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2017 Travel Photography Calendar Results

January 5th, 2017

The 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year contest came to a close with a challenge 'to put together a 2017 Fine Art America Travel Photography Calendar featuring the best travel photography to represent each month of the year'.

Entrants could submit up to ten images (only one per month) and 10 points would be awarded to each image of the month (original blog post).

If more than one image was selected for a particular month, the points would be shared.

Once the usual duds that didn't adhere to the rules were deleted, the real challenge started; to pick the winners.

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January: (3 points each)
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Salzburg in January
January - Salzburg, Austria by Shirley Mitchell.

 National Elk Refuge near Jackson Hole, Wyoming
January in Wyoming by Buddy Mays.

Denver Musicians in January
The Universal Language - Denver in January by Nikolyn McDonald.

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February: (10 points)
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Snow Geese Migration
Snow Geese - February Migration by Nikolyn McDonald.

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March: (3 points each)
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London Evening in March
March - London Shades of Evening by Shirley Mitchell.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
March in Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano by Buddy Mays.

Snow Geese Hunting in Nebraska
Hunter's Season - March by Nikolyn McDonald.

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April: (10 points)
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Luxemborg Gardens, Paris
April in Paris, Luxemborg Gardens, Paris by Buddy Mays.

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May: (3 points each)
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Yachts in Nafplio, Greece
May - Stormy Weather by Shirley Mitchell.

Moonrise in Florida Keys
May and a Moonrise, Florida Keys by Buddy Mays.

Quiver Trees in Namibia
Quiver Trees - May by Inge Johnsson.

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June: (5 points each)
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Montmartre, Paris in the rain
Rainy Day in June - Montmartre, Paris by Nikolyn McDonald.

Matterhorn, Switzerland
Morning Matterhorn on Grindjisee in June by Two Small Potatoes.

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July: (10 points)
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Curacao Houses
Colorful Houses of Curacao July by Adriana Zoon.

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August: (10 points)
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Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, East Africa
August, Life Under an Acacia Tree by Buddy Mays.

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September: (10 points)
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Postbridge Clapper on Dartmoor
September - Historic Clapper Bridge by Shirley Mitchell.

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October: (10 points)
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Thistledown Farm pumpkins, Junction City, Oregon
Pumpkin Hunting, October by Two Small Potatoes.

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November: (10 points)
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Spinaker Tower and Portsmouth Harbour
November - Portsmouth Harbour by Shirley Mitchell.

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December: (10 points)
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Christmas tree ornament
December Snow People by Buddy Mays.

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Enter The 2016 Travel Photographer End of Year 120 Points Bonanza

December 18th, 2016

Enter The 2016 Travel Photographer End of Year 120 Points Bonanza

Win one year's hosting for your travel photography by entering our end of year finale.

With 120 points on the table, anyone could still wrap this up.

To be in with a chance of winning you need to Read The Contest Rules, follow the brief correctly, and enter your best images that fit the instructions.

That's the easy part. Ignore the rules and your entries will meet the same fate.

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How to Win Travel Photography Contests:

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Start by Reading The Rules
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I've run a number of travel photography contests and I can safely tell you that the easiest way not to win is to ignore the terms and conditions of entry.

The hardest part of judging travel photography contests has been deleting entries that do not comply with the rules; but it's getting easier.

So here goes.

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How to Enter
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The Brief is Simple.

If we were to put together a 2017 Fine Art America Travel Photography Calendar we would need the best travel photography to represent each month of the year.

That's where you come in.

You may submit up to ten images for consideration, but only one image per month.

The month must be in the title and there must be a description for the photograph relating to that month.

If you don't want to change titles and descriptions for images you have already uploaded (I don't blame you), I suggest you make new uploads of the image and add the appropriate title and description.

If you wish to enter ten different monthly images, you may want to put them all in a separate contest gallery.

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Scoring
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10 points will be available for each month; making a total of 120 points (although any one photographer may only earn 100 points - obviously).

If more than one photograph is considered suitable for a particular month, the ten points for that month will be shared.

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Submit your Best Photograph of Travel Photography for a Particular Month
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* 1. Colour Travel Photography Only.

No Digital Art nor Paintings. No black and white, sepia nor digitally manipulated images.

* 2. Fine Art America watermarks should not overpower the image.

No other text nor copyright notices should appear on the photograph either. If you're worried about theft of images, don't put them online.

* 3. Photos need good descriptions and The Month MUST be in the title.

► Sponsored by the Top Travel Pics group on Fine Art America, entries that do not follow our submission guidelines will be deleted.

Images that are considered weak will also be removed from competition.

Enter Contest on Fine Art America.

Enter Contest on Pixels.

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Contest Updates
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Any contest updates will be added here.

2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score:
Leaders in the year-long challenge to be considered the best Travel Photographer on Fine Art America. Can you catch them?

Best Wishes For The Year Ahead.

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What to Hang on Your Wall in 2017

December 18th, 2016

What to Hang on Your Wall in 2017

If you collect travel photography calendars, the Travel Notes 2017 Travel Photography Calendar is available to buy online; just in time for Christmas. Individual prints are also available for that special place on your wall, or you may choose to print these unique images on home decor products and other merchandise.

About The 2017 Travel Photography Calendar

Bangkok Floating Market graces the 2017 Calendar Cover.

Aspen
Skiing in Aspen, Colorado.

Budapest
Tourists in Budapest.

Moscow
Moscow Kremlin in Winter.

Beijing
Forbidden City, Beijing.

Jaisalmer
Holy Cow.

Mount Aso
Mount Aso.

Suzhou
Suzhou Canals.

Mt Cook
New Zealand Mt Cook.

Limestone Peaks
Guilin Limestone Peaks.

Autumn
Autumn in Baden Baden.

Kota Bahru
Kota Bahru Indoor Market.

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House.


Best Wishes For The Year Ahead.

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Travel Tweets

December 4th, 2016

Travel Tweets

📷 Visited over 120 countries and some 220 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 35 years of #travel and living abroad. Founded TravelNotes.org in 1997. Travel-Write.com soon followed to expand on our travel articles.



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New Five Pound Notes

December 4th, 2016

New Five Pound Notes

On Monday I was admiring the new five pound notes in London and by Wednesday we were being told that perhaps some people shouldn't be handling them, after the Bank of England admitted that the new five pound notes contain animal fat, sparking something of an outrage among vociferous vegans and vegetarians on social media.

New Five Pound Notes.

Polymer Fivers

According to a Bank of England reply to a tweet on 28th November, 2016 the new plastic fivers are made with a trace of tallow (Hi @Jools_Orca there is a trace of tallow in the polymer pallets used in the base substrate of the polymer 5 notes); a substance derived from boiled carcasses of animals and used in the making of many candles and soaps. The main components in rendered animal fats can also be found in thousands of other everyday products, including lipstick, plastic bags, cycle tyres, crayons, and latex condoms.

The Royal Mint released the polymer note, featuring a portrait of Winston Churchill, on 13th September, 2016. While serial number AA01 000001 was given to The Queen, some of the other early serial numbers have already been offered online for hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Other eBay auctions have closed with less than the face value being paid.

Designed to be cleaner, safer, stronger and flexible the new 5 polymer note is the first of the Bank of England's currency notes not to be printed on paper. For all their flexibility, the new fivers do bend and it is advisable not to fold them, says Bank of England governor Mark Carney, as it could damage the plastic.

There was also an uproar when Sir Winston Churchill was chosen to be featured on the rear (replacing 19th-century welfare reformer Elizabeth Fry, one of only two women to appear on British currency not including the Queen of England) which just goes to show that you can't please everyone.

I actually like the note and the printed Winston quote: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat'.

This might not be the image you want as a print or on a t-shirt, but it could look great as a cushion (throw pillow).

Polymer Fivers

Polymer tenners are scheduled to be introduced in 2017, featuring Jane Austen (with the quote: 'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading'); and plastic twenties could be in circulation by 2020.

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Coffee Mugs or Tea With The Queen - Travel Photography Originals

December 4th, 2016

Coffee Mugs or Tea With The Queen - Travel Photography Originals

Whether your prefer tea or coffee, or maybe even hot mulled wine at Christmas, you'll love these affordable coffee mugs and teacups from around the world. Our ceramic coffee mugs are available in two sizes.

Tea With The Queen.

Tea with The Queen

More Coffee Mugs.

New York Coffee Mug Sydney Coffee Mug Asia Coffee Mug

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Remembering Fidel Castro - Cuba in the Time of Castro

December 4th, 2016

Remembering Fidel Castro - Cuba in the Time of Castro

When I visited Havana, Cuba the Soviet Union was still intact and Fidel Castro was a very popular revolutionary figure around the Caribbean's largest island.

Cuba in The Time of Castro.

Havana, Cuba

Sure some people wouldn't talk about politics, even if they wouldn't be heard, but to outlast nine American presidents is no mean feat.

Fidel finally passed away at the age of ninety and many would remember him as a global icon.

On the northern coast of the island, the port of Havana is situated on one of the safest harbours in the world; less than 100 miles from Key West.

Havana's 16th-century Fort Morro is in good condition and affords a wonderful view of the city.

Although there were many shortages in Havana, due to the US trade embargo back then, it was still one of the most interesting places to visit in Latin America.

Another old fortress, that was built to protect the Havana approach, is Castillo de la Punta; on the western side of the strait.

The old city, with its narrow, crooked streets, and historic landmarks is near the inner entrance to the harbour. You can even have a drink in Ernest Hemmingway's favourite bar; if you don't mind sitting shoulder to shoulder with tour groups in straw hats.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception dates from 1656. You should also visit the former palace of the colonial governors; now the City Hall. It was completed in 1792 and is an excellent example of Spanish colonial architecture.

The city post office dates from 1575 and was once the Church of San Francisco.

The main boulevard is the Paseo de Marti, or Prado, while the Avenida del Puerto extends along the edge of the bay, for cooling breezes on a humid evening.

If you can't make it to Cuba, enjoy this wonderful scene.

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Sydney Opera House, Australia

December 4th, 2016

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney Opera House (UNESCO World Heritage site) at dusk, taken from an interesting perspective on Olympic Drive. This photo was used on the cover of Nomadic Gatherings: Travels in Asia and Australia.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House

Located on Australia's East Coast, Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales.

Whether you're looking for fun on the beach or experience some culture, Sydney is an amazing city that offers both.

After a day in the Bondi surf, maybe spruce yourself up and spend a night at the Sydney Opera House. If you can't be there in person, you can always have a framed picture on your wall.

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Kota Bahru Indoor Market, Malaysia

December 4th, 2016

Kota Bahru Indoor Market, Malaysia

Overview of shoppers and market vendors at the colourful indoor vegetable market in Kota Bahru, Malaysia; some in traditional Malay dress. Muslim woman sell fresh vegetables from a seated position on the floor; while others watch the rituals of Kelanten daily life, from above.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Kota Bahru Indoor Market.

Kota Bahru

Visiting a food market on our travels is a great way to gain an insight into the local culture and a taste for the main ingredients that go into the regional dishes.

For the photographer, there's plenty of colour on display and an array of opportunities for candid photography.

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Autumn in Baden Baden

December 4th, 2016

Autumn in Baden Baden

Driving through Baden-Baden, a spa town in south-western Germany's Black Forest region, in the early hours of Halloween, the morning mist gently lifts as the sun picks out the autumnal colours of the leaves decorating the trees in the famous Kurgarten.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Autumn in Baden Baden.

Autumn

Nature presented the perfect photo opportunity in the spa garden before the crowds of morning shoppers arrived.

If you're looking for colourful reminder of Autumn for your wall this could be the ideal image for you.

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