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MY LATINAMERICAN & CAIBBEAN TRIP PHOTO CONTEST 

We are pleased to cordially invite all Indian travelers to participate in this exciting contest so that their photos can reveal the fascinating beauty and luminosity of Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

About the Contest :

We are pleased to inform you that the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) in Collaboration with Delhi Photography Club (DPC)  is organizing the Third Edition of the Photography Contest “My Latin-American and Caribbean Trip” MLCT 2018. The previous editions of this contest enjoyed a very warm and enthusiastic reception by the Indian public. The great collection of diversity and beauty captured in more than 100 photographs received in the last two years, not only demonstrates the growing interest of Indian tourists in the region, but also a passion for Latin America and the Caribbean that is being transmitted through their mesmerizing digital images which have become attractive postcards of the natural, cultural and gastronomic riches that Latin America and the Caribbean countries have to offer.

This year participants can send up to 5 photographs (each of them, at least 2 MB minimum) which they must have taken during their trips to Latin America and the Caribbean from the 1st June, 2018 to the 30th October, 2018 to the email mylactripindia@gmail.com . The themes of the photos should be within the following categories: landscapes, people, monuments and others that may represent the country or countries visited by the photographers. The winning photographs will be placed in an exhibition in New Delhi and the first three winners will be awarded.

Rules and Regulations 

  • The contest is only for Indian nationals residing in India.
  • Participation in this contest is completely free and the participants can choose any theme focus; (landscapes, Monuments, People etc). The only requirements are that the photographs should be taken in Latin American & Caribbean countries.
  • Each participant may submit up to 5 photos in digital format and the minimum file size for each photo entry is 2 MB.
  • The photos should be sent by email to the account mylactripindia@gmail.com
  • The email must indicate the full name of the person, age, sites where the photograph was taken (City and Country), contact information and a brief description of the photograph.
  • Selfies or collages are not allowed.
  • The photos will be accepted starting from 1st of June till 30th of October 2018.
  • The evaluation of the photographs will be conducted by a committee comprising of officials from the Embassies of Latin American and Caribbean countries, travel journalists & travel agents who will select the finalists.
  • Winners will be directly contacted through email in the last week of November.
  • The winning photographs will be displayed in a gala exhibition in New Delhi where the photographers will be invited.

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The organizers will not cover any additional or personal costs. Once the photos are submitted the participant waives all property right and/or copyright. The organizers reserve the right to change the conditions and/or postpone or cancel the competition for reasons that will be notified to the participants.  Participation implies acceptance without reservation of these conditions in full.

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Rejoice Photography Lovers!! Continuing the series of looking hot with camera this summer   
Let’s meet the tiger and share some memories

We are going for a photo capture trip to Tiger land of Ranthambore

This is going to be a 2 day/ 2 night (stay in Ranthambore) wildlife photocapture trip to take some breathtaking photos, learn photography from peers, and be your creative self 24×7 leaving office and work behind!

The details for this trip are as follows:

We are going by Tempo Traveller.

11th May (Friday ): Night

Timings: 9.30 pm IIT main gate (pls be there 30mins prior to departure)

Overnight journey to Ranthambore  via Alwar and Dausa

12th May (Saturday)

Reach Ranthambore at 5.30am
Going for the First Tiger Safari at Ranthambore tiger forest Reserve

Check-in at Tent   with Swimming pool

Post lunch : Going for the safari at Ranthambore tiger forest Reserve

Dinner

13thMay (Sunday): Early morning getting ready for the Safari No 3 at 6.30 am

Coming back to resort and after breakfast leaving the tents

 

Visiting the Chand Bowli at Abhaneri ( famous place from hindi movie paheli)

 

Reaching Delhi by 11 pm on sunday

Other Important Details:

Stay: will be on twin sharing basis in Tent Resort with Swimming pool.

Gear: You may carry tripods and wide-angle lenses and of course zoom lenses. Comfortable shoes, shades and sunscreen are important things to carry. A digital camera, batteries and memory card all set! And needless to say – enthusiasm in abundance!

Mode of Travel: We will be travelling by Tempo traveller.

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.

Fee (per person): Rs 13500/- and Rs.11000/- for members (including registration fee). Fee includes travel & group transfers, stay & meals.

Please carry the rest of the amount with you (only cash) 🙂 You can also pay the remaining amount at our club in Shahpur Jat Village.
Please note: If for any reason you are not able to come, the registered amount is non-refundable due to advance on accommodation reservations.

 

 

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Well, as you know the festival of colours- Holi, is celebrated in March marking the onset of certainly one of the best seasons i.e Spring. The whole vibe of Holi festival spreads so much of colours, love and positivity in life.
I generally don’t take much interest in festivals, but festival of colours is simply one of kind.
The pichkaris, the water filled balloons and those colours, just doesn’t allow my inner child to resist celebrating the festival and having fun on those crazy Holi dances and how can I forget the sweets! Gujia’s, you know!
Well I am lazy person basically a couch potato, mostly and always on bed with laptop.
But This time, I celebrated the festival in Uttar Pradesh. I recently got a chance with DPC to capture one the most famous Holi celebrations in different parts of U.P.
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Feels so great to get the amazing opportunity to travel with DPC and capture something which is different, unique and which is so famous across world.
I travelled to U.P via road and planned the trip for three days to witness the festivities at Barsana, Nandgaon and Vrindavan. These places offers breath taking visuals of colours, culture and traditions. We were 15 of us and I was the only woman traveller in the group. I felt great because I got a chance to travel with the best of enthusiastic people who were excited and passionate about capturing the best frames.
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As a woman traveller I can give you few  TIPS:
• Wear conservative clothes, for reasons that you don’t want to feel uncomfortable even if someone throws water at you and your dress sticks on your body.
• Comfortable shoes, you know how it is right? We can’t rule the world in stilettos, always!! Sometimes you have to see a goodbye to heels too. Sadly, though.
• Always carry water bottle, beside trust me there’s a lot to capture and miles to go before you get your satisfying click. Keep yourself hydrated when the going gets tough.
• Don’t carry any valuable item with you, as you might misplace it or it might get robbed.
• Carry a scarf with you, for those unforeseen circumstances.
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Samaj in progress Pic Aditi Nashine
So, yes once you take care of all those points stated above for your comfortable and easy peasy journey you can just focus on getting some amazing clicks.
On the first day of the travel, I visited Barsana.
In Barsana, Lathmar Holi is celebrated in the narrow lanes of Barsana ,
The men from Nandgaon (another town in U.P) Barsana every year, only to be greated by sticks(lathis) of the women there.
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The women hurl the sticks at the men, who try to protect themselves with shields.
Everybody takes this in great spirit, playfully and doesn’t shy away to have fun. There are travellers from across the world who come to witness this special Holi, and chant for endless times “Radhe Radhe”.
At Barsana you can click pictures of wet Holi, where people dance in huge crowd under splash of water and colours. Usually the festivities starts from morning, but the main event starts at 5 in the noon.
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Brothers in color  holi Pic Aditi Nashine
At the temple villagers and communities from Barsana get together at a spacious lawn to offer prayers and chant the bhajans, this is called Samaj. During this time, lots of water and colours is thrown on the people which marks the beginning of the festival. For people who wish to gather the rawness of the place and culture get to experience a lifetime with some real good colourful pics of the event, For the people who wish to visit Barsana for enjoyment I suggest them not to visit. Beacuse the kind of crowd that visits barsana during this festival  in our local language is called “Manchala” as they come from various rural parts of Uttar Pradesh and  their behaviour is not  assured.
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Welcome to Barsana   Pic Aditi Nashine
After Barsana, on the second day of the trip the next stop destination was Nandgaon. The start of the day was wonderful, after an amazing breakfast after which we headed to Radha Rani temple.
While passing the narrow lanes of Nandgaon we happened to bump up in building which was also a 15th century Haveli with 5-6 families still living. The typical 15th century Haveli with spacious courtyard in the middle with double storey construction. We also climbed the rooftop of the Haveli from where the panoramic view of the complete holy town of Nandgaon was visible.
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We clicked beautiful pictures of the Haveli as well and made a quick move from there to the temple. As compared to Barsana, in Nandgaon it was less suffocating, Like I witnessed samaj at Barsana, the same was witnessed at Nandgaon as well. Over here the gathering time for samajh was 4pm.
I spent my day clicking pictures there till about 6.30 pm and then headed back to my hotel in Vrindavan.
The last day of my travel, the day started off with 8km Parikrama around the main temple. I managed to walk for 2kms along with other people doing Parikrama.
After which I found Gaushala mandir, and happened to click few random pictures, post which I went to Yamuna ghat and had a boat ride and clicked pictures of the people taking bath in the holy water. I also clicked women drying their washed sarees.
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TIPS:
• When you visit a small place,
• Make sure you explore all the moods of travel, be it any.
• Gatecrash into random houses for amazing experiences and conversations that takes place.
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On the last day of the trip at Vrindavan, I witnessed Phoolo ki Holi At Banke-Bihari temple; where the temple was decorated with flowers and people indulge in playing Holi with flowers, flowers and lots of it. The Holi festivities at Vrindavan goes on for a week with lots of folk music, bhajans, dance, colour, bhaang and pichkaris.
The people of U.P. are always full of joy and excitement for this festival and awaits for the festivities to begin with great preps.
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A lot to witness and know more about this beautiful festival in U.P, so if you haven’t visited U.P this Holi, make sure you do the next time.
All the photo enthusiasts out there and all the solo girl travellers pull up your socks and tie your laces, instead of breaking your couches hit the ground. This world offers unique experiences and unique places from your neighbourhood itself. Keep clicking, keep travelling!
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About the Author. : Aditi Nashine

Aditi is a avid traveller and a documentary photographer. Aditi  started her photography journey at the tender age of 15 years when she was pursuing her  high school. She studied Bachelors in Management and law because her parents wanted her to do so, But she always wanted to become a Photographer. After completing her college she shifted from Nagpur to Mumbai to pursue her dream career in photojournalism and expand her knowledge.

Aditi did her one year Diploma in Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography from reputed Udaan School of Photography , Mumbai.

She travels to different places meet people she comes across and try to capture their stories .  She wants to contribute to areas where women can freely travel explore and reconnect with themselves . In her free time she can be found on her couch watching some Hollywood documentaries in order to keep her fire alive .

She’s passionate about her format of  photography. She’s got eye for detail and a keen observer.

Wanna read few more travel diaries you can follow this page more often.

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