How to Win the Transformed by Travel Photo Contest

Our 2016 Transformed by Travel Photo Contest is officially open! But before you snap and submit, which photos will help you win?

We asked last year’s winners for their advice. Hint: it’s not just about the photo.

Follow their suggestions and you may just win our grand prize: a trip to FotoWeekDC.

First Place: Valentin Stolbunov

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“Desert Milky Way” taken in Arches National Park, Utah. Photo Credit: Valentin Stolbunov

Valentin Stolbunov

Program Affiliation: Train USA J-1 Internship, 2015

“My advice for future photo contest entrants is to submit not just beautiful photos, but unforgettable moments. Ideally, you want your photo to accurately document an experience that you would love to share with those closest to you. Throughout your travels, you will undoubtedly be transformed (hence the name of the photo contest ?), and if you can capture and share the moments that transformed you, the experience will be significantly more fulfilling.”

Second Place: Andrea Kunza

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“On the road to Limassol, Cyprus,” taken in Klirou, Cyprus. Photo Credit: Andrea Kunza

Andrea Kunza

Program Affiliation: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals, 2015

“Take the photo even if you really don’t feel like it. That way you can enjoy the moment and maybe even remember it.”

Victor Westerwoudt, Internships Abroad

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“Mountain Village” taken in Shan State, Myanmar. Photo Credit: Victor Westerwoudt

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Program Affiliation: Train USA J-1 Internship Program, 2011

“My advice for future photo contest entrants or any traveling photographers is that the camera can serve as a great icebreaker. Asking to take a photo of someone is always as little scary, but most of the time people are really happy and honored to be in  the photo. On top of that, it might lead to interesting conversations or exciting unplanned adventures.”

Merit Winner: Eric Paul

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“Given the choice, always choose adventure,” taken in Mount Shasta Summit, California. Photo Credit: Eric Paul

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Program Affiliation: Train USA J-1 Internship, 2015

“Seek the kind of photos that convey the emotion you felt at the time you took it. Try to tell a story with your image instead of seeking a perfectly posed portrait.”

Merit Winner: Gianluca Sica

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“The best way to broaden your horizon is to travel–Explore. Dream. Discover,” taken in Lake Calhoun, Minnesota. Photo Credit: Gianluca Sica

Gianluca-Sica-webProgram Affiliation: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals, 2015

“Take as many pictures as you can during your time abroad. It is a great memory and they will remind you forever of amazing people and places you once visited.”

Merit Winner: Ben Schindler

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“New York City Slowdown” in New York City. Photo Credit: Ben Schindler

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“The story you can tell to a picture is much more important than the pictures. It’s not about the most beautiful pictures, it’s about the story a picture tells.”

 

 

Enter the 2016 Transformed by Travel Photo Contest

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Lauren Aitken

Ever since semesters abroad in Senegal and Austria, Lauren has been committed to promoting the impact of international experiences. She has a passion for social media and will dog sit your corgi for free.

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