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Honored for the Honorable Mentions in the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

Images I shot from Morocco, Italy and India received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 IPPA Awards

Yesterday the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAs) announced their winners and they are stunning. I was honored- and humbled- to find five of my images among the Honorable Mentions in the Travel, Sunset, People, and Architecture categories.

Left: Snake Charmers in Marrakech Right: Arrividerci, Positano

The gallery of winning images truly shows that it’s possible to shoot incredible photos with an iPhone and made me geek out about the amazing  (and every improving) state of mobile technology.

I’m honored to be in such fine company as my friend, Hector Navarro, whose image won Third Place in the People category. I’m also thrilled to discover  photographers previously unknown to me in the mobile photography arena.

Of all the images honored this year, I’m particularly inspired by this image of Marina Towers in Chicago (aka the building on the album cover of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), which placed Third in the Architecture category. I think it resonates with me because it is both a travel image and an architecture image, and speaks to my inner aviation geek.

The Taj Mahal

Contests are strange things– often it’s about trends or personal taste of judges. But I’m thrilled that some of my favorite work from the past year connected with the judges among others.

All of my images honored by the IPPAs this year were shot using the Oggl app by Hipstamatic. The image of Positano, Italy is one of my all time favorites– I recently had it printed using the Photos to Art app and hung it in my guest bathroom at home.

Left: water carriers on Jamaa el-Fna in Marrakech, Right: Sunset in Marrakech

This year’s IPPA Travel category is particularly strong and worth checking out if you need a little artistic or vacation planning inspiration.

My iPhone to Art Print hanging in my guest bathroom

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Win $100 Amazon or iTunes Gift Card in the My Life’s a Trip Caption Contest

Whoever writes the Best Caption For This Japanese Toilet Wins a $100 Gift Card from Amazon or iTunes

I come across a lot of interesting things in my travels that are worth sharing but don’t have an obvious place to fit with this luxury travel blog…. like the wacky Japanese toilet pictured above from the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo.

In the spirit of  the holidays and giving back to the blog readers, I’ve decided to hold a caption contest. Whoever writes the best caption for the picture above  in the Disqus comments below this post will win a $100 gift card to either Amazon or iTunes (the winner gets to pick).

The contest starts now and ends in one week. See the rules below for details.

Good luck!

Here’s how you enter: post a caption for the photo in the comment section below, limit one entry per person. In order to participate you must be 18 years of age or older as of the date the Contest and must be a fan of My Life’s A Trip Facebook page or share the contest link via Twitter using the #MLATCaptionContest hashtag.

Winners will be selected by the members of My Life’s A Trip team based on originality, humor and relevance and announced on 21th of December, 2013.

By entering the My Life’s A Trip Caption Contest, you agree that you have read the Contest rules and consent to the terms and conditions contained therein.

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The 3rd Annual Mobile Photo Awards Are Now Open For Entries

MPA image by Marie Matthews

I am exciting to be one of the jury members  in the 3rd Annual Mobile Photography Awards (MPAS). I’ll be the lead judge of this year’s new Food/Beverage category. The MPAs are now open for entries through December 3rd. So bring on the #foodporn!

The MPAs are the world’s largest competition and touring exhibit of mobile photography and art. There  are 20 categories from Architecture & Design to Street Photography to Visual FX. This year’s MPA awards has a purse of $3000 for the Grand Prize Winner and Second Place gets $500. More cool prizes will be announced shortly.

Good luck and I can’t wait to see the entries!

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Douchebags Abroad: iPad Photographers at the Vatican Edition

iPhone shot of tourist shooting tomb of Pope John Paul II’s tomb

Every year I say to myself, “I don’t need to come to Rome during the middle of summer again.” Well, it’s July and I’m back. Tourist season is in full swing in the Eternal City, so I decided book a private tour of the Vatican to take the edge off my crowd anxiety and make sightseeing less painful.

It really struck me how many people were documenting their visits with mobile photography

My private tour of the Vatican didn’t provide special access to the Illuminati room or anything like that (although there are sites for “Special After Hours VIP tours” that claim to), but it did give me front of the line privileges and a dedicated English speaking guide, Helena, who went at the pace I set– which was as quickly as the crowd would allow. Both my husband and I have toured the Vatican before, and the only day we had open was Saturday (well known to be the busiest day to visited) so we wanted to cover as much ground as possible in the shortest amount of time. The private Vatican tour was scheduled to be 3 hours long and include visiting The Vatican Museum, the Galleria dei Candelabri (the Candelabra Gallery), Galleria degli Arazzi (the Tapestry Gallery) and the Galleria delle Carte Geografiche (the map room), the Sistine Chapel and finally, St. Peters Basilica.

iPad shooters don’t seem to be aware of how much they obstruct the view of other visitors

It took us an hour and 40 minutes to get through and we could not go any faster although we would have liked to– it was very hot and the Vatican is notoriously stuffy. Air conditioning is woefully inadequate

I asked my guide, Helena, when the best time to visit and avoid the crowds was and she said, “January. When it’s cold and rainy, there are no lines.” This made sense. My best day of touring Rome’s sites was a few years back in December– I think it was 2 or 3 days after Christmas and it was amazing how much I saw in one afternoon. The massive crowd at the Vatican made it clear I wouldn’t be getting any good pictures, as it’s impossible to get a clear view of anything..So I decided to document the mobile photographers I saw in action. What struck me most was the sheer amount of  iPad photographers- they are starting to become a real issue.

It looks like she’s doing the Jay-Z illuminati hand sign in the Vatican’s map room

Today’s iPad photographer has picked up the torch from the fanny pack wearing clueless tourist of yore. I saw Americans, Germans, Brits and Australians shooting with tablets. There is just no way around it– shooting with an iPad in a confined space is bad form. Using a tablet as your primary camera in crowded space is a red flag that you’re unaware of the common courtesy of tourism etiquette, and not a big fan of respecting other’s personal space.  From what I observed, iPad photographers either don’t realize they are visual cock blockers who are ruining the experience for others, or they just don’t care.

This kid gets a pass on the iPad photography. He’s clearly a rookie and also not blocking anyone’s view

Perhaps this is because the  iPad photographers I saw were at either end of the technology demographic– some were too young to have a mobile phone, others were older people who perhaps prefer the larger screen to more compact mobile devices. If you’re going to use a tablet as your primary camera in a crowded tourist spot, choose your shot wisely and be respectful of other tourists. I pretty much saw Michelangelo’s Pietà on someone else’s LCD screen and that sort of defeated the point of my visit.  iPads might be thin, but they take up far more visual real estate than a DSLR with a telephoto lens.

Photography isn’t allowed in the Sistine Chapel and I was surprised by how much man power went into enforcing this rule (as well as the “no talking” rule). The clothing some wore to turn the Vatican took me by surprise as well– it should go without saying that rocking camel toe isn’t a good idea in the Vaticano (or anywhere) but there was plenty on display. Those with bare shoulders were given paper capes to cover them so bring a shawl if you’re not wearing sleeves.

Rusty and Audrey Griswold, circa 2013

Private tours of the Vatican must be scheduled at least a day in advance. The one I booked cost Euro € 135 per person for 2 people (note: the price goes down with the number of people in the group). For a group of eight, the cost is Euro € 58 a head. I booked mine through Tickitaly.

Private tours of the Vatican can be arranged Monday to Saturday (except feast days) From 9:00am -1:30pm

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FriFotos: Suites and Sweets in Singapore

A glass of just sweet enough bubbly Perrier Jouet with my friend & #FriFotos host,Charles Yap

I just got back from a trip to Asia and on my way there, I got a chance to fly  in one of Singapore Airlines First Class Suites from San Francisco (SFO) to Seoul (ICN) to Singapore (SIN). While I’ve got a ton of photo editing to do (look for  more in-depth posts about my trip in the future),  in honor of #FriFotos “Sweets” them this week,  here  are a few photographic highlights of the sweetest things in Singapore.

If you’d like to take part in the #Frifotos photo chat on twitter you can find the details here.

Chocolate Donuts on the amazing Fullerton Bay Hotel‘s Breakfast buffet

Left: Sweet & Savory high Tea Delights Fullerton Bay. Right: Fresh tropical fruit amenity at the Intercontinental Singapore

Fruit Juice selection at the  Fullerton Bay breakfast buffet. They also had strawberry milk. Sweet and delicious

Bubbly and a Singapore Sling at the Club Intercontinental Lounge. Singapore Slings photography nicely but are too sweet for my taste.

Dom Perignon and Krug both served in-flight in the sweet Singapore Suites

The Suite Life:  Singapore Airlines First Class

Check out the EVA Air Hello Kitty Plane I saw at the Incheon International Airport in Korea. That is one sweet plane!

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