New picture size requirements apply from August 2017.

  1. The Maximum Size for the longer side is now 1920 pixels, increased from 1024 pixels specified earlier.
  2. Now there is also a Minimum Size for the longer side. The longer side should be a minimum of 1024 pixels.Any picture less than this size will be rejected.

Karnataka Tourism Monthly Contest

Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka in association with Youth Photographic Society, is pleased to invite you to participate in the Monthly Photography Contest sponsored by Department of Tourism to promote tourism in Karnataka.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Your photographs on Karnataka will show the entire world the beauty and diversity of Karnataka. The Picture of the Month will be displayed in large hoardings of the Department, which are put up at prominent places, with the name of the photographer. Award-winning pictures will be used in promotion material of the Department with due credits to the photographer.

Women Photographers Pick up your Gear

We are pleased to announce that From July 2017, Karnataka Tourism has doubled the Picture of the Month Awards to encourage Women Photographers to compete and win awards. From now on there will be ONE Picture of the Month Award for Women Photographers and one for Male Photographers. We request Women Photographers to participate with increased enthusiasm and walk away with awards.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts of Karnataka

The southern state of Karnataka, in India, has a distinct art and culture. The diverse linguistic and religious ethnicity that are native to state of Karnataka combined with their long histories have contributed immensely to the varied cultural heritage of the state. Apart from Kannadigas, Karnataka is home to Tuluvas, Kodavas and Konkanis who also consider themselves as Kannadigas. Minor populations of Tibetan Buddhists and Siddhi tribes plus a few other ethnic groups also live in Karnataka. The traditional folk arts cover the entire gamut of music, dance, drama, storytelling by itinerant troupes, etc. Yakshagana, a classical folk play, is one of the major theatrical forms of coastal Karnataka. Contemporary theatre culture in Karnataka is one of the most vibrant in India with organizations like Ninasam, Ranga Shankara and Rangayana active on foundations laid down by the Gubbi Veeranna Nataka Company. Veeragase, Kamsale and Dollu Kunitha are popular dance forms. Bharatanatya also enjoys wide patronage in Karnataka.

Folk performing arts represent the cultural segments of a particular region and language. The performances presented on the stage or open fields are blended with songs, dances, facial expressions (with or without make-up), and music. These elements form the basis of any folk performing art. Audience is the most important element, whether it is an indoor or outdoor performance. The complexity traits of the performing arts gained popularity in a few regions because of its regional uniqueness. 

Here are some region specific performing arts in Karnataka:

Kodagu Region: 

  • Bolak-aat
  • Ummatt-aat
  • Komb-aat

Mysore region: 

  • Dollu Kunitha
  • Beesu samsale
  • Kamsale nritya
  • Somana Kunita

North Karnataka: 

  • Jaggahalige Kunita
  • Karadimajal
  • Krishna Parijatha
  • Lavani

Dakshina Kannada: 

  • Bhootha Aradhane
  • Yakshagana

Arts common to most regions:

  • Hagalu veshagaararu
  • Goravara kunita
  • Nagamandala
  • Karaga
  • Gaarudi Gombe
  • Joodu Haligi
  • Puppetry
  • Veeragaase

Bring out the best of Karnataka ! Expose the hidden Gems !

Apart from winning cash prizes and certificates from Department of Tourism, the contest winner's picture (Picture of the Month) will be displayed by Karnataka Tourism in large hoardings in prominent places with due credit to the Photographer.

Don't you want your picture to be seen by thousands?

Also selected pictures from this contest will be used in promotional materials such as hoardings and publications distributed all over the world with due credits to the photographer.

Last date to submit pictures is Jan 7, 2018

Here are some key points to note:

  • The contest is open to photo enthusiasts from all over India.
  • All Pictures must be submitted on-line through this website. Submission of pictures through emails and in print form will not be accepted.
  • Pictures submitted must have been photographed in Karnataka.
  • Pictures that have already won Awards or Certificates in the earlier Karnataka Tourism Contests hosted since Sep 2016 by YPS are not eligible to compete.
  • Pictures with the name of photographer in Title or File Name or on the face of the picture will be rejected.
  • If the picture submitted has recognizable isolated faces in prominence, the photographer submitting the picture should have the concurrence of the person(s) in the photograph for use in promotional material.
  • Karnataka Tourism plans to publicize the Picture of the Month through large hoardings placed in prominent places with due credits to the Photographer. Selected pictures will also be used in other promotional materials. Hence the photographer must be in a position to provide a full resolution picture in TIFF or JPEG format with at least 4500 pixels on the long side.

Read all Terms and Conditions before submitting your pictures.

The contest is hosted by Youth Photographic Society (YPS) Bengaluru.




Performing Arts

Picture of the Month - General 1

Cash Award: Rs.10000 each

Karnataka Tourism will be displaying the Picture of the Month in large hoardings in prominent places with due credit to the Photographer.

Picture of the Month - Woman 1

Cash Award: Rs.10000 each

Karnataka Tourism will be displaying the Picture of the Month in large hoardings in prominent places with due credit to the Photographer.

Certificate of Merit 4

Cash Award: Rs.5000 each

The Photographer would be provided a Certificate from Karnataka Tourism.

Simple Steps to Participate

Step 1 - Register your details if you are participating in the contest for the first time. If you are already registered, you can directly go for Upload.

Step 2 - Upload your images. Enter your registered Email and Password, if requested, to login. You can upload one picture at a time. Thumbnails of your uploaded pictures will be shown on the right side. After submitting the maximum allowed number of pictures, you will not be allowed to upload any pictures.

Substituting an Uploaded Picture - If you want to change any picture already submitted, click on the icon below the picture that you want to substitute. This will remove that picture from your list and you will be allowed to upload another picture.

Past Contests

* Click the links see the results