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Shutterfly and 20th Century Fox are giving you the chance to win professional photography equipment from Fuji Film and round-the-world travel from Delta Vacations with the launch of the Walter Mitty Photo Experience.
Specifically, they are looking for photos that exemplify the essence of life and are asking users to "pause and take notice of the wonder of their own work, to look for the photos that define the beauty of (their) life, and to share them with a larger community."
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It may have only been earlier this month that we divulged the 2014 dates for Manhattanhengeevenings when the sunset perfectly aligns with the city's street grid and makes for awesome photosbut it turns out other cities can get in on the action.
Using a new tool from CartoDB, Gothamist just realized that even cities like Chicago and Toronto experience their own version of "Manhattanhenge," and in fact many other cities around the world as well. It's pretty simple really, as "...any city with a grid, or even any east west road (such as I-80 which goes across the country) may have a sunglare moment at sunrise/sunset." Apparently Montreal had a particularly lovely Manhattanhenge (Montrealhenge?) on July 12.
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It's been called "the face of American ruin porn" and an average nice weather day sees scores of cars driving by solely for a photograph. Serious shooters set up tripods in the weeds, and a meal at Slows BBQ is often followed by a stroll over to stare. Though Detroit's Michigan Central Station turns 100 this year, the last train departed in 1988, at which time the 18-story structure began its rapid decline from proud landmark to toothless sideshow attraction. The carcass of crumbling stone now draws curious gawkers like gnats, a form of architectural thanatourism.
Even the New York Times called Detroit "the world capital of of staring at abandoned old buildings" and, of the station, said: "Itís hard not to think of it as an epic-scale disaster that seems engineered to illustrate manís folly ó as if the Titanic, after sinking, had washed ashore and been beached as a warning."
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
A sepia-tinted photograph of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. It's an image that's nearly as old as photography itself, and recently has seen a resurgence thanks to photo sharing networks such as Instagram and Pick (Japan's version of Instagram).
The photo above is one from the 1940s, likely taken by an American soldier in Paris after the liberation. Sadly he didn't follow it with a selfie, but cameras of the age weren't exactly selfie-friendly quite yet.
The travel industry is no stranger to the concept of loving something to death, and it seems like Angkor Wat in Cambodia is trying to make sure they donít suffer such a fate.
The rise of tourism in the area has certainly been financially beneficial for the country, with some 250,000 visitors in 2001 growing to 2 million per year today. But the increase in the amount of people has taken its toll, specifically in the popular sunset viewing locations throughout the complex. Reports are that the surrounding environment is being negatively affected by the hordes of people stomping around in the same places, night in and night out, for the past decade.
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Not like you need any more reason to travel to New York City, but hear us out a moment.
There are two times every year when one can take the the most spectacular photos of the Manhattan skyline, dramatic and backlit. It's called Manhattanhenge, a portmanteau made from the combination of Manhattan + Stonehenge, the latter also a place famous for solstice action.
During Manhattanhenge, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a canyon of searing lights down every midtown street. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.
Thereís a (not so) new rule when it comes to your air travel adventures, and this time it has nothing to do with small pocketknives or snow globes. As it turns out, airlines arenít really cool with passengers snapping certain photos once aboard, and they've recently started cracking down.
After that totally odd story about a woman who treated the cabin as her in-flight karaoke studio it was time for American Airlines to reiterate their policy about filming and photography on their property. Just like charging for your first checked bag, thereís rules when it comes to picture taking onboard. Weíre paraphrasing here, but itís only cool to snap personal events; that means airline personnel, other passengers, and aircraft equipment are off limits.
Weíve seen our share of travel contests and unfortunately weíre pretty good at not winning the grand prize. Usually these contests just take a few clicks to enter, but thereís 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 itís 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 isnít going to cut it.
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No Seoul/jokes jokes this week, guys. We're just going to tell it like it is in celebration of American Airlines' new route to Seoul, South Korea, a city so hugely underrated and yet so majorly cool. It's a city that comes with the Jaunted seal of approval many times over and for the next several days we'll be explaining exactly why.
Instead of several boring paragraphs explaining our love for this mega metropolis, we're kicking off Seoul Week by just putting it all out there in visuals, or Vines.
Vine, a social video sharing app, is best deployed for capturing the tiniest moments in travel, those which would be easily lost in the static menagerie of Instagram. Below are six examples, all shot while we tooled around Seoul for 9 days of perfect late spring weather:
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We were robbed. It may have happened just over a year ago, but we still live with the effects (like a fear that comes while biking and we hear a moped motor approaching). Read the full story, but also take away whatever knowledge you can from our horrible experience in order to prevent it happening to you while away from home.
Only a few days ago, Lifehacker posted a brilliant list of tips for travelers toting nice cameras, including how to deter would-be thieves. In this vein, we're revisiting our own 8 safety tips to avoid being mugged abroad:
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!):
"Win 2 round-trip tickets to anywhere Delta flies."
When an international airline says that about a contest, it's time to pay attention.
Just in time to alleviate early spring cabin fever, Delta is running a contest called "Picture This!" and the theme is skylines. The best skyline photo gets those two roundtrip tickets. Easy, right? Kinda of, since the contest is run through their Facebook page and there are rules by which to abide.