Vizag.

1️⃣Received a t-shirt from Phantom Films [phantoms.in] for winning their #SabTrappedHai Contest on the occasion of releasing their movie “Trapped” in March2017.
Lighthouse
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Lighthouse
Bheemili
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/6Sec-f/5-ISO1000-20mm-7Oct2012-18:00:43

This majestic Lighthouse was built in 1868 and is the first one to be set up in India. It is located in Bheemili, the second Municipality to be established in the Indian mainland. Perhaps, this is why the Lighthouse is well maintained and fully functional even to this day. Framed against a picturesque sky, Udayan captured this arresting view of the citadel on the shores of Bheemili beach one splendid evening.

1️⃣Published in Eye Spy at Vizag Chronicle (City Supplementary of Deccan Chronicle) on 12th Oct 2012.
2️⃣Someone has used this image on a Youtube video without his consent or credit. Link: youtu.be/PP1AUtRSdyo and goo.gl/2kGF8q
3️⃣exploremytrip.com used this image on their website to promote their travel packages to Bhimili without Udayan’s consent or any credit. [goo.gl/21fTj2]
My Conquest
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My Conquest
Canning
Canon AE-1 Program with Sun MC 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 Macro
1/120Sec-f/5.6-ISO100-200mm-11Mar2004-10:30:00

Inspiration often comes from the smallest of sources. According to legend, Robert Bruce was a disheartened King as he had lost a battle and was hiding in a cave. He saw a spider trying to reach the roof failing repeatedly. After every fall, the spider tried again not losing heart. The King observed his perseverance and when the spider reached its web in the seventh attempt, he was filled with new hope and courage. He gathered his forces, fought bravely and successfully made his country free. The story serves to illustrate the maxim: “If at first you do not succeed, try again.“ Udayan clicked this image of the maimed spider as it reminded him of this story.

1️⃣Editorially used & published in Better Photography Magazine-March2013 issue. Editorial comment is “While a colourful bokeh looks good, make sure it does not draw attention away from the main subject.
2️⃣Editorially used & published in Better Photography Magazine-May 2013 issue of Hindi Version. It was also used in content index page.
Captain Big Pants
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Captain Big Pants
Bedberia
Canon AE-1 Program with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
1/60Sec-f/2.8-ISO100-50mm-25Jul2005-15:45:00

The frame of the door is cut to his size, but his pants were not. Need we say anymore?

1️⃣This images is a part of the HSBC collection (2009). The photographs are displayed in Hexagon House, HSBC Global Resourcing, Visakhapatnam.
United Color of Beetle
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United Color of Beetle
Canning 2003
Canon AE-1 Program with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
1/125Sec-f/1.4-ISO100-50mm-10JuN2003-13:45:00

A photographer often needs someone with unquestioning patience to accompany/help on certain shoots. This time, a strong breeze forced Udayan to enlist his fathers help to steadily hold the spiked stem on which the beetle rested so he could get a good shot. A good half an hour later, an exasperated dad, miffed by the scorching sun and boring activity of holding on to a leaf left in a huff. But the deed was done! The image was taken.

1️⃣This images is a part of the HSBC collection (2009). The photographs are displayed in Hexagon House, HSBC Global Resourcing, Visakhapatnam.
2️⃣Published in Lonely Platen Magazine India-Apr2017 issue as their favorite from their instagram share of previous month under the theme of The Wild.
Lord Ganesha
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Lord Ganesha
Srimukhalingam Temple 2012
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/160Sec-f/5.6-ISO100-41mm-11Aug2012-11:38:42

Udayan asked many people on his way to the Srimukhalingam temple about how far it was. Each time he was told it was 5 minutes away. Two hours later he was greeted by a row of tall palms he was familiar with as he had seen them on Google Earth. He knew the temple was nearby. He found this trio of temples worth the long drive simply for the beauty it held. This mural is of Lord Ganesha, a revered deity amongst Hindus.

1️⃣Published in Eye Spy at Vizag Chronicle (City Supplementary of Deccan Chronicle) on 13th Sep 2012.
2️⃣Won 1st Place in DPReview Challenge (Lord Ganesh) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 20th September 2013.
Kempty Falls
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Kempty Falls
Kempty Falls
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/80Sec-f/8-ISO200-18mm-20Feb2013-15:12:44

The poised roar of falling water, restrained yet defiantly powerful shadowed the soft murmur of the gurgling stream just below at Kempty Falls. Nature and man complimenting each other in a valiant effort to restore the grandeur of the walloping waterfall from a landslide. Hats off to those dedicated men who, soaked to the bone in freezing water, pursued clearing the obstinate debris with a single minded devotion like the waterfall had in continuing its work of falling in a thunder below.

1️⃣Won 2nd place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Mineral) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog) & published in the blog as winning image. [Link: goo.gl/RcWv3k]
At the divine gate
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At the divine gate
Srikakulam
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/125Sec-f/5.6-ISO100-38mm-11Aug2012-12:18:29

An old lady sat at the inner gate of the Srimukhalingam Temple in Srikakulam district (Andhra Pradesh, India) resting a little before she entered the sacred inner sanctum of the temple. Built to venerate Lord Shiva, this temple is one of the trio built by King Kamarnava II of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the 8th century and is considered a very important Hindu pilgrimage center. Her elegant dance like hand posture and youthful gaze complimented the graceful figurines adorning the wall of the ancient temple. Yet, the signs of age creeping upon both their visage. Udayan captured this enchanting frame hoping to immortalize the lady at the divine gate.

1️⃣Won Equal 3rd Place in DPReview Challenge (Temples of India) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 11th November 2013.
2️⃣Won 3rd place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Experience) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog).
Tempting Fate
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Tempting Fate
Nagarjuna Sagar
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/90Sec-f/11-ISO400-35mm-20Jul2014-17:37:44

It was nearing evening when Udayan saw these local fishermen on a coracle approach the base of Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. The dam was closed and the water dry, yet the ominous possibility of it being opened anytime increases the risk they undertook to earn their livelihood. Tempting fate on a rickety coracle at the base of a massive dam seemed natural to them.

1️⃣Published in Eye Spy at Hyderabad Chronicle (City Supplementary of Deccan Chronicle) on 24th July 2014. This News Paper is also available online at dc-epaper.com
Santa Claus is coming to town!
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Santa Claus is coming to town!
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO DG Macro
1/50Sec-f/5.6-ISO640-238mm-25Dec2012-02:58:35

Since relocating to a new city, Udayan was wondering how he is going to celebrate Christmas this year. Santa seemed the perfect person to celebrate the seasons festivities with! Udayan clicked this table top image of Santa in his best spirits! Merry Christmas to yal!

1️⃣One of the Host Choice Winners of “Capture the Colour” organized by TalentHouse. This image was published on TalentHouse’s website (www.talenthouse.com) as well as on their facebook page.
2️⃣Published in t2 CLICK (Xmas Spirit) on 03 Dec 2013. t2 is supplementary of The Telegraph. This News Paper is also available online at epaper.telegraphindia.com
3️⃣Won 2nd Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was Christmas decorations) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 1st Jan 2016.
4️⃣One of the winners of FB/Groups/loversofphotography weekly contest [theme was Christmas] & it was shared on the cover for a week in December 2016. [Link: goo.gl/lu8yZ2]
5️⃣halla.in used this image on a poster to celebrate Christmas in 2016.
6️⃣Won 3rd place in Shallow Depth of Field Photography Competition organised by worldphotographersclub.com in 2019 and it was featured on their website [bit.ly/2GlbVF3]
Out to dry!
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Out to dry!
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/2000Sec-f/1.4-ISO100-50mm-12Jul2013-16:31:42

Drying clothes in the monsoon is quite a challenge. Abandoned by the clothes, the clothesline and clothespins were supposed to look sad and forlorn. But it did not! It was as if they came to life... glistening raindrops lined up in unison gave it a special lease of life as the clothes pins took on a fresh colour. The rains seem to cheer just about anyone and anything up!

1️⃣Won 2nd prize in MONSOON Photography competition 2013 of Shoots & Shoots Photography Academy (ssacademy.in).
2️⃣Featured in FB as Editor Pick on 11th Oct 2013 of Splash Photo Contest organized by Grundfos/EkBoondhPani.
3️⃣Got a special mention in the weekly contest (Theme- Monsoon) of Photographers Paradise FB Group (facebook.com/groups/PhotographyParadise) on July 2014.
4️⃣Published in kodak.com as Picture of the Day on 12 Nov 2014.
5️⃣Featured on natgeotraveller.in as DailyShot on 16th Jun 2015 on the theme #LetItRain & It is also shared on their twitter, facebook & pinterest.
6️⃣Featured as Cover Picture of Halla.in facebook page (fb/hallaexpress) in July2015.
7️⃣Featured in an article on Soulful Images that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-Oct2015 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This article is also available on their website at goo.gl/ Pbkpll
8️⃣One of the winners of FB/Groups/loversofphotography weekly contest [theme was monsoon] & it was shared on the cover for a week in September 2016. [Link: goo.gl/LeSYqy]
9️⃣Won 2nd Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was After the Rain) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 28th Apr 2017. Link: goo.gl/N7qY8d
1️⃣0️⃣Featured on the winning page of Clothes-line Pegs contest organized by photocrowd.com. Link: goo.gl/14Dbf1
1️⃣1️⃣Featured on the cover of facebook.com/groups/AvTvISO that is related to their #AvTvISO_BESTofJuly2017 contest in June2017. [Link: goo.gl/mGi71b]
1️⃣2️⃣eatured in the July2017 AvTvISO Monthly Photography Contest [www.AvTvISO.com].
1️⃣3️⃣Featured on the winning page of Washing Lines Around The World contest organized by photocrowd.com. Link: goo.gl/UgLbLY
1️⃣4️⃣Won 3rd place in Rain contest organised by sillesanat.com for its members in 2019. Link: bit.ly/2Hf4PCA
Home
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Home
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/6Sec-f/8-ISO1600-24mm-25Oct2013-15:05:05

“A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.“ said Leo Buscaglia.
Udayans World is in this picture, his best friend and comrade, his dog Gunda.

1️⃣Won 2nd prize in the Aug-2015 Flickr Monthly Contest (Panorama) of The Camera Club of Hyderabad (flickr.com/groups/thecch) & prize was Two 12X18 Photo prints including shipping from zoomin.com
2️⃣Awarded a MoL Diploma in Panorama-2019 [panorama.fotodoboj.com]
Too wet to play
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Too wet to play
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/160Sec-f/5.6-ISO400-135mm-12Jul2013-12:59:53

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.” - Dr. Seuss.
Udayan wanted to photograph a fresh and green Hyderabad after the rains but could not go out of his house because of the heavy downpour. He found this little bird in the same situation as he was in. He was stuck at home with nothing to do but watch the rain fall wait for it to stop so he could go out. The bird too seemed to say... “Rain, rain, go away, Come again another day: Little Arthur wants to play...“

1️⃣Published in Eye Spy at Hyderabad Chronicle (City Supplementary of Deccan Chronicle) on 14th Jul 2013. This News Paper is also available online at dc-epaper.com
2️⃣2nd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (Rain) of Pondicherry Photography Club FB Group.
3️⃣Featured on the cover of Smile Art Beats eMagazine in Noveember 2015 issue. This magazine is available online at smileartbeats.com
4️⃣One of the winners of FB/Groups/loversofphotography weekly contest [theme was Rain] & it was shared on the cover for a week in July 2017. [Link: goo.gl/Y7YmWB]
Every man casts a shadow
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Every man casts a shadow
Visakhapatnam
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/25Sec-f/3.5-ISO6400-21mm-18Aug2012-22:35:57

On a humid August night, the mild breeze on the balcony was a relief. As Udayan stood there, he saw the watchman son, Tarkesh, tinker with his new sports cycle. He was readying it for the race scheduled the next morning. His mother did not know that he races down the highway early in the morning every Sunday with his friends. He had shared this secret with Udayan. This is an image he shot as Tarkesh was leaving in the shadow of night to store his bike somewhere “safe” for the race in the morning.

1️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography - November 2012 issue.
2️⃣Won 1st prize in the September-2014 Flickr Monthly Contest (Shadow) 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
3️⃣Nominated for Better Photography contest- Your Pictures: Patterns and published on their website at betterphotography.in in October 2014.
4️⃣Featured in an article titled “These 31 Perfect Photos Shows the battle between Light & Shadow” on blog.halla.in [Link: goo.gl/uLDQrC]
5️⃣2nd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (People & Shadow) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in July2017 & published on their website at phototcrindia.com [Link: goo.gl/6KoR1V].
The Hero behind Bars
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The Hero behind Bars
Visakhapatnam
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/40Sec-f/4.5-ISO100-38mm-18Aug2012-17:29:57

The little “Hero” in this picture is Harsha, Udayans neighbor at Vizag. Every evening, Harsha loved to play in Udayans courtyard. On this particular evening, the blue bike caught his attention. Another kid had parked it against the gate and left. He was eager to ride this bike and willed the bars in between to vanish like it happens in fairy tales. Udayan did not miss the opportunity to capture his playful and mischievous expression.

1️⃣One of the short-listed entries of Alliance Francaise Hyderabad Photo Contest Earth is a Playground & exhibited in Alliance Francaise Gallery in Hyderabad from 10th to 25th Jan 2014.
2️⃣Published in Flickr Blog (blog.flickr.net) on 28th Oct 2015 as one of the Seventeen images of TwitterTuesday, the weekly contest of flickr and subject was Hope.
3️⃣sed in the 4th SignedPRINTS Photography Contest - 2015 poster. This poster was also featured on allforphotography.com, a photography contest listing website.
4️⃣Featured with Udayan’s interview at Smile Art Beats eMagazine-Jan2016 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This interview published on their website at goo.gl/dMfBBe. The interview shared as best articles for the week on Paper.li weekly edition. You can see it here at goo.gl/0UeR4n
5️⃣Accepted in Mersin Metropolitan Municipality-International Photography Contest-2018 and featured on their website [goo.gl/Jm2jV2].
Belly up pose!
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Belly up pose!
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/180Sec-f/4-ISO400-50mm-18Oct2013-15:05:33

Udayan believes that his pet boxer, Gunda, is the funniest dog alive. “The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.“ said Samuel Butler. Gunda brings smiles on peoples faces with the goofy antics he is always up to. The “belly up“ pose is one of his funniest. Its as if he is learning to cycle with all four legs and a look that says... “How do I look?“. Cuteness personified.

1️⃣One of Udayan’s seven images that was exhibited at the Focus BIG Photo Exhibition organized by Hyderabad PAWS held at the Muse Art Gallery, Marriott Hyderabad in May 2014 & he was felicitated for winning a place with a trophy by actor Siddharth Suryanarayanan.
The fastest wins
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The fastest wins
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/20Sec-f/5.6-ISO2500-30mm-22Dec2012-02:13:29

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed; Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve; It does not matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up you would better be running... because, life is a race and the fastest wins.

1️⃣One of Udayan’s seven images that was exhibited at the Focus BIG Photo Exhibition organized by Hyderabad PAWS held at the Muse Art Gallery, Marriott Hyderabad in May 2014 & he was felicitated for winning a place with a trophy by actor Siddharth Suryanarayanan
2️⃣Canon used this image in a poster to promote their photography contest #CanonFramedIn5 in September 2014 on their twitter handle.
3️⃣It was one of the 5 images collection that won #CanonFramedIn5 contest in September 2014.
4️⃣Received a beautiful memento from TATA Group for their Twitter #CoverShot Contest on #HealthyLiving in April 2015.
Stuntman Gunda
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Stuntman Gunda
Hyderbad
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/30Sec-f/5.6-ISO1250-18mm-5Aug2013-15:20:27

Lift, take off, glide, flap, swoop... these are all words that describe a bird in various phases of its flight. Well, in Udayans house, these are all motions that describe Gunda, his Boxer dog, attempting to catch a ball suspended in air. His agile body and awe inspiring leaps in the air as if gravity does not hold him back was the inspiration for Udayan to capture this stuntman like activity.

1️⃣One of Udayan’s seven images that was exhibited at the Focus BIG Photo Exhibition organized by Hyderabad PAWS held at the Muse Art Gallery, Marriott Hyderabad in May 2014 & he was felicitated for winning a place with a trophy by actor Siddharth Suryanarayanan
2️⃣Canon used this image in a poster to promote their photography contest #CanonFramedIn5 in September 2014 on their twitter handle.
3️⃣It was one of the 5 images collection that won #CanonFramedIn5 contest in September 2014.
The heavenly abode
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The heavenly abode
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/2500Sec-f/2.8-ISO200-28mm-18Oct2018-14:42:46

A man dressed up as a Goddess during Kulasai Dasara waiting for a worshipper to offer his prayers so he can get a donation.

1️⃣Featured in thephotographicangle.co.uk as Photo of The Week on 15th November 2019 to inspire the photographers for their monthly contest Forgotten. [bit.ly/32VFAwN]
Pied Piper
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Pied Piper
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/30Sec-f/11-ISO200-35mm-6Oct2019-15:28:15

1️⃣Awarded a Master of Light Silver Medal from Through The Viewfinder [photoclubkragujevac.lumiere.at]
Tell me a story
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Tell me a story
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/80Sec-f/13-ISO640-16mm-7Oct2019-11:10:18

*Accepted in Salon/s
Curtain Camouflage
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Curtain Camouflage
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/125Sec-f/4-ISO100-50mm-15Sep2014-04:00:07

Geckos flitting about the house is often not a pretty picture. However, this one managed to present itself very well blending in between the folds, flowers and leaf patterns on the curtain. Udayan waited until the gecko discovered the perfect spot to sunbathe when he clicked this picture.

1️⃣Nominated for Better Photography contest- Your Pictures: Patterns and published on their website at betterphotography.in in October 2014.
2️⃣One of the TOP5 in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Hide) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog) in May 2015. Link: goo.gl/BUWSmR
3️⃣This image is available at istock.com for sale (Search with Image Id-67495169).
4️⃣One of the TOP5 entries of Lonely Planet: Photo Challange - Greyscale on their Flickr Group (flickr.com/groups/64228671@N00) in March 2016. [Link: goo.gl/B57eib]
5️⃣Featured at betterphotography.in as Editor’s Pick on “What I see through the window” Photography Contest in Jan 2017.
Who is there?
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Who is there?
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/125Sec-f/5.6-ISO200-18mm-29Oct2013-13:51:23

Tobo and Gunda, Udayans pampered pets, have free run over his house. One of their best pass time is to bark at anyone who walks past the house gates. Tobo always leads the way as his sharp ears pick up the first hint of sound. However, he usually waits for Gunda to be the face of the fight. A typical scene involves Tobo rushing out the door step barking and calling Gunda to rise and shine, then turning around to wait in anticipation of his arrival. Gunda, in contrast, comes in at a leisurely pace with wide eyes wondering why his brother is making such a noise. Udayan wanted to capture this daily scene in this photograph.

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Picture of the Day on 26 Mar 2014 and it was also shared on their fb page.
2️⃣One of the seven images that was exhibited at the Focus BIG Photo Exhibition organized by Hyderabad PAWS held at the Muse Art Gallery, Marriott Hyderabad in May 2014 & he was felicitated for winning a place with a trophy by actor Siddharth Suryanarayanan.
3️⃣One of the TOP5 in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Danger) of Lonely Planet Photo Challenge in Aug 2015. Link: goo.gl/g9EfPp
Balcony view
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Balcony view
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/6Sec-f/8-ISO16000-29mm-15Aug2014-05:28:35

A hint of light cast a blue hue on the sky as dawn broke and life stirred awake early one morning in Hyderabad. From his balcony at home, Udayan saw a man in the distance walk his dog while in some of the homes nearby, the neighbors were starting their morning work and so had turned on the lights. The striking frame of light in the balcony near him worked well with the man walking his dog in the distance while the night had still not set making a perfect frame for him to capture from the confines of his home.

1️⃣Canon used this image in a poster to promote their photography contest #CanonFramedIn5 in September 2014 on their twitter handle.
2️⃣It was one of the 5 images collection that won #CanonFramedIn5 contest in September 2014.
3️⃣Featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on Understanding Light that published on 23rd March 2015.
4️⃣Available at istock.com for sale (Search with Image Id-68885539).
5️⃣Featured in an article on Understanding Light that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-November2016 issue [smileartbeats.com].
Clean sweep!
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Clean sweep!
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/750Sec-f/1.4-ISO100-50mm-24Mar2013-16:11:37

Brilliant sunlight, clean lines and an even cleaner staircase... the perfect subject for a monochrome frame. She sweeps the staircase every day at home. Udayan wanted to capture the beauty and grace in her mundane task.

1️⃣Published in the NationalGeographic website (ngm.nationalgeographi.com) on Apr-26, 2013 (week 4) as part of the Daily Dozen series.
2️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography - May 2013 issue
3️⃣Canon used this image in a poster to promote their photography contest #CanonFramedIn5 in September 2014 on their twitter handle.
4️⃣It was one of the 5 images collection that won #CanonFramedIn5 contest in September 2014.
Little Photographer
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Little Photographer
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/18Sec-f/2.8-ISO640-50mm-18Aug2013-19:51:29

Shreya, Udayans neighbor, loves to pose in front of the camera as much as she likes to get behind it and shoot people. She loves looking through Udayans camera but it gets too heavy for her to hold and shoot. One day, while Udayan was shooting a subject, Shreya insisted he give her his camera for her to play with. Udayan gave her a toy camera instead that was apt for her size. He took this image while she was content playing with her new gear. Udayan reserved this image of the “Little Photographer“ to celebrate World Photography Day!

1️⃣3rd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (Happy Faces) of Pondicherry Photography Club FB Group.
2️⃣Published in kodak.com as Picture of the Day on Oct-07 2013
3️⃣One of the 4 winners of G.K.Vale-Share a Smile Contest-2014 & received a gift coupon for a photo key chain.
4️⃣Kodak shared this image on their fb on 8th October 2013 on the occasion of World Smile Day.
5️⃣Featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on famous quotes decoded-part III that published on 9th June 2015.
6️⃣Featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on 10 Boring Photography Clich’s to avoid that published on 26th Aug 2015. It has also used as the cover image of the article & on their FB page to share this article.
7️⃣Featured in an article on Boring Photography Cliches that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-Dec2015 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This article is also available on their website at goo.gl/ HtFxHs. This article shared as best articles for the week on Paper.li weekly edition. You can see it here at goo.gl/6CuXKF
8️⃣Featured in an article on Famous Quotes that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-Apr2016 issue [smileartbeats.com].
9️⃣Used in a #AvTvISO contest poster in 2017 to celebrate World Photography Day.
Thanks
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Thanks
Chang La
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/1000Sec-f/11-ISO200-18mm-13May2013-18:03:00

The Border Roads Organization is in-charge of maintaining roads in this mountainous terrain. Known for their trademark humor depicted on road signs, I expected to see some in Changla, the 2nd highest motorable road somewhere in Ladakh. What I did not expect is perhaps a board saying “Thanks” and nothing else & it seemed to be telling passersby, “Thanks” for visiting us as well as “Thanks” for going away.

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on 6th Dec 2015
2️⃣Published in www.fotoflock.com (Fotoflock by Epson) as Photo of the Day on 20th October 2016.
3️⃣Won 2nd place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Thanks) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog) & published in the blog as winning image. [Link: goo.gl/Ar7wkg]
4️⃣This is one of the 10 images from Ladakh series that has been featured in Capture Mania eMagazine [capturemania.com] in their 6th issue/June-July2017. Link: goo.gl/i6fa7f.
Leaving Snow Behind
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Leaving Snow Behind
On boad Leh-Delhi
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/500Sec-f/11-ISO100-18mm-9May2013-07:36:28

After 10 adrenalin pumped days of biting cold in the snow covered climes of Ladakh, Udayan was beginning to feel the pangs of separation on his flight back. As he looked out of the window, he saw the stark change in geography between the white snow capped mountains and the brown snow bereft ones. He was leaving snow behind!

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on Aug-19 2014
2️⃣Featured in purelifephotography.co.uk but could not find any details about this website.
3️⃣Kodak shared this image on their fb page on 20th Aug 2014 on the occasion of US National Aviation Day.
4️⃣One of the TOP5 entries of Lonely Planet: Photo Challange - Return on their Flickr Group (flickr.com/groups/64228671@N00) in February 2016. [Link: goo.gl/x0rT3X]
As the monk goes pacing by
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Ladakh 2013
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/160Sec-f/11-ISO100-18mm-7May2013-13:13:35

The prospect of a long walk amidst the extremely cold and rugged terrain of Ladakh can be quite a deterrent to anyone who wants to explore the place by foot. This monk however walked along the long road with a spring in his step as he left Likkir Monastery behind. He was completely at ease. Where was he going and what was the purpose of his sojourn?

1️⃣It was one of the “Top 24 Click“ & “Top 10“ of Inner Vision online contest-2013 (http://innervision-santipur.blogspot.in) to celebrate World Photography Day Exhibition & part of their FB poster.
Piled high
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Nubra Valley 2013
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/250Sec-f/11-ISO100-50mm-5May2013-12:27:05

A good way of getting rid of guilt is repentance. Ladakhis have a good way of doing just that... by piling stones in memorial of the wrong deed. If you want to be guilt free in a few minutes, just pile some wayside stones as atonement for the wrong deed!

1️⃣FotoFlock by Epson (fotoflock.com) published this image as part of a series of my images from Ladakh as Photo Feature on 21st June 2013 & displayed for a week [goo.gl/2L2umv].
2️⃣It was one of the eight images from Ladakh series that was published in PhotoMontage of Asian Photography Magazine (May 2014 Issue) and received a Uniross USB Power Adaptor as gift.
Window to the World!
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Window to the World!
Nubra Valley 2013
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/80Sec-f/11-ISO100-18mm-5May2013-07:31:03

As Udayan was getting ready for another splendid day outdoors, he caught a glimpse of the heavenly mountains and busy Ladakhi people going around their business as usual through an open window. This was the best opportunity for him to capture all the elements of Ladakh in one frame; the biting cold guarded by the windows, the hardworking Ladakhis going about their daily work, the splendid snow-capped mountains in the distance and the distinctive vegetation around this haven on earth. Ladakh in one frame.

1️⃣3rd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (Window) of Pondicherry Photography Club FB Group.
2️⃣It has been used in a Music Video by babytunes (youtu.be/5sW7rf98SHg)
3️⃣Published in www.fotoflock.com (Fotoflock by Epson) as Photo of the Day on 25th February 2016.
4️⃣This is one of the two images of Udayan that were the TOP25 of Anticipate The Moment Photography Contest-2014 organized by tumbhi.com & received an Amazon Gift Voucher Worth INR.500/-
5️⃣Won 1st prize in the July-2016 Flickr Monthly Contest (Subject was View from a Window) 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
6️⃣One of the winners of FB/Groups/loversofphotography weekly contest [theme was Window] & it was shared on the cover for a week in September 2017. [Link: goo.gl/bR5KPL]
The Three Musketeers
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The Three Musketeers
Basgo Palace
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/500Sec-f/11-ISO100-50mm-7May2013-14:46:28

The Basgo Palace and Monastry, also known Basgo Rabtan Lhartsekhar, seems to have withstood the passage of time well. Just as the legend speaks of the heroic three musketeers who find a new lease of life every time one draws inspiration from their story, these turrets at the Basgo palace seem to be revived by local believers and given a fresh lease of life.

1️⃣FotoFlock by Epson (fotoflock.com) published this image as part of a series of my images from Ladakh as Photo Feature on 21st June 2013 & displayed for a week [goo.gl/2L2umv].
2️⃣It was one of the eight images from Ladakh series that was published in PhotoMontage of Asian Photography Magazine (May 2014 Issue) and received a Uniross USB Power Adaptor as gift.
Aryans, then and now!
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Aryans, then and now!
DaHanu
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/125Sec-f/1.4-ISO100-50mm-6May2013-16:54:12

Udayan was eager to see the legendary pure-blooded Aryans said to have made their home in Ladakh. The Brogpas, inhabitants of Dah-Hanu, are said to be the last of the Indo-Aryan indigenous people in these parts. What marks Brokpas out, is that they have lived isolated lives for centuries in such an inaccessibly harsh terrain that they seem to have kept their DNA untainted by outsiders. The elaborate headdress that this lady is wearing is called a Kho and is decorated with bright flowers denoting the married status of women.

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Picture of the Day on Jan-15 2014 and it was also shared on their fb page.
2️⃣Published as Photo of the Day on photoburst.net on 18th September 2015 & featured in the photoburst email newsletter & their fb page.
3️⃣ladakhdekho.com used this image on their website to promote one of their travel package. Here is the link: ladakhdekho.com/ladakh-photos.html
4️⃣luxurytrailsofindia.com used this image on their website to promote their travel packages to Ladakh without Udayan’s consent or any credit. [goo.gl/WuLTGy]
Tantalizing Petals
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Tantalizing Petals
Ladakh
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/90Sec-f/22-ISO100-50mm-2May2013-12:38:47

Often, we miss the most beautiful things in the world around us because they come in small packages. This tiny bunch of flowers caught Udayans eye as the tender petals glowed in the morning light in Ladakh.

1️⃣FotoFlock by Epson (fotoflock.com) published this image as part of a series of my images from Ladakh as Photo Feature on 21st June 2013 and displayed for a week [goo.gl/2L2umv].
2️⃣Published as Photo of the Day on photoburst.net on 19th October 2013. This image also shared on their facebook page and published in their email newsletter. It was also published as news article at phuketnews.easybranches.com, holidayinnorthumberland.co.uk and funny-pictures.picphotos.net
3️⃣On sale at tadpolestore.com from Feb2014.
4️⃣It was one of the eight images from Ladakh series that was published in PhotoMontage of Asian Photography Magazine (May 2014 Issue) and received a Uniross USB Power Adaptor as gift.
5️⃣U4uvoice.com, a Jammu&Kashmir based news portal used this image in a slide show on Exotic Leh without any credit or remuneration. They have added the credit later when I asked them to.
6️⃣Multiple prints exhibited & sold in Help Nepal-Charity Photo Show organized by Rotary Club of Secunderabad Sunrise at Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad on May 9-10, 2015. All sale proceedings went to help schooling for the victims of Nepal Earth Quake.
7️⃣This is one of the 10 images from Ladakh series that has been featured in Capture Mania eMagazine [capturemania.com] in their 6th issue/June-July2017. Link: goo.gl/i6fa7f.
Curvaceous
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Curvaceous
Nubra Valley
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/500Sec-f/11-ISO200-50mm-4May2013-13:13:53

The river Shayak winds its way along Nubra Valley before it meets the Indus River. The colour of the sky reflects on the clear waters of the Shayak giving it a blue hue that is both breath-taking as well as refreshing. The meandering river takes on an appealing curvaceous form as the water in it is limited by the slowly melting ice it feeds from.

1️⃣Featured in award.io as Editor Selection.
2️⃣Multiple prints exhibited & sold in Help Nepal-Charity Photo Show organized by Rotary Club of Secunderabad Sunrise at Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad on May 9-10, 2015. All sale proceedings went to help schooling for the victims of Nepal Earth Quake.
3️⃣Featured on natgeotraveller.in as DailyShot on 23rd Mar 2016 on the theme #ColourAndLight & It is also shared on their twitter, facebook & instagram.
4️⃣2nd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (Mountain Landcape) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in December2017 [Link: goo.gl/LHTB3L] and received a certificate.
5️⃣Shortlisted for Mountain Photo Contest and published in a photofie.com blog in March2018. Link: goo.gl/44w14C
Wild Ladakh
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Wild Ladakh
Ladakh
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/250Sec-f/11-ISO200-18mm-3May2013-17:27:31

Searching for an edible bite amongst the scanty grass in this ice clad terrain, these mountain cows, suited up in thick fur, looked quite at home. They even managed to replicate the colours of the locale. High fashion at high altitude!

1️⃣Used in a blogpost (http://mindfulnessforeveryone.blogspot.in) by a Canadian Doctor.
2️⃣Featured permanently on lehgallery.com, a Photo-Gallery website on Ladakh.
3️⃣Winner of Nature Photography Contest organized by Bitsndots (bitsndots.com) and received a cash prize of INR 1500.
4️⃣Print is on sale at tadpolestore.com from Feb2014.
5️⃣One of his seven images that was exhibited at the Focus BIG Photo Exhibition organized by Hyderabad PAWS held at the Muse Art Gallery, Marriott Hyderabad in May 2014 & he was felicitated for winning a place with a trophy by actor Siddharth Suryanarayanan.
6️⃣Featured in fyeahcows.tumblr.com
7️⃣Multiple prints exhibited & sold in Help Nepal-Charity Photo Show organized by Rotary Club of Secunderabad Sunrise at Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad on May 9-10, 2015. All sale proceedings went to help schooling for the victims of Nepal Earth Quake.
8️⃣Used in 2014-LetsLeh Calender (Desktop as well as Wall Hanging format).
09. Accepted in Indore Judging of MP Circuit-2019 [wpaidelhi.com]
Icy perch
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Icy perch
Pangong Tso
Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO DG Macro
1/1600Sec-f/5.6-ISO100-300mm-3May2013-14:50:35

This brown headed gull was perched atop an icy floe at Pangong Tso gently floating on the vibrant blue waters of the lake as if in deep contemplation. Perhaps it was thinking of where to hunt for his lunch or perhaps he was planning his migration up north as it was getting warmer in Ladakh.

1️⃣FotoFlock by Epson (fotoflock.com) published this image as part of a series of my images from Ladakh as Photo Feature on 21st June 2013 & displayed for a week [goo.gl/2L2umv].
2️⃣Used in a blogpost (http://mindfulnessforeveryone.blogspot.in) by a Canadian Doctor.
3️⃣Print is on sale at tadpolestore.com from Feb2014.
4️⃣Multiple prints exhibited & sold in Help Nepal-Charity Photo Show organized by Rotary Club of Secunderabad Sunrise at Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad on May 9-10, 2015. All sale proceedings went to help schooling for the victims of Nepal Earth Quake.
Roaming free!
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Roaming free!
Ladakh
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/125Sec-f/11-ISO100-64mm-3May2013-12:24:24

Wild ass in Ladakh get a free run in the vast, barren landscape. A hardy breed, they roam the mountains for fodder. A shy drove of these wild asses kept moving away from Udayan as he tried getting closer to them. Finally, almost 2 kilometres away from where he began his pursuit, he was able to get the perfect shot.

1️⃣One of the TOP5 in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Roam) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog). Link: goo.gl/SbiJeY
2️⃣Featured in LetsLeh NewsLetter-Jun 2015 & it is available to download at letsleh.com/downloads
3️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in WPAI-NewDelhi Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019 [wpaidelhi.com]
4️⃣Awarded a WPAI Gold in LCC-Udaipur Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019 [wpaidelhi.com]
5️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in NIC-Itarsi Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019. [wpaidelhi.com]
And that was a SIX!
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Samstanling Monastery
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/320Sec-f/8-ISO100-18mm-5May2013-14:27:10

Cricket is most popular pass time of the Nation. These young monks were following suit. Children will be children after all... While the ball whizzed by threateningly close to Udayan, he managed to capture this swing of victory in the young batter. ... and that was a SIX.

1️⃣Winner of Big Shot: Land of Diversity (Monthly Photography Contest of National Geographic Traveller India Magazine) and published in Dec 2013 issue as well as in their website at natgeotraveller.in and received a gift hamper contains a NatGeo Jacket, a coffee table book (History Through Headlines), a Telescope & 1year National Geographic subscription. [This issue is available online at scribd.com or you can see it here at goo.gl/4ijvQ1]
2️⃣Won 3rd prize in Alliance Francaise Hyderabad Photo Contest Earth is a Playground & exhibited in Alliance Francaise Gallery in Hyderabad from 10th to 25th Jan 2014 & it was published in Rendez-Vous (a bi-monthly newsletter of AF Hyderabad). Received a 32GB SDHC Card as the prize. An article was published in Deccan Chronicle on 12th Jan 2013 about all three winning images.
3️⃣Published in PostCard of LonelyPlanet Magazine India in Feb 2014 issue.
4️⃣Won the 2nd Prize in sports photography contest-2014 organised by Light Art Academy & received a NiSi MC Close Up Lens [Worth Rs 7410/-] sponsored by Vanguard Photo India. This image also featured on their website (lightartacademy.com) under winners gallery.
5️⃣Featured in Roots Of India website (therootsofindia.com) under Incredible India Category & shared on their FB page on 4th July 2014.
6️⃣Featured in photoburst.net as Photo of the Day on 7th August 2014 & shared on their facebook page. It was also published as news article at phuketnewsonline.com and it was also shared on photoburst email news letter.
7️⃣Published in Flickr Blog (blog.flickr.net) on 27th Aug 2014 as one of the ten images of TwitterTuesday, the weekly contest of flickr and subject was Red.
8️⃣Published in PostCard of LonelyPlanet Magazine- UK edition in Oct 2014 issue in double spread.
9️⃣Featured in The Best of 2014 by Light Art Academy Members and published at lightartacademy.com/blog
1️⃣0️⃣Published in t2 CLICK (Cricket Craze) on 10 February 2015. t2 is supplementary of The Telegraph. This News Paper is also available online at epaper.telegraphindia.com
1️⃣1️⃣Multiple prints exhibited & sold in Help Nepal-Charity Photo Show organized by Rotary Club of Secunderabad Sunrise at Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad on May 9-10, 2015. All sale proceedings went to help schooling for the victims of Nepal Earth Quake.
1️⃣2️⃣Won 3rd Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was Editorial Photography) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 12th July 2015.
1️⃣3️⃣This is one of the 10 images from Ladakh series that has been featured in Capture Mania eMagazine [capturemania.com] in their 6th issue/June-July2017. Link: goo.gl/i6fa7f.
1️⃣4️⃣Featured in photofie.com poster related to their Desi Contest in September 2015.
1️⃣5️⃣Shortlisted for The Commonwealth Photography Competition-2016 from Asia & published on their website at thecommonwealth.org [Link: goo.gl/MGMVya]
1️⃣6️⃣This is one of the two images of Udayan that were the TOP25 of Anticipate The Moment Photography Contest-2014 organized by tumbhi.com & received an Amazon Gift Voucher Worth INR.500/-
1️⃣7️⃣Featured with Udayan’s interview at Smile Art Beats eMagazine-Jan2016 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This interview published on their website at goo.gl/dMfBBe. The interview shared as best articles for the week on Paper.li weekly edition. You can see it here at goo.gl/0UeR4n
1️⃣8️⃣Featured at yourshot.nationalgeographic.com on 28th July 2016 related to Assignment “Ask A Local-Go Beyond the GuidebooK”.
1️⃣9️⃣Used twice in The Commonwealth poster in July2016 [goo.gl/EVBmXX] and Aug2016 [goo.gl/ZiFa6I].
2️⃣0️⃣One of the three winners of weekly contest at Photography FB Group [fb/loversofphotography] in July 2016 and the theme was “Sports”. [goo.gl/HmTGzR]
2️⃣1️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in Pune judging of SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com).
2️⃣2️⃣Jointly 3rd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (Red) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in March2017 & published on their website at phototcrindia.com [Link: goo.gl/4FiY21].
2️⃣3️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in Kolkata judging of SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com).
2️⃣4️⃣Featured in an article on The Commonwealth’s website at thecommonwealth.org [goo.gl/WV45Jo].
2️⃣5️⃣Awarded with a PP Gold Medal in 4th Pathshala International Salon-2017 [photographypathshala.in].
2️⃣6️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in Worlds of Shadow Judging of Shadow 2nd International Circuit-2017 [worldsofshadow.org].
2️⃣7️⃣Commended award from The Photographic Angle’s ”Community Spirit” Photography Competition in Jan2019 [thephotographicangle.co.uk] and featured on their website [goo.gl/7wEu9h].
Leh city framed!
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Leh
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/100Sec-f/16-ISO100-18mm-8May2013-12:46:34

A typical scene frozen at Lehs centrally placed city square. Udayan could not resist capturing this frame as it encompassed all things that Leh stood to him about... The Dalai Lama, Typical architectural structures, the absence of vehicular traffic, snow capped mountains and pleasant smiling faces.

1️⃣It has been used in a Music Video by babytunes (youtu.be/bkYJGMy3Bq0)
Om Mani Padme Hum
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Lamayuru Monastery
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/15Sec-f/11-ISO400-50mm-7May2013-09:47:53

The image captures two types of prayer wheels, each containing the words “Om Mani Padme Hum”. It is said that anyone who recites the six syllables while turning the dharma wheel at the same time is equal in fortune to the Thousand Buddhas. While soliciting for some divine help, this old Ladakhi lady was eager to pose for a photograph in exchange for some money. In the cold high altitudes of Ladakh, this could perhaps have been her only source of survival in reality.

1️⃣It was one of the “Top 24 Click“ of Inner Vision online contest-2013 (http://innervision-santipur.blogspot.in) to celebrate World Photography Day Exhibition & part of their FB poster.
2️⃣Used in a blogpost (http://healthyhealers.blogspot.in) by a Canadian Doctor.
3️⃣Won equal 1st place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Devotion) of Lonely Planet blog (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/blog) & published in the blog as winning image and received a Guide Book of my choice.
4️⃣One of the 3 winners (equal positions) of Monthly Theme Contest (Portrait) of Lens Culture FB Group & received an “Uttariya“ or Aasamese Gamosa, a symbol of Aasames culture as an honour.
5️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography - October 2013 issue.
6️⃣Published as Photo of the Day on photoburst.net on 25th October 2013. This image also shared on their facebook page & published in their email newsletter. It was also published as news article at www.phuketnews.easybranches.com, holidayinnorthumberland.co.uk & emagascene.com.
7️⃣Print is on sale at tadpolestore.com from Feb2014.
8️⃣Used in the 2nd SignedPRINTS Photography Contest - 2013 poster.
9️⃣Won 3rd Place in DPReview Challenge (Buddhism) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 29th Apr 2014.
1️⃣0️⃣Used in a Music Video by babytunes (youtu.be/DMkippZnZ5I)
1️⃣1️⃣Featured in Roots Of India website (therootsofindia.com) under We The People Category & shared on their FB page on 2nd July 2014.
1️⃣2️⃣Won 2nd Place in DPReview Challenge (Travel Portraits) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 23rd July 2014.
1️⃣3️⃣Awarded a FIAP Mention in Bucovina Mileniul III International Salon of Photographic Art-11th Edition-Suceava-Romania-2014. It was also published in the salon catalog & got a FIAP Ribbon for this image.
1️⃣4️⃣Featured in LetsLeh NewsLetter-Jan 2015 & it is available to download at letsleh.com/downloads
1️⃣5️⃣Multiple prints exhibited & sold in Help Nepal-Charity Photo Show organized by Rotary Club of Secunderabad Sunrise at Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad on May 9-10, 2015. All sale proceedings went to help schooling for the victims of Nepal Earth Quake.
1️⃣6️⃣Received a bag from citius.in from their #HappyFacesHappyPlaces Photo Contest-2017 for this image.
1️⃣7️⃣Featured on the cover of Photogrpher’s Paradise FB page in 2014.
1️⃣8️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on Aug-21, 2016
1️⃣9️⃣This is one of the 10 images from Ladakh series that has been featured in Capture Mania eMagazine [capturemania.com] in their 6th issue/June-July2017. Link: goo.gl/i6fa7f.
2️⃣0️⃣Won 3rd place in Culture section of 5th Photo Musings World Photography Day Contest 2017 and he received INR.2500/- cash and gift hamper worth INR.2500/-[Link: goo.gl/pbcHyc & goo.gl/7TVGsr]
2️⃣1️⃣Won 3rd Place jointly in DPReview Challenge (Theme was Old) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 6June2018. Link: goo.gl/cBvgWU
2️⃣2️⃣Published in Chiiz Magazine-Volue 19-October2018 along with Udayan’s profile picture as contributor.
2️⃣3️⃣Featured in 2015 LetsLeh Calendar. It is also available to download at letsleh.com
The fairest one!
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Dah Hanu
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/30Sec-f/1.4-ISO100-50mm-6May2013-16:31:58

“Mirror Mirror on the wall, whos the fairest one of all?“ echoes a popular fairy tale. This photogenic little Aryan girl was not posing for a photograph. Instead she was battling sickness at a small village, Dah Hanu, west of Leh, Ladakh, India. The community is believed to be the last race of Aryans, confined to the valley. With their pure Aryan features, these simple people seemed to have preserved their racial purity down the centuries.

1️⃣This image featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on 5 image sharpening tips every pro swears by that published on 23rd March 2015. It was used to share the article on their fb and the archived link.
2️⃣Featured in an article on Image Sharpening Tips that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-July2016 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This article is also available on their website at goo.gl/ANeEOk.
3️⃣Won the 1st place [jointly with someone else] in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Vignette) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanetcommunity.tumblr.com) & published in the blog as winning image and received a LP Book of Udayan’s choice [One Planet]. [Link: goo.gl/fF0TTe]
The three wise men
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Bidar
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 24-105 F/4L IS USM
1/1000Sec-f/8-ISO400-73mm-22Nov2014-15:16:54

This picture of the three men in deep conversation at the Nanak Jhira Sahib Gurdwara near Bidar evoked a sense of peace and reverence in Udayans mind. The calming effect of the ripples, the fluidity of the arches and the camaraderie between the three men blended so well in the moment that it made this striking image come alive.

1️⃣Published in PostCard of LonelyPlanet Magazine India in June 2015 issue. This image is also featured in their website at lonelyplanet.in as issue preview.
2️⃣Featured on natgeotraveller.in as DailyShot on 7th Jan 2016 on the theme #ColourAndLight & It is also shared on their twitter, facebook & instagram.
Etchings of Experience
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Bidar
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/60Sec-f/2.8-ISO1000-50mm-22Nov2014-12:29:10

Clarence Day Jr. once said that age should teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character rather than just the passing of time. Udayan froze a stoic expression on this wise old mans face at the Bahamani Tombs in Bidar.

1️⃣Featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on 5 image sharpening tips every pro swears by that published on 23rd March 2015. It is also used as the cover image of the article.
2️⃣Featured in a halla.in poster to celebrate International Men’s Day in 2015.
3️⃣Awarded Gold Winner with other three photographers in a weekly thematic contest [fb/TwiceAWeekPhotographyChallenges] in September 2015 & theme was Old Man Portrait in B&W.
4️⃣Featured in an article on Image Sharpening Tips that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-July2016 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This article is also available on their website at goo.gl/ANeEOk.
5️⃣Awarded a Digital Photo World HM in DPW WMC Circuit-2019 [Aleksinac Judging]. Link: dpw.rs
Monkey God Hanuman
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Bidar
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 24-105 F/4L IS USM
1/750Sec-f/4-ISO1000-105mm-22Nov2014-13:19:23

Religious Hindu places in India often are tied together by a common thread of sights, saffron and red vermillion themed colors, religious texts and chants, fervor filled people and naughty yet highly revered rhesus monkeys who symbolize the Indian Monkey-God, Hanuman. Legend has it that Hanuman was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and proved it by tearing open his heart literally to show that his beloved Lord Rama was in it. It was just apt that this monkey posed in front of engraved words praising Lord Rama even today.

1️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography - April 2015 issue.
2️⃣Won 2nd prize in the July-2015 Flickr Monthly Contest (Abstract) of The Camera Club of Hyderabad (flickr.com/groups/thecch) & prize was Two 12X18 Photo prints including shipping from zoomin.com
Windswept fields
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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?

1️⃣Won 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]
2️⃣It 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]
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.

1️⃣It 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.
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.

1️⃣This is one of the four images of Udayan that is a part of a touring exhibition on the theme of Patterns organized by TPA [hephotographicangle.co.uk] comprises of 200 images in total and will travel across the UK transforming otherwise unused spaces into temporary galleries in 2018.
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!

1️⃣Selected as Honourable Mention in Portrait Photography Contest in 2018 organized by worldphotographersclub.com and featured in their website. Link: goo.gl/EakwKN
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.

1️⃣Featured on Flickr blog [blog.flickr.net] as Honorable Mentions of “Flickr Heroes of the Week” in Oct2016. [Link: goo.gl/TAI37K]
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

1️⃣It 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].
2️⃣Udayan’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
3️⃣Jointly 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].
4️⃣Featured on the winning page of Full Face Portraits contest organized by photocrowd.com. Link: goo.gl/Em2X4R
5️⃣Exhibited in “Ek Kalakar Ki Dastan” organized by Medialogue FC of Pune Ferugusson College in December 2017.
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.

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on Feb-3, 2017.
2️⃣Featured on Klickideas Annual e-Book, Spotlight-2016 [klickideas.com/spotlight-2016]
The Painted God
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The Painted God
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/250Sec-f/2.8-ISO1600-70mm-17Oct2018-15:55:05

Man painted himself as a Goddess during Kulasai Dasara.

1️⃣It was one of the seven images from Kulasai Dasara series that was published in PhotoMontage of Asian Photography Magazine (January 2019 Issue) as portfolio.
2️⃣Udayan’s Kulasai Dasara has been featured in 4 pages of Chiiz Magazine-Volume 22-January2019 issue along with his profile picture as contributor. This is also featured on the cover and content page. This is one of the 8 images that printed in the magazine and it was printed in full full page.
3️⃣AvTvISO in collaboration with Chiiz organized a Photo Tour to Kulasai Dasara Festival in 2019 where Udayan was one of the two mentors. His images were used in the Photo tour home page. This is one of those images. [Link. avtviso.chiiz.com
4️⃣This is one of the 22 images of Udayan exhibited in 1st Armenian International Photo Fest-2019 at Yerevan from 24th Aug to 28th Sep. [amphotofestival.com]
We are God
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We are God
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/1000Sec-f/2.8-ISO1600-70mm-17Oct2018-15:48:51

Boy dressed up as a God during Kulasai Dasara.

1️⃣Udayan’s Kulasai Dasara has been featured in 4 pages of Chiiz Magazine-Volume 22-January2019 issue along with his profile picture as contributor. This is also featured on the cover and content page. This is one of the 8 images that printed in the magazine.
2️⃣AvTvISO in collaboration with Chiiz organized a Photo Tour to Kulasai Dasara Festival in 2019 where Udayan was one of the two mentors. His images were used in the Photo tour home page. This is one of those images. [Link. avtviso.chiiz.com
3️⃣This is one of the 22 images of Udayan exhibited in 1st Armenian International Photo Fest-2019 at Yerevan from 24th Aug to 28th Sep. [amphotofestival.com]
Drink it up
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Drink it up
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/1250Sec-f/2.8-ISO800-21mm-18Oct2018-16:28:48

A man taking a break while being dressed as a sidekick of a main God during Kulasai Dasara.

*Accepted in Salon/s
Yellow vibes
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Yellow vibes
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/6000Sec-f/2.8-ISO200-70mm-18Oct2018-14:19:14

A visitor at Kulasai Dasara.

1️⃣Won 1st Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was Yellow Vibes) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 7Dec2019. Link: bit.ly/2qucNlz
2️⃣It was Honourable Mention in Color Yellow Contest organized by worldphotographersclub.com in 2020[bit.ly/37kk0pg]
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.

1️⃣Got a special mention in the weekly contest (Theme- Structure) of Photographers Paradise FB Group (facebook.com/groups/PhotographyParadise) on 23rd June 2014.
2️⃣Won 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
3️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography - July 2014 issue.
4️⃣Won 3rd place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Pattern) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog) in Aug 2014.
5️⃣Accepted in Marmaris International Photography Festival 1st International Photography Contest (Turkey-2014) & published on their website at altinjuri.com
6️⃣Shortlisted for Darter-Creative Slow Speed Photography Contest with Manfrotto-2014 and published on their website at darter.in
7️⃣This 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.
8️⃣Won 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.
9️⃣Won 1st Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was changing levels using a structure) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 18th Dec 2015.
1️⃣0️⃣Won 2nd place in Symmetry Photography Competition organised by worldphotographersclub.com in 2019 and it was featured on their website [bit.ly/2YXDCua]
1️⃣1️⃣Featured in an article on Image Management that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-December2016 issue [smileartbeats.com].
1️⃣2️⃣One 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]
1️⃣3️⃣This 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.
1️⃣4️⃣Winner 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]
1️⃣5️⃣Selected 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
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.

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on Oct-19, 2016
2️⃣Won 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]
3️⃣Runner-up of “Best Shot-December 2016” Photography Contest organized by photofie.com and published on their website [goo.gl/qBNYLK].
4️⃣One 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]
5️⃣Won 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]
6️⃣Featured in amazon.in website under Shutterbug, Amazon’s Photography Club [Members Gallery] in 2018. Link: goo.gl/ri5sB8 | goo.gl/wXS7PA
7️⃣Merit award in APU Summer-2020 [summer.asiapu.com]
Ritualistic dance
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Ritualistic dance
Kannur
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/1600Sec-f/2.8-ISO400-16mm-30Dec2018-12:46:22

Theyyam is a famous ritual art form that originated in North Kerala which brings to life great ancient stories. It includes dance, mime and music along with awe inspiring costumes in monochromatic colors. It celebrates the beliefs of the ancient tribals who gave a lot of importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of their ancestors.

1️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in WPAI-NewDelhi Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019 [wpaidelhi.com]
2️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in PCC-Chandigarh Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019 [wpaidelhi.com]
3️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in SCC-Ratlam Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019. [wpaidelhi.com]
4️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in NIC-Itarsi Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019. [wpaidelhi.com]
5️⃣This is one of the 22 images of Udayan exhibited in 1st Armenian International Photo Fest-2019 at Yerevan from 24th Aug to 28th Sep. [amphotofestival.com]
Fire Fear and Faith
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Fire Fear and Faith
Kannur
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/1600Sec-f/2.8-ISO8000-70mm-30Dec2018-5:39:18

Legend has it that Kandanar Kelan, an ancient warrior, was out hunting in the forest when it suddenly caught fire. Finding no other means of escape Kandanar Kelan climbed a tree but the fire consumed him still. When another warrior god saw Kandanar Kelan’s ashes in the burnt forest, he traced his form with a bow and gave him back his life. The Theyyam celebrates both Kandanar Kelan’s revival and his anger towards the fire which burnt him up.

1️⃣It was featured in the 8th SignedPRINTS Photography Contest-2019.
2️⃣Featured on HonCPE Gallery at campinaexhibitions.net/distinctions-holders/honorary or bit.ly/33Gruji
3️⃣Published in Journal Section of LonelyPlanet Magazine India in January 2020 issue.
Kandanar Kelan
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Kandanar Kelan
Kannur
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/250Sec-f/2.8-ISO2000-35mm-29Dec2018-19:39:03

Legend has it that Kandanar Kelan, an ancient warrior, was out hunting in the forest when it suddenly caught fire. Finding no other means of escape Kandanar Kelan climbed a tree but the fire consumed him still. When another warrior god saw Kandanar Kelan’s ashes in the burnt forest, he traced his form with a bow and gave him back his life. The Theyyam celebrates both Kandanar Kelan’s revival and his anger towards the fire which burnt him up.

1️⃣Featured in Outlook Traveller Magazine-Feb2019 issue as Picture Post.
2️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography-Feb 2019 issue.
3️⃣Awarded a PCA HM Ribbon in PCA Judging of Balkan Dream Circuit-2019 [pca-exhibition.com]
4️⃣Awarded a FIP HM Ribbon in PHA International Photo Contest-2019 [photohunters.in]
5️⃣Won 2nd Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was Fire) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 19Jun2019. Link: bit.ly/2KTgPvI
6️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in SCC-Ratlam Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019. [wpaidelhi.com]
7️⃣ Awarded a WPAI Bronze in NIC-Itarsi Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019. [wpaidelhi.com]
8️⃣Nominated in Exposure International Photography Contest & Exhibition-2019 and shared on their social media via a poster [bit.ly/2YokxjO]
9️⃣This is one of the 22 images of Udayan exhibited in 1st Armenian International Photo Fest-2019 at Yerevan from 24th Aug to 28th Sep. [amphotofestival.com]
1️⃣0️⃣2nd Place in Night Photography Contest organised by worldphotographersclub.com in 2019 & received a Zoomin GV worth INR500/- [bit.ly/37ruoLE]
1️⃣1️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in Lotus Salon of Nano Circuit-2019 [nanocircuit.club]
Fun at work
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Fun at work
Chowpatty Beach
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/90Sec-f/8-ISO100-33mm-4Jan2014-17:55:06

A mega city, a celluloid haven, an economic powerhouse, Mumbai is a city of sharp contrasts. The city will charm and frustrate you in equal measure. Once can live cheap as well as live a life of luxury here. Mumbai accommodates all. These local kids were selling balloons in the evening to earn some pocket money at the popular Chowpatty Beach, with the Nariman Point business district in the distance. The playful kids however could not contain their excitement about the dream-like sunset and pleasant cool evening. Udayan captured them having fun at work!

1️⃣Exhibited in 2nd Sauhard Photo Exhibition 2014 (facebook.com/Sauhardpage) at L&P Hutheesinh Art Gallery, Ahmedabad on 5th & 6th of July 2014. Prints were on sale in this exhibition & the entire sale proceeds were donated to Kadam Education trust, an Ahmedabad based organization working to educate kids, especially girls.
2️⃣Won 3rd place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Sea) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog) in July 2014.
3️⃣Selected as Jury Pick in Weekly Theme Photo Contest FB Group in Jan-2015 (facebook.com/groups/weeklythemepics) & subject was babies/children.
4️⃣Featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on Aspect Ratio that published on 5th May 2015. It is also used as the cover image of the article. It is also used as the cover image of the article.
5️⃣Won 3rd prize in the June-2015 Flickr Monthly Contest (Subject was Show Your City) of The Camera Club of Hyderabad (flickr.com/groups/thecch) & prize was a 18x12 Photo Print from zoomin.com
6️⃣Featured for a month on the cover of official twitter handle of Tata Group of Companies (@TataCompanies) for winning the ‎“CoverShot‬” contest in August 2015 & received INR 10,000 worth Tanishq Gift Voucher.
7️⃣2nd Runner up of Shooter-Sep 2015. The monthly contest of fotoflock.com & theme was friendship.
8️⃣Published in t2 CLICK (My Favorite City) on 27 Jan 2016. t2 is supplementary of The Telegraph. This News Paper is only available online at epaper.abp.in/epaperfree/index as 27th January is a traditional no-publication day & that is why print version is not available. T2 has displayed a print of this image with other published images at City Centre Mall in Kolkata.
9️⃣Won the ‪#‎MyCity‬ contest in April 2016 organized by OnePlus India at their Instagram & received some OnePlus goodies.
1️⃣0️⃣Featured 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”.
1️⃣1️⃣Shortlisted & featured in the winners announcement poster of Clicks FB Group’s [fb/groups/1439742139642740] special contest “Sunrise/Sunset” in September 2015.
1️⃣2️⃣Featured in an article on Exposure that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-Nov2015 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This article is also available on their website at goo.gl/ q2grDS
1️⃣3️⃣Featured with Udayan’s interview at Smile Art Beats eMagazine-Jan2016 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This interview published on their website at goo.gl/dMfBBe. The interview shared as best articles for the week on Paper.li weekly edition. You can see it here at goo.gl/0UeR4n
1️⃣4️⃣One of the three winners of weekly contest at Photography FB Group [fb/loversofphotography] in June 2016 and the theme was “Dusk in a City”. [goo.gl/kL0ZU0]
1️⃣5️⃣Won Phlearn’s #Backlit instagram contest in Aug2016 & prize is a $50 Phlearn Gift Card. [goo.gl/OkkZsZ]
1️⃣6️⃣Won the 1st place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Fun) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog) & published in the blog as winning image and received a LP Book [Toilets] of Udayan’s choice. [Link: goo.gl/4giMt5]. It was also featured on outdooradventurist.com as the winning image [goo.gl/IWeIXK].
A piece of sky
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A piece of sky
Mahalaxmi Dhobighat
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/250Sec-f/8-ISO100-16mm-5Jan2014-12:02:01

Mumbai, the city of dreams, is characterized by inordinate traffic jams and congested living areas. Udayan was especially fascinated by the indomitable spirit of Mumbaikars. They are masters of making the most of their space cramped living conditions. At the Mahalaksmi Dhobi Ghat, a well known open air laundromat, Udayan found these two boys making best use of the little space between clothes hung out to dry. They found a piece of sky free enough to fly a kite.

1️⃣Photo of the Day (21 Jan 2014) of Clicked Views FB Group.
2️⃣Published as Times Choice (23 Jan 2014) in Times Photo World (timesphotoworld.weebly.com) & their FB page & group.
3️⃣Better Photography Magazine published this image on their website as one of the images with honorable mention for the contest Beating Harsh Light in June 2014.
4️⃣Won 3rd place in Lonely Planet: Photo Challange - Washing on their Flickr Group (flickr.com/groups/64228671@N00) on 24th June 2014.
5️⃣Third prize winner of Maharashtra Kaleidoscope 2017 Photography Contest in People and Culture section. It was also featured in two different posters that used in their fb page cover [facebook.com/maharashtrakaleidoscope] and fb event cover [facebook.com/events/386401931820952]. Links: goo.gl/eXUquZ | goo.gl/9tVt9x | goo.gl/9aMWZ2. Udayan also received a printed & laminated certificate and two gift vouchers worth 500/- each from Primes&Zooms and Pixavince Creations. Exhibition was held at Raja Ravi Verma Art Gallery in Pune. It was published in Pune Mirror as events to attend on 15th January Edition. This paper is also available online at epaper.timesgroup.com
6️⃣Selected for UPC-POTD monthly contest Dec’2017 in UPC | Educating People Towards Photography FB Group [fb/groups/utkalaphotographyclub]. Link: goo.gl/e9E9p4
7️⃣This is one of the two images that has featured in Indian Photo Arts Magazine-April2018 issue with a profile picture of Udayan. This is an online magazine. Link: goo.gl/4vX7jz or indianphotoarts.com
8️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in WPAI-NewDelhi Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019 [wpaidelhi.com]
9️⃣Awarded an ISF Diploma in LCC-Udaipur Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019 [wpaidelhi.com]
1️⃣0️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in SCC-Ratlam Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019. [wpaidelhi.com]
1️⃣1️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in NIC-Itarsi Judging of SAM Print Circuit-2019. [wpaidelhi.com]
Jallikattu-IV
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Jallikattu-IV
Madurai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/250Sec-f/9-ISO100-70mm-16Jan2019-9:42:04

1️⃣Awarded a PSA Gold in PM Judging of Hello World Circuit-2020 [vividsalon.in]
2️⃣Printed in Chiiz Magazine-April2020 [Vol37] along with his profile picture as contributor.
3️⃣Awarded a FIP Bronze in Panoramic Art Judging of APA Circuit-2020 [apaphoto.in]
4️⃣Awarded a APA Gold in Light Line Judging of APA Circuit-2020 [apaphoto.in]
5️⃣Awarded a FIP Ribbon in LAV Judging of ASA National Circuit-2020 [asasalon.in]
6️⃣Awarded a HM in 1st Lensnlife National Salon-2020 [lensnlife.in]
Life amidst death
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Life amidst death
Shillong
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/250Sec-f/11-ISO200-35mm-29Oct2017-09:54:52

Bees love it here. They feed off flowers and the cemetery had plenty. That the flowers were amidst the dead didn’t bother them one bit as they went about collecting nectar believed to be the source of life. Truly life amidst death!

1️⃣3rd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (My Best Shot) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in November2017 [Link: goo.gl/gfnJbX].
Blue Boy
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Laitmawsiang Wahkadait
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/500Sec-f/2.8-ISO640-25mm-29Oct2017-13:08:45

A shy young boy trying to decide from a safe distance if it was ok to ask Udayan to take his photograph just as the other photographers had taken of a few local boys sometime ago. That playful indecisive moment is what Udayan caught in this image of the blue boy.

1️⃣This is one of the six image that has been featured as Udayan’s ROPA Gallery in PSA website with his profile picture and a bio after his QPSA in 2018. Link: goo.gl/hA1xc9
2️⃣It was one of the highly appreciated images of fortnightly theme contest -Blue organised by Photography Club of Assam FB Group in May 2018. Link: goo.gl/vkzGoa
3️⃣Shortlisted in a Streep Portrait Photography Contest organised by photofie.com in Apr2018 and featured on their blog. Link: goo.gl/QQxR3F
Renew
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Renew
Mattancherry
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/60Sec-f/11-ISO100-22mm-10Nov2017-16:11:02

When fate brings all the right elements to make a picture perfect frame, capture it immediately believes Udayan. This tourist cycled into Udayan’s frame, parked her cycle against the wall full of creepers and sat on the window’s ledge as she smiled at a fellow cyclist signalling she wanted to rest and renew her energy. And the rest they say is history!

1️⃣Exhibited in “Ek Kalakar Ki Dastan” organized by Medialogue FC of Pune Ferugusson College in December 2017.
2️⃣Chiiz magazine featured this image on their social media as “Photo of the Day” on 3rd October2018. Link: goo.gl/LyPeMp
A Little Slice of Life
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A Little Slice of Life
Fort Kochi
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/750Sec-f/4-ISO400-24mm-10Nov2017-11:34:51

Fort Kochi is a small port town that grew into a major tourist destination known most for its old colonial style buildings, and its diverse houses of worship. A melting pot of many cultures, religions, faith and professions, Udayan clicked this little slice of life at Fort Kochi from the time he spent there.

1️⃣Won 1st prize in Greenstorm Pictale Challenge 2018 and received a cash prize of INR50000/- and it was a part of their online exhibition [greenstorm.green].
i. A news article featured in The Hindu [Newspaper] on 5th June 2018 on their Kochi edition where this image has been featured.
ii. It was also used in a poster to promote the online exhibition.
iii. An article with Udayan’s winning image has been featured on Greenstorm Pictale Challenge in “Destination Kerala” Magazine [Print Edition] in July 2018 issue. A header about that article is also featured with Udayan’s image on their website at destination-kerala.com
iv. A news article on Greenstorm Pictale Challenge 2018 Results featured in Mathrubhumi [a Malayalam newspaper/mathrubhumi.com] on 18th July 2018 on their Kochi edition where. [goo.gl/ZaDu4i]
v. Award ceremony has been widely featured in many newspapers and TV channels where Udayan has been featured or mentioned. Some of them are: Manorama News [TV], Reporter TV, Chandrika, Manorama Daily, Mathrubhumi, Mangalam, Future Kerala, Deshabimani, Suprabhatham, etc
vi. It was also used in their 2019 Contest poster.[bit.ly/2Kp0I9G]
Guard on guard
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Guard on guard
Fort Kochi
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/30Sec-f/8-ISO100-18mm-10Nov2017-12:37:06

This old building looked as if it was held together by the roots of the plants that were growing on them. Was the watchman guarding it from falling apart?

*Accepted in Salon/s
Kochi-Muziris Biennale
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Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Mattancherry
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/60Sec-f/11-ISO100-16mm-2Dec2018-11:26:41

A local boy practicing football in front of a larger than life wall painting which is a part of Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

1️⃣Guru’s Top Pick Winner in Soccer Challenge organised by gurushots.com in 2018. Link: goo.gl/jDNs8V
2️⃣Selected as #HallaDailySnap on 9th Apr 2019 and featured on their website as cover image.
Devotion
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Devotion
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/320Sec-f/2.8-ISO200-25mm-7Apr2019-16:15:27

The rewards of life and devotion to God are love and inner rapture said a Persian Poet, Rumi. The rupture of fulfilment in the devotee’s face as they near the end of the Kodunganallur Bharani festival in Thrissur, Kerala is clearly visible.

1️⃣This is one of the 22 images of Udayan exhibited in 1st Armenian International Photo Fest-2019 at Yerevan from 24th Aug to 28th Sep. [amphotofestival.com]
2️⃣Selected as Photo of the Month for July 2019 and published in creationearth.com [bit.ly/2GPXFUy].
3️⃣Winner of World Photography Day-2019 Contest organised by of Chiiz.com [bit.ly/2JxcJYy]
4️⃣Awarded a Salon HM in APAM-2020 [salon.apam.photography]
5️⃣Printed in Chiiz Magazine-Mar2020 along with his profile picture as contributor.
Kodungallur Bharani
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Kodungallur Bharani
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/60Sec-f/3.5-ISO100-16mm-7Apr2019-15:56:18

“A devotee is every absorbed in God” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

1️⃣Awarded Chairman Choice Medal in Judging-III of Obscura-2019 [obscuraexhibition.in]
Kalaignar
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Kalaignar
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/250Sec-f/2.8-ISO100-170mm-18Oct2018-15:28:00

A family taking rest in their temporary tent made up with a political banner during Kulasai Dasara.

*Accepted in Salon/s
The Blue Goddess
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The Blue Goddess
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/10Sec-f/13-ISO1000-16mm-18Oct2018-18:10:42

Man dressed up as a Goddess during Kulasai Dasara.

1️⃣AvTvISO in collaboration with Chiiz organized a Photo Tour to Kulasai Dasara Festival in 2019 where Udayan was one of the two mentors. His images were used in the Photo tour home page. This is one of those images. [Link. avtviso.chiiz.com
A little faith
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A little faith
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/10Sec-f/22-ISO1600-20mm-18Oct2018-17:53:36

Kid dressed up as a God during Kulasai Dasara.

1️⃣Udayan’s Kulasai Dasara has been featured in 4 pages of Chiiz Magazine-Volume 22-January2019 issue along with his profile picture as contributor. This is also featured on the cover and content page. This is one of the 8 images that printed in the magazine.
The holy fire
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The holy fire
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/125Sec-f/2.8-ISO2000-17mm-20Oct2018-05:16:45

Performing rituals with fire in the Kulasai Mutharammam Temple during Kulasai Dasara.

1️⃣It has been selected as #HallaDailySnap on 6th Nov 2018 and featured on their website as cover image.
2️⃣To promote public voting, shootdart.com used a screenshot of Udayan’s image that was featured as an entry on their website for their 2018 annual photography contest. Link: goo.gl/C5qfLh
3️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography-Dec 2018 issue.
4️⃣Awarded a Certificate of Merit in WPAI Circuit 2018-Dhanbad judging [wpaidelhi.com]
5️⃣It was one of the seven images from Kulasai Dasara series that was published in PhotoMontage of Asian Photography Magazine (January 2019 Issue) as portfolio.
6️⃣Udayan’s Kulasai Dasara has been featured in 4 pages of Chiiz Magazine-Volume 22-January2019 issue along with his profile picture as contributor. This is also featured on the cover and content page. This is one of the 8 images that printed in the magazine.
7️⃣3rd place winner of Shootdart Photography Contest-2018 [shootdart.com] and the prizes were Certificate, Trophy, Cash award of INR.3000/- and a Shootdart T-Shirt. Link: goo.gl/ffDqdf
8️⃣Accepted in UNIQ-IMAGE 1st National CIRCUIT-2019 [Shuttebug Art Society Judging]. Link: shutterbugartsociety.in
9️⃣Awarded a FIAP HM Ribbon in Beautiful Life-2019 [internationalsalons.net] and featured in the e-Catalog and on their website under awarded images.
1️⃣0️⃣AvTvISO in collaboration with Chiiz organized a Photo Tour to Kulasai Dasara Festival in 2019 where Udayan was one of the two mentors. His images were used in the Photo tour home page. This is one of those images. [Link. avtviso.chiiz.com
1️⃣1️⃣This is one of the 22 images of Udayan exhibited in 1st Armenian International Photo Fest-2019 at Yerevan from 24th Aug to 28th Sep. [amphotofestival.com]
1️⃣2️⃣This is one of the ten image that has been featured as Udayan’s ROPA Gallery in PSA website with his profile picture and a bio after his PPSA in 2019.
Phoenix
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Phoenix
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/125Sec-f/5-ISO100-35mm-19Oct2018-17:21:19

Worshiping fire during Kulasai Dasara.

1️⃣Chiiz magazine featured this image on their social media as “Chiiz’s Pick” on 16th Jauary 2019. Link: goo.gl/Bk2D25
Corner lane
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Corner lane
Mattancherry
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/640Sec-f/4.5-ISO200-28mm-2Dec2018-11:42:24

Mattancherry is a locality in the city of Kochi that grew into a major tourist destination known most for its old colonial style buildings, and its diverse houses of worship. A melting pot of many cultures, religions, faith and professions, Udayan clicked this little slice of life at Mattancherry from the time he spent there.

*Accepted in Salon/s
Daily Chores
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Daily Chores
Palavakkam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/400Sec-f/5.6-ISO640-16mm-30Jun2019-7:07:29

In the chaos of daily life, a neat row of clothes hung out to dry in the hot Chennai summer morning caught my eyes. Mundane daily chores like putting clothes out to dry take on an interesting angle when the backdrop is as vibrant as in this picture.

1️⃣This is one of the ten image that has been featured as Udayan’s ROPA Gallery in PSA website with his profile picture and a bio after his PPSA in 2019.
2️⃣Published in Namma Chennai at Chennai Chronicle (city supplementary of Deccan Chronicle in Chennai) on Aug-26, 2019
3️⃣Featured on HonCPE Gallery at campinaexhibitions.net/distinctions-holders/honorary or bit.ly/33Gruji
Holy smoke
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Holy smoke
Kasimedu Fishing Harbour
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/200Sec-f/2.8-ISO100-35mm-9Jun2019-8:46:22

Simple pleasures in life for this daily wage earner is to get a 10 minute break between work for a smoke of a local cigarette called beedi. He seemed quite amused at why I was taking his picture as he did not think he was photogenic, yet he posed like a supermodel “just for fun” in this frame!

1️⃣Awarded a Salon Bronze in PhotoPanorama Circuit-2020 [panorama.fotodoboj.com]
Temple
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Temple
Uthandi
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/180Sec-f/8-ISO200-18mm-14Jul2019-07:21:36

There is something about temples in South India… Vibrant colours that greet you, massive structures that dominate a landscape, intricate designs that portray in minute details the simple life of both mortals and Gods and a calm serenity that call you from afar. It is this temple’s charm that I tried to capture in this frame.

1️⃣Published in Namma Chennai at Chennai Chronicle (city supplementary of Deccan Chronicle in Chennai) on 22nd Feb, 2020
Grandmother’s tales
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Grandmother’s tales
Muttukadu
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/250Sec-f/3.5-ISO100-18mm-14Jul2019-08:28:46

“Tell us what happened next… did the huge wave destroy the village?... Tell us please” begged the little girls on a lazy Sunday morning. The grandma was narrating the story of the catastrophic tsunami that hit this village in 2004, much before these little girls were born. As sections of the village is being rebuilt slowly and life has gone back to a routine, the catastrophic tsunami does seem like a tale from long ago…

1️⃣Published in Namma Chennai at Chennai Chronicle (city supplementary of Deccan Chronicle in Chennai) on 4th Feb, 2020
Mother-in-law
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Mother-in-law
Hanumanthapuram
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/50Sec-f/11-ISO500-30mm-1Sep2019-8:06:42

An early morning tradition in South Indian households is the drawing of rice flour designs on freshly washed ground before the house entrance called “kolam”. As we were wondering through this village near Chennai early one morning, I saw the lady putting kolam under the watchful eye of her mother-in-law. It made me think of the traditions that get passed along through generations by word of mouth and strict discipline.

1️⃣Published in Namma Chennai at Chennai Chronicle (city supplementary of Deccan Chronicle in Chennai) on September-30, 2019
Washing clothes
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Washing clothes
Hanumanthapuram
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/80Sec-f/8-ISO200-35mm-1Sep2019-8:33:44

*Accepted in Salon/s
Surfing-II
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Surfing-II
Kovelong Point
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/4000Sec-f/2.8-ISO100-200mm-25Aug2019-08:53:39

*Accepted in Salon/s
Kasimedu-II
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Kasimedu-II
Kasimedu
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/500Sec-f/8-ISO100-24mm-2Feb2020-10:06:37

*Accepted in Salon/s
Costume
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Costume
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/125Sec-f/2.8-ISO4000-27mm-7Oct2019-22:52:48

1️⃣Awarded a MoL Bronze Diploma in Oradea Judging of 5th BALKAN Exhibition-2020 [photobalkan.com]
I got my hands full
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I got my hands full
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/200Sec-f/7.1-ISO100-16mm-8Oct2019-16:27:00

1️⃣Featured on ACPE Distinction Gallery at campinaexhibitions.net/distinctions-holders/artist/udayan-sankar-pal
2️⃣Awarded a Salon Diploma in Rose Salon of Nano Circuit-2019 [nanocircuit.club]
Wash away
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Wash away
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/400Sec-f/7.1-ISO100-16mm-8Oct2019-16:23:55

1️⃣An article published on Chiiz-AvTvISO Kulasai-2019 PhotoTour in December2019 issue of Chiiz Magazine where Udayan was the mentor. This photograph also featured with this article.
Descended on earth
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Descended on earth
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/400Sec-f/8-ISO320-16mm-7Oct2019-13:35:18

1️⃣Printed in PSA Journal-June2020 issue as a part of the article Udayan wrote titled Working Your Way Around the White Sky.
Quarantine
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Quarantine
Chennai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/250Sec-f/2.8-ISO800-200mm-22Mar2020-15:07:56

A positive outlook on things can make even a COVID-19 quarantine day seem great! My son loves his pet fishes “Meen” and “Sakana” and decided to spend some time with them today talking to them and sharing a laugh together!

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on March-24, 2020.
2️⃣Featured at betterphotography.in as Editor’s Pick on “Togetherness” Photography Contest in Apr 2020.
3️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography-May 2020 issue.
4️⃣Printed in Chiiz Magazine-Jul2020 [40th issue].
A Little Magic
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A Little Magic
Kasimedu
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/40Sec-f/2.8-ISO2000-16mm-29Feb2020-19:33:03

Some large colourful graffiti on the walls of a housing society in Chennai by St+rt India Foundation had made it a sort of a neighbourhood attraction. So the community arranged for a night of entertainment at this venue to celebrate the new art work and bring some cheer to its residents. This is where I spotted this girl representing a troupe of theatrical magicians all ready to perform her act. It felt like her enthusiasm had brought a little magic to the already exciting evening!

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on March-7, 2020.
Jallikattu-VI
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Jallikattu-VI
Madurai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/500Sec-f/8-ISO160-100mm-16Jan2019-10:35:38

*Accepted in Salon/s
Jallikattu-II
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Jallikattu-II
Madurai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/100Sec-f/8-ISO100-70mm-16Jan2019-15:49:11

*Accepted in Salon/s
My Friend Ganesha
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My Friend Ganesha
Hydernagar
iPhone 5s-1/15Sec-f/2.2-ISO320-4mm-19Aug2014-19:20:00

The daughter of a migrant artisan from Gujrat was playing alongside a big Ganesha at an open workshop where her family was making these idols for Ganesh Chaturthi

1️⃣Featured at betterphotography.in as Editors Pick on Children Cellphone Photography Contest in March 2015.
Lake
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Lake
Ameenpur Lake
iPhone 5s-1/30Sec-f/2.2-ISO100-4mm-10Oct2014-06:12:00

Morning at Ameenpura Lake.

1️⃣Featured 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”.
Bahmani Tombs
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Bahmani Tombs
Bidar
iPhone 5s-1/1642Sec-f/2.2-ISO32-4mm-22Nov2014-12:05:00

Weekend drive with Tata Safari. An afternoon at the magnificent Bahmani Tombs.

1️⃣One of the winners of Tata_Safari atTwitter #DriveWithSOUL #PhotoTrails contest in Dec 2014 & won a Flipkart GiftVoucher of Rs 1000/-
2️⃣Featured 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”.
3️⃣It was selected as one of the “Weekly TOP5” of Lonely Planet India’s ‪#‎SeeClickShareRepeat‬ contest & a poster with those 5 images featured as their FB cover.‬
4️⃣2nd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (Monuments) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in August2016. It was also published on their website at phototcrindia.com [Link: goo.gl/cNpIY7].
5️⃣It was featured on Klickideas Annual e-Book, Spotlight-2016 [klickideas.com/spotlight-2016]
Football
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Football
Baga Beach
iPhone 5s-1/10309Sec-f/2.2-ISO40-4mm-28Dec2014-14:28:00

Football at Baga Beach.

1️⃣This is one of the two images that featured on IndiaTimes Blog [indiatimes.com] titled “14 Spectacular Travel Pictures That’ll Set You Off Booking Tickets Right Now” in September 2016. Link: goo.gl/4KPwm2
2️⃣It has been featured on the winning page of Football contest organized by photocrowd.com. Link: goo.gl/TKYdnd
Family Photo
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Family Photo
Alpine Viva
iPhone 6plus-1/200Sec-f/2.2-ISO32-4mm-7Jun2015-16:11:00

The reflection of a complete family.

1️⃣Featured at betterphotography.in as Editor’s Pick on “A Placed Called Home” Cellphone Photography Contest in Aug 2016.
2️⃣Udayan’s instagram photo selected as the winner in the “Cellphone Photos-A Place Called Home” contest organized by Better Photography magazine & published in the November 2016 issue.
3️⃣It has been selected as the winner of Weekly Photo Contest organized by Meghalaya Amateur Photographers FB Group [goo.gl/aPfb5w] in October 2017 and theme was Family. Link: goo.gl/W6VR3g
Gunda The Boxer
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Gunda The Boxer
Alpine Viva
iPhone 6plus-1/17Sec-f/2.2-ISO125-4mm-24Jun2015-20:13:00

This is how they sleep.

1️⃣Featured at betterphotography.in as Editor’s Pick on “A Placed Called Home” Cellphone Photography Contest in Jul 2016.
Mother
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St. Mary’s Basilica
iPhone 6plus-1/30Sec-f/2.2-ISO50-4mm-16Aug2015-16:55:00

Reflection of mother at St. Mary’s Basilica.

1️⃣1st place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (Mother) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in February2017 & published on their website at phototcrindia.com [Link: bit.ly/2ki9cmv].
2️⃣It was selected as one of the two winners of #CIXIP in Faith contest organized by Creative Image Magazine & Indiapictures [Instagram.com/IndiaPictures] & published in the March/April-2017bissue.
3️⃣It has won 2nd place in IRIS- The Online Photography Competition-2018 [Theme-Reflection] on the occasion of Plexus, the annual fest of Silchar Medical College & Hospital. [Link: goo.gl/9nCjh4]
Jewelry Seller
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Bull Temple
iPhone 6plus-1/33Sec-f/2.2-ISO32-4mm-17Sep2015-17:36:00

A jewelry seller from Rajasthan with his vibrant wares during Ganesh Chaturthi.

1️⃣Featured at betterphotography.in as Editors Pick on Colorful Street Cellphone Photography Contest in February 2016.
The Red Bench
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The Red Bench
Nandi Hills
iPhone 6plus-1/273Sec-f/2.2-ISO32-4mm-19Sep2015-08:42:00

Early morning at Nandi Hills near Bangalore amidst heavy fog, low lying clouds, mysterious shadows between wet tree boughs, a light drizzle and chilly weather. Loved it.

1️⃣This is one of the two images that featured on IndiaTimes Blog [indiatimes.com] titled “14 Spectacular Travel Pictures That’ll Set You Off Booking Tickets Right Now” in September 2016. Link: goo.gl/4KPwm2
Natural Noir
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Natural Noir
Nandi Hills
iPhone 6plus-1/719Sec-f/2.2-ISO32-4mm-19Sep2015-07:54:00

Early morning at Nandi Hills near Bangalore amidst heavy fog, low lying clouds, mysterious shadows between wet tree boughs, a light drizzle and chilly weather. Loved it.

1️⃣Published in Better Photography Magazine - Dec 2015 issue. It got “Honourable Mention” in their Winter CellPhone Contest.
2️⃣Won 1st prize in the November-2016 Flickr Monthly Contest (Subject was Fog/Mist) 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.
3️⃣One of the winners of FB/Groups/loversofphotography weekly contest [theme was Foggy Morning] & it was shared on the cover for a week in 1st January 2017. [Link: bit.ly/2imHump]
4️⃣3rd place winner of the Weekly Theme Contest (The Cold Winter) of fb/groups/TheCritiqueRoom in December2017 [Link: goo.gl/DzpTYK].
Zzzzzz...
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Zzzzzz...
Alpine Viva
iPhone 6plus-1/10Sec-f/2.2-ISO125-4mm-22Mar2016-19:11:00

I’m so good at sleeping I can do it with my eyes closed!

1️⃣Featured in an article on New Born Babies that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-June2016 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This article is also available on their website at goo.gl/FgHMWO.
Sunbath
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Sunbath
HMT Hills
iPhone 5s-1/1520Sec-f/2.2-ISO32-4mm-12Sep2014-15:20:00

Sunbath is always favourite pastime of Tobo the Daschund.

1️⃣Featured at betterphotography.in as Editor’s Pick on “Rules of Third” Cellphone Photography Contest in Jan 2017.
Dude
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Pottery Town
iPhone 6plus-1/1464Sec-f/2.2-ISO32-4mm-10Apr2016-16:06:00

A vividly painted yellow and red house with striking geometrical designs was brought to life by this Indian version of the Hulk walking across the frame.

1️⃣Won the 2nd place in Expressions Generic Mobile Photography Contest-2016 organized by www.tumbhi.com and received a certificate and Amazon Gift Voucher worth INR.3000/- as the prize.
Restaurant
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Restaurant
Hyderabad
iPhone 5s-1/805Sec-f/2.2-ISO32-4mm-24Sep2014-14:45:00

Street at Hyderabad

1️⃣Featured at betterphotography.in as Editors Pick on Colorful Street Cellphone Photography Contest in February 2016.
2️⃣Featured at betterphotography.in as Editor’s Pick on “Frame within a Frame” Cellphone Photography Contest in May 2016.
Exit
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Exit
Alpine Viva
iPhone 6plus-1/4405Sec-f/2.2-ISO40-4mm-14May2016-12:04:00

Exit from Alpine Viva’s two level parking.

1️⃣Selected as the winner in the “Cellphone Photos-Urban Architecture” contest organized by Better Photography magazine & published in the February 2017 issue.
2️⃣Won Honourable Mention award in From the Top Photography Contest organized by worldphotographersclub.com in 2019.
Empty
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Empty
Alpine Viva
iPhone 6plus-1/33Sec-f/2.2-ISO250-4mm-26May2016-12:40:00

An empty cup waiting to be filled with coffee presented an interesting minimalist perspective of shapes and space.

1️⃣This picture of an empty coffee cup won the ‪#‎InstaGRAND‬ contest run by TATA Coffee Grand in May 2016 on their instagram & received a jar of their newly launched coffee as a gift because they wanted to fill the cup with something special.
Paper Roll
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Paper Roll
Alpine Viva
iPhone 6plus-1/10Sec-f/2.2-ISO200-4mm-31Mar2015-15:20:00

while relocating from one city to another, i found waiting for my home to be packed up by the movers and packers quite boring. the abstract forms of these long sheets of corrugated paper boards used to cushion fragile materials rolled up together in a corner caught my attention.

1️⃣Even mobile click can be stolen! It was stolen by someone named Vikas Singh and featured on his instagram [instagram.com/v_vikassingh].
Crayon house
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Crayon house
Kasimedu Fishing Harbour
iPhone 7plus-1/894Sec-f/1.8-ISO20-4mm-22July2017-06:45:00

Can you see a child’s painting in here?
A crayon blue house beside a painted tree. The mud beneath both a ferrous red...
Only, its not a painting. It is one slice from the amazing street life I saw of an actual house at Kasimedu Fishing Village in Chennai.

1️⃣It has selected as the Honourable Mention in the “Cellphone Photos-Finding Beauty” contest organised by Better Photography magazine & published in the February 2018 issue.
Climb
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Climb
Perungudi
iPhone 7plus-1/233Sec-f/2.8-ISO20-7mm-9Aug2017-09:48:00

“Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called Ego.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

1️⃣Kodak Moment of the Day on 16th August 2017. Link: goo.gl/cVvXq9
2️⃣Winner of “Cellphone Photos-This is home” contest organised by Better Photography magazine & published in October 2018 issue.
Self-Portrait
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Perungudi
iPhone 7plus-1/33Sec-f/1.8-ISO25-4mm-17Oct2017-20:09:00

Udayan clicked this minimalist self-portrait against the lights that decorated his home during Diwali in Chennai.

1️⃣Won 3rd Place in “Creative Selfie” Photography Contest in 2018 organized by worldphotographersclub.com and featured in their website. Link: goo.gl/H8G8hF
Flying above
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Flying above
On Board Chennai to Kolkata
iPhone 7plus-1/6Sec-f/1.8-ISO100-4mm-27Oct2017-05:31:00

The crimson colours of the rising sun was draped like a bed spread across the sky and dark fluffy clouds seemed to peep out of it to say “Goodmorning” to the world below! The magical colours in the sky made Philippe Perrinz words come true; Its only when you are flying above it that you realize how incredible the earth really is.

1️⃣Udayan’s iPhone photo selected as the Winner in the “Cellphone Photos-Through the Window” contest organised by Better Photography magazine & published in December 2019 issue.
Selfie
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Selfie
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
iPhone 7plus-1/50Sec-f/1.8-ISO32-4mm-22Apr2018-09:56:53

This man was trying to take a selfie at the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary from the watch tower. But the birds were really far away. He found these painted birds at the watchtower instead and made good use of them to create a memory from the sanctuary.

*Accepted in Salon/s
Being Happy
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Being Happy
Kurumbur
iPhone X-1/475Sec-f/1.8-ISO20-4mm-20Oct2018-12:13:37

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
~Henry Ward Beecher

1️⃣One of the equal eight winers of photography contest on Happiness and featured in Indian Photo Arts e-Magazine-Jan2019 issue [indianphotoarts.com].
2️⃣It has been selected as Honourable Mention in the 1st Contest of 2019 on the theme of love organised by sillesanat.com and it was featured on their website and the exhibition. [goo.gl/g8ywus]
3️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on May-2, 2020.
Windmills
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Koodankulam
iPhone X-1/2088Sec-f/1.8-ISO20-4mm-21Oct2018-09:15:56

The contrast between intelligent advancement towards greener sources of energy to reduce pollution and the ignorant disregard for it at the same time is everywhere around us. This image is a classic example. The purpose of the windmills in the distance is a complete contrast to the pollution these local people are causing with their chemical intensive soaps that they wash into the lake. India does have a modern brain but still retains an old soul.

*Accepted in Salon/s
Water play
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Cheyyur
iPhone X-1/345Sec-f/1.8-ISO20-4mm-24Nov2018-16:35:17

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Be water, my friend.”
~ Bruce Lee

1️⃣Won the grand prize in Summer Photography Contest organised by Reliance-Stock and Found in 2019 and prize was camera accessories worth INR10K. Link: instagram.com/p/Bw4SpUdpr6G
2️⃣Won 3rd prize in Summer Photo Contest organized by Madras Photo Blogs in 2019 and prize was a Manfrotto Pixi Tripod! Link: instagram.com/p/Bz7JxgaDKoY
Jewel Bug
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Jewel Bug
Chennai
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
1/320Sec-f/9-ISO1000-100mm-10Nov2019-8:19:01

*Accepted in Salon/s
Vantage point
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Vantage point
Mahabalipuram Fishermen Colony
iPhone X-1/276Sec-f/2.4-ISO16-4mm-12May2019-7:57:37

A little puppy found this vantage point to observe the activity on the street he lives in. A little design element on the facade of this brightly painted house offered him the best view of the street from the safety of his home.

1️⃣It has been selected as #HallaDailySnap on 6th June 2019 and featured on their website as cover image.
2️⃣Published in Chiiz Magazine-Volume 28-July2019 in double spread as the section cover along with his profile picture as contributor.
3️⃣Guru’s Top Pick Winner in Anything that is orange Photography Challenge in 2019. [Link: bit.ly/33avido].
Colour Bar
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Kandanchavadi
iPhone X-1/716Sec-f/1.8-ISO20-4mm-27Dec2018-11:21:48

An auto parked against a brightly coloured wall became a great place for Atig to practice naming colours.

1️⃣Selected as #HallaDailySnap on 5th Jan 2019 and featured on their website as cover image.
Wink
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Phoenix Chennai
iPhone X-1/20Sec-f/2.4-ISO160-4mm-18Nov2019-19:36:37

*Accepted in Salon/s
Hari Raju
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Hari Raju
Chennai
iPhone X-1/60Sec-f/2.4-ISO32-4mm-4May2019-6:38:07

Cyclist Hari Raju after successfully completing of his 365x50KM Challenge in May2019 where he cycled atleast 50KM everyday for continuous 365days!

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on May-22, 2019.
Fragrance in a bottle-II
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Fragrance in a bottle-II
Charminar
iPhone 5s-1/30Sec-f/2.2-ISO50-4mm-27Aug2014-20:15:00

The sparkling bottles, bright colors and a heavy sweet smelling fragrance drew Udayan to this shop at Charminar, Hyderabad. On display were rows of small decorative bottles with a variety of attar, a natural perfume oil derived from botanical sources, for tourists to buy as souvenirs. The attractive display of the colorful liquids in clear cut bottles under the luminescent lights were absolutely picture perfect.

1️⃣Featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on Aspect Ratio that published on 5th May 2015.
Heritage on vintage
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Heritage on vintage
Hyderabad
Canon AE-1 Program with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
1/60Sec-f/4-ISO100-50mm-6Oct2006-11:15:00

While looking for an unusual way to shoot the Charminar, Udayan noticed this frame in one of the cars participating in a vintage car rally close by. It had all the elements he associates with Hyderabad in it - the Charminar, an iconic landmark of Hyderabad; the vintage car representing the old royalty synonymous with the city and the auto rickshaw, a standing reminder of the chaotic modern lifestyle it has come to be known of in recent times.

1️⃣Published in PostCard of LonelyPlanet Magazine India in Aug 2011 issue.
2️⃣Won 1st prize in the January-2016 Flickr Monthly Contest (Theme was Antique) 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
Spot the Not
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Spot the Not
Hyderabad
Canon AE-1 Program with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4
1/120Sec-f/5.6-ISO100-50mm-12Oct2006-14:15:00

Udayan would have almost missed this man had he not called out to him urging him to buy something from the shop. The avenue was a shopping haven and the profusion of shops made for a very entertaining experience. With so many shops vying for the customers attention, it was a matter of who stood out amongst the rest in terms of being the brightest, biggest, posh-est, most decorative, cheapest, etc. Yet this spunky man, nondescriptly camouflaged amongst the mannequins, caught Udayans attention because he could not resist the lure of a “model” jump at him. He was compelled to buy some clothes at this shop impressed with their marketing strategy. This guards objective was to attract customers and he did that well indeed!

1️⃣Published in the NationalGeographic website (ngm.nationalgeographi.com) on Nov-18, 2009 (week 3) as part of the Daily Dozen series.
2️⃣Featured in the 1st SignedPRINTS Photography Contest - 2012 poster.
3️⃣Won 1st Place in DPReview Challenge (The Shopkeeper) & published on DPR website (dpreview.com) on 2nd Sep 2013.
4️⃣Udayan was featured in Sunday Magazine (06 Apr-2014 issue) of Namaste Telangana, a Leading News Paper published from Hyderabad. It was one of the images that published in that article. This magazine is also available online at epaper.namasthetelangaana.com
5️⃣taringa.net used this image unathorized without credit and any remuneration on their blog. Here is the link: goo.gl/rJgegh
6️⃣anorak.co.uk used this image unathorized without credit and any remuneration on their blog. Here is the link: goo.gl/wfPfXW
7️⃣humorilimitado.com used this image unathorized without credit and any remuneration on their blog. Here is the link: goo.gl/sS33rp
8️⃣placepic.ru used this image without any credit or his consent [Link: goo.gl/DoJvbg].
9️⃣whyspering.blogspot.in used this image without any credit or his consent [Link: goo.gl/tLP8q0].
1️⃣0️⃣Awarded a CAS HM Medal in Pune Judging of SAM Circuit-2017 (wpaidelhi.com)
Taramati Baradari
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Taramati Baradari
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
1/6Sec-f/8-ISO400-28mm-15Sep2014-18:54:47

Taramati Baradari, an ancient monument on a hill top held Udayan captivated for the sheer magic of the ambience and the breathtaking lights. Dreaming of times in the old world, Udayan imagined Taramati singing while her companions danced around the elegant arches. Recreating the ambiance today, this dancer made this picture travel a hundred years back in time.

1️⃣Was published in www.fotoflock.com (Fotoflock by Epson) as Photo of the Day on 18 May 2014.
2️⃣One of the four photographs of Udayan that exhibited in a group show with total 20 select photographs by Udayan and 5 other fellow photographers of Hyderabad Weekend Shoots (HWS) on the rich heritage of the enchanting city, Hyderabad, on 21st and 22nd November 2015 at Hill Fort Palace (Shrishti Art Gallery) in Hyderabad. The exhibition has been painstakingly curated and organized by Chandrasekhar Singh and is a part of the Hyderabad Heritage Festival-2015. This image also featured in Deccan Chronicle on 23rd Nov 2015 related to an article on the exhibition.
3️⃣Featured in the article that Amit Singh wrote for fotoflock.com titled “Your guide to photographing classical architecture” that published on 8th March 2016.
4️⃣Featured on natgeotraveller.in as DailyShot on 17th Nov 2015 on the theme #ColourAndLight & It is also shared on their twitter, facebook & instagram.
5️⃣Featured 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”.
6️⃣Featured in a blog post titled “Hyderabad-Legendary City worth a visit!” on padhaaro.com. Link: goo.gl/qx6c4K
Adrenalin rush!
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Adrenalin rush!
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
1/320Sec-f/8-ISO400-16mm-9Mar2014-09:21:52

At Osman Sagar Lake, Udayan saw these youngsters try daredevil stunts on their bikes without any safety measures and not even using a sports bike. Although it was dangerous, Udayan loved the adrenalin rush!

1️⃣Published in news section of Deccan Chronicle-Hyderabad Edition (epaper.deccanchronicle.com) on 11th March 2014.
2️⃣One of the TOP5 in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Balance) of Lonely Planet blog (lonelyplanet.com/blog) in Aug 2014.
3️⃣Won 2nd prize in the January-2015 Flickr Monthly Contest (Wheel) of The Camera Club of Hyderabad (flickr.com/groups/thecch) & prize was two 12x18 prints from zoomin.com
4️⃣This image featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on how to work your way around the white sky that published on 10th March 2015.
5️⃣Featured in an article on White Sky that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-May2016 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This article is also available on their website at goo.gl/SLf5BP.
6️⃣Third place winner of weekly photo contest of Nirvana - The Photography FB Group in June 2016 & theme was “Unnatural Pose”. [Link: goo.gl/CBhM7G]
7️⃣One of the winners of FB/Groups/loversofphotography weekly contest [theme was Bike] & it was shared on the cover for a week in November 2017. [Link: goo.gl/gVmpYX]
8️⃣Won a Certificate of Merit in World Photography Day Contest-2018 organized by Sigma Academy of Photography [saphyd.org.in] in association with Department of Language and Culture, Govt of Telangana. Link: goo.gl/m53C48
9️⃣Printed in PSA Journal-June2020 issue as a part of the article Udayan wrote titled Working Your Way Around the White Sky.
Time pass
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Time pass
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/750Sec-f/2.8-ISO100-17mm-14Dec2013-15:43:54

What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.~Poet William Henry Davies
Lines that ring true in todays fast paced lifestyle. Who has the time for a leisurely conversation, a languid cup of coffee, the solitude of enjoying a book, the luxury of gazing at life go by? Udayan found this frame particularly compelling as two people from opposite backgrounds, places and ages seemed to have found a way to slow down and savour a moment in time, each in their own way.

1️⃣Published in Photoscape of Asian Photography - December 2014 issue.
2️⃣Featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on how to create soulfulimages that published on 5th March 2015. It is also used as the cover image of the article.
3️⃣Selected as one of the Best Entries of Street Photography Contest-2015 of photofie.com & shared on their FB page.
4️⃣Featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on 10 Boring Photography Clich’s to avoid that published on 26th Aug 2015.
5️⃣Featured in an article on Soulful Images that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-Oct2015 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This article is also available on their website at goo.gl/ Pbkpll
6️⃣Featured in an article on Boring Photography Cliches that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-Dec2015 issue [smileartbeats.com]. This article is also available on their website at goo.gl/ HtFxHs. This article shared as best articles for the week on Paper.li weekly edition. You can see it here at goo.gl/6CuXKF
7️⃣Used in a AvTvISO.com poster in 2019 [instagram.com/p/BwCDyH4Allj]
8️⃣Udayan’s article “Making Soulful Images“ has been printed in August issue of PSA Journal and this image is used with the article.
Glowing Arch
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Glowing Arch
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM
1/15Sec-f/8-ISO400-26mm-4Dec2013-14:27:10

What makes an eatery successful is the food, ambience and the service. This particular eatery bowled Udayan over with the ambience more than anything else. The lovely glowing arch from the gentle sunlight outside created a lovely form while the waiter was coming in. This grabbed Udayans attention and he got this sublime frame captured for eternity.

*Accepted in Salon/s
Mecca Masjid
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Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
1/250Sec-f/11-ISO800-16mm-2Feb2014-07:33:17

Mecca Masjid, a heritage building in the old city of Hyderabad, is one of the oldest mosques in the city and one of the largest Mosques in India. People and pigeons flock together here, each with their own reasons. While people seek divine blessings or simply find a peaceful place to while some time away, pigeons flock here to find something to eat from benevolent and pious humans. Udayan particularly liked the many actions which were taking place at this time with the kids running and pigeons flying yet everyone appeared in sync with each other in this frame.

1️⃣Udayan was featured in Sunday Magazine (06 Apr-2014 issue) of Namaste Telangana, a Leading News Paper published from Hyderabad. It was one of the images that published in that article. This magazine is also available online at epaper.namasthetelangaana.com
2️⃣Featured in a photo story-Essence Of Your City at National Geographic Traveller India website (natgeotraveller.in) in May 2015.
3️⃣Featured 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”.
4️⃣Featured on the cover of Photogrpher’s Paradise FB page in July 2017.
When fairy tales sound true
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Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
1/125Sec-f/11-ISO100-16mm-8Feb2014-16:19:28

A wizened old man telling the tales of a time gone by, of kings and queens, princesses and princely acts, sitting on a 500 year old structure which was his home for the past 50 years. Maula Ali Darghas oldest resident care taker decided to give Udayan a glimpse of the history of the Dargah and the old city of Hyderabad one lazy afternoon. It felt like history was narrating its own life trying to show a time past themodern skyline. When fairy tales sound true...

1️⃣Won 3rd Place in DPReview Challenge (Theme was Editorial Photography) & published on DPR website on 12th July 2015.
2️⃣Won the jointly 1st place in Weekly Travel Photography Competition (Sub: Guide) 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/rgJkjZ]. It was also featured on writeupcafe.com [goo.gl/e9yp1O] & townsofusa.com [goo.gl/aX9tt8] as the winning image.
Illusionary canvas
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Lotus Pond
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF 24-105 F/4L IS USM
1/10Sec-f/4-ISO100-24mm-26Apr2014-06:26:40

At the Lotus pond in Hyderabad, Udayan was drawn by the leafless tree humbly bent over the cool water and the way the trees shape was distorted by little fish swimming by only to be reassembled into abstract designs on the reflective surface of the cool water. He wanted to frame this beautiful illusionary canvas.

1️⃣Fotoflock by Epson shared this image on their FB page as #FotoflockTipOfTheDay and editorial comment was Before you start editing your pictures, have an insight into the kind of image you are looking for.“
2️⃣Used in the FB event cover for Light Art Academy-Global Photo Walk (Hyderabad edition on 10th August 2014 at Lotus Pond, Jubilee Hills) to celebrate World Photography Day on 19th August.
3️⃣One of his three images that were exhibited in Perspektiven - Water - The Element of Life at Goethe-Zentrum, Hyderabad from 26th September to 8th October, 2014.
4️⃣Won 1st prize in the December-2014 Flickr Monthly Contest (Your Best Shot in 2014) 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
5️⃣Editorially used & published in Asian Photography Magazine-Jan 2015 issue.
6️⃣This image is a part of Click2015 Photo Exhibition held from 27th Feb to 1st Mar, 2015 organized by MIT School of Photography, Pune.
7️⃣Won the first prize in AURA-2016, the online photography contest by JIIT Film and Photography Hub [jiitimpressions.com] & received a Rs.700/- worth Flipkart GiftVoucher.
8️⃣Exhibited as winning entry of #ExhibitionAtIndiaHabitatCentre Contest organized by picsdream.com in November 2015 & featured as their cover page. [Link: goo.gl/b4qwRS]
9️⃣Shortlisted in the Nature-Camera Click category of “Expression Tumbhi Photography Contest-2016” & published in tumbhi.com. [goo.gl/Q3U00I]
1️⃣0️⃣Won runner up prize of KlickIdeas Online Photography Contest-October 2016 and subject was tree. Udayan was also featured on their award section [klickideas.com/awards] and received a SanDisk 8GB Class 4 SDHC Memory Card as the prize. It was also featured on their annual e-book, Spotlight-2016 [klickideas.com/spotlight-2016]
To bat an eye or not
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Golkonda Fort
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 24-105 F/4L IS USM
1/60Sec-f/4-ISO1000-105mm-3Aug2014-11:18:22

A colony of bats made their home amidst the ancient stone arches at the Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad. Hanging upside down in this dark and frankly quite smelly place which perhaps has never seen the light of day seemed very easy to them. Rarely visited by guests, the bats seemed quite surprised at Udayans intrusion when he walked into their home and he did not waste a minute to catch their surprise on camera.

1️⃣Published in Eye Spy at Hyderabad Chronicle (City Supplementary of Deccan Chronicle) on 13th Aug 2014. This News Paper is also available online at dc-epaper.com
2️⃣Available at istock.com for sale (Search with Image Id-68884989).
Silhouette
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Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/500Sec-f/8-ISO1000-50mm-26Jul2014-15:21:38

The Paigah Tombs are a series of courtyards that houses tombs of the Paigah Nobility enclosed by walls sporting a wealth of lattice work and exotic designs in marble. Competing with each other to catch our eyes are geometrical designs done on the entrances and walls. A lone burqa clad woman watching over this historical masterpiece in the courtyard across where Udayan was standing made this dream like frame come alive.

1️⃣Got a Special Mention in Photography Contest FB Group Monthly Contest (August 2014 - Light & Shadow Photography)
2️⃣Published in PostCard of LonelyPlanet Magazine India in November 2014 issue.
3️⃣It is one of his four photographs that exhibited in a group show with total 20 select photographs by Udayan and 5 other fellow photographers of Hyderabad Weekend Shoots (HWS) on the rich heritage of the enchanting city, Hyderabad, on 21st and 22nd November 2015 at Hill Fort Palace (Shrishti Art Gallery) in Hyderabad. The exhibition has been painstakingly curated and organized by Chandrasekhar Singh and is a part of the Hyderabad Heritage Festival-2015.
4️⃣Exhibited as winning entry of #ExhibitionAtIndiaHabitatCentre Contest organized by picsdream.com in November 2015 & featured as their cover page. [Link: goo.gl/N5sZnj]
5️⃣Published as Photo of the Day on photoburst.net on 8th November 2015 & featured in the photoburst email newsletter & their fb page.
6️⃣Selected as the runner up of Fortnightly Theme Photo Contest [Light & Shade] organized by Photography Club of Assam FB Group [fb/groups/101761733278576] in June 2017 and received a framed certificate. Link: goo.gl/9cWRZP
7️⃣This is one of the four images of Udayan that is a part of a touring exhibition on the theme of Patterns organized by TPA [hephotographicangle.co.uk] comprises of 200 images in total and will travel across the UK transforming otherwise unused spaces into temporary galleries in 2018.
Fragrance in a bottle
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Fragrance in a bottle
Hyderabad
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/20Sec-f/8-ISO400-50mm-26Jul2014-15:29:51

The sparkling bottles, bright colors and a heavy sweet smelling fragrance drew Udayan to this shop at Charminar, Hyderabad. On display were rows of small decorative bottles with a variety of attar, a natural perfume oil derived from botanical sources, for tourists to buy as souvenirs. The attractive display of the colorful liquids in clear cut bottles under the luminescent lights were absolutely picture perfect.

1️⃣Featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on Aspect Ratio that published on 5th May 2015. It is also used as the cover image of the article.It was used to share the article on their fb and the archived link.
2️⃣Available at istock.com for sale (Search with Image Id-68887121).
3️⃣Featured 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”.
4️⃣Featured in a blog post at justorbit.com [Link: goo.gl/lBDgr7].
5️⃣Featured in a blog post at thingstodohyderabad.com [Link: goo.gl/LYmBrr].
6️⃣manoramaonline.com used this image in an article without Udayan’s permission and/or any credit to him. Link: goo.gl/iurvhV
TREAD NEWS
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TREAD NEWS
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.

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Misty Mountain
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Misty Mountain
Kodaikanal
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
1/125Sec-f/11-ISO400-18mm-2Jul2019-10:02:26

“The mountains are calling and I must go…” ~ John Muir

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Hidden stories-I
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Hidden stories-I
ECR
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/30Sec-f/5.6-ISO100-35mm-3Aug2019-9:14:01

Every sight has a story to tell and in Chennai, there are many stories hidden away in the mundane rituals of daily life. One such place is this abandoned frieze from an old resort on ECR that relocated. As the city growls around it, I wonder what will its future hold.

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Trance
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Trance
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/10Sec-f/16-ISO100-16mm-7Apr2019-13:01:16

Mankind is notoriously too dense to read the signs that God sends from time to time. We require drums to be beaten into our ears, before we should wake from our trance and hear the warning and see that to lose oneself in all, is the only way to find oneself. ~Mahatma Gandhi

1️⃣Printed in Chiiz Magazine-Jul2020 [40th issue].
Strength in her eyes
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Strength in her eyes
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
1/80Sec-f/2.8-ISO160-100mm-7Apr2019-11:49:53

When her faith was bigger than her fear, she radiated a strength so powerful that it shone in her eyes through rivers of blood that oozed out of her forehead. It was as if she wore her pain as an ornament.

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In conversation
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In conversation
Kulasekharapatnam
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/250Sec-f/2.8-ISO640-24mm-6Oct2019-17:37:08

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Take a Break
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Take a Break
Ladakh
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/160Sec-f/11-ISO100-18mm-3May2013-12:49:48

Imagine taking a break from work with such beauty in the backyard! Despite the back breaking work in this harsh terrain, the view seems like a great perk! This lady had just dropped her shovel and sat down for a well deserved break.

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Cherubic Chap
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Cherubic Chap
Ladakh
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/200Sec-f/5.6-ISO200-135mm-5May2013-19:31:03

This sweet faced Ladakhi boy was craving for some chocolates on his way back from school. With no money in hand, he had to devise a way to earn a quick buck so he could afford his desire. He chanced upon Udayan and struck a deal to pose for a photograph in exchange for some money. Gleeful that he managed to get what he wanted, the little kid gave Udayan a 1000 watt smile. Say cheese... no chocolate!

1️⃣This image featured in the article that Udayan wrote for fotoflock.com on Picture Control that published on 13th April 2015.
2️⃣Featured in an article on Picture Control/Picture Style that Udayan wrote & published in Smile Art Beats eMagazine-September2016 issue [smileartbeats.com].
Sheer Vitality
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Sheer Vitality
Ladakh
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/100Sec-f/11-ISO100-18mm-3May2013-12:55:10

The sheer vitality in her eyes made for a compelling picture. This worker woman was taking a break from constructing roads on the way to Pangong Tso at Ladakh. Udayan was drawn to photographing her at her workplace because she embodied a life force, health, youth and the ability to live or exist in this harsh terrain.

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May Flowers
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May Flowers
Koyambedu Flower Market
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
1/160Sec-f/11-ISO1000-28mm-16Jun2019-8:01:34

In the peak of summer, when the scorching heat of the sun wilts trees and man equally, there stood a flower seller, his hands filled with colorful fresh flowers and his lips stretched in a wide smile. He was such a cheerful sight to see that one could not help but stop to take a second look at him.

1️⃣Published in kodak.com as Kodak Moment of the Day on June-6, 2020.
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