The Expeditioner’s May Photo Contest Winner: Landscape

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Our first themed photo contest of “Landscapes,” has absolutely blown us away. Now that all the final votes are in, we’d like to congratulate Kimondo for the shot, “Camels in Erg Chebbi.” I’m learning with these contests each month, that sometimes magic just simply happens. This photo is no exception. After being punished throughout a trek in Northern Africa by rain, hail, and the high winds attacking the Atlas Mountains, they nearly ran out of hope and stopped for the night. In the morning . . . well, that’s when the magic happened:

We were woken by the first rays of the sun . . . This is more like we imagined it! We go out into the big, empty desert. Big, soft dunes of red sand stare at us and we stare back. It’s beautiful and captivating. Like a kid playing in a giant sandpit, we climb the dunes, run down again, take lots of pictures and enjoy the views when all of a sudden we see a long line of camels slowly making their way through the still moist sand. This is how we imagined it and it’s just perfect!

The Free Dictionary defines landscape as, “The aspect of the land characteristic of a particular region.” I’ve never been to this part of the world, but I believe with all my soul this shot embodies that definition. Let’s face it, there’s also something romantic about never ending sand dunes and camel trains — admit it.

Congratulations! For those interested in seeing more of Kimondo’s outstanding work, head over to her flickr photostream. Trust me, it’s worth your time.

Since our theme was so successful last month, we are going to continue through the month of June with our new photo contest called “Faces in Places.” Head over to’s flickr group, upload your best portraits from around the world, and see how your shots stack up. We look forward to another great month of travel photography!

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