Journey Photo Contest

See your photos in Journey

Journey wants to see and share your travel photos. Whether you’re on a Northwest road trip, aboard a cruise ship or traveling internationally, think of sharing your best photos with us. We’ll select photos from AAA Washington members to publish in Journey and online.

To be considered, email your high resolution image (JPEG/JPG or TIFF files, at least 300 dpi with a file size of at least 1 MB but no more than 10 MB) to photocontest@aaawa.com along with your name, your city and a little information about when, where and how you took the photo.

By submitting, you are confirming that you took the photo and as the copyright holder, you are granting republication rights to AAA Washington.

Please keep in mind these guidelines:

Be Safe
Never try to take a photo while you are driving, always be aware of traffic when photographing near the road, and be sure to maintain safe distances from wildlife and environmental hazards.

Be Respectful
Please respect local cultural customs, sensitive habitats, private property and individual privacy, and always adhere to responsible photography practices.

AAA Washington reserves the right not to select any photo for any reason, without notification. AAA Washington reserves the right to use all entries in its marketing materials (including Journey magazine, print, online and social media) without compensation.

Questions? Email the editors at journey@aaawa.com.

Our first winner is AAA Washington member Tami Lapthorne-Hastings, whose photo is featured in the January/February 2020 edition of Journey. She was on a New Zealand road trip in the fall of 2013 when she took the photo above of Paparoa National Park’s pancake rocks, formed 30 million years ago.

“When the waves are coming in, you feel the power beneath your feet and all this water spews up from the blowholes,” the Auburn resident said. “There are so many things in New Zealand that just take your breath away (like) the color of the water, the greenery all around you. You can just snap and snap and snap away. There is so much to take pictures of.”

She recommends sailing on the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait between the North Island and the South Island, where “bottlenose dolphins chased us almost the entire trip.” Prepare for a long flight to get there — at least 16 hours, including stops in Los Angeles or San Francisco — but when you arrive, “take your leisurely time” and make sure to stop for a look if something catches your eye, Lapthorne-Hastings said.

“You’re going to miss out on something if you don’t.”