Photo Contest

In these unprecedented times sometimes the best way to escape the self isolation we find ourselves in is by reliving our cherished memories. To inspire everyone in the Adventures Abroad community to recall their memories we are launching a series of photo competitions by country. Share 1-3 photos from your Adventures Abroad trip to Sunrise and Sunset Photos with a caption about the photos or your trip. The top 4 submissions for each country will be featured in the next newsletter, and the top submission for each country will be eligible for a $200 credit for their next tour. We hope you all enjoy this trip down memory lane and can't wait to see what you come up with. Please send in your photos and captions to or to our social media accounts in a direct message.

Competition Rules: Photos submitted must be while on an Adventures Abroad tour. Only one photo competition credit can be used per tour. We reserve the right to use photo and caption submissions for eblast, webpage and blog, or social media postings. Winning submissions will be posted on the photo contest page.


28th Round's winner

We received so many lovely submissions, and it was heartwarming to hear about how everyone enjoyed their trips with us to Monument Photos. It was so hard for us to pick a winner due to the stunning collection that came in, but please enjoy the winning photo submission below from June S. on our October 2018 Sudan tour:


Southern Cemetery of the Royal Necropolis of Meroe. On our 2018 trip to Sudan, we visited the Royal Necropolis of Meroe where kings and queens of Nubian Egypt were buried from about 800 BC to 300 AD. Although smaller and younger than the Egyptian pyramids (oldest c 2630 BC), these Sudan pyramids outnumber those in Egypt – 255 pyramids in Sudan to 132 in Egypt - June S. on our October 2018 Sudan tour



28th Round's runners up

With so many gorgeous photos coming in narrowing it down to 3 runners up was hard, but we decided to go with 3 images that we find capture different pieces of Monument Photos:



Monument to the victims of the Holocaust in Victory Park, Moscow - Keith A. on our June 2016 Baltic States and Russia tour.




The Jaswant Thada mausoleum as viewed from the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. A beautiful contrast of white marble against the pink sandstone. Constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in the end of the 19th century in honor of his late father - Ward W. on our Feb-March 2012 tour of India.




This statue of Rudaki is in a park in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Rudaki, born in 858 near the Tajik town of Panjikentand was a singer, musician and poet and the founder of classical Persian literature - Karen W. on our September 2012 tour of the Silk Road.



Past Photo Contest Winners and Runners up


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27th Round's Photo Contest: Bird Photos

27th Round's winner


Visitor at Nahuel Huapi Park - Carol S. on our November 2014 Argentina and Chile trip




27th Round's runners up




This photo of a Bare-throated Tiger-heron was taken on a trip to Costa Rica in February of 2020 - Wayne S..




Hoatzin on the bank of Añangu stream in the Napo river region of northeastern Ecuador - Scott L. on our February 2019 tour to Ecuador.




Brown Pelican - Jacki S. on our March 2016 tour to Ecuador and the Galapagos.


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26th Round's Photo Contest: Food Photos

26th Round's winner


Street food in a Kashgar bazaar on our October 2012 tour of the Silk Road; it looked delicious but we didn't try it - Karen W. on our Sept/October 2012 tour of the Silk Road




26th Round's runners up




Patient, experienced hands required - Francois D. on our April 2010 tour of Japan.




Ice cream vendor whipping up a serving. A man who enjoys performing. Turkey 2010 with Laura - Doris LR. on our October 2010 Turkey tour.




Amazing presentation of this tasty dinner at a restaurant in Zagreb - Ward W. on our May 2013 hiking tour of Croatia and Montenegro.


Honourable Mention



Our tour leader, Jonathan, buying corn on the way to Lake Issy-Kul - Chris S-J on our Sept/October 2017 tour of the Five Stans


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25th Round's Photo Contest: Group Photos

25th Round's winner


Boating fun, Gulf of Tonkin - Dan W. on our March 2016 tour of Vietnam




25th Round's runners up




Holi Festival, Jaipur, India. Our tour group, led by Subash Tamang (on the right), bought the white duds at a market. We joined the celebrations in the neighborhood of our hotel, and fully got into the spirit of the Festival of Colors - Ward W. on our February 2012 India tour.




'The bridge' on our Wadi Rum 4x4 drive through the desert - Louise P. on our March 2009 tour of Jordan.




A tired group, with the local guide on the left, having traversed the side of the volcano Pico de Fogo, Cape Verde - Chris SJ. on our May 2018 tour to Cape Verde.




A Collage of our groups

With yet another overwhelmingly popular round of this photo competition, instead of doing a "special mention" we could not help but to include a collage of some of our other favourite submissions that show the great diversity of the offerings and activities available on tour with Adventures Abroad.



Photo credits: Viggo D. (@cdn_picturesmith), Rudy P., Veronica P., Vesna A., Carol S., and Brenda L.


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24th Round's Photo Contest: Hotel Views

24th Round's winner


Evening view from room at Vang Vieng, Laos on our trip through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in November 2010. We had a lovely dinner on the terrace overlooking the Nam Song River - Karen W. on our November, 2010 tour




24th Round's runners up




Early Morning at Hotel Urgeiriça Urgeiriça, Canas de Senhorim, Portugal - Debbie C. on our September, 2014 tour.




The domes of Ashgabat, capital city of Turkmenistan, surround a monument to the country's revered Akhal Teke horse - Angela J. on our October 2018 tour.




Chile - Dining Room, Cabanas del Paine, Torres del Paine NP. Our visit to Torres del Paine was one of the highlights on our trip to Chile in October 2011. While in Torres del Paine National Park, we stayed overnight at Cabanas del Paine. We not only had a view of the mountains from our cabin but were able to eat in the dining room with its gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains - June S. on our October 2011 tour.


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23rd Round's Photo Contest: The Guayanas

23rd Round's winner


Exceptional wildlife - Chris G. on our February 2019 trip




23rd Round's runners up




Left Baganara Island, Guyana via tiny 5 seater plane enroute to central Guyana to see Kaieteur Falls, surrounded by Amazon rainforest. Thrilling to fly low around falls before landing and walking to see falls at different levels - Roger and Robin B. from our February 2015 tour.




Great Egret on the wing at Kabalebo Jungle Resort, Suriname - Linda J. on our Sept. 2013.




Carnival time in Guyana - Chris G. on our February 2019 trip.


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22nd Round's Photo Contest: Turkey

22nd Round's winner


Hot Air Balloons over Cappadocia - Viggo D. (@cdn_picturesmith) on our May 2013 tour




22nd Round's runners up




Nazar Boncuk Charms to Ward off Evil Eye, Garden of Vasil. In the Cappadocia area, we stopped at the Garden of Vasil for a break and saw this tree covered with Nazar Boncuk charms created to ward off the Evil Eye and keep you safe - June S. on our October 2010 tour.




The Blue Mosque - Linda J. on our Sept. 2013.




Unusual to see an ancient Sarcophagus in one of the lovely bays - Helen E. on our Sept 2013 tour.


Honourable Mention



Photo by Shelley A. from our 1995 Turkey and Greece tour featuring a very young Martin, as "Norton" before he became our head tour leader.


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21st Round's Photo Contest: Spain

21st Round's winner


Toledo & the River Tagus - Carol H. on our Sept. 2016 tour




21st Round's runners up




Guggenheim Bilbao is a reflection in a glass sphere - Shirley J. on our Sept 2017 trip.




A waymarker on The Way of Saint James - Linda S. on our May 2013 tour.




Plaza de Espana, in Seville, Spain - Deborah C. on September 2004.


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20th Round's Photo Contest: Photos featuring Tour Leaders

20th Round's winner


Alastair - Southern Africa. 'Not one to take the easy way up' - Brenda L. on our June 2008 tour




20th Round's runners up




Martin enjoying some quality time with the hyenas in Harar, Ethiopia on the Jan 2018 Sudan trip - Scott L. on our January 2018 tour.




Serra Hughes - India February, 2012. 'Another time, another place' - Francois D on our February 2012 tour.




Victor showing how the pitcher works in a ceramic shop in Turkey - Rudy P. on our April, 2008 tour of Turkey.




Typical Jonathan….could have been taken anywhere, but this was in Kyrgyzstan on the April 2017 5-Stans Tour. - Sara G. on our April 2017 5-Stans Tour.




A Collage of our tour leaders



Photo credits: Carol S., Jan K., Jim W., Andrew K., Andrew and Rita C., Hart O., Sara G., Dave H., Angela J., Patricia N., Noreen B., Karen B., and Linda B.


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19th Round's Photo Contest: The Caucasus

19th Round's winner


Gergeti Trinity Church in Georgia. It has an isolated location on top of a steep mountain, and is a symbol of Georgia. - Dave N. on our September 2014 tour




19th Round's runners up




Clock Tower in Tbilisi, Georgia. - Tom O. on our September 2018 tour..




Turkish Mr. Ararat overlooking the Khor Virap Monastery in Armenia (AD 4-17). - Clyde W. on our May 2019 tour.




Peter Barathan, the best Adventures Abroad travel guide, eating on the job. - Clyde W. on our May 2019 tour.


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18th Round's Photo Contest: Ecuador and Galapagos

18th Round's winner


Butterflies on a Croc. - Anne H. on her January 2019 trip with her friend Chris C.




18th Round's runners up




Fog-shrouded trees on the way to Ingapirca. - Scott L. on our Feb 2019 tour.




Blue footed boobie. - Shirley J. on our October 2007 tour.




Swimming with a young sea lion - Galapagos Islands. - Dan W. on our Feb 2020 tour.


Honourable Mention

With an incredible amount of Ecuador and Galapagos submissions, and so many more photos we would have loved to have featured we decided to add a special mention this round.



Ingapirca. Basic black... - Rudy P. on our March 1995 tour


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17th Round's Photo Contest: Norway and Finland

17th Round's winner


Winter will soon test these sturdy cabins near Gudvangen. - Francois D. on our September 2018 trip




17th Round's runners up




Woman Singing - Waterfall on 'Flamsbana' railway journey, Norway. - Patricia P. on our August 2019 tour.




The 600 shimmering pipes of the Sibelius Monument await a breeze in Helsinki; the "Love of Music" is a tribute to Finland's most beloved composer. - Julie H. on our September 2015 tour.




View of Bergen from the Floyen Funicular. - Veronica P. on our June 2013 tour.


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16th Round's Photo Contest: Morocco

16th Round's winner


Blue fishing doreys at Essaouira. - David H. on our October 2016 tour




16th Round's runners up




Camel ride in a sand storm. - Linda S. on our April 2016 tour.




Ait Ben Haddou panorama shot. - Viggo D. on our October 2011 tour.




Moroccan architecture has a classic, serene beauty and order. - J. Frederick F. on our Sept. 2009 tour.


Honourable Mention

With an incredible amount of Morocco submissions, and so many more photos we would have loved to have featured we decided to add a special mention this round. We received so many incredible desert photos that we thought it would be fitting for the special mention to be our favourite of them, though it was so hard to narrow it down!



"The Sahara" - Chris C. on our April 2019 tour.


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15th Round's Photo Contest: Argentina

15th Round's winner


On his way to get wood, against the colourful background of limestone mountains near Humahuaca. - Francois D. on our January 2019 tour




15th Round's runners up




Lucky record-setting day in the Beagle Channel - calm and sunny. - Brenda L. on our January 2019 tour.




Dancers rehearsing for a weekend afternoon outdoor tango performance at the romantic Plaza Dorrego, with its cafés the heart of San Telmo barrio. Adjacent to this scenic plaza is historic Mercado de San Telmo open on weekends. - Gerhard E. on our March 2017 tour.




Panoramic view of Cerro Campanario on 2014 trip. - Carol S. on our November 2014 trip.


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14th Round's Photo Contest: The Baltic States

14th Round's winner


Vilnius, Lithuania, Sept 2019
Young dancers entertaining at a street festival right outside our hotel. - Joanne S. on our September 2019 tour





14th Round's runners up




Hill of Crosses - Shirley J. on our September 2014 tour.




Riga in Latvia has the most outstanding examples of Art Nouveau architecture that I have seen anywhere - Chris SJ on our September 2011 tour.




There are many shots of Trakai Castle in Lithuania from the outside, but this is what it looks like in the courtyard - J. Frederick F. on our September 2014 tour.


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13th Round's Photo Contest: Kenya and Tanzania

13th Round's winner


When we first arrived, after a night in Nairobi, we travelled to Ol Pejeta Conservancy and immediately saw this Reticulated Giraffe taking a drink at the water hole - Roger E. on our July 2013 tour




13th Round's runners up




Kilimanjaro - Viggo D. on our October 2006 trip.




Samburu dancers at a shared Samburu-Turkana village in the Samburu National Reserve - Karen W. on our September 2008 trip.




Colobus Monkey in tree at the Trout Tree Restaurant in Kenya - Veronica P. on our September 2012 trip.


Honourable Mention

We had so many amazing entries for this round that we could not help but pick an honourable mention, and even picking just 1 was so hard with the amazing diversity of photos submitted! Thank you everyone who participated, and we can't wait to keep seeing your amazing entries in the next round!



Bad hair day, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - Alex T. on our September 2012 trip


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12th Round's Photo Contest: Colombia

12th Round's winner


WEDDING FESTIVITIES in the streets of Old Town Cartagena. - Lionel C. on January 2016 tour




12th Round's runners up




Guatape is famous for its colorful lower ornamental relief panels on the traditional houses lining its narrow cobble stone streets. With a little imagination, this village is like an open-air art scene, ready to become a painting itself - Gerhard E. on our January 2020 tour.




Silletero and his flower silletas in Santa Elena - Jacki S. on our February 2019 tour.




A friendly rainbow billed toucan, Cartagena Columbia - Dan W. on our Jan 2017 tour.


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11th Round's Photo Contest: Vietnam

11th Round's winner


Halong Bay Evening - James L. on our November 2018 tour




11th Round's runners up




Enroute to Viet Minh headquarters north of Dien Bien Phu we stopped at a small village of Hmong and Tay people. They were very welcoming, friendly and allowed us to take many photos. - Barbara M. on our November 2004 tour.




LANTERNS taken in Hoi An on November 13, 2017 - Jill C. on our November 2017 tour.




Sherry A, Ann J, and Ken J sharing a dugout in the Mekong - Rudy P. on our October 2014 tour.


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10th Round's Photo Contest: Croatia

10th Round's winner


Pula – Ampitheatre
This Roman colosseum is the most complete in the world and to sit inside on the steps was a very special reflective moment for me. - Barbara M. on our May 2015 trip





10th Round's runners up




Looking down on Dubrovnik - Carol S. on our September 2017 tour.




Plitvice Lakes - Chris S. on our May 2008 tour.




Hiking up to the Hvar Fortress offered great views of the port of Hvar on Hvar Island - Ward W. on our May 2013 tour.


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9th Round's Photo Contest: Peru

9th Round's winner


Taken on one of the various stops during our forgettable Andean Explorer train ride from Cuzco to Puno - Lynn P. on our February 2018 trip




9th Round's runners up




We had the pleasure of traveling with Pablo in Peru and Bolivia, November 2007. One of our most memorable experiences was meeting the indigenous Uros people living on their "islands" of reeds on Lake Titicaca. - Doris L. on our November 2007 trip.




Driving to Colca Canyon and stopping along the way to see the local handicrafts being sold. - Scott L. on our May 2008 Peru trip.




Machu Pichu Rainbow - Dan W. on our Feb 2020 trip.


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8th Round's Photo Contest: Italy

8th Round's winner


Back from the edge of the crater on Vulcano - François D. on our September 2011 Italian Isles tour




8th Round's runners up




Vatican Museum - Joan S. on our May 2007 Italy tour.




Group Exploring - Doris L. on our September 2015 Microstates tour.




Taormina, Sicily with Mt. Etna in the background - Samantha H. on our March 2003 tour.


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7th Round's Photo Contest: South Africa

7th Round's winner


A hippopotamus OUT OF THE WATER showing all the scars. It is a rough life!
A game drive in the Thornybush Reserve in 2015. - Rudy P. on our 2015 tour





7th Round's runners up




"The Dramatic Peninsula Coast". Taken at the southern tip of Africa where the Atlantic & Indian Ocean meet. - Gary B. on our Sept 2016 Southern Africa trip.




The Potholes in South Africa - Hart O. on our October 2015 tour.




Taken at a winery stop, a King Protea, open and welcoming - Molly M. on our October 2019 tour.


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6th Round's Photo Contest: Portugal

6th Round's winner


Lisbon, September 2019 - Anto A. on our September 2019 Portugal tour




6th Round's runners up




Sunny day on the Porto waterfront - Henry P. on our October 2019 Portugal tour.




Douro Valley, Mesao Frio - Carol B. on our September 2019 Portugal tour.




Obidos representing a typical street - Rosemay T. on our September 2018 Portugal tour.


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5th Round's Photo Contest: Japan

5th Round's winner


Famous Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji Temple - Scott L. in October 2019




5th Round's runners up




Dance competition, Dazaifu-Shi - Eve S. on our April 2015 tour.




Spring Evening in Kyoto - J. Frederick F. on our March 2012 tour.




'Peace', the universal Japanese salutation - Dara L. on our October 2019 JP2 tour.


Honourable Mention



Alistair entertaining us - Daissy O. on our 2001 Japan Festivals Tour with Alastair


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4th Round's Photo Contest: Costa Rica

4th Round's winner


The sloth was posing in the trees along the canal beside Tortuguero - Ian C. from our Costa Rica trip during February 2016




4th Round's runners up




Arenal volcano view from La Fortuna - Anto A. on our January 2019 tour.




As we took a boat ride through part of Tortuguero National Park, we saw this Anhinga drying its wings. If their wings are too wet, Anhingas cannot fly. - June S. on our February 2008 Costa Rica tour.




Local transportation - Chris C. on our February 2018 Costa Rica tour.


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3rd Round's Photo Contest: Central Asia

3rd Round's winner


Devoted Sufi Followers in Prayer - Mausoleum of Hodja Yusup Hamadani, Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan. - Roger P. on his September 2018 Five Stans trip




3rd Round's runners up




Near Lake Issyk Kul Kyrgyzstan - Rita C. on our September 2018 Five Stans trip.




Samarkand - Riana R. on our October 2018 Five Stans Trip.




Playing Kok-Boru near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, October 2019 - We went to a version of the Nomad Games at a small village near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where we saw local villagers play a variety of games including an exciting game of Kok-Boru - June S. on our September 2019 Five Stans tour.


Honourable Mention



The teahouse was from the Minsha Shan sand dunes near DunHuang, China - John Y. on our October 2005 Silk Road tour


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2nd Round's Photo Contest: Greece

2nd Round's winner


Lines and shadows Agora Athens - Doris L. on her May 2018 tour




2nd Round's runners up




- James B. in September 2007.




Temple of Apollo at Delphi - June S. in September 2014.




Street at the ruins of the Fortress of Mystras. 1249 AD - Carol B. in May 2019.


Honourable Mention



Another Typical Day on a Victor Trip - Tour leader and Chief Mischief Instigator: Victor Ramagnoli
Consorts: Terry, Alistair, Rudy
Photo credit to Eralyn M.



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1st Round's Photo Contest: Egypt

1st Round's winner


High above the Valley of the Kings (or Queens) - Ashley C. on her November 2018 tour




1st Round's runners up




Market Day Mayhem. It is an arial view of a market place spanning a large intersection of two major streets. It was taken from the bus as we crossed over a bridge in Cairo. It reflects a way of life and the day-to-day survival of locals vendors and customers in a big city that is truly a world away from mine. It captures a frenetic existence and is rich with culture and color. - George C..




Solitude away from the Karnak crowds. - Dave S..




Here comes our ride across the Nile for a Nubian dinner. - Keith A..


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