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WFPC-39
WhatsApp Fortnight Photo Contest

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With great pleasure, VIBGYOR is hereby declaring the theme of the VIBGYOR WhatsApp Fortnight Photo Contest -39, which is from 1 February 2024. This photo contest is exclusively for the active members of VIBGYOR One WhatsApp Group Members

 

The theme for WFPC39 is THREAD

  • Participation is limited to the VIBGYOR WhatsApp Group Only. Please visit https://www.infovibgyor.com/workshop to join the group

  • Mandatory hashtag #WFPC39

  • One participant can post a maximum of 3 images

  • Include Serial Number while posting

 

Participation is FREE

3 WInners will be announced on 30 March 2024

Each Winner will be receiving an EQUIVALENT PRIZE of equal worth.

 

All The Best

If you are not a part of the VIBGYOR WhatsApp Group yet, please CLICK HERE and become a member to participate in WFPC39 and onward.

Radh Utsav
Photo Expedition

Attention Photographers!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all the passionate photographers who want to add value to their clicks, create the story, and document a cultural gathering. This is an opportunity to explore the charm of photo documentation…!!! Come join us at the VIBGYOR Rarh Utsav Photo Documentation.

We are seeking passionate and talented photographers to document the upcoming Rarh Utsav at the Kenduli, Jaydeb in West Bengal, taking place in March 2024.

About the Rarh Utsab

Rarh Utsab is a vibrant cultural festival dedicated to reviving and preserving the rare cultural heritage of the Radha region. Held in Jaydev, Kenduli, Birbhum, West Bengal, the festival aims to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Raj and unite cultural enthusiasts, artists, and organizations toward this noble cause.

The Rahra Region, encompassing parts of Jharkhand including Purulia, Bankura, Medinipur, Birbhum, Burdwan, Hooghly, and sections of Murshidabad districts, is steeped in history, resonating with the footsteps of countless generations. The region's cultural tapestry is diverse, nurtured by the coexistence of numerous small communities.

Even today, traces of the ancient Indus Civilization linger in the valleys of Ajay and Damodar, bearing witness to the enduring practices and evolution of religion, politics, commerce, culture, oral literature, and art over millennia. Despite the Bengal Renaissance focusing on the arts and literature of specific regions, the broader cultural trend of this expansive territory remains characterized by fragmented cultures of smaller regions. The collective culture of Bengal often overlooked the overall cultural richness of the Dhatri Bhumi region.

The primary objective of celebrating Radha Utsav is to converge the various streams of creativity derived from life itself. It serves as a platform for harmonizing life with life, fostering unity and appreciation for the diverse cultural heritage that defines the Radha region. Through music, dance, art, literature, and various other forms of expression, Rarh Utsab encapsulates the spirit of cultural revival and communal celebration, inviting individuals from all walks of life to partake in its vibrant festivities.

 

 

Details of the  Photo Expedition

Venue: Jaydeb Kenduli, West Bengal

Dates: 8th March 2024 till 10th March 2024

Timing: whole day & night

Tour Charges: 1,500 INR per head (for 3 days)

Seats: strictly limited to 10

Organised by: VIBGYOR

Inclusion

The registration fee includes the following for all the three days:

  1. Food (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner only)

  2. Overnight Stay (Rural set up on sharing basis). Please note, irrespective of the fact if there is any group booking, this festival holds a strict rule to keep stay options for male and female separately. The same is applicable for even spouse.

  3. Special ID Pass for access all across the corners of the festival

 

Exclusion

The registration fee does not include the following for all the three days:

  1. Any commute charges. Please check how to reach the venue mentioned below.

  2. Any personal medicine. Basic medical first aids will be available from the festival authorities

  3. Any personal expenses in food and lodging if opted for.

  4. Camera and accessory rental charges

 

What We Are Looking For

  • Enthusiastic photographers with a keen eye for detail and a passion for capturing cultural moments.

  • Experience in digital photography and familiarity with Indian festivals and folklore.

  • A strong understanding of lighting, composition, and storytelling through photography.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

  • High-quality camera equipment and editing skills.

  • Keen interest in Folklore of Bengal

 

Benefits

  • All participating photographers will receive an appreciation certificate for their work.

  • Opportunity to gain exposure to a wider audience and showcase your talent.

  • Be part of a team documenting a significant cultural event.

  • On successfully submitting the edited images, VIBGYOR promises to fund the trip partially and refund the photographer with 500 INR. T&C apply.

 

Selection Process

Interested photographers should submit their portfolio and a brief statement of interest to vibgyorfob@gmail.com. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. On approval, they may pay the fees and register for the session.

 

T&C

  1. There is no room for spot registration. Advance payment is mandatory

  2. For occasion if a participant is available for partial time/days for the 3 day tour, still he may register. However, there will be no change in the registration fees.

  3. Code of conduct is the prime most important factor in this tour. We expect you to be courteous and generous to all the festival committee members and the participating artists.

  4. Photo documentation is a product of shear patience. So ensure to have them in abundance.

  5. There will be multiple activities running parallelly across the venue. There will be a local coordinator who will guide you for which one to opt for. The idea is to ensure, everyone gets a fair chance, and also, at one point, there is no much clutter at a single point. So, please make sure, this cooperation is maintained.

  6. Please do carry your belongings as limited as possible. The locker facility may not be available; however, we will ensure all belongings to be locked in the safe room. So, make sure, you do not carry any valuables except your camera, which, we don’t want you to leave you at any point of time across the three days.

  7. The nights are chilling, so, please ensure you carry some warm clothes for safer trip.

  8. After the event, before leaving the venue, please ensure, you dump all the photos (RAW/unedited JPEG) to the local coordinator’s laptop.

  9. Furthermore, within a timeline of 10 working days (exact date will be notified), you need to share minimum 20 edited images from each day of the festival. Image submission guidelines are mentioned below.

  10. On successfully completing the above 2 tasks, VIBGYOR will share you a Thank You note by sponsoring 500 INR of your tour, and refund the amount to your bank.

 

Don't miss this chance to be a part of something special! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

How to Reach

The nearest stations to Joydeb Kenduli are Durgapur and Bolpur. Direct buses from both Bolpur and Durgapur provide convenient transportation to Joydeb Kenduli, ensuring easy access for visitors and attendees of the cultural festival.

Detailed travel information will be communicated only to the registered participants.

Contact

Indranil Mukherjee

9920773284

Pangolakha Birding Safari
Photo Tour

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📸  From vibrant kingfishers and majestic eagles to elusive owls and colorful songbirds, discover a kaleidoscope of avian wonders at Pangolakha.

Embark on an Avian Adventure: Unforgettable Birding Tours in Pangolakha Bird Sanctuary

Calling all bird enthusiasts! Are you dreaming of soaring alongside majestic Himalayan Griffons, marveling at the vibrant plumage of Blood Pheasants, or witnessing the elusive dance of the Rufous-necked Hornbill? Look no further than the breathtaking Pangolakha Bird Sanctuary, nestled in the Eastern Himalayas of India. Immerse yourself in a paradise teeming with diverse avian life on our expertly guided birding tours.

Save the Date

20th to 25th April 2024
Mentor: VIBGYOR Expert Yuwaraj Gurjar
Reg Fee: 39,000 INR per head (check inclusives)

Supported by: Godox India, Nisi, Vanguard

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Tour price includes transportation from Bagdogra to Home Stay & back, total 5 night stay at comfortable home stay, trails as per permission given by forest department.

  • Tour Price does not include air / rail transport charges.

  • Tour price includes Food as mentioned in program

  • Tour price does not include any kind of personal expenditure like cold drink / ice cream, laundry, medicines, mineral water etc.

  • Tour price does not include Camera Fee.

  • Park trails depend on availability at Forest Departments.

Things to Carry

Water Bottle, Cap, Shoes, Small sack / bag (no plastic please), Binoculars, Torch, Personal Medicines, light winter wear, Dull / Camouflaged Clothes for Park Rounds, Biscuits and Dry snacks.

Most Imp - Photo I card for Air / Rail journey & park safari

Detailed Itinerary

Saturday, 20th April 2024 (Lunch, Dinner, Stay)

Mumbai to Bagdogra early morning flight (participants to book themselves)

  • 12:00 PM- Pick up from airport to resort

  • 5:00 PM- Reach Pangolakha Wilderness Home Stay

  • 7:00 PM- Explore campus for birding

Sunday, 21st April 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Stay)

  • 7:00 AM - Morning nature & and photography Trail.

  • 12:00 PM - Lunch

  • 3:00 PM- Evening Trail

  • 8:00 PM - Dinner

Monday, 22nd April 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Stay)

  • 7:00 AM - Morning nature & and photography Trail.

  • 12:00 PM - Lunch

  • 3:00 PM- Evening Trail

  • 8:00 PM - Dinner

Tuesday, 23rd April 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Stay)

  • 7:00 AM - Morning nature & and photography Trail.

  • 12:00 PM - Lunch

  • 3:00 PM- Evening Trail

  • 8:00 PM - Dinner

Wednesday, 24th April 2024 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Stay)

  • 7:00 AM - Morning nature & and photography Trail.

  • 12:00 PM - Lunch

  • 3:00 PM- Road journey to Bagdogra

  • 8:00 PM - Dinner

Thursday, 25th April 2024 (Breakfast)

  • 7:00 AM - Morning flight from Bagdogra

Why Choose Pangolakha?

 

  • Unparalleled Biodiversity: Pangolakha boasts a remarkable range of habitats, from alpine meadows and rhododendron forests to subtropical woodlands and high-altitude lakes. This diversity translates into an incredible variety of bird species, with over 450 recorded, including many endemics and rarities.

  • Expert Local Guides: Our passionate and knowledgeable guides are intimately familiar with the sanctuary's terrain and avifauna. They'll lead you to hidden birding hotspots, share their keen insights, and help you identify even the most challenging species.

  • Unforgettable Experiences: Imagine witnessing sunrises painted by flocks of colorful Sunbirds, following the calls of skulking Laughingthrushes through dense bamboo forests, or observing the acrobatic aerial displays of playful Grey-backed Forktails. These are just a few of the unforgettable memories you'll create on our tours.

  • Beyond Birding: While birding is our focus, Pangolakha offers much more. Hike through stunning landscapes, capture breathtaking Himalayan vistas, and learn about the unique culture and traditions of the local communities.

 

Unleash Your Inner Explorer:

  • Traverse Enchanting Landscapes: Hike through verdant forests teeming with life, paddle across serene lakes reflecting the azure sky, and let the whispering reeds guide you on this unforgettable nature trail.

  • Avian Encounters Beyond Compare: From the majestic Indian Eagle soaring overhead to the iridescent Common Kingfisher darting across the water, prepare to be dazzled by a kaleidoscope of feathered wonders.

  • Immerse Yourself in Nature's Symphony: Awaken to the chorus of dawn as birds greet the rising sun, let the melodic calls of exotic species fill your ears, and breathe in the fresh air, scented with wildflowers and earthy delights.

 

More Than Just Birdwatching:

  • Expert Guidance at Your Side: Our passionate and knowledgeable guides, armed with keen eyes and captivating stories, will unveil the secrets of the avian world, enriching your experience with every step.

  • Uncover the Wonders of Bhigwan: Delve deeper than the birds, discover the sanctuary's fascinating flora and fauna, and witness the delicate balance of this thriving ecosystem.

  • Memories Etched in Time: Capture breathtaking moments as you witness nature's drama unfold, create lasting memories with fellow bird enthusiasts, and return home with a heart brimming with wonder.

 

Payment through Bank Transfers only

Vihang Travels

TJSB Bank Current account 

 A/c. No 002120100005200 

The Thane Janata Sahakari Bank Limited (TJSB) - Main Branch, Madhumalati, Veer Savarkar Path, Thane(W)-400604 

 IFSC Code : TJSB0000002 

 

Please draw cheque on : Vihang Travels. 

Please send your cheques to - Makarand Joshi A-13, Om-Aaditya Society, Near Kaushalya Medical Foundation, Ganeshwadi, Paanchpakhadi, Thane West - 400 60  


Contact:
Indranil Mukherjee
9920773284

Vintage Wheels 4
Free Photowalk

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📢Gearheads & Shutterbugs Unite!

Rev up your cameras and roll with history at the Kolkata Vintage Car Rally FREE Photowalk on Sunday, January 21st, 2024! ✨

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Witness automotive elegance from a bygone era as gleaming chrome and purring engines take over the streets. Capture the nostalgia, the beauty, and the sheer roar of these vintage beauties as they parade through Kolkata's heritage lanes.

This photowalk is for everyone:

Car enthusiasts: Get up close and personal with iconic marques like Austin, Morris, and Bentley.
Hobbyist photographers: Hone your skills with unique subjects and dynamic movement.
Social media savvy: Snag Instagram-worthy shots that'll turn heads and ignite wanderlust.
History buffs: Travel back in time through the stories these cars tell on wheels.
Limited spots available, so register now!

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