2015 Annual South America Travel Photography Contest

South America Travel Photography

I was beyond impressed with the submissions this year. Each traveler was successful in telling a story with their photos, whether that story be one of wild adventure, family reunion or a coming together of friends. Each conveyed a curiosity, vigor and excitement for life. With over 500 traveler photos to sort through it was a tough job, but the results are incredible.

Take a look at the official 2015 Annual South America Travel Photography Contest results! See our top three picks for Adventure, Cityscape, Culture, Fauna, Flora, Landscape/Scenery and Portrait below and scroll to the bottom to find out who won the Knowmad Adventures Grand Prize – a 3 day / 2 night stay at the Reserva Amazonica Jungle Lodge (valued at $545). Thank you to all of our Knowmad travel photographers for a fantastic year!



Adventure Travel Peru

First Place The Sky is No Limit by Debra Gagner
Paragliding in Lima was just one of many adventurous excursions Debra and Lauren Gagner enjoyed during their custom trip to Peru this past April.

Horseback Riding in Chile

Second Place Horsing Around in Patagonia by Dave Weir + Barb Wine
What better way to explore Chile than by horseback? This photo was taken during Dave and Barb’s stay at Explora Lodge lodge in Torres del Paine National Park.

Rock Climbing Peru

Third Place Rock Climbing + Zip Climbing in the Sacred Valley by Brittany + Neal Anderson
Climbing, mountain biking, hiking part of the Inca Trail and more, these two had a wonderfully active and adventurous trip to Peru last September!



Cusco Peru Travel

First Place Exploring Cusco, Peru by Daniel + Stephanie Joseph
A terrific shot of Cusco’s famous Spanish colonial architecture against popcorn clouds in the blue sky.

Peru Travel

Second Place Cattle Drive by Mark Linser
Just outside the front door of the hotel in Yuca, Peru, they found that they had to share the road.

Ecuador Travel

Third Place A Good Night by Colby Walker
I love the movement in this photo taken on a custom trip to Ecuador during Colby and Andrea’s stay at Napo Wildlife Center, the only lodge located in the Yusuní National Park boundaries.



Ecuador Travel

First Place The Smiles of Ecuador by Doug Perkins
This has to be one of my favorite traveler photos of all time, you just can’t help but smile. Taken on a phenomenal trip to Ecuador with the Macalester Alumni Group.

Peru Market Tour

Second Place Cusco Market by Daniel + Stephanie Joseph
As Daniel put it, a “fairly grotesque one from the Cusco market but hey, we were in Peru!” This one definitely has the shock factor!

Ecuador Mainland Travel

Third Place Action Shot by Robert Wahlberg
A wonderful moment captured at a chagra show hosted by Hacienda Alegria in Ecuador.



Machu Picchu Travel

First Place Tie Sayin’ Hi by Hannah Salmen
After Hannah and Kurt completed their four day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu they received a friendly greeting.

Birding Travel Ecuador

First Place Tie Birding by Colby Walker
A surreal look at the Ecuadorian jungle taken during Colby and Andrea’s custom trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.

Galapagos Tortoise Ecuador Travel

Second PlacE Galápagos Tortoise by Mitch Nelson
An up-close and personal look at the largest living species of tortoise, frequently seen on trips to the Galápagos.

Travel to Peru

Third Place Translucent Butterfly by Mark Linser
I’m in awe of this photo, done with impeccable timing and focus. This was taken in the Amazon Jungle in Peru before staying at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge.



Peru Travel Experience

First Place Flora of Peru by Mark Linser
Beautiful colors captured during a trip to the Amazon Jungle in Peru.

Brazil Travel

Second Place Casa Canavelas by Don Untiedt
Taken by Don on a garden visit to Casa Canavelas in Brazil, “where the architectural works of Oscar Nieymeyer and landscape design of Burle Marx come together in a modernist villa.”

Lima Peru Travel

Third Place Wall Flower by Suzanne Preszler
Peruvian wildflowers adorned this home, bringing joy to all who see their beautiful and vibrant colors.


Landscape / Scenery

Sunrise On the Peaks Peru Travel

First Place Sunrise on the Peaks by Mary Fransen
A phenomenal photo taken on the big, fun friend-group trip Mary and others took to Peru last year.

Argentina Travel

Second Place Exploring Argentina by Sue Blough
It’s hard to describe just how you feel when surrounded by such untouched natural beauty.

Atacama Desert Travel Chile

Third Place Atacama Sands by Becca Peglow + Patrick Sneed-Griffin
“A walk into Valley de la Luna makes you feel like you’re out of this world. The sands are so red, the winds so strong, and the salts so white,” says Becca of their incredible experience in the Atacama Desert of Chile.


South America Travel Photography Facebook Album

South America Travel Photography

I had so much fun sifting through all of these breathtaking photos the past couple of weeks that I decided to make a 2015 Knowmad Adventures Traveler’s Best Of Photo Album on Facebook to showcase some of my other favorites. Click the link or photo above to take a look at other top contenders in the year’s contest. Thank you again to all who took the time to send in their photos!



Patagonia South America Travel

GRAND PRIZE Torres del Paine National Park by Lisa + Antony Relou
The sunlight reflecting off the majestic peaks was captured perfectly during Lisa’s custom trip to Chile.

Congratulations, Lisa and Antony! An especially well-done photo of a classic Patagonian landscape. Thank you for your submission. You are the winner of a 3 day / 2 night stay at the Reserva Amazonica Jungle Lodge (valued at $545) in Peru!

Another successful South America travel photography year in the books. Thanks again to all Knowmad travelers!


Nos Vemos, Lisa

South America Travel - Lisa kellenbergerLisa is the Media Manager at Knowmad Adventures, a company dedicated to creating unique, private and custom trips in South America. She studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012 and is continually planning her next adventure. Read Lisa’s biography and more about the Knowmad team.