Give Us Your Best Shot!

Travel Essentials 2009 Photo Contest - Send a couple of your best travel pictures by September 15th. We will pick the winners and announce them in late September. The winning entries will be featured on our website and displayed in the window of our store in Ashland. We look forward to seeing your photos!

Prizes - 1st Prize is a $250 gift certificate to Travel Essentials, and five Honorable Mentions will each receive a $50 gift certificate to Travel Essentials.

Rules - The contest is open to amateur photographers from the US. You may submit up to two photographs of any size, in color or black-and-white. We cannot accept negatives or slides. Submit your entries in person or by mail to Travel Essentials, 252 E. Main St., Ashland, OR 97520. You may also submit your entry electronically by emailing it to

Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number. If entering online, please put “Travel Photo Contest” in the subject field.

All entries become the property of Travel Essentials, so don't send anything you can't part with! Travel Essentials will be the sole judge of the contest, and reserves the right to display the photographs in our store and on our website.

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Need help? Get it from a pro!
We are pleased this year to add Sean Bagshaw to our panel of judges. Sean is southern Oregon's premier landscape, nature and travel fine art photographer. He has photographed throughout the western United States as well as Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Central and South America, Nepal and Tibet.

Sean's photographs have appeared in the magazines Outdoor Photographer, Photographer and Nature's Best Photography. His "Lunar Eclipse Over Mount Shasta" was recently named Best Creative Digital Photograph of 2008 at the "Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards" and is currently on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

Best of all, Sean's article "Sean Bagshaw's Top Twelve Totally Tricky Travel Photography Tips" offers amateur photographers insight and tips on taking great photos, whether you're traveling the world or just hanging out in your own back yard.