My interview with On Travel, on the American Forces Radio Network has just been posted online. I talk with Paul Lasley about my travels in 2014 and my upcoming plans for 2015. The interview is approximately 25 minutes.
2014 was another landmark year for me in terms of travel and photography.
- In February, I was named the Travel Photographer of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association.
- In April, I was named the Travel Photographer of the Year by the Central States Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers.
- In April I also took the Gold Medal in the annual Northern Lights Awards by the Canadian Tourism Commission for photojournalism of Canada.
- In September, I was runner up in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition for the Society of American Travel writers.
- In September, I also won a Lowell Thomas Award in Photo Illustration of Travel. My 3rd Lowell Thomas Award in as many years.
All-in-all, not a bad year.
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This winner in last week’s photography contest is Darren Clarke! He won for his photo of prayer flags in Nepal. He will be getting a $200 voucher to use on a trip with G Adventures and a year of photo hosting on Smugmug.
During my trek to Mount Everest base camp I snapped this photo after a tough climb to the memorial for those that lost their lives on Mount Everest. I spent a lot of time here reading the names and enjoying the contrasting beauty of the mountains and all the prayer flags. When I look back at this photo it reminds me why I travel and why it is worth the effort and cost. #MountEverest memorial, #Nepal. #everythingeverywhere
The theme for this week is: holidays and festivals.
The theme for this week’s contest is: Mountains.
This week I’m launching my weekly travel photography contest on Instagram!
I’ve been really enjoying Instagram this year. It has become my favorite social network by a wide margin.
I’ve had a lot people who have asked me to review their photos, so I thought I’d systematize the process so I can get a chance to view a few photos from a lot of people, and reward those who have taken some amazing shots.
Here is are the rules and how the contest will work:
- Follow me on Instagram.
- Tag your photo with #EverythingEverywhere
- Make sure the photo somehow fits the week’s theme. This week the theme is: Water.
- Please do not tag more than 2 photos, else it will get out of hand having to sort through them all. If you tag more than 2, I will not consider them.
- You may tag older photos or new photos, but I’m only going to consider photos where were tagged as of December 8th. If you post an image you’d like to submit, just leave the #EverythingEverywhere tag in the comments and I’ll see it.
- Next Monday I will select a winner and announce it on Instagram along with theme for next week’s contest.
I’ll be giving away a travel and/or photography related prize each week to the image I select as the best. This week Lonely Planet is giving the winner their choice of any Lonely Planet ebook!
So, tag your photos and best of luck to everyone!
It is time once again for the annual Passports With Purpose event to raise money for good causes around the world. In the past Passports With Purpose has built schools, water wells and entire villages. This year they will be giving to Sustainable Harvest International to help farmers in Central America.
The way Passports With Purpose works is that travel related sponsors partner with bloggers to donate prizes. You can then bid on the prizes in $10 increments. Each $10 gives you 1 entry to win that prize. You can submit as many times as you’d like.
I’m partnering with Smugmug who is offering a full year of business class photo hosting. I’ve been a Smugmug customer for years and all of the photo’s you see on my site are hosted by them. They are an absolutely critical part of what I do online and I highly recommend them. You might be able to win a full year of hosting for only $10!
Just go to the Passports With Purpose website to donate and put in a bid. You can submit bids until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
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