“Photography comes with human connections. I don’t just take a photo and walk away – one must take the time to talk, wait and observe this great game of life."
He is also the recipient of awards such as the Nikon World Photography Award in the Emerging Talent Category for 2010-2011, for his photo titled ‘Just before the sacred dip in the Ganges’. This photo was featured in the American photography magazine - Outdoor Photographer.
Hajela’s work has been published in print, online and digital editions of renowned publications such as The Lonely Planet India, National Geographic Traveller India, The Hindustan Times, Mail Today, HT Mint Lounge, Air India Magazine, Asia Spa magazine, California Bride Magazine and Air India In-flight magazine.
His work was also displayed at the Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad and in Vienna; Austria under the Indian Society of Arts in JPD gallery. He has also exhibited at the acclaimed venue, National Center for Performing Arts in Mumbai, in conjunction with Nikon.
His project on Spiritual India (The Naga Sadhus – Naked Saints) also got nominated by the National Geographic "All Roads Photography Program"
The Indian Ministry of Tourism also selects a number of his travel images for the Incredible India! Campaign on an on-going basis.