Win an Allianz Global Assistance GoBag

This week’s Instagram photo contest has a special prize. The good folks at Allianz Global Assistance, and my newest sponsor, will be providing the winner of this week’s contest with a TravelSmart GoBag, which is filled with essential things for your next trip. Items include a first aid kit, toiletries and other items to make …

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Fortress of Suomenlinna

Fortress of Suomenlinna UNESCO World Heritage Site, Finland

From the World Heritage inscription: In the history of military architecture, the Fortress of Finland (Suomenlinna) is an outstanding example representative both of the general fortification principles of the period and of its specific characteristics. In 1747, when Finland was part of the Swedish realm, the Diet in Stockholm decided to build a fortress to …

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On Travel Interview – Travel in 2014 and 2015

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: A Year In Photography

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.

Here are some of my favorite photo of 2014. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did taking them!

You can also check out my year-end photo essays for 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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