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Traveling with dogs gives opportunities for fun photography


People who travel with their pets tend to snap pictures of their companions only to document that the pet (often dog) really was at a certain destination. Nothing wrong with that, since that’s the same method how many travelers document the sights they have visited: placing themselves in front of a landscape and taking a selfie. If you take a little time to consider your photographic options when you are about to take a photo of your dog, you may get a truly memorable picture.

a traveling dog admires the view in Nice, France

A traveler dog admiring the view of Nice, France at the top of the Castle Hill.

Traveling with pets is rather common in regions that are large enough to provide many types of landscapes and attractions, and can be safely explored by car, such as North America and Europe. Most dogs are used to traveling in family car or motorhome, so a road trip can be an adventure for pets as well.

AAA, (the American Automobile Association, Inc.)  has realized that there is a fairly large number of travelers on the road with dogs, and organized a photo competition for travelers who are pet owners. The winner for The PetBook Photo Contest 2015 was recently announced.
aaa pet photo contest
View the full photo gallery of the best traveler pet photos here. AAA has also produced a (printed) book Traveling with Your Pet that includes information on hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, other pet friendly places, and emergency addresses across North America.

If you believe you have snapped the travel pet photo of the year, you may submit the image to the contest that is open from May 1st until November 30th 2016. Enter the contest here.

Winning travel photos show the beauty of a moment


Sony World Photography Awards is an annual competition for professional and amateur photographers. Professionals compete in their own categories whereas amateurs can participate in open competition. In addition to the five main competitions (with prizes) Professional, Open, Youth, Student and National Award, the judges commended 40 photos in each subject category.
london by maria farrelly
There are some amazing shots picked up by the judges in the Travel category. Some photographers have traveled far and invested a lot of effort and time in getting unique and exceptional shots, whereas someone else has been lucky enough to have a window seat on an airplane when the sun has peaked through the clouds above London. A quick snapshot taken on an iPhone produced an amazing image.
between dunes and ocean by sanlui
The full gallery of photos commended by the judges in the Travel category can be viewed here.

All winners of all categories are listed here along with the winning images.
skogafoss by matej michalik

The best photos of 2015 taken by a drone


Drones were hot products in 2015 and continue to be so in 2016. Taking good photos and capturing interesting videos with a drone is not easy, but it opens up a whole new world to travel photographers and everyone else interested in photography. Dronestagram is a site that only publishes images taken by drones. The service organized a contest for the best photos taken by drones, and the winning shots are amazing.

Dronestagram received more than 5000 entries to the contest from everywhere in the world by professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts. The photos were judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic photographer Ken Geiger and Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, Editor in Chief of National Geographic France and Dronestagram.

Here are the most liked pictures of 2015:
1. Above the mist, Maringá, Paraná, Brazil by Ricardo Matiello
dronestagram, ricardo matiello

2. Plovdiv, Bulgaria by IceFire (a fountain with lights in a park forms the question mark)
dronestagram, icefire

3. Glorieta Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico by w00tsor
dronestagram, w00tsor

View all the winners in various categories at Dronestagram.