Earlier this month, we launched a contest to give away a photo tour for two to Jordan, courtesy of Dream Photo Tours. We asked you to submit your very best travel image – from outdoor scenes to moments that embody the spirit of a place to landmarks, nature, travel portraits, and more. We wanted to see it all.
We received thousands of submissions from all over the world, including shots of Europe, India, cities across the United States, mountainscapes, locals, sunsets, villages, and beyond. Our judges had their work cut out for them.
Today, we’re excited to unveil the winners! The Grand Prize winner will head to Jordan in November and the First and Second Runner Ups will take home great prizes from our sponsors, including goodies from Macphun, Zeiss, ImageRights, and PhotoShelter.
Here they are…
1. Grand Prize: Blaine Harrington
Blaine Harrington’s Grand Prize image illustrates sheep and goats herded over the Zojila Pass in Kashmir, India, as a traffic jam halts trucks due to a landslide.
The story: “I had just walked across the pass with thousands of sheep and goats, nearly falling off the edge with a video camera to my face. There were so many animals that I couldn’t actually see the edge, but I righted myself just in time! I then went back to the van that I was traveling in, but there was a landslide just in front of us, so we had to wait there in this very dangerous place, while they brought in a bulldozer to clear the rocks and debris off the road. I made this image during that wait.”
2. First Runner Up: A.M. Ahad
The prize for First Runner Up goes to A.M. Ahad. His image depicts Bangladeshis dozing off on the roof of a moving train, heading home to their villages in Dhaka to be with their families.
3. Second Runner Up: Vittore Buzzi
The Second Runner Up goes to Vittore Buzzi for this stunning image shot in Mongolia.
The story: “This picture of a Kazakh hunter was taken in Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar during the Golden Eagles Fesetival. This is one of the few pictures at the beginning of the hunt when the eagle is free. I was able to get this once in a lifetime shot because I won a bet with a Mongolian photographer who helped me pass the police block and be in the right position at the right time.”
Congrats to all!