#Adventure Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to David Morring for his jaw-dropping discovery from Alabama! The radiant shot of a caver rappeling into Stephen’s Gap is the Grand Prize Winner of the #Adventure Photo Contest. David takes home an epic prize of $3,000 for travel and $3,000 of Eddie Bauer gear. Congrats, David!

Person rappelling into cave in a shaft of light.

David Morring’s #Adventure discovery from Alabama.

Growing up in northern Alabama, David’s thorough exploration of his small town’s nooks and crannies planted the seeds of his passion for travel. He’s wandering a bit further from home now, managing to tick off 12 countries in the last 12 months. We asked David to tell us a bit more about his winning photo and the adventure in his own backyard: “Most people don’t know that northern Alabama is a Mecca for caving. There are more than 3,000 caves within a hundred-mile radius of my hometown of Cullman. Stephen’s Gap is a 143-foot pit in Jackson County, Alabama. I’d joined several of my childhood friends to go “bounce” (rappel and ascend) the pit. I rapped to the bottom with my photo gear. Around 10 a.m. the sunlight cascaded through the entrance and illuminated the pedestal at the bottom. One of the cavers, Sharon Clayton, clipped into the rope, and I began shooting as she descended into the shaft of light. It was truly an other-worldly moment where everything aligned for the perfect shot. I’m just thankful I was there to capture it.” So are we, David!

Adventure Photographer and Trover Ambassador Jeff Bartlett loved David’s stunning scene. The competition was close and three runners-up will take home $250 for travel & Eddie Bauer gear for their next adventure. Congratulations to Liana Manukyan, Darrel Comeau, and Keith Sutter for their fantastic finds.

Clockwise from left: Liana Manukyan’s Swizterland discovery, Darrel Comeau’s Canada discovery, and Keith Sutter’s Italy discovery.

Thank you to the Trover community for sharing your awe-inspiring #Adventure discoveries and to Jeff Bartlett for making the touch decisions. Explore the full list of #Adventure photos and travel tips. Be sure to follow David, Liana, Darrel & Keith to see what they discover on future adventures. Trove on!

#Nature Photo Contest Winner

The Trover community has voted and the spectacular sight from Iceland’s Sigöldugljúfuris is the winning entry of our #Nature Photo Contest! Congratulations to Lubos Capcara for his majestic capture. Enjoy your $2000 Expedia travel prize! See the winning image below and get more details from the traveler behind the lens.

Glacier blue river flowing through canyon and volcanic landscape.

Lubos Capcara’s winning #Nature photo from Iceland.

Sigöldugljúfur, also known as the Valley of Tears, is an awe-inspiring world of volcanic landscapes awash in colorful flora, cascading waterfalls and glacier blue rivers. Lubos shares that “I have a lot of landscape photos but this one is, in my opinion, one of a few that got the raw nature feeling. It was my first time visiting Iceland and it’s hard to imagine a better place to shoot landscapes. It’s so diverse and otherworldly. I have to go back sometime.” Lubos also notes that you’ll need a “proper 4×4 car to get there but it’s really worth it.” We absolutely agree! Thank you, Lubos, for sharing your amazing #Nature find with the Trover community. Follow Lubos for more travel inspiration and see if he heads back to Iceland or ticks Patagonia off this travel wishlist!

Thank you to the Trover community for sharing your wonderful #Nature discoveries and voting for your favorites. Explore the full list of #Nature photos and travel tips—be sure to thank and follow your fellow Trovers. Trove on!

May 2019 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Olivia-Petra Coman!

Meet Petra Coman! This Transylvanian travel writer & translator spends 3 months a year on the go. She loves kayaking, snowboarding, baking, and clothes! Not only a trail-blazing adventurer, Petra is a trend-setting fashionista with plans to start her own clothing label. Petra relies on her keen eye & Motorola phone for capturing travel moments. Among her go-to gear is a collection of head buffs for sun protection & the perfect accessory for bad hair days. Her secret travel tip is to “Trust your gut when dealing with the locals—it will lead you to fantastic spots and hearts.” We asked Petra to tell us about her favorite destinations she’s shared on Trover. Take it away, Petra. . .  Continue reading

April 2019 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to David Bjorgen!

Meet David Bjorgen! This graphic designer and adventurer-at-heart loves to “discover new cultures, locations, peoples, and foods.” David and his wife Zena travel part-time zigzagging the globe and documenting their travels on their blog. Among David’s go-to travel gear is a Sony A7R mirrorless camera, 2 favorite lenses (24-70mm f/4 and 14mm f/2.8), his trusty Sirui carbon fiber travel tripod, and a pair of noise-canceling earbuds to eliminate the noisy hustle and bustle of being on the go. We’re blown away by David’s awesome photos, detailed travel insights, and his passion for all aspects of travel, from food and culture to nature and landscapes. We asked David o tell us about his favorite destinations he’s shared on Trover. Take it away, David. . .  Continue reading

March 2019 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Jonas Vesterlund!

Laurels overlaid on mountain range

Congratulations to this month’s scholar, Jonas Vesterlund!

Meet Jonas Vesterlund! This avid traveler & amateur photographer loves outdoor activities like hiking and camping. He has a spectacular eye for serene sun-soaked landscapes and can “smell adventure from miles away.”  The perks of working for a domestic airline in Sweden help him get out and explore, with 82 countries on his list and counting. We asked Jonas to tell us about his favorite destinations he’s shared on Trover. Take it away, Jonas. . .  Continue reading