February 10, 2007

Travel Photo Contest
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Help me decide which photos to submit!

There's a newspaper in the state of Oregon that is collecting travel photos for their annual photography contest, divided into three categories: A Sense of Place and People of the World (which includes photos taken anywhere outside Oregon or Washington) and the Pacific Northwest (photos taken in Oregon or Washington only). I don't have anything to submit for the Pacific Northwest, but after taking a quick browse through the photos on this site, I've got a few candidates I'd like to toss into the mix.

You can only submit five photos for each category, and I need your help deciding which I should go with! Most of these snapshots could use a bit of cleanup in PhotoShop (saturation and contrast adjustment), but that will come later.

The deadline for mailing the entries in (postmarked) is the 16th of February, so the time crunch is on! Name your top choices in the comments, and wish me luck.

A Sense of Place

People of the World



February 10th, 2007

My picks…



I found the places much harder to choose between. Good luck.


February 11th, 2007

I like those really desolate places:

IMG_6140 Sandboarding Peru
IMG_7333 Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni

Idyllic setting:

IMG_3649 Farm Talk

Horrifying and unlikely to please the photo judges, though then again, who knows?:

IMG_6257 Tourist Abuse

Interesting, but needs the caption to be understood:

IMG_8419 Deaf Motorist

Not sure why I like this one:

IMG_1729 Coconut Growth


February 11th, 2007

Oy. Brodie's were all in my shortlist of candidates. Just to be confounding, though, I opt for three different Places:

Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni


Cuzco After Dark

and three different People:

Tourist Abuse

Concerned Haircut

Fishy Columbian


February 11th, 2007

Eh, I think you could do better. Not that these aren't good photos, I just think you have some much better ones…not that I'm going to go through them all and give you ACTUAL suggestions!! I'm a huge help, I know. OK…if I HAVE to choose from this list, I'd go with Places: Wine, Reeds People: Tracks, Farm, and maybe Ben

Good luck!!

PS. I wish I could use your page on Safari…Mac hater!


February 11th, 2007

I vote for:
Child at Play, Flightplan, and Salar de Uyuni for places.

Sunset Soccer, Track and Time and Tourist Abuse for people.

BTW - The site works on Safari on my Mac…


Craig | travelvice.com

February 11th, 2007

Ms Katie — I did a lot of cross-browser compatibility testing and tweaks when I built back in 2005, are you having problems in the snapshots gallery or the travelogue part of the site? What version of Safari are you using?

…how's the computer class at uni going? (poke, poke, wink)

Jennifer — Thanks for the thumbs-up from your Mac

Tom Heimburger

February 11th, 2007

Craig, you can submit up to five photos per category.


February 11th, 2007

Hi Craig,

Thanks for narrowing this down for us.

Here are my picks:

Brazilian Waterfalls
Mexican Cerveza
Titicaca Reeds
Second Thoughts
Flat Tire


Craig | travelvice.com

February 11th, 2007

oops! Thanks dad — will adjust in the text above. Any photo thoughts?

Kerri K

February 12th, 2007

My picks for places: (1) Titicaca reeds (2) Brazilian waterfall (Second thoughts is a neat picture, though.)

My picks for people: (1) Heavy load (2) Ecuadoran wool

Best wishes! Kerri

Tom Heimburger

February 12th, 2007

My votes: - based on guidelines from interviews with the judges:

Sense of Place: (ranked):
1. Costa Rica Paper Lights (write in vote: http://snapshots.travelvice.co.....8.JPG.html)
2. Salar de Uyuni
3. Titicaca Reeds
4. Pizza Hut (from other category)
5. Argentine Wine

People of the World (ranked):
1. Deaf Motorist
2. Carriacou Cutie
3. Concerned Haircut
4. Ben and Mary
5. Sunset Soccer

Ben G

February 12th, 2007

Places: Bolivia.
People: Ben and Mary

These two strike me as particularly unique.


Craig | travelvice.com

February 14th, 2007

Thanks all for your thoughts.

I sat here in Brazil and gave a lot of thought to these images. I researched the winners and finalists for the same contest for 2004, 2005, and 2006, and framed my choices around the commonalities of those images.

My choices, in order of preference:

A Sense of Place

1. Titicaca Reeds — Floating Islands of the Uros, Lake Titicaca, Peru
2. Mexican Cerveza — Puerto Penasco, Mexico
3. Salar de Uyuni — Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
4. Argentine Wine — Maipu, Argentina
5. Bolivian Village — Village between Uyuni and Potosi, Bolivia

People of the World

1. Deaf Motorist — Piriapolis, Uruguay
2. Flat Tire — Outside Leon, Nicaragua
3. Ben and Mary — St. Vincent, St. Vincent and The Grenadines
4. Mexican Spice — Merida, Mexico
5. River Crossing — Santa Teresa, Peru


February 14th, 2007

Places favourites:
Mexican Cerveza
Costa Rican Lightening
Sails of the Odessa

Concerned Haircut
Pizza Hut
Sunset Soccer

Good luck!

JR - North Van


February 21st, 2007

So many good pictures! Votes are in: Guatemalan Taxi, Second Thoughts, Titicaca Reeds, Tracks and time, Sandboarding Strap-in, and Flat Tire


Craig | travelvice.com

March 27th, 2007

Some interesting choices made by the judges from the 16,749 entries submitted…


…Maybe next year.

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