Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos taken on the road of the sights, people and cultures encountered in the On The Road Photo Contest with chances to win a Nikon D7100 Camera and more!

"I travel to broaden my horizons. For me, it's about seeing new things, whether they're across the world or in my town. It's about growing creatively, emotionally, and intellectually. It's about connecting with people and cultures. It's about introspection and challenging assumptions. Great travel photography can inspire us, educate us, and motivate us. When I see a truly engaging travel photograph, I immediately want to know more about the scene, the people, the culture, and about the journey the artist was on when they captured their image. My favorite travel photographs cause me to bump any previous travel out of my list and reprioritize traveling to have a similar experience as the one depicted in the image, whether that means trying to go to the same location or to try to figure out how to create a similar interaction.

The photos created and submitted for the On The Road photo contest showed a wonderful range of creativity and locales. From wedding photography, to portraits, to landscapes, to street photography, the many ways that the theme was interpreted was truly inspiring. To pick the winners, I looked for images that engaged not only my sense of wanderlust but also excited me visually. With so many beautiful images it was no easy task. Ultimately, I arrived at three images." - Josh Haftel

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Josh Haftel for his collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Josh Haftel is the senior product manager for mobile photography solutions at Adobe. Prior to working at Adobe, Josh worked on Google+ Photos as well as at Nik Software. Josh's passion for photography led him to travel for two years throughout Asia, capturing the sights, people, and cultures.

Grand Jury Winner

"This image I felt, of all of the 20,000+ images submitted matched the theme the best, is Trollstigen by Hasmix. It's this image, with the road leading into the fog, with the grand mountains flanking it, that makes me want to teleport there and experience the splendor first hand. The image leaves enough to the imagination that it piques my interest and excites me to know more, to provide enough of a canvas for me to fill in a myriad of things that could be in the valley that I want to know what is actually there, to travel there myself and have the place enrich me and who I am through it's presence. Going through all of these photos has definitely reminded me that it's been too long since I went out to get lost, camera in hand. I guess it's time to set off and grab some photos!" - Josh Haftel

Amateur Winner

"Et Glauca Mulier by Norman A Quinn is a beautiful ode to an autumn journey. With a majestic tunnel of trees that draw you into the image, you can immediately imagine driving down this country road, windows open, slight chill in the air, and the smell of fallen leaves. My eye circles around the edges of the photo and is drawn into the bright center of the image, down along the road. The intricate patterns of the tree branches creates interest and has me looking around and amongst the trees, looking deeper before coming back to the road and the desire to be out in the world, exploring and capturing photos." - Josh Haftel

Runner Up

"Samba Noir by Ovos Photography engaged me with its vignette of a person riding a bus, in her own world. Being able to capture a moment like this so masterfully is no easy task, and shows how street photography is a very deserving expression of our craft. I immediately want to know what she's thinking, how her life is different than my own, what challenges and blessings she's encountering. This photo is all about the human side of travel photography, and the fact that there's so many strangers around us, each with their own story. The farther we get from our bubble of familiarity and understand new perspectives, the stronger we all are, and this starts with curiosity of people around us. This curiosity hopefully leads to empathy which then hopefully leads to compassion, and with this compassion we are all enriched. I love the stark tones in the image, the play off of the bright lights and the dark clothing worn by the people in the image. The composition of the window panes, the right angles, and the balancing of the numbers all _feel_ good." - Josh Haftel

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