Who Won the Best in Travel Photo Award 2019?


“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” Larry Bird

We are honored to share the winners from our 2019 Best in Travel Photo Award.
Thank you to everyone who participated and our 4 amazing judges!
Click here to see all of the entries.



FIRST PLACE:  Pranab Basak for Morning netting in Bay of Bengal, India


SECOND PLACE:  Eduardo Armas for Rising Up in the Canary Islands
Raising up by Eduardo Armas
Raising up by Eduardo Armas
THIRD PLACE: Alex Gill for Footprints in Morocco
Footprints in Morocco by Alex Gill
Footprints in Morocco by Alex Gill
Honorable Mention:

Katie McCormick for 
Rainbow Mountain Summit in Peru
Donnie Sexton for Sahara Adventure, Morocco
Syed Mahabubul Kader for Fishermen are preparing to fish in the sea of Bangladesh
Ivan Baxarias Doñaque for Le Mont Saint Michel at night with low tide: France
Andric Pasillas Rodríguez for The Garden of Serenity (Japan)


2018-19 Photo Award Finalists Part 1 and Part 2
Enkereri school children in Maasai Mara. Photo by Matt Payne
Enkereri school children in Maasai Mara. Photo by Matt Payne
Thank you so much to our four judges!
Eve Boissonnault
Gary Arndt
Matt Payne:

Matt and I traveled together in Tanzania and Kenya where he took this photo of me and the school children. He is recently back from Uganda and shared his photos and video in this article, “The Real Power of Travel Photography: A Photo Essay from Uganda” on We Said Go Travel.

Sunset in Santa Monica by Lisa Niver
Sunset in Santa Monica by Lisa Niver

Finalists from the 2017 Photo Award: Part 1 and Part 2

Winners from 2017 Award announced Sept 2018

Click here to see a list of winners from the We Said Go Travel writing competitions.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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