From Kenya to the Canadian Rockies, the far-reaching photographic talents of Safarious adventure-driven online community are on display every day. Now Safarious is looking for the toppers – those photographs that will stop you in your tracks, reveal a hidden corner of the world, celebrate curiosity and daring.
The grand prize is pretty sweet. The winner of Safarious’ Curious By Nature competition is a $35,000, all-expenses-paid, two-week safari with premier outfitter The Bushcamp Company on the Zambezi River and in Zambian national parks, one-on-one instruction by award-winning documentary photographer Sue Flood, and all the equipment you’ll need to take you into the wild in style.
The contest runs in six monthly heats—with two heats completed and voted on and heat three (September 1 – September 21) now open. The competition is free to enter, open to all with public voting for favorites. There will be prizes for the winners of each monthly heat, with the grand prize winner announced at the end of January 2014.
Interested? Read on.
The Contest Guidelines
To Enter: See Accepting Entries on Safarious.com
The six monthly heats:
1. Curious Travel (CLOSED: July 1 – 21, 2013)
Enter your best photo encompassing any view that strikes the photographer as odd/unusual/perplexing.
2. Eye To Eye (CLOSED: August 1 – 21, 2013)
Enter Human or animal portraits or face-to-face interactions with a special insight or point of view.
3. Not In The Guidebook (Entries OPEN: September 1 – 21, 2013)
A sense of discovery: an off-the-beaten track or unexpected sight that could be good/bad/beautiful/ugly/funny/unsettling.
4. Wild Things (Entries accepted: October 1 – 21, 2013)
Off the chain: from fiestas to wildlife, open to wide interpretation.
5. Lost In Translation (Entries accepted: November 1 – 21, 2013)
Any scene, sight, sign or behavior defying explanation.
6. Vanishing Sights (Entries accepted: December 1 – 21, 2013)
Endangered species, disappearing cultures, threatened landscapes, wildlife on the move and so on.
All entries are free for viewing and the public is encouraged to “Like” or share via http://www.safarious.com, the Safarious Facebook page and the websites and fan pages of partner organizations. The three best entries for each heat, including the public’s favorites, will then go forward to a grand final in January 2014. The main prizewinner will be announced in early 2014.
Megy Karydes is founder of Wandering Tastes, a lifestyle and travel site that is meant to inspire adventure and exploration through traveling and food. She’s also a regular contributor to 10best.com which is part of the USA Today Travel family and TravelingMom.com as Foodie TravelingMom among other print magazines and online media outlets.