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Daily Shot is National Geographic Traveller India’s daily photo contest.
"THEME : WINTER IN INDIA"
There's a sign outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar that says "Work is Worship." Watching this volunteer clean the premises on a freezing morning proved it to the photographer.
All of us remember the struggle of getting out of bed on winter mornings, especially those who have grown up in Delhi. But like for this kid, the promise of hot parathas and jalebis in Chandni Chowk is always a great motivator.
Come rain or shine, the pursuit of water for these Rabari women in Kutch is a constant.
The warm camaraderie between friends overpowers the biting cold of a January morning, like this light-hearted moment in Cuttack.
What's a market without a view? The vendors in picturesque Darjeeling agree, and have set up their stalls against this stunning backdrop.
As the mercury dips, a fluffy alabaster quilt settles on Kashmir's Loyal Bela village. Ajaz Ahmad captures today's Daily Shot of a group of youngsters breaking into a snow fight in their backyard.
Silhouetted against a melting crimson sun, a herd of endangered Indian wild ass graze the pastures as cold winds gush through the Little Rann of Kutch.
An early morning boat ride on the backwaters of Ujani Dam in Bhigwan brings you face to face with raptors basking in the sun.
Golden hues of a winter sunrise are mirrored in the waters of Nagao beach in Diu as fisherfolks set out for their daily catch.
The wonderfully pleasant weather of Bangalore often has folks in other cities jealous–and today's Daily Shot is proof. The morning mist was yet to dissipate as Ravindra Abburi patiently waited for the train to pass, which adds that special touch to this frame.
Chilling-to-the-bones cold, or scorching heat, for many in the country, work needs to be done irrespective of weather. This lady too is up and about at the crack of dawn in Odisha.
Winter beckons music and festivities at the the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat's white salt desert. Yet amid the buzz that is the Rann Utsav, Dilipsinh Chudasamafound this quiet moment shared by friends.
A flock of flamingos bathes in a tangerine sunset at Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary near Pune. Winter beckons these migratory birds to the backwaters of Ujani dam.
The nip in the air is but a seasonal facet of the morning for a local Srinagar resident rowing to the market on Dal Lake in a shikara.
Draped in a cosy shawl, a rickshaw puller braves winter chills in Kolkata's traditional potters' quarter of Kumortuli.
Huddled in layers as temperatures dipped close to -8 degrees at a campsite at 9,500-feet in Gui near Uttarakhand's Dayara Bugyal, Aditi Bhat soaked in views of the night sky swirling with stars.
A man walks in his cherry orchard in Kashmir, after a night of snowfall has cloaked the barren trees and land in a milky blanket.
Winter trekking in the Himalayas means hiking through a bed of snow. Shalini Sharma ticked this adventure off her bucket list while on the Beas Kund base camp trail in Himachal Pradesh.
Standing by Lake Pichola wrapped in something cosy, and witnessing an October sunset paint the skies bright is an evening well spent in Udaipur.
Himalayan winters are a reminder that glorious sunsets make even the starkest of landscapes look stunning, like here in Pangot in Uttarakhand.
The best part about spending the night in a houseboat on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, is waking up to see heaven on earth.
Mehtab Bagh is for morning walks with sigh-inducing views of the Taj Mahal. Siddhant Arya found his muse, not just in Agra's iconic monument, but in a kingfisher posing in front of it.
The fragrant tea gardens of Assam are rare to many, but home to these kids running through the estate with playful abandon. And home takes on a unique beauty when winter mist settles over pruned bushes.
The trick to a getting a perfect shot, usually when feathers are involved, is patience. Here, too, the photographer waited since dawn in nippy weather in Rajkot, Gujarat, for this frame.
The Himalayas lend themselves to a photographer's frame beautifully in the winter. This perfect sunset was captured in a tiny hamlet called Sankri, on the banks of the Tons river in Uttarakhand.
West Bengal's Jaldapara National Park is home to the Indian one horned rhinoceros, and even on days the mercury dips low, visitors go on early morning elephant safaris to be able to spot magnificent beast.
Cloud covered views of snowy mountains like this one of Khangchendzonga are often seen from an airplane, but this one was clicked at Lungthung, in Sikkim, one December evening.
A purple heron takes flight near Gujarat's Wadhwana Lake. With its light-coloured plumage, the bird almost melds in with the palette of a foggy morning.
Cold winter mornings are easily braved with the warm glow of faith, like of this devotee offering morning prayers at Varanasi's ghats.
A marigold-seller braves the chill of a winter morning in Kolkata to sell his wares at Mallick Ghat, touted to be the one of the country's biggest flower markets.
This photo was clicked in Delhi’s Yamuna Ghat on a foggy winter morning. As the birds cloud the sky in a flurry of wings, we too, send good cheer your way.
The mesmerising beauty of Kashmiri winters is captured in this photo of a man rowing his shikara in the Dal Lake in November.
Click a Theme-based Picture
“Finding a sanctuary, a place apart from time, is not so different from finding a faith,” says Pico Iyer. Our next Daily Shot contest is all about homes away from home. From snapshots of the Afghan community’s life and times in Delhi, vignettes of Chinese life in Kolkata’s Tiretta Bazaar, the vibrant South-Asian residents of Bradford and Southall, to the many Jewish quarters all around the world, iconic immigrant neighbourhoods: Little Havana in Miami, Little India in Singapore and Little Italy in NYC—show us all those glimpses of life that have come to thrive and be celebrated at a place different from their own. Send us your entries with the theme (#CulturalExchanges) in the subject line at email@example.com.
Entries that best do justice to the theme will be featured on Nat Geo Traveller India’s homepage and across all our social media.
In addition, three monthly winners will be selected by our in-house photo experts. These winners will receive features in the magazine’s print issue. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep track of the winners, but don’t worry if you miss the announcement; you will also be notified by email if you are selected.
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