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2017 Grand Prize Winner
Anne Landon, 11-time traveler
Westlake Village, California
A Japanese man cares for Kenrokuen Gardens in Kanazawa on Japan’s Cultural Treasures
Comments from the judges: The photographer has discovered a unique perspective and scene in the garden that most people would miss. The beautiful colors and simple framing using the trees lead the eye around the image, drawing attention to the man.
2017 Local People Winner
Susan Vaughan, 11-time traveler
Kansas City, Missouri
A woman of the Maasai tribe laughs during a discussion with women travelers on The Best of Kenya and Tanzania
Comments from the judges: The image captures a moment of genuine joy. The close cropping and bright fabrics surrounding her face draws the viewer in and further conveys the emotion.
2017 Wildlife Winner
Sandy Mortimer, 13-time traveler
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Percy the Orangutan gazes into the camera lens in Borneo on Java & Bali Indonesia’s Mystical Island
Comments from the judges: The scene is dramatic, as though Percy were posing for an audience. The framing captures his size through the length of his arm, and his gaze creates a connection with the viewer.
2017 Fellow Traveler Winner
Steven Dos Remedios, 8-time traveler
A traveler celebrates with locals during the annual Holi Festival in Ranthambore on Heart of India
Comments from the judges: The bright colors and various facial expressions demonstrate the excitement of this fun, authentic interaction between traveler and local during Holi. The photographer’s use of a selfie stick didn’t distract from the moment and instead allowed for a candid shot.
2017 Scenery Winner
Kirk Lamb, 5-time traveler
St. Cloud, Minnesota
A quiet field looks over St. Don Bosco Church and a harbor on The Wilderness Beyond: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & The Chilean Fjords
Comments from the judges: The contrast between sky and field and the matching yellow of the lupines and the church create a captivating and dramatic landscape scene. The low angle brings the viewer deeper into the setting.