During the endless search for reputable photo contests in 2012 I came across the “Most Memorable Travel Photography Photo Contest” hosted by Oakwood Asia. Oakwood Asia offers luxury hostel and accommodations in various Asian countries so a travel photo contest made perfect sense. There was no entry fee for the Oakwood Memorable Travel Photography Contest so I picked a photo from The Wave in the North Coyote Buttes section of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument where I was hiking and entered.
I’m not much of a fan of these “social media” photo contests where online voting is the sole determinant of the winners because there are usually some awful photos that end up among the top photos simply because some people have huge networks of online friends who will vote for anything they enter. While I didn’t win the Oakwood Asia Memorable Travel Photography Contest, it looks like I came in 4th which was enough to win a Nikon CoolPix P7100 camera. The camera is nice but shoots very slowly. The win did come at a good time because heading down to Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas and John Pennekamp State Park in Florida to seethe sights and do some snorkeling. After a little research I found the Fantasea underwater housing for the Nikon P7100 for $300.00, ordered that and had a camera setup I could use underwater for snorkeling!
The Oakwood Asia Memorable Travel Photography Competition was an excellent contest to enter. It was free and even though the winners were determined by popular vote it did seem like the top-4 photos were excellent photos and deserved to be there in the winners circle!