#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!

August 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 Project Forever!


Woman standing at grand canyonMeet Sofia Viertola, a.k.a Project Forever! This Finnish adventurer and nature lover works in a hospital while filling her vacations and long weekends with travel. In 2018, Sofia spent 4 months on a globe-trotting adventure checking 11 countries off her list. A self-described travelholic, Sofia loves exploring new places and getting to know different cultures. Sofia notes that “food is a great way to start to get to know a foreign country. . . cuisine is a big part of a region’s culture.” If she’s not on the road, Sofia gets her travel fix with books, travel shows & documentaries about nature and cuisine.  When on the go, she travels light with small cameras that fit inside my purse and are easy to carry around, currently opting for Olympus mirrorless cameras. Her secret travel tip is to “always smile and be respectful towards the locals, and you might benefit, too!” We asked Project Forever to tell us about her favorite experiences she’s shared on Trover. Take it away, Sofia. . .

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#GoodEats Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to WJ Ratcliff for the colorful culinary capture he dished up from Xi’an, China! This lively scene from the city’s Muslim Quarter is the winning entry of our #GoodEats Photo Contest. Congrats, WJ—enjoy your $1500 Expedia travel prize!

WJ Ratcliff‘s winning #GoodEats discovery from Xi’an, China.

Brave the crowds to try the braised sheep hooves and sample the local cuisine for a true taste of Xi’an! You’ll encounter an eye-popping assortment of #GoodEats while exploring the bustling streets brimming with regional specialties. We loved WJ’s engaging shot and the unique insights he served up about this dynamic destination. WJ notes that “the quarter covers several blocks of restaurants in a cafeteria setting, street foods unique to the region, mosques, and a rich and vibrant culture. . . Xi’an is undeniably China’s melting pot of cultures and traditions.”Thank you, WJ, for sharing your #GoodEats photo and insider tip! Be sure to congratulate WJ and follow him on Trover to see more from his adventures.

Thank you to all of the Trover community for sharing your mouthwatering #GoodEats discoveries. We were left drooling at your foodie finds, from the picture-perfect brunch and oh-so-worth-it splurge to fantastic satays and toasty treats. Savor the full list of #GoodEats from around the globe and feed your wanderlust.

#Golden Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Lubos Capcara for his serene #Golden hour capture, a quaint cabin scene within the sun-streaked Dolomites! This magical discovery from Italy is the winning entry of our #Golden Photo Contest. Congrats, Lubos—enjoy your $1500 Expedia travel prize!

Lubos Capcara’s winning entry from Sëlva, Italy.

You’ll want to add this Italian wonder to your bucket list. Be sure to pack your camera for the endless photo ops! Lubos shares his own experience in this picture perfect setting. “We were in this place like for 3 hours and didn’t get enough. Weather and light was changing so fast that we could make a calendar :).”

Thank you, Lubos, for sharing your gorgeous photo and experience! We can’t wait to see more of your adventures. Follow Lubos on Trover to see more of his fabulous finds. Thank you to all of the Trover community for sharing your #Golden nuggets of travel knowledge. We were blown away by your discoveries. Like this iconic landmark. And this architectural hot spot. Get a little travel inspiration and show love to all of the #Golden contributors!

16 Views from the Edge of the World

Assuming you’re brave enough to make the trek to the top, the view from the edge of a mountain or the roof of a towering building can take your breath away (literally).

For those itching to climb new heights— or those who’d rather enjoy the view from the safety of their computer screen— we’ve assembled some of the greatest views from around the globe found on Trover.

1. Taft Point Trail in Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California

Photo by Karen Grubb

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