Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Lisa Brunetti

Lisa Brunetti took our breath away and earned 1st place in the Exploration Challenge with her beautiful shot of two boys braving the waves on the beach in Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica.

Powerful waves and high tides hammered this stretch of coastline for several weeks a few years ago. I explored the beach each morning at sunrise to record the changes.

Be sure to visit her winning entry here!

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Katlin Eyre

Katlin Eyre captured the Audience Choice Award with her beautiful shots taken while exploring southern Utah! Exploration is all about experiencing new places and few things are as exciting as stumbling across ancient petroglyphs like those above – carved into the rock centuries ago.

We found so many wonderful places and we truly explored. No map. No guide. No looking up things on the internet. Just the pack on our backs and the sand at our feet. I love exploring and I loved being able to explore the areas around Moab.

Be sure to visit her winning entry here!

It’s never an easy task to pick the honorable mention winners – each week we find ourselves wanting to give everyone an award because there are simply so many excellent photographers who participate in the challenges. We do our best to narrow it down, but you should know that the competition is very, very close! Listed below in no particular order are our honorable mention selections!

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Laura Cook

We loved the action and vibrant colors in Laura Cook’s shot taken at night in Thanjavur in southeastern India!

The hotel receptionist informed me that today was an auspicious festival in the area; Karthikai Deepam. They invited me to take a stroll in the neighboring streets and camera in hand I slipped my shawl around my shoulders and headed out. Quickly I realised this walk would be closer to a guarded dash dodging fireworks that seemed to be pouring out of the backstreets like the streamers bursting out of party-poppers. We quickly removed ourselves from the main road and began a search down the side streets. Children greeted me with laughter and sparklers as they ran between neighbor’s houses.

Be sure to visit her winning entry here!


Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Ritva Sillanmäki

Ritva Sillanmäki takes us exploring in the pungent fish market of Negombo, Sri Lanka! Sometimes exploration can be difficult…in this case, for the nose!

The Fish market was so far from the sterile shops we have here in Finland. This place had life, smells and tons of fresh fish.

Be sure to visit her winning entry here!


Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Stefano Scheda

Stefano Scheda’s photo whisks us away to the dense tropical jungle and swamp of West Papua, a province of Indonesia located on the island of New Guinea. Looking at this shot, one can easily imagine the myriad of wild sounds echoing throughout the jungle, the sticky heat, and the excitement of exploring an untouched land. Be sure to visit his winning entry here!



Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Kelly Guymon

Kelly Guymon’s shot takes us exploring below the surface of the ocean, showing that exploration is all about leaving your comfort zone!

I explore the desert of Southwest Utah quite frequently. However, this time I decided to post an adventure I had that made me quite queasy (literally). I went on a seven day, seven night Western Caribbean Cruise. One of the destinations was Grand Cayman Island. I had never been snorkeling before, so I decided what the heck.

Be sure to visit her winning entry here!


Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Citra Rahman

We really enjoyed Citra Rahman’s Exploring photo. The trail leading up the hill in Aceh, Indonesia seems to invite the viewer to explore whatever lies beyond!

I woke up early on one sunny sunday morning and peddled my bike to Blang Panyang hills near the city, Lhokseumawe, Aceh. Watching the sun rises and wipe the dew from the grass on the ground. Breathe the fresh air and enjoy the scenery.

Be sure to visit his winning entry here!

5 Responses

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    Lisa Brunetti

    What a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much! When I return to Playa San Miguel, I will let my friends know that they are celebrities!
    You had a tough task of selecting the winners, and I am honored and humbled.
    Thanks again!

  2. avatar

    Beautiful shots, memorable moments. Thanks for the honorable mention it is a treat in this competition as you all are so talented!!. I’m very happy to have found this site 😀


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