After much deliberation, Academic Arrangements Abroad‘s panel of experts has selected the winners of this year’s photo contest, titled Adventures Abroad.
Chinese New Year in Rome 1st Place Winner — by Lisa Shalom
The first prize— $1,000 credit on one of our 2014/2015 cruises—goes to Lisa Shalom for her photograph “Chinese New Year in Rome,” taken in the Eternal City during this vibrant celebration. ” I love the gorgeous color and composition, and the stop action of the woman’s jeweled headpiece across her face while she was moving,” says panelist Cathy Farber, Vice President of Marketing & Communications.
Adrift in Burano 2nd Place Winner — by Casey Cochran
Casey Cochran’s shot of boats in Venice took second prize: a $500 credit on any of our 2014/2015 cruises. “The rich color palate and composition are what first drew me in,” says guest judge Daniel Kukla, who was recently selected for the Arctic Circle Residency, a sailing expedition in the High Arctic in October 2014. Kukla adds: “But what kept me looking was the reflection in the water, which shows the shows the buildings and sky and provides a unique view of this unique place.”
Tasmania, Australia 3rd Place Winner — by Haley Hunter
The third prize, a micro luggage scale (handy for avoiding overweight bag fees), goes to Haley Hunter for her image of a Tasmanian landscape. “This photo shows one of the most remote and stunning places in the world,” says Farber. “We hope travelers will join us to discover other less-visited destinations, like Colombia, Central Asia, and Kashmir.”
Acro yoga in Puerto Rico by Danielle Robidoux
Finally, this year’s People’s Choice award goes to Danielle Robidoux for her shot of Acro yoga, which blends yoga and acrobatics, on a beach in Puerto Rico. She also received a micro luggage scale.
Academic Arrangements Abroad sponsored this photo contest to raise awareness of its adventure travel programs–a newer offering for a company that has long been known for its culturally-focused tours. On these more active trips, travelers can enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences like discovering ancient temples in Sri Lanka, exploring Roman ruins in fascinating Tunisia, or hiking along the Camino de Santiago in Spain.