Recent Vacation Photo Contest 2012 Articles

The Winner of the 2012 My Life’s a Trip Vacation Photo Contest is….

The judges have voted and the votes have been tallied. The Grand Prize winner of the My Life’s a Trip Vacation Photo Contest 2012 is…

Jökulsárlón by Claudia Cooper (USA):

Blue ice, a lagoon, the people on the hill… this picture made me want to visit Iceland and warm up with some Brennivin.

Congratulations, Claudia! You made ice look incredibly intriguing and inviting.

The photographer who shot Jökulsárlón, Claudia Cooper, wins a super fly grand prize package worth $1,000 including:

For 2nd place we had a tie!

Dreamland by Jayanta Roy (India) ….

This colorful, joyful entry was wildly intriguing

and Prayer by Sudipto Das (India) :

We were wowed by these sari-clad women praying in the Ganges

Both these colorful entries had identical scores, so instead of casting a deciding between them, we chose to award two 2nd place prizes. Both photographers will receive:

  • A $50 iTunes Gift Card
  • A copy of iPhone Photography: How to Shoot, Edit and Share Great Photographs, the new eBook by Misho Baranovic

Our 3rd Place Winner is Into the Land of Snow and Ice by Zoran Stanko (Croatia):

This mountain scene is nothing short of icy and epic.

For more of Zoran’s Work, check out his

The Third Place winner receives:

Because the judges final scores were close, I have decided to award a few images honorable mentions, since it they were neck and neck with the winners and it was just a matter of points. The photographers of the following images each win Honorable Mentions and a $10 iTunes gift card.

Honorable Mentions go to:

Muir Woods by Melissa Vincent( @misvincent on Instagram and Twitter), Andalusia by Taylor Mitchie(@racingwinds on Twitter), Walled City in Dubrovnik by Laurel Stewart(@lfstewart on Twitter and Instagram), Swiss Alps by Kevin Chen, About to Touch Down (Seattle) by Dina Maccabee, and Strange Bed Pillows by Ver Latorre.

The judges all commented on the quality of the entries and how difficult it was to narrow down the selection. Much thanks to all who entered and to our international panel of Judges Misho Baranovic, Severin Matusek, and Rebecca Adler Rotenberg for taking the time to review the finalists and help decide the winners.

Congratulations to all the winners, and everyone who participated. We’re hard at work coming up with a fun theme for a new photo contest which we will announce after the holidays.

My assistant, Anastasia, will be coordinating with the winners via email to see what country they are located in, and how best to redeem their prizes.

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My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest 2012: Finalists Shortlist!

I’m extremely excited to announce the 41 finalists whose images will go on the next round of the My Life’s a Trip Vacation Photo Contest 2012. We received hundreds of great entries from all over the globe, and the images are truly a world tour of interesting places. There were and very, very few bad photos. A few images had to be disqualified because they were submitted incorrectly, and a few shooters have more than one image progressing to the finals.

There were some stunning images that I loved, but that lacked enough context to make them unable to stand alone in a contest (although they would be publishable and work great in a photo essay). All the photographs I selected gave me an emotional response. They made me want to know more about the destination, or to be along on that trip, or want to see more of the place.  I wound up being intrigued by a pillow fight, sandy beaches, mountains, giant redwoods, a smoking rasta, Hawaiian slugs, wet dog smell, saffron robed monks, trains, planes, and the rear view mirrors of automobiles. Harsh winters caught my attention as did African sunsets, fairs, fog, sun flare, rooftops, ice floes, and exotically colored Indian saris as well as moments of everyday life.

I’ve narrowed it the entries to the shortlist of 41 images featured above. Now I will pass these images along to my international panel of fabulous photographer judges Misho Baranovic, Severin Matusek, and Rebecca Adler Rotenberg,  who will decide the Grand Prize Winner as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. I really have no idea who is going to come out the winners– I am pretty sure I can guess which images might appeal most to Misho, Severin, and Rebecca individually, but together? I haven’t a clue! So this is very exciting for me too. In the event of a tie, I will cast the deciding vote.

The photographers whose images are above are listed below (but not in order, as to keep the judging process a bit more anonymous). Congratulations to all of you and thanks so much for participating. Stay tuned for the winners, which should be announced by December 15th (or earlier).

  • Alex Hamilton-McLeod.
  • Ali Jardine.
  • Amber De Grace.
  • Amo Passicos.
  • Andre Boto.
  • Claudia Cooper.
  • Dina Maccabee.
  • Edi Caves.
  • Eva Lim.
  • Harsh Wardhan.
  • Jayanta Roy.
  • Joe Kunin.
  • Karen Hanson-Sharp.
  • Kevin Chen.
  • Kristin Luna.
  • Laine Walden.
  • Laurel Stewart.
  • Lesley Towns.
  • Lorenzo Gonzalez.
  • Marita Hodges.
  • Melissa Vincent.
  • Michael Blades.
  • Mike G. Abelson.
  • Misha Zagorac.
  • Natalie Taylor.
  • Ravi Kotecha.
  • Robin Bengtson.
  • Ron Murnik.
  • Ryan Hickey.
  • Shuhei Nishikawa
  • Stephanie Mueller.
  • Sudipto Das.
  • Taylor Michie.
  • Ver Latorre.
  • Zoran Stanko.

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The My Life’s a Trip Vacation Photo Contest has been Extended!

Marita Hodges: Nothing says Hawaii vacation like skydiving at dawn. Shot this guy on my window this morning.

The MLAT team has been blown away by quality of images that have entered in our First Annual Vacation Photo Contest, and due to popular demand, we’re extending the deadline for the contest by two weeks. The new deadline is Wednesday, November 14th. Then we have to decide which images we will move forward to our international panel of really cool judges.

In this post we’re showcasing some of our recent favorite entries.

Remember- There’s a Super Fly Prize Package in store for the Grand Prize winner worth over $1,000!

The grand prize winner of the first ever My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest will get enough goodies to take an actual vacation (or at least a weekend away). I’m throwing my hard earned points and miles in the kitty to put together this grand prize package worth over $1000*:

25,000 United Airlines Miles (good for a domestic US roundtrip coach ticket)
50,000 Club Carlson Points (good for nights at properties by Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn, and Country Inn & Suites)
A copy of iPhone Photography: How to Shoot, Edit and Share Great Photographs, the new eBook by Misho Baranovic
And, since every other contest gives one away… a $100 iTunes Gift Card!

The amazing images in this post are by the following talented photographers from around the globe:

    • Ali Jardine.
    • Andre Boto.
    • Angela Failor.
    • Aoife Kirk.
    • Biondić Josip Joža.
    • Claudia Cooper.
    • Curtis Matwishyn.
    • Danielle Jurgens.
    • Diego Camposeco.
    • Dina Maccabee.
    • Eva Lim.
    • Halbert Bai.
    • Harsh Wardhan.
    • Joe Kunin.
    • Karen Hanson-Sharp.
    • Kevin Chen.
    • Kristin Luna.
    • Leka Huie.
    • Lesley Towns.
    • Lindsey Williams.
    • Marita Hodges.
    • Mihai Scorpan.
    • Misha Zagorac.
    • Ravi Kotecha.
    • Ron Murnik.
    • Timothy Henry Charles Tamm.
    • Verity Bowater.

Remember, as a condition of entry, it is necessary to “Like” the MLAT FB page.

Here’s how you enter. Good luck and keep those entries coming!

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Announcing the My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest 2012

My Life’s A Trip shares a Virtual Vacation every day through our #virtualvacay/ Picture of the Day. Now It’s your turn… show me what you did over the summer!

The Grand Prize winner of the first ever My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest gets a super cool prize package worth over $1000* to use on actual vacation travel!

What did you do on your summer vacation?  My Life’s A Trip wants to see!  We’re re-visiting the classic first day of school essay theme our My Life’s a Trip Vacation Photo Contest 2012

Please submit your best travel photo (and a caption describing it) from your summer travels of 2012

Jen says “I spent my summer watching sunsets in Punta Mita and spotting brides in the Ukraine. I also learned to sort cattle while glamping in Montana, and got lost in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar…”

Super Fly Prize Package

The grand prize winner of the first ever My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest will get enough goodies to take an actual vacation (or at least a weekend away). I’m throwing my hard earned points and miles in the kitty to put together this grand prize package worth over $1000*:

Second Place receives:

Third Place receives:

Plus, everyone who enters the My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest receives a one year Award Wallet Plus membership (because of my close, personal relationship with Award Wallet’s president, who is my husband. Yes, that is a disclosure.)

The Judges

I’ve assembled an International jury of superstar photographers with really cool accents from 3 continents to decide the winners and Grand Prize winner in conjunction with My Life’s a Trip. The judges are:

Rebecca Adler Rotenberg ( Los Angeles-based lifestyle & travel photographer)

Misho Baranovic (Melbourne Australia-based mobile street photographer, author, and co-founder of the Mobile Photo Group)

Severin Matusek (head of community at EyeEm and author of Berlin Guide Book)

You’ll learn more about our esteemed panel of judges in our upcoming Meet The Judges Interview series.

How to enter?

To enter the My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest, email your entry to photocontest2012@mylifesatrip.com by 11:11 pm Pacific Standard Time on October 31st, 2012.

This competition is open to any reader of the blog who has Liked the My Life’s A Trip Facebook page, it’s that simple. You can earn additional chances to win! Just tweet or share the link to this post on Facebook and let us know in your next submission!

Images shot on any camera are eligible. We will allow images to be edited with software as we do not wish to inhibit your creative freedom.

Photos containing nudity will not be accepted. Actually, we reserve the right to refuse any photograph which we deem unacceptable.

Make sure submitted pictures have been taken by you!

If you want to know more about the competition please read our Full Terms & Conditions of entry.

If you have any questions please get in touch via email photocontest2012@mylifesatrip.com

*the prize package is geared towards a winner in the USA. However, My Life’s A Trip has a global audience If the winner is from outside the USA, My Life’s A Trip will do our best to come up with a comparable prize package based on the winner’s location.  We cannot do that, however, for Cuba and North Korea, so entries from these countries are not permitted. As we may not be able to transfer miles to your account, we can book an award on your behalf and it will be subject to availability.  My Life’s A Trip reserves the right to modify the terms of this contest or disqualify entrants based on its sole discretion.

Read the full Terms&Conditions


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There’s Still TIME to Enter the My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest 2012

We’ve been blown away by the quality of the entries we’ve received so far, including some from Instagram users who discovered the blog through our #TIMEwireless Identification Project. Here is a round up of some of our recent favorite entries.

Christine Pearl: Hula Hoop.The last week of summer.
Kate Connerty: Reykjavik, Iceland.
MaryJane Sarvis: Path to Gooserocks Beach Maine.
Amo Passicos: La Grande Motte.
Nathan Healy: The wall.
Melissa Vincent: Muir Woods.
Sarah Habermehl: Mexico.
Stephanie Mueller:  The bubble blowing street.
Philomena Nunes: Relaxing.
Natalie Taylor: Denis and the dogs.
Robin Bengtson: Dream field.
Daniel Zazitski: Blue Sunset.
Amanda Jernigan: Lighthouse.
Lindsey Williamson: Caribbean.
Zoran Stanko:Into the land of snow and ice.
Gerie Voss: Sunset.

The deadline for entering is October 31st.

Here’s how you enter the 2012 My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest.

And don’t forget to Like our Facebook page, it’s a condition of entry!

Read the Full Terms&Conditions of the Contest

Christine Pearl

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