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We’ve seen our share of travel contests and unfortunately we’re pretty good at not winning the grand prize. Usually these contests just take a few clicks to enter, but there’s one contest now open which requires more of your time and focus.
2013 marks the 25th year for the annual National Geographic photo contest, and just like every other year it’s open to one and all. The only catch is that you have to be more than awesome when it comes to snapping travel snapshots. Like, have you seen some of the past winners and entries?! An iPhone picture probably isn’t going to cut it.
Have some pretty nice snaps in your Instagram account, hm? Think any are possibly National Geographic-worthy? If you're thinking yes, or even maybe, then head on over to "like" Japanese clothing store Uniqlo on Facebook and enter their newest collaboration contest with Nat Geo. If your photo of "depicting a scenic vista or other nature scene" is as good as you think, then it'll be printed onto T-shirts and you'll be a Nat Geo-published photographer.
Although there's no free tickets or actual travel included in the prize, you will get 10 of the T-shirts featuring your photograph for free and all the bragging rights that comes with being chosen by a panel of Nat Geo judges.
How to enter (3 ways!):
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A normal day for Andrew involves cuddling pandas
Hey, @WheresAndrew. Do you know him? You totally should, as he truly has the best job in the world. Andrew Evans is a writer (and kind of a hottie) and the official "Digital Nomad" for National Geographic, meaning he gets sent around the world to write, tweet, and occasionally Instagram his quirky adventures. Oh, and he just got off a round-the-world private jet flight to places like the pyramids in Egypt and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Just another workweek!
So now Andrew is preparing for yet another big trip, and he wants you to come along to the Galapagos Islands on a Nat Geo expedition ship with a brand new Nikon D600 camera...if you win a little contest to prove you can keep the pace with Andrew's storytelling through images.
Here's how to enter:*
If there's one thing we're really loving in travel photography, it's the continuing trend of sharing images via Instagram. Over a month ago, we were fortunate to announce that we'd be judging a thrilling contest with the National Geographic Channel, for the best submitted Instagram fitting the theme of their upcoming series, Untamed Americas.
Now that Untamed Americas has aired and the submission date past, we've helped to judge the winner: @kimathomas, whose shot is a "stunning representation of the incredible landscapes in our own backyards."
Hey, did you catch the epic 4-part series Untamed Americas on the National Geographic Channel earlier this week? If yesawesome, you're more than prepared to win some free stuff. If nothat's cool, as the Channel will have the documentary series on repeat and you can still participate in the this contest to win a bunch of stuff, simply by uploading an Instagram photo that is your idea of "Untamed Americas." We're one of the esteemed judges, so the contest is in good hands.
The prize: A National Geographic camera bag, stuffed full with a Nikon D3100 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm VR & 55-200mm VR Lenses & basic kit; a subscription to National Geographic Magazine; one Glif stand for better iPhoneography; one Untamed Americas Kit including a National Geographic Jacket, Hat, Water Bottle, Binoculars and complete DVD of the series; and one limited edition signed print by Cole Rise.
The entry period ends on Monday, June 18, so you have your weekend assignment.
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Packing up to head out for Memorial Day weekend? If yes, don't forget to enter our two contests! If no, goodextra time to focus on entering our two contests!
We just want you to enjoy nice things and travel better, and that's why we've partnered up this month with Cathay Pacific and National Geographic for two awesome, very easy to enter contests:
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Instagram Your Best 'Untamed Americas' Shot to Win a Prize Pack from National Geographic and Jaunted
C'moneverybody knows that some of the coolest contests out there these days are on Instagram, the photo-sharing mobile app, and now we're thrilled to join 'em. In partnership with the National Geographic Channel to celebrate their coming epic 4-part series "Untamed Americas," we'll be helping you win a load of photography equipment and some spiffy Nat Geo swag.
All you've got to do is submit a photo to Instagram that, for you, defines "Untamed Americas." Okay, you have to do a couple more things as well, and they're detailed below.
Your intrepid Editor here at Jaunted, Cynthia Drescher, will judge the submissions along with Nat Geo WILD’s "America the Wild" Casey Anderson and landscape photographer Cole Rise. We're looking for the theme of "Untamed Americas," creativity, originality and (of course) photographic quality.
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Consider this your necessary daily dose of adorableness.
Voyagers with Lindblad Expeditions, onboard the ship National Geographic Explorer, were just chilling on Aitcho Island in Antarctica when they spotted a rare white penguin a few days ago. The cutie pie is a Leucistic chinstrap penguin (okay, so he's not totally albino), as the video explains, and he's just going about his penguin-y business.
Now is the middle of the prime summer season in Antarctica, when the cruise ships and expedition tours make landfall on the southernmost continent. Hopefully we can expect more sightings of similarly cute wild fauna before the season ends in a couple months.
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What would happen if you took a celebrated National Geographic photographer and asked him to do the glossy ads and commercial for a French luxury fashion house? The answer, which you'll know if you've gone shopping for any very expensive leather bags lately, is a stunning gallery of ads that belong in an art gallery.
Hermes, famous for producing the highest quality goods for travel (if you're okay with dropping four figures or more on them), signed on Eric Valli, a NatGeo name who really fell in love with travel back when he traversed Afghanistan on horseback at age 18. Aside from the Fall/Winter magazine ads like the one above, he's now developed their short commercial for the new fragrance Voyage d'Hermès, a $90 perfume that evokes the romance of nomadic travel with a horse and a dove.
See the poetic commercial, after the jump
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National Geographic Adventure magazine has published its last issue, bowing to competitive pressures that have shuttered dozens of magazines in 2009. According to news reports, they tried to sell the title, but wouldn't part with the National Geographic part of the name, and nobody wanted to buy a magazine simply called Adventure.
It seems that the people at National Geographic just love giving away Galapagos Island trips. Yep, the Galapagos are turning into a not-very-original (but still pretty damn good) prize from them these days, and this time all they want out of you is a scenic picture.
The Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest wants you to send in your absolute best photo which fits into one of six categories: Wildlife, Nature, People, Travel, Weather or Inspiration. The big prize is the Galapagos trip, plus your photo being published in National Geographic, but we can't ignore the ton of other finalist prizes, including framed prints, scanners, books, and long-life batteries.
If you haven't already taken the photo of your lifetime you'd better get out there, because entries close on June 30. In July, photo judge Jim Richardson will pick two finalists for each category, and come mid-July we'll all be able to vote for the one we like best. And then like all good contest winners, the best photographer will have to traipse off to the Galapagos Islands. Let the best budding photographer win.
· Energizer Photo Contest [National Geographic]
· What Is A Trip With Alex Trebek To The Galapagos Islands? [Jaunted]
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Answer: What you could win starting March 30th.
Did you know that the long-running American game show, Jeopardy!, is turning 25 this year? Amazing. Which means we've been honing our Jepoardy! quiz skills since we were five.
To celebrate this birthday, the show is putting together a rather cool contest offering 25 viewers a weeklong trip with dreamy host Alex Trebek to the Galápagos Islands.
In the first-ever travel expedition with Alex Trebek, sweepstakes winners and their guests will travel aboard the National Geographic Endeavour for a 10 day/9 night voyage, touring one of the most scientifically important and biologically interesting areas on Earth.
To enter the sweepstakes, viewers should watch Jeopardy! weekdays from March 30th to May 1st and then visit www.jeopardy.com to submit the correct Final Jeopardy! category from that day’s episode. 25 chances to win in 25 days!
The trip is actually a partnership with partnership with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. For more info and to enter, visit Jeopardy's website. One person who will probably not be entering this contest? Sean Connery.
· Jeopardy! Galapagos Adventure[Jeopardy!]