Our popular Photo of the Month contest is now open for January. After the submission deadline passes we’ll be putting up a shortlist of our favourite India photos – with links to their owners – and asking you to pick a winner.
And while the contest is mainly for fun and inspiration, there is a prize for the chosen winner!
This month our theme is the designs and colours of India
Our destination of the month is Tamil Nadu where the Pongal festival is celebrated in January. During Pongal intricate sand paintings called a kolam are thought to bestow prosperity to homes and consist of a geometrical line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. Another traditional decorative folk art of India is a Rangoli. They are decorative designs on floors during Hindu festivals.
You will find plenty of examples of beautiful design throughout India – from bead work on saris to intricate henna tattoos there are examples of beautiful art throughout the country. The sort of images we are looking for include:
- Henna tattoos
- Bead work and colourful saris
- Kolams and Rangolis
- Carvings and close up details on temples
In fact anything that shows off the design and colours of India!
You can enter in four ways
Supply your image and a brief description of where the photo was taken in one of the following ways:
On Facebook: Just post your image to the wall as usual
On Flickr: Add your image to the Photo of the Month group
On Twitter: Tweet the image and include our Twitter name @indianhomestays
On the Blog: Leave us a comment below with a link to the image that you would like to enter.
You can enter more than once – you may submit up to 5 images if you wish. You may also re-enter an image you have submitted for a previous competition if you feel that it fits the theme, as long as it has not been previously short listed.
The deadline for entries is 17 January 2011. Good luck everyone – and thanks for taking part.
All copyright remains with the photographer. By entering the competition, you grant Mahindra Homestays the non-exclusive right to display your entered image on our blog in conjunction with the competition only with full credit and a link back to your own site. Entering your picture into this competition indicates that you have accepted these conditions.
Find out about the homestay experience and don't forget to check out our ideas on things to do in India or browse our India homestays.