Behind the Winning Image

Yesterday we announced the winners of the 2011 Traveler Photo Contest. The contest generated nearly 13,000 entries from around the world covering travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments. Ben Canales dazzled the judges of this year’s contest with his first place image of a starry sky over Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.…

Parading Up to the Big Day

Associate Photo Editor Krista Rossow knows a thing or two about Mardi Gras. She sends us this colorful photo essay on the eve of the grand event. Tomorrow is not Tuesday in New Orleans. It’s Mardi Gras. Although Fat Tuesday may be the climax of Carnival season, that doesn’t mean the city has been idling…

Playing the Big Five Game in Zambia

If you’ve ever been on an African safari, you’ve probably heard of the “Big Five” game animals. Although I had heard of the term, I didn’t know that it was originally coined to refer to the most dangerous African game animals to hunt on foot. During my safari in Zambia I was happy to shoot…

Walking Safari: Hippos, Pukus, and Poo Poo

I never dreamed that I would have spent so much time looking at the ground during my first outing into the African bush. Nor did I think I’d be examining so much dung. But there I was, bent over under a rising Zambian sun in the middle of South Luangwa National Park, taking photographs (which you can…

Out of Office: Into Africa

Associate Photo Editor Krista Rossow shares her first trip to Africa. A total safari newbie, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I packed my duffel bag to head to the bush in Zambia.  So, I tried to have few expectations. Everyone kept asking me what animals I wanted to see, as if it were…

Photo Postcard from Jazz Fest

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After shooting the magazine’s Mardi Gras feature for Traveler’s January/February issue, I found myself officially smitten with NOLA, so I went back last year to experience another of the city’s great events: The annual Jazz & Heritage Festival. I couldn’t make it to this year’s festival, but here are a few photos which offer a…

NYC Hearts Bike Parking

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Returning from a great weekend in the Big Apple, I heart NYC even more for the fabulous new bike racks located throughout the city designed by David Byrne – former front-man of the Talking Heads, musician and designer extraordinare, and avid cyclist. Byrne was serving as a juror on the CityRacks Design Competition put on…

Can’t Make it to Beijing? Go to Eugene!

    The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing may be over a month away, but there’s still time to catch some Olympic action stateside at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field, held June 27 through July 6 in Eugene, Oregon. My hometown of Eugene, lovingly known as Track Town USA, is a…