It is finally time to announce the winner’s of the recent Travel Photography Awards, of which Chris was one of the judges.  (Chris also gets to accompany the winner on an all expenses paid trip to Tahiti, where Chris will be the photo guide for the winner’s very own, private Photo Tour of the beautiful islands of Tahiti)!

What an exciting process this has been!

The judging was done online during the month of July by our panel of international experts:  Chris McLennan, Phil Keoghan, Jeff Cable, Gina Bunton, Suzanne Knowlton and Greg Oleson.  It was a tough job!  The judges each chose their top ten favourite portfolios to take through to Stage two of judging.  In Stage two, each judge individually scored each portfolio awarding a score out of ten for five different judging criteria (a total of 50 points available for each portfolio).  The highest total combined score decided the winners.

If you haven’t visited the Travel Photography Awards website and viewed the winner’s gallery, you can do so by clicking here.  There were so many amazing portfolios to choose from!  Click the link on the winner’s gallery page to see the list of finalists, maybe you are among them?

The winner’s have been notified by e-mail, and will shortly be receiving their amazing prize packages.  Donated by Tahiti Tourisme, Air Tahiti Nui, Nikon, HP, LowePro, Lexar and AquaTech there were some amazing products on offer, including that fabulous trip to Tahiti!

Watch for further updates in November to hear how the trip went.  And in the meantime, I have listed the top winners below:

1st Place Grand Prize Winner – Dana Allen (7 nights in Tahiti, AquaTech underwater housing, Lowepro camera pack, Lexar memory card and card reader).

2nd Place Runner Up Winner – Rodney Thomas (Nikon D600 camera with 24-85mm lens, Lowepro camera pack, Lexar memory card).

3rd Place Highly Commended Winner – Stipe Surac (Nikon Coolpix digital camera, Lowepro camera pack, Lexar memory card).

4th Place Highly Commended Winner – Beate Dalbec (Nikon Coolpix digital camera, Lowepro camera pack, Lexar memory card).

HP People’s Choice Winner – Jesper Anhede (HP Elitebook 8770w laptop with DreamColor).

Rookie Winner – Rachael Jensen (Nikon D3200 camera with 18-55mm lens, Lowepro camera pack, Lexar memory card, mentoring package with Chris McLennan).

Congratulations once again to all of the 2013 winners!!

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