Each year, travel enthusiasts and amateur photographers come together to compete in the mother of all photography competitions—Condé Nast Traveler’s Dream Trip Contest. On the line? A $25,000 dream trip to the destination of your choice. So imagine my thrill and surprise this morning when I woke up to discover that my photograph—taken this summer in Göreme, Turkey—is one of 25 finalists out of more than 17,000 entries.
Whether you’re an avid traveler contemplating your next destination or a novice tourist in search of recommendations, the New York Times online travel section is among the best resources out there. Between the clever writing and the transportive photographs, it’s easy to lose hours to The Gray Lady on a slow workday, as certain long weekenders have been known to do. So imagine my thrill and surprise as I clicked through my favorite travel portal yesterday, only to be greeted by a photograph of my own.
The good old Washington Post has announced the results of its 2012 Travel Photo Contest, and I’m very excited to report that one of my photographs is a finalist. After receiving nearly 1,400 entries, the Post selected four winning photos and 11 finalists—one of which was taken by yours truly.