We asked you to show us where you’ve been and what you’ve done, and did you ever. We received hundreds of wonderful entries ranging from adorable baby elephants rollicking in mud in Kenya to an eerie burned out plane wreck covered with a dusting of snow in Iceland.
After much deliberation, we found that we were most drawn to the images that evoked emotion and really captured that rare, nearly indescribable special something. Some elicited joy, others awe and amazement, but one thing that they all had in common is that they transported us to the moment in time that the photo was taken.
Now to the good stuff, here are our winners of 2018’s Been There, Dunn That Photography Competition.
3rd place – Winner of a Scott Dunn Vacation Voucher
Andrea’s photo titled “Puffins on the mind” made all of the judges smile. Can you believe that this puffin is real? It’s incredible. We felt like this image embodied such a fun, joyous moment. These are the type of moments that we like to think can only come from travel.
2nd Place – winner of an Aether Apparel Duffle bag filled with a cashmere scarf and hat and a stainless-steel camp mug
This photo really transported us to the dusty, colorful and remote region of Ethiopia that it was taken. We were able to live vicariously through it, getting a glimpse into a ritual that few are lucky enough to witness.
“We had just arrived back in Addis Ababa after five full days in the Omo Valley. It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of our lifetime. We were the only people there and we did not see one other tourist the entire time. We visited with three of the local tribes in the area; the Hamar, the Kara & the Mursi. These are some of the most primitive tribes on the planet. We experienced things that we never imagined, including a dance ceremony, a body painting ritual, a morning in a Hamar village, an afternoon with a group of Mursi, a fossil hunt, a honey harvest & many boat trips on the crocodile infested Omo River. Life is quite simple in the area, free from modern conveniences. The people are quite friendly, and it was very interesting to sit amongst them, with a total communication gap, and feel warmly welcomed.” – Winning photographer, Jen
1st place – A 7-night safari for two in Tanzania, staying at Nomad Tanzania’s Sand Rivers Selous and Kigelia Ruaha with internal flights provided by Coastal Aviation
This touching moment took our breath away, it was so genuine. It’s not exploitative or posed and feels like a really special, intimate moment. The connection between these two women from two completely different cultures and corners of the earth is incredible and palpable. We felt that it really personified what makes travel so remarkable and enriching.
“We had the privilege to have lunch in a local Berber Home in the High Atlas Mountains. It was humbling to see this simple life. We had the most delicious chicken tangine that was cooked on nothing more than a bunsen burner. This is a photo of my daughter saying goodbye to our host.” – Winning photographer, Leslie