I. Background:

Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) and the collaborating IMI state chapter conducts the Indian Himalaya Photography contest that leads up to the IMI’s annual flagship event Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS). This year is the 10th SMDS event being organised by IMI and its state chapter in West Bengal the Darjeeling Himalaya Initiative (DHI).

II. Theme: Food cultures of the Indian Himalayan Region

Food is central to our existence. It embodies our history, culture, values, lifestyle and beliefs. The food cultures of the IHR have evolved as a result of traditions, traditional knowledge, ethnicity, climatic conditions, access and availability of food crops, religion, food taboos and socio-economics of each region. There is immense diversity of food cultures in the IHR that include productions and foraging systems, cuisines, preservation traditions, cooking practices and recipes. Food in the IHR is changing due to changing agriculture patterns, impacts of markets, policies and consumption patterns. The Photography contest aims to capture this diversity of food systems, the transitions that are taking place and ongoing efforts to transform/revive mountain food cultures that are nature friendly, diverse, regenerative and nutritious.

III. Launch Date:

31st August 2021

IV. Deadline for entries:

15th October 2021. The winners of the contest will be announced during the SMDSX-18th-20th November 2021.

V. Participation:

This contest is open to all photography enthusiasts . Preference will be given to participants from the Indian Himalayan Region

VI. Terms and Conditions:

  1. All entries should be relevant to the theme of the contest.
  2. Each participant can submit up to a maximum of 2 images with a caption that describes the essence of the photo/image in not more than 30 words per image.
  3. Original images taken by the photographer/entrant should be submitted for the contest with no watermarks. Additionally images that have not won any previous awards in similar contests will also be considered.
  4. Images/photographs submitted for the contest should be taken not more than 3 years prior to this contest
  5. The photo(s)/images must be submitted as a high-resolution (not less than 2000 x 3000 pixels) in JPEG file.
  6. All images/photos must remain photo-realistic and IMI recommends minimum photo editing.
  7. Jury: The jury comprises of independent photography experts from the Himalaya both internal and external to IMI and their decision is final.

VII. Prizes:

Prizes for the winning photographs will be in the following categories:

1st Prize: Rs 25000/-
2nd Prize: Rs. 15,000/-
3rd Prize: Rs. 10,000/-

VIII. Copyright Policy:

All entrants to IHR Photography contest by virtue of their submission, are attesting that the images submitted are their own work and there has been no copyright infringement. IMI or DHI will not be held liable for any infringement of rights that might surface during the jurying or displaying of any image

IX. Image Usage Rights:

By submitting images for the contest the participant will grant IMI the free right to use the image(s) in any manner and media, including without limitation, the right to publish, adapt, distribute, copy, display or translate in printed or electronic media even if they are not the winning entries. The photographer will be duly credited with mention of their full name wherever their photos are used. The copyrights shall remain vested with the photographer of the image/photo

X. Consent for photographing human subjects:

If the images/photographs include human subjects then IMI recommends appropriate consents to be sought for taking their images/photos or any property that belongs to them for this contest.

XI. Photographing children:

IMI recommends appropriate consent from parents/carers of children/young people of appropriate age to be sought and permission given before any photograph of a child or young person is taken for the contest.

XII. How to enter?

Submissions must be sent to: by 15th October 2021. The name, address and contacts of the entrants must be clearly written in the submission emails. Submissions after the deadline will not be considered for the contest.

XIII. Communicating the results of the contest:

The winners of the contest will be notified by e-mail by 12thth November 2021. If an entrant is unable to be contacted after several reasonable attempts, IMI reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.

The winners and their images will be made public on IMI’s and DHI’s social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Website.