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Photo Contest

Congratulations to our 2016 Photo Contest Winners. The winner of each category receives a $500 trip credit towards any trip that Great Explorations offers. Thank you to everyone who participated. We hope these photographs will inspire you to travel with us in 2017.


Moments Category Winner 2016: Donna B.-Portugal



As we left our warm and comfortable Pousada in Estremoz, Portugal on a soggy, foggy morning, I was thinking four things at that moment. Don't slip on these wet cobblestones. I hope this fog burns off quickly like they say it will. Why didn't I buy a fluorescent yellow jacket instead of a white one? Wow - that would make a cool picture!


Honourable Mentions


Germain H. - Loire Valley



A memorable moment along the Cher River during the Loire Valley trip – I was impressed by the peacefulness and calmness of the moment. Also notice how narrow this picturesque 2-way road is!



Emily B. - Provence



This was taken during our very long descent in the breathtaking Gorges de la Nesque!  I had raced ahead of everyone so I could capture my fearless teammates cruising down the winding turns of the canyon




Faces Category Winner 2016: Laraine D. - Puglia



"A memorable family moment from our fabulous Puglia bike trip.  Enjoying some roadside sustenance of freshly picked grapes straight from the vine after a hefty switchback hill climb!!! #grapefull#grapeexplorations "




Honourable Mentions


Emily B. - Provence



I took this picture of my friend Julia and our group during our first day of cycling in Provence. Julia had bravely signed up for this trip with no prior cycling experience. She trained for several months, and did an amazing job in Provence!




Andrea D. - Camino



The town was Puente de Orbigo. It was a special day when we met these lovely men who have been friends their whole life. They have never left their town. They were so happy to talk to us and Lisa and I felt honoured and very touched to have met these adorable 90 year old men.




Places Category Winner 2016: Germain H.- Loire Valley



Chateau de Chenonceaux, one of the memorable places of the Loire Valley trip - On a warm afternoon, after having visited the castle, our guides Dimitri and Damien brought us on a trail circling through the woods and coming at the castle from behind. All of a sudden this view appeared with the castle mirroring in the waters of the Cher River. It felt like we were transported into another world! I hurried taking the picture before a boat arrived disturbing the waters.



Honourable Mentions


Emily B. - Provence


I was walking back from shopping at the farmers market in Vaison la Romaine when I noticed how the clouds perfectly highlighted the buildings on the hill. I'm so glad I took the time to take this picture!



Paula S. - Prague to Vienna



The Prague to Vienna trip was amazing! Each town was charming, but Cesky Krumlov was like being in a fairy tale. This photo was taken while strolling @ dusk. I was struck by the imposing castle walls bathed in a warm glow.



Past Winners


Peter H. - Vietnam


Bob Z. - Morocco



Jennifer M. - Canadian Rockies