Ajay Sood (Travelure) – Pro Travel Photographer
Speaker at TBEX
Awarded OSM Shutterbug of the Year 2016
Next Stop: Jerusalem/Huntsville
Since 2010, I have been making destinations desirable through my experiential Travel Photography and Travel Writing. My passion is to capture the sights, sounds, and stories of the places I visit.
TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) invited me as their first Indian speaker for TBEX Europe 2016 (Stockholm). For those of us who ask ‘what is TBEX?’, TBEX describes itself as “… the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators, and social media savvy travel industry professionals.”
Since then, I have already spoken in TBEX Asia 2016 (Manila) and TBEX International 2017 (Jerusalem). Soon enough, I will be speaking in TBEX North America 2017 (Huntsville). Their reason for inviting me – “I deliver as an educator.” Their global travel biz audience goes back richer from my sessions.
I have been featured as a MasterCraftsman in Smart Photography (May 2012) and in Asian Photography (February 2012) – leading photography magazines of India. Reason? I deliver as a Travel Photographer. A recent acknowledgment of this – I was awarded OSM Shutterbug of the Year 2016.
I relish the varied challenges meted out by the diverse images I capture. These images straddle a vast range – cityscapes, landscapes, ruins, heritage, wildlife, street, people, nightscapes, and much more. Regardless of the challenge, I deliver.
In my travel writing, I stay clear of the usual 10 things to do, 15 landmarks, 12 tips, etc. Despite my aversion for listicles, I deliver.
Who am I?
A Pro Travel Photographer who can turn your destination into a tourism magnet;
A Canon Photo Mentor (2014-16). You know, I teach well;
A Times Passion Trails Experience Architect (An initiative by The Times of India, India’s leading national daily, to allow people to live their passion). Even as we move, I impart learning;
A Photo Tour Leader (Have led photo tours to Tanzania, Goa, Ladakh, etc. Have led over 40 photo-tours). These people spent monies to gain from my learning;
A Photo Educator (Have conducted specialised MasterClasses on Travel, Fashion and Architectural Photography at numerous venues across India like Jaipur, Delhi, Goa, IIT Kharagpur, etc. Have conducted over 100 photo-workshops). Now, that’s a lot of teaching;
A Photo Jurist (Some of the contests I have judged are #CanonPhotomarathon2012, #TimesPassionTrails (Wildlife) Contest 2014, #Canonphotomarathon2015). Just goes to show I have an eye for images.
Millennium Dreams at Alliance Francaise, Gurgaon;
Millennium Dreams at India Photo Archive Foundation, Gurgaon;
Millennium Dreams at Rapid Metro Stations, Gurgaon;
CLICK at DLF Place, New Delhi
Routinely Published in:
Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveller, JetWings International, Travel Plus, Huffington Post, Smart Photography, The Times of India, The Indian Express, Terrascape, Asian Photography, etc.
Photography and Travel Writing Awards:
OSM Shutterbug of the Year 2016 (awarded by Outlook India)
Grand Prize Winner – National Geographic Traveller’s GetOutThere Photo Essay Contest;
Winner – India’s biggest blogging contest – Cox & Kings’ #GrabYourDreams (Season 2);
Winner – Indian Institute of Interior Decorators (IIID) Photography Award;
Runner-up – Lonely Planet Instagram Contest;
Photography Project Grant Awardee – #NeelDongreTrust.
Familiarisation Trips Attended:
Mauritius on Mauritius Tourism Promotion Board’s invite
Hola Mohalla, Anandpur Sahib on Punjab Tourism’s invite
Lampang, Phrae and Nan on Tourism Authority Thailand’s invite
Himachal Heritage Resort, Palampur on the resort’s invite
Landsort, Sweden on Visit Sweden’s invite
Lulea-Gammelstad Church Town on Visit Sweden’s invite
Central Visayas Region, Cebu and Bohol, The Philippines – courtesy TPB Philippines
Corregidor Island, The Philippines – courtesy TPB Philippines