We asked you to share your world with us, and wow, did you deliver. We received over 700 incredible entries, some almost too incredible for our humble competition. We’re talking National Geographic caliber, which made deciding the winners even more difficult.
Our panel of judges spent hours deliberating what merited a ‘wow’ photo, and ultimately, we found that the photos we connected with most were personal, evoked emotion, transported us, and just had that indescribable special something. They had the type a feeling behind them that made it hard for us not to see them and immediately say “wow.”
Though we could’ve spent hours more in heated discussion, ultimately, we decided that these three photos are our winners.
3rd place – Winner of $500 Scott Dunn Vacation voucher
Jennifer - Ladies who Laundry, Madagascar
2nd place – Winner of a nikon 1 j5 digital camera from george’s Camera
Joe Dellava - Torres del Paine, Patagonia
“Rather than “Journey to the End of the World,” how about “Expedition to Untapped Beauty?!” Thank you to Scott Dunn Travel for a honeymoon that has made our dream into a reality. Seeing Torres del Paine and surrounded by these natural sculptures of glaciers, mountains, and the unique turquoise lakes are truly awe inspiring!” – Joe
1st place- winner of a 10 day letaka mobile safari in botswana
“This is my wow photo taken in a village close to Tafika Remote Safari Lodge in Zambia in August 2017. We were visiting the village and the local church was honoring us with a dance. My husband was videoing the children on his cell phone and playing it back for them and they were all so interested. It was a very magical moment for us. What I really like is the young boy on the left with his arm around 2 other boys.” – Kelly
As we mentioned, choosing only three entries was a near impossible task. It’s hard to compare a gorgeous shot of a landscape in Cuba to a village of giggling children in Madagascar, to decide between a professional photographer, whose skill and passion comes through in every shot to an amateur who captured a once in a lifetime, meaningful moment. As with any competition decided by personal choice, our picks are subjective, but these were the photos that were shortlisted to win.
Jamie-Vinales Valley, Cuba Leslie - African school children, Zambia Joe - Perrito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina Susannah - Caravan Gaspar - Elephants, Chaing Mai, Thailand Dave - Dog sledding, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada Antonio - Leopard, Kruger National Park, South Africa Susannah - Leopard & cub, Africa Susannah - Cheetahs mating, Africa Susannah - Wodabe
Since it’s so difficult to compare such a vibrant and vast range of photos, we want to highlight some of our favorite entries across different categories…
lay of the land
Brent - Homer Beach, Alaska Brent-Susitna River, Talkeetna, Alaska Jack -Madikwe, South Africa Donald- Road to Pingvellir Golden Circle near Reykjavik,Iceland Phyllis - Wildebeest Patti - Anza Borrego Desert Michael - Lake Tekapo, New Zealand Katherine - Iceland Katherine -Grand Tetons Katherine - Glacier, Iceland Katherine - Arches National Park Joe - Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Gaspar - Halong Bay, Vietnam Arun - Maui, Hawaii
Walk on the wild side
Carolyn - Elephants, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana Dave - Elephant Leslie - Africa Murray - Leopard Susannah - Leopard cub Walt - Lion, Sabi Sands, South Africa Vickie - Leopard, Africa Kim - Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, Congo Laxman - Chobe National Park, Botswana Mark - Parakeet, Hyde Park, London Michael - Leopard, Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa Michael - Whispering impalas, Kruger Park, South Africa Mona - Giraffes, South Africa Phyllis - Cheetahs Katherine - Elephant, Botswana Katherine - Baby elephant, Africa Jennifer - Lemur, Madagascar Jen - Cattle at sunset, Bagan, Myanmar Jennifer - Lions Graham - Cheetah Duncan - Elephant Sunset, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa Susannah - lion Alexander - 65-year-old, Sabi Sands, South Africa Bibek - Bison, Yellowstone Donald - Cuba Dawn - Leopard Dorne - Bison, Yellowstone Susannah - Tigers Susannah - Tiger
It’s the people you meet
Susannah - Namibian girl Murray - Vietnam Leslie - Jumping Contest with the Masai, Kenya Jasmine - Eugn mask ceremony, Benin Jennifer - Madagascar Dave - Cape Town, South Africa Dave - Cape Town, South Africa Anne - watching great wildebeest migration, Africa Susannah - Bushman girls Susannah - Mursi girl
Jennifer Brent - Pacer, Alaska Brent Donald - Roadside canteen, Cuba Leslie, Africa Kelly -Sarara Camp, Kenya Stacy - Antelope Canyon, Arizona Laura - Ayutthaya, Thailand Lynn - Lantern festival, Chaing Mai, Thailand Martin - Africa Martin - Monks giving alms, Thailand Patti - Crete David - Africa Samantha - Murchison giraffe, Uganda Kelly Ann - Namibia Kelly Ann - ghost town, Namibia Kari - Venice gondolas Jen - Jamaa el-Fna Square, Marrakech, Morocco Jen - Bagan, Myanmar Erin - Tong Bai Elephant Foundation, Chaing Mai, Thailand Drew - Door to hell in Turkmenistan Duncan - Penguins under iceberg, Antarctica Christina - hot air balloons, Turkey Carolyn - India Susannah - Camel train Brigitte - Africa Bella - Seaview Lion Park, South Africa Angie - Dolomites, Italy Andrei -3rowers
A reason to smile
Patti - Fisherman Leslie - Victoria Falls Patti - Zion National Park, Utah Mike - Zambia Lesley - Samburu warriors, Kenya Laura - Masai, Kenya
Jamie - Vinales Valley, Cuba Katherine - Arizona desert Jami - Wild horses in the Great Basin Heather - Bear cubs, Lake Clark National Park Indrajit - Chital Male, India Kim - Gorilla , Virunga Nation Park, Congo Kim - Lion during wildebeest migration, Kenya Andrei - Fire Arun - Maroon Bells Mountains