Congrats to our Adventures Abroad photo contest winners!

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

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.

Burano boats

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

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

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.

Don’t Forget to Enter the Adventures Abroad Photo Contest

Camel and Pyramid, Giza, EgyptWe’ve already received a number of submissions for our Adventures Abroad photo contest. Images entered so far include everything from riding camels in Egypt to practicing yoga on a sunny beach in Puerto Rico. There are also stunning shots of Peru, Antarctica, London, Italy, India, Jordan, and other destinations.

If you have a great travel photograph, there’s still time to enter it in the contest. The first-place winner, as selected by our panel of expert judges, will receive $1,000 off any 2014 or 2015 Academic Arrangements Abroad cruise. Second prize is $500 off a 2014 or 2015 Arrangements Abroad cruise, and third prize is a micro luggage scale (handy for avoiding overweight baggage fees).

India dyesYou can also vote on the submitted images, which are featured in a gallery that can be accessed through the photo contest tab. The most popular image will receive a People’s Choice Award and a special prize.

To enter or vote, please go to our Facebook page and click on the Adventures Abroad Photo Contest icon below our name. It will take you to a new page where you can enter the contest or vote on selected entries (or both!).

Be sure to submit your entry before May 1, 2014.

Adventures Abroad Photo Contest

Hiker walking towards mountainLast year’s photo contest—our first ever—was so successful that we decided to hold another one. This year’s theme is Adventures Abroad and we invite you to show us your idea of a travel adventure!

Sea Cloud shipThe first-place winner, as selected by our panel of expert judges, will receive $1,000 off any 2014 or 2015 Arrangements Abroad cruise. Second prize is $500 off a 2014 or 2015 Arrangements Abroad cruise, and third prize is a micro luggage scale (handy for avoiding overweight baggage fees).

Micro luggage scaleTo submit a travel photo, please go to the contest entry page. Or, if you prefer, you can visit our Facebook page and “Like” it, if you haven’t already. Click on the Adventures Abroad Photo Contest icon below our name. It will take you to a new page, where you can enter the contest. You can also vote on selected entries, which will be displayed in a gallery. The most popular image will receive a People’s Choice Award and a special prize.

Entries must be submitted between March 1 and May 1, 2014, so don’t delay. We hope to see you soon—maybe in Reykjavik, Istanbul, or Buenos Aires!Sea Cloud II On Deck

Congratulations to Our Photo Contest Winners

We’re pleased to announce the winners of Academic Arrangements Abroad’s first Focus on Travel photo contest!

More than 50 people submitted images of everything from lovers embracing in a Barcelona doorway to a playful polar bear gamboling atop a glacier. There were so many wonderful images that it was difficult to choose the very best, but now, after much deliberation, our panel of experts has finally selected the top three photos.

Karenni Women from BurmaFirst prize—a brand-new iPad mini—goes to this image of two Karenni women from Burma. With its unique composition and casual feel, this photo “speaks to the universal quiet moments in life,” noted one of our judges. It shows respect for these women’s culture “yet doesn’t exoticize their dress or adornments.”

Paris Winter SceneA wintry scene of Paris took second prize, a NiteCore Tiny Monster flashlight. This picture of boats along the Seine, with Notre Dame in the background, has an Impressionist quality. With its subdued palette and haunting light, it offers a fresh take on one of the most photographed cities in the world.

Monk with fanThis shot of a Buddhist monk took our third prize, a micro luggage scale. Captured at noon in a temple in Yangon (Rangoon), the impassive cleric simultaneously attracts and resists the viewer’s gaze as he peers out from under his ceremonial fan.

London EyeFinally, with 41 votes, our People’s Choice Award goes to this shot of the London Eye, a 400-foot-high Ferris wheel on the banks of the River Thames. Its winner will also receive a micro luggage scale.

Several other entrants also received honorable mentions. Congratulations to all!