It was a family trip to the Mawphlang Sacred Forest in Meghalaya. The forest is revered by the locals, and also serves as a prime tourist attraction. This plain area was at the outskirts of the forest and these huge clouds in the background made the scene a worth to be shot. Furthermore, the parked cars add a really good perspective to the whole scene.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | February 21
Award Score: 58 (Value 12, Clarity 11, Composition 12, Style 12, Skill 11)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Travel Photography
Photograph Location: Mawphlang Sacred Forest, Shillong, Meghalaya | India
Photographer: Masrur Ashraf (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) Registered
An Indian national, Masrur Ashraf was born on the 12th June, 1982, in the eastern city of Saudi Arabia – Dhahran. He has earned two masters degrees in Telecommunication Systems and Management & Marketing from DePaul University in USA and KFUPM in Saudi Arabia respectively. He is currently working as an Investment Promotion Coordinator in a semi-governmental institution. Masrur’s photographic journey started at an early age when he picked up his father’s vintage Canon AE-1 SLR camera and set out take numerous family pictures. Since then, Masrur’s photographic journey grew longer as he expanded his focus to other types of photography such as landscape and portraiture. He also went a step ahead by purchasing the Canon EOS 7D camera and using it to hone his photographic skills. Masrur is extremely passionate about rural/countryside photography. Being from a village in the Indian state of West Bengal, he is blessed to have the opportunities to take numerous pictures of the beautiful landscape, the people and, most importantly, the life a countryside offers. His aim is to show the humbling beauty of an indian village to people around the world. Photography is more than a hobby to Masrur. It does not cease to amaze him about the richness and dynamism of photography especially the fact that a picture can convey a message or many messages depending a person’s perspectives. As the saying goes: a picture is worth a thousand words. To Masrur, that’s an understatement.