Garli

DPC announces one more most amazing trip to Garli and Masroor

DPC brings you one more breathtaking trip to Garli and Masroor Rock Cut Temple in the month of May to kill the heat of New Delhi.

About Gari and Masroor

Garli is a delightful destination for anyone looking to get away from Delhi over a long weekend or simply to explore Himachal Pradesh’s countryside. Garli has been designated a heritage zone by the Ministry of Tourism, HP.

A walk around Garli is like stepping back in time. Armed with a handy map that details the sights of interest, wander down cool alleys and lanes bordered by thick greenery to discover broken down two-storied mansions. Even in their state of disrepair it is obvious that they must have been glorious in their day. If houses could speak, these structures would have fascinating tales to tell.

There is hardly any other Indian hamlet with such stunningly diverse styles of architecture on display amongst the mansions, temples and sarais, all of which stand testimony to the majestic existence Garli that once had. Garli is a classic example of collaborative town planning, vision & foresight of its founders.

Masroor Rock Cut Temple, Kangra

Dubbed as the Himalayan Pyramid, Masroor Rock Cut Temple is a popular archaeological site in India is around 32 km from Kangra on Nagrota-Surian Link Road. A major part of the famous rock cut temples are in ruins yet one can study the relics clearly. According to different studies conducted by the experts the temple complex was built in between 8th-9th century AD. A group of 15 monolithic rock cut temples designed in Indo-Aryan style. The main shrines contain the stone idols of Rama-Laxman and Sita. It is claimed that all 15 temples are carved out of a single rock.

The details for the trip are as follows:

We are going by road.
Date of Journey: 24th May
Meeting Place: IIT Delhi, main gate
Timings: 9.30 pm (pls be there 15 mins prior to departure)

Itinerary
May 25

Breakfast en route to Garli village.
Check-in to Hotel
Sit back, relax & replenish yourself.
2-3 hours guided heritage walk within Garli village.
Return to the guest house & relax yourselves.
Enjoy folk music by local singers.

May 26

Wake up to a beautiful sunrise, fresh air & birds chirping outside your room.
Have breakfast and replenish yourself.
A 2 hour drive to Masroor rock cut temple. Indulge yourself into the historical monument.
Lunch at a local dhaba/restaurant.
Visit the picturesque Kangra fort, an hour’s drive from the temple.

Other Important Details:
Stay: On twin sharing basis
Mode of travel: Tempo Traveller (Push-Back seats)
Total Seats: 12
Total Trip Cost:

Rs. 6800/- (including registration fee. Please carry the rest of the amount with you( only cash)
Rs. 6300/- for Members (including registration fee. Please carry the rest of the amount with you( only cash)

The cost includes stay, travel and food. However, it doesnt include any cost of camera or entry tickets ( to be paid by self)

Anything taken in room service at guest house will be paid by individuals.

Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip as long as it is digital. Please wear comfortable clothes according to the weather, comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking, take your hats/caps, shades and sunscreen.
Meal: Simple vegetarian meals will be provided by the club.

The group will follow the itinerary mentioned above, however if one wants to visit places at one owns will, can visit accordingly on their own.
Please Note:
1. Registration fee is refundable .
Feel free to mail or speak to us if you miss anything or you want some clarifications.

Stay: will be on twin sharing basis in a home stay environment.

Mode of travel: We will be travelling in AC TEMPO traveller together.

DPC announces Summer Workshops for Kids to express themselves creatively. Explore the camera and click good Pictures 

This workshop is open to age group 9 yrs to 14 years only.

What is covered

1-Important buttons and functions of camera that we don’t use

2-Using flash creatively

3-Composition and framing

4-Portraiture –solo, couple, group

5-Under and over exposure for cool effects

6-Photography in low light

Highlights

1-Non technical instruction

2-Spread over weekdays 

3-Plenty of fun and practicals

4- Mix of indoor and Outdoor classes

What do you have to bring

1-Enthusiasm!

2-Digital camera/ DSLR Camera

3-Charged batteries and a memory card

Other details:

Duration: 2 hours each day  (Mon-Tues-Wed -Thursday)

Evening   : 4 pm to 6 pm

Start Date: 20th May to 30th May

Balance Fee: 4000/- (per head)

Group: upto 10 

Please Note: 

This is not a workshop for children to ace or excel in photography. Please don’t attend/ send your child to attend if you want him to ace, excel photography or be the best in the group. DPC endeavors to make photography fun–ONLY!


DPC announces one more most amazing trip to Ladakh

Ladakhi Hemis festival. 

In the quaint Hemis  Jangchub  Choling Monastery, the colorful extravaganza of celebrating the birth of local savior Lord Padma sambhava is under fervent preparations. 45 kms from Leh, capital city of Ladakh witnesses’ international crowds come to join the festivities. Dance, music, prayers, masked performances and a medley of colors will be seen everywhere you see. The otherwise quaint and rugged landscape of Ladakh turns vibrant and chaotic during this monastery festival.

Celebrations

The birth of Guru Rimpoche also known as Lord Padma sambhava is the occasion which is celebrated during Hemis Festival. The spiritual leader is conferred as the local savior. The leader of Tantric Buddhism, it is said that he introduced Buddhism in the Himalayan Kingdom as early as the 8th Century.

The festival highlight is the Dance performances and plays by masked Lamas. The masked dancere presents the good prevailing over evil. The participants of the spellbinding performance are dressed in vibrant costumes and bright masks. Every mask has its own place in Tibetan and Buddhist legends. Signifying aspects of good and evil, they are designed as humble, divine faces, animals, skeletons and numerous frightful figurines. Dancers can be seen with slow dance movements and fanciful expressions. The masked dance performance is created on music medley of sounds of drums, trumpets and cymbals. The famous Padma sambhava dance, the highlight of the dance shows the victory of the ruta demons. The dances are spellbinding as the divine is represented and its said to be purifying your soul.

A Nine day trip to Ladakh will cover below mentioned places

05th Jul: DAY 0: Delhi to Jammu/Srinagar

06th Jul: DAY 1: Srinagar (stay in Hotel)

07th Jul: DAY 2: Srinagar  to Kargil Nigh halt at Kargil

08th Jul: DAY 3: Kargil to Leh

09th Jul: Day 4: Acclimatization and permits at Leh (Visit Shanti Stupa & Leh Palace)

10th Jul: DAY 5: Pangong Tso 

11th  Jul: DAY 6: Hemis Monastry 

12th Jul: DAY 7: Hemis Festival 

13th Jul: DAY 8: Start Back from Leh to Keylong via Sarchu and Night Halt

14th Jul: DAY 9: Keylong to Rohtang Pass Manali  to Delhi

15th Jul:DAY 10: Delhi by 10 AM.

Fee (per person): Rs.35,000/- (including registration fee)

For Members: Rs. 32,000/- 

Fee includes travel & group transfers, stay and meals 

Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any)

Stay: will be on twin sharing basis in a home stay environment.

Mode of travel: We will be travelling in AC TEMPO traveller together.

Qutub Minar is a World Heritage Site and has survived the ravages of time impressively. The Minar of Delhi is surrounded by a lush green garden, which is an ideal leisurely place for visitors. Qutab Minar is the favourite destination of tourists. It is India’s most visited monument attracting around 3.9 million visitors every year. The tall minaret was constructed in 1192 byQutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Each of the 5 storeys and tower of Qutub Minar has unique designs. It was hit by lightening couple of times and was damaged.

Qutab Minar is a great masterpiece of Mughal architecture. The base of the Qutub Minar measures 14.32 meters and the top of the structure measures 2.75 meters. The tower is so high that around 379 steps are needed to be climbed to reach the top. Another taller tower adjacent to Qutub Minar is named Alai Minar which is somewhat tilted in one direction.The verses from the holy Qur’an are carved on sandstone walls of Qutub Minar. This monument serves the purpose of calling people for prayer in the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. This is a tower of victory, a monument that signify the might of Islam, or a tower for keeping a check for defense.

Other attractions are the Iron Pillar is one of the metallurgical interests of the world. It is a thing to study as well as famous tourist destination. Traditionally people believe that if anyone standing in front of pillar with his back towards the column can encircle it with their arms, all his wishes will be fulfilled.

Simple rules:
In case of more requests for attending than we can accommodate, we encourage first time comers with normal digital cameras.
Please note, if you register and confirm that you will be attending and do not turn up, you have denied someone as enthusiastic as you, a chance of the walk. Therefore, please register and confirm only if you are reasonably certain to make it on the day 🙂
Note:
We accept 60 people for the walk (to better manage the logisitcs for the walk leader). 2 days prior to the walk, we send out mails seeking confirmation from those who have been invited for the walk.

Jury Announced for the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2019

MOSCOW, Jany 29, Rossiya Segodnya Press Service The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest has announced the members of its international jury for 2019. They include leading photographers and editors of major world publications, as well as photo and news agencies. The following experts will judge competing works this year: James Hill, a British photographer with The New York Times, the second-largest newspaper in the US by circulation; Peter Bitzer, head of the laif photo agency, a leader of the German media market in travel and press photography; Alice Gabriner, international photo editor at Time magazine, one of the most popular weekly magazines in the US; Cho Bo Hee, deputy head of the newsdesk at the Yonhap News Agency, the leading news agency in South Korea; Colombian-American photographer Juan Arredondo, known for his photo series from Southern and Central America devoted to human rights; Sergei Ilnitsky, a Russian photographer who has worked for epa (European Pressphoto Agency) for over 15 years; Alberto Prina, founder and coordinator of the annual Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi, Italy.

James Hill, The New Yort Times photographer: “It’s important to remember those photographers who have died in conflict zones and, for me, this contest is a fitting testimony to Andrei Stenin.”

Peter Bitzer, Managing director at laif: “It is the strong aim of the Stenin Contest to support young photojournalists on their way to do their very important job. It’s a great honour and privilege to be part in doing that as a member of the Jury 2019. The world needs strong Photojournalism today!”

Alice Gabriner, Head of photography and international photo editor at TIME: “We live in an era where billions of pictures are taken and shared everyday – which makes it ever more important to highlight, recognize, and pay closer attention to the most important work being produced today. I am particularly eager to see new ways of visual storytelling from the upcoming generation.” 

Alberto Prina,  founder and coordinator of the annual Festival della Fotografia Etica: “Being part of the Stenin contest is a way to give back to the community of photographers. I’m very happy to be able to join the incredible panel of professionals, not only because this is going to be a great opportunity to learn from colleagues, but also because I can make a positive contribution thanks to my experience in photography contests.”

Cho Bo Hee, Deputy department head at the leading Korean news agency Yonhap: “Participating in international press photo contests as a jury member is even more precious and rare chance that does not come often, therefore I accepted the invitation from Rossiya Segodnya to make use of my experience and tacit knowledge as a jury of The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. I firmly believe that the mission of photo journalist is to report facts by taking photos of a  scene as is, and to conserve them to remain as history. Therefore, this meaningful event will encourage young photo journalists to be courageous and passionate by commemorating Mr. Stenin.”

Sergey Ilnitsky,  Staff photographer for EPA in Moscow: “It is a great honor for me to be invited to the Andrei Stenin Photo Contest as a juror, but at the same time it is a great responsibility. Responsibility for Andrei’s memory and for the profession of a journalist. Courage, professionalism, tact and duty; this understanding why you push this button sacrificing it all to show people these stories; Andrei had it all, and, unfortunately, his talent did not have time enough to fully blossom.

As a juror, I believe my task is to find the same romantic, talented, brave, sensitive people who care about someone else’s problems in their photos; people for whom winning this contest will be a source of support and inspiration as well as a new level of their professional development, a boost to hold up their cameras and walk bravely along the risky road of the profession they have chosen.”

 Juan Arredondo, a Colombian-American documentary photographer: “I hope I can bring a different perspective, one from a Latin Ameican photographer to a world-renowned photo contest. It is also an opportunity for me to be exposed and be marveled by the work of young talented photographers around the world, and how a new generation of photographers is shaping the way stories are being told worldwide. This contest maintains the tradition of Andrei Stenin and the way he approached his stories by recognizing and encouraging emerging photographers to develop their own voice and tell stories that matter.” 

In 2019, participants will compete for prizes in five categories. A new category, Inspiration, was added to the traditional four categories: Top News; Sports; My Planet; Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. The Inspiration category will feature single photos that were inspired by landscapes, colorful genre or ethnic shots, as well as portraits of children and adults showcasing various styles and techniques. In the other categories, contestants can submit one work (a single photograph or a series). Works for the 2019 contest must be submittedbefore February 28 on the website stenincontest.com.

Chinese-speaking participants can now submit their entries to the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest in the Chinese language. They can also find information about the main stages of the contest, such as the application deadline, the date of the short list announcement, the beginning of open online voting, and others in Chinese.

In 2019 the contenders will compete in five categories: the usual four — Top News, Sport, My Planet, and Portrait. A Hero of Our Time — plus a new one, Inspiration. Entries in this new category must be single photographs depicting either the cause or expression of inspiration, such as nature, ethnic or genre photos, and portraits of children and adults shot using various techniques and styles. The contenders can submit one single image and one series entry in the other categories. Entries will be accepted on the contest’s website, stenincontest.com, until February 28, 2019.

The prize money for this year’s first, second and third place winners will be 100,000, 75,000 and 50,000 rubles (approximately $1,500, $1,120 and $750), respectively. The Grand Prix winner will receive 700,000 rubles (approximately $10,470). Another perk of winning is having your work showcased both in Russia and around the world in a travelling exhibition that has become a fixture of the contest and already reached dozens of major cities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

About the contest:

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was launched by Rossiya Segodnya under the aegis of the Russian Commission for UNESCO. Its main goal is to support young photographers and draw public attention to the challenges of modern photojournalism. This contest is a platform for young photographers; talented, empathetic and open-minded, they draw our attention to people and events around us.

In 2019, the international information partners of the contest include Sputnik International Information Agency and Radio, Askanews Information Agency, Independent Media Holding, Notimex News Agency, ANA News Agency, RT channel and website, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), China Daily website, PNA news agency, AlYoum AlSabee newspaper and website, The Paper website, and Al Mayadeen media network, Renminwang website. The industry partners supporting the contest are the Russian Photo and Photo-study.ru websites, School of Visual Arts, Academy of Photography, the YOung JOurnalists information portal, the Contrastes magazine, the Fotoargenta magazine, the All About Photo website, Cuartoscuro magazine, Delhi Photography Club and PhotON festival as an international partner.

 

Post your entries at.  www.stenincontest.com