Top 10 Travel Photos: 2014 Viator Travel Awards

January 17, 2014 by

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The Top 10 Travel Photos of 2014!

The Top 10 Travel Photos of 2014!

A picture, we are told, is worth a thousand words. Never does this feel more true than when we capture a unique moment during our travels, a photograph we’ll look back on for years to come and smile as we’re brought back to that very second when we clicked the shutter. Being able to share those photographs, those moments, with other people who want to have that same experience is one of the many benefits of snapping the photo in the first place.

Every year Viator travelers – people like you – submit thousands of photographs from their trips to share their joy as they got out to see the world. At the end of each year, we choose a few of our favorites and then let you decide which photos should be highlighted in our “best of” list. Viator’s Facebook community voted for their picks, and we can now bring you the Top 10 Travel Photos of 2014, as chosen by you, Viator travelers.

Which of these travel photos will inspire your next trip?

10. Bryce Canyon

Beautiful Bryce Canyon

Beautiful Bryce Canyon

There’s something golden about readers’ number 10 pick this year. Daniel C. captured the perfect moment of streaming sunshine peeking into this steep valley on his 3-day National Parks Camping Tour in Bryce Canyon. The photographer’s sloped vantage point highlights the sheer magnitude of this Utah gem.

9. Wadi Rum

Posing on the rock formations of Wadi Rum

Posing on the rock formations of Wadi Rum

It can be a challenge to get the gang together on a Friday night, let alone atop a massive rock formation in Wadi Rum. But somehow, our reader Kathy managed to bring everyone in for one of this year’s favorite photos. This remote destination has sky-high cliffs and towering rock formations that provide the perfect excuse for a memorable group shot.

8. Essaouira

These women are making the popular argan oil

These women are making the popular argan oil

Viator readers love a good landscape, but Cosmin Catallin S’s colorful photo of workingwomen on an Essaouria day trip from Marrakech was a real showstopper. The five women draped in vibrant fabrics are part of a well-known co-operative that produces popular argan oil. It’s hard to know which our readers loved more—the luxurious oil that’s become oh-so-popular, or Cosmin’s stunning photo.

7. Jungfraujoch

Spectacular waterfall in Jungfraujoch

Spectacular waterfall in Jungfraujoch

Cliché waterfall pics are a dime a dozen. But surendra c’s photo from her Jungfraujoch tour showed Viator readers something they haven’t seen before: a rush of water rushing over rigid rock into a pristine mountain town. We don’t expect cliff diving to take off in this residential neighborhood outside of Munich, but we do expect surenra’s photo to inspire a whole lot more visitors.

6. Giverny

The reflections on the waterlily pond are incredible

The reflections on the waterlily pond are incredible

Monet’s paintings made water lilies famous, but readers thought this image Gary B took captured the artist’s true essence and the peacefulness of a place. His photo from the Giverny and Money’s Garden Bike Tour is proof that while Monet may a master, nothing’s quite as beautiful as seeing the real thing.

5. Neuschwanstein

Scenic German Countryside

Scenic German Countryside

Viator readers loved how Lisa66’s image showcased the natural beauty of pristine German Countryside on her Royal Castles of Neaschwanstein and Linderhof tour. Mother Nature was surely at work when bright blue skies, white puffy clouds, majestic mountains and a spot of sunshine combine for the perfect photo op.

4. Sydney Opera House

A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera

The Sydney Opera House is beautiful by day, but like most of this Australian city, it really turns things up at night. Howard M. caught reader’s fourth favorite image of the sparkling iconic floodlit Opera House between courses on our 2.5-hour Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise. The three-course meal was certainly delicious, but capturing the city all lit up was the real highlight.

3. Alaska whale

Humpback whale breaching near Auke Bay, AK

Humpback whale breaching near Auke Bay, AK

Travelers on our Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure with Mendenhall Glacier Tour were hoping to capture the perfect moment, but only klumley was camera ready when this humpback whale breached the ice cold ocean with evergreen forests and snow capped mountains as an iconic Alaskan backdrop. Readers agree, it doesn’t get more perfect than this.

2. Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Portrait

Grand Canyon Portrait

There’s a reason why Oliver B. titled his photo “Mandatory Portrait”—because this epic view, shot on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas, has been the scenic backdrop for most everyone who’s traveled to the Grand Canyon. The purple mountains, clear blue sky and deep river valley make for a beautiful picture, but we think his companions make a good looking couple, too.

1. Dubai

Surfin' the Sand

Surfin’ the Sand

We’re used to seeing travelers hang ten on big waves in Oahu, but surfing on sand takes adventure to a whole new level. Maybe that’s why this year’s favorite photo, taken by Norman H, of a tour mate coasting down the massive dunes of Dubai on the 4×4 Sandboarding Safari caught Viator readers’ eyes. Looks like surfing on sand is about to get a lot more popular!

Congratulations to our winning photographers from 2014!

We want to thank each of the Viator travelers who submitted photographs of their 2014 trips, and extend another huge thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite photos to make this year’s top 10.

We always love seeing the photos taken during your travels, because it lets us know you’re enjoying the travel experiences we offer on Viator. Keep submitting your photos throughout the year, and you just might see your images featured in our next list of the best travel photos!

Editor’s Note: This post is part of the Viator Travel Awards, an annual awards competition where we – along with our readers, travelers, and fans – select the top things to do and see in each of the major regions we serve, the top things to do in our most popular tour categories, and more.

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- Viator Travel Team

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