2018 Vaya Photo Contest Winners!

Posted by on February 22nd, 2019

Throughout 2018 we were delighted to receive photos taken by our travelers. To everyone who sent us photos, thank you! We look at every one of them, and we appreciate the chance to experience our destinations through your eyes. Whether they’re showcasing outstanding natural beauty, untamed wildlife, or vibrant culture, your photos allow us to share in your excitement as you visit the continent we love to explore.

Once again, we at Vaya were put to the difficult task of choosing this year’s photo contest winners. The decision was not easy, but here, in no specific order, are the winners of this year’s photo contest. Each will receive a new Patagonia Better Sweater. Congratulations! We look forward to seeing your trip photos from 2019.

Sara & Matt Bates

Sacred Valley, Peru (photo credit Sara and Matt Bates)

Starry night outside Cusco, Peru

On a clear night, Peru’s Sacred Valley offers spectacular stargazing set off by mountainous peaks. Capturing this beauty in a photo can be difficult, which is why we were particularly impressed by this image. Always remember to look up!

Richard Kranzley

Galapagos sea lion (photo credit Richard Kranzley)

Sea Lion, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are a highlight for wildlife viewing, a place where you can interact with local species like sea lions in an up-close and personal way. We appreciated how this photo captured the sea lion’s unconcerned expression as it relaxes on the beach.

Gilbert Williams

Local woman in Peru (photo credit Gilbert Willliams)

Local woman in Cusco, Peru

One of the highlights of travel is getting to meet local people and learn about their daily lives. In the Peruvian highlands, weaving and textile work is an important industry and part of the cultural heritage. We loved the colors and composition of this photo as well as the way it caught a beautiful, candid interaction with this local artisan.


Honorable Mentions

Howard Bergman

Perito Moreno Glacier (photo credit Howard Bergman)

The iconic Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina

Nick Wolfe

Marine Iguana (photo credit Nick Wolfe)

A marine iguana standing tall in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

John Uscian

Hyacinth Macaw (photo credit John Uscian)

A Hyacinth Macaw soars above the Brazilian Amazon.

Nancy Engel

Anaconda (photo credit Nancy Engel)

Encountering an Anaconda in Colombia

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