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Travel Photo Contest Finalists, Round 1

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Here's the first round of finalists in our travel food photo contest with Tablet Hotels (there will be 2 more batches of finalists, posted tomorrow and Friday).

Tell us your favorites in the comments section below -- we'll take your votes into consideration as we determine the winner of the super swanky grand prize (2 nights at Healdsburg Modern Cottages near Napa and $400 in OXO kitchenware).


  • Formaggi (Cheese and Bicycle)
  • Jen Scott, Italy


  • Sardines on Sticks
  • Chester Dibas, Europe


  • Maine Lobster
  • Crystal Brakke, Maine


  • Butcher in Meat Market
  • Sarah Baldwin, Athens


  • Heineken Boat Amsterdam
  • Tomoko Minami, Amsterdam


  • Pizza Acrobats (pizza tossing)
  • Barry Lieberman


Pigs in Peru
Patrick Bennett, Peru


  • Try These Nuts
  • Sarah Olmstead, Uzbekistan


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Comments (24)


about 5 years ago susanne.m

Love the Uzbekistan photo. The colors, composition, light and content are spot on. It's the best of the bunch.


about 5 years ago Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)

It's gotta be the Uzbekistan one from this group - wonderful colours and composition!


about 5 years ago BrooklynBridget

For me, only the photos with people would be in my favorites, as this is really the essence of travel. That said, Uzbekistan is amazing and I have a crush on the Butcher of Athens.


about 5 years ago raspberryeggplant

Uzbekistan, then followed (at quite a distance) by Amsterdam and Athens. The photo of the Uzbek market captures it all - beautiful composition and lightning, and there's a story to be told by the people in it and by what they're wearing. Look at how the man in the bottom of the photo - presumably the seller - is wearing what appears to be Western/modern clothing, and the other three people are dressed very traditionally, but they are all taking part in an age-old practice of purchasing food at a market. Love it.


about 5 years ago JennT1981

Each and every one of these photos are incredibly inspirational, I sure would like to see some more from within the states...


about 5 years ago monkeymom

Wow, these are all fantastic! I am especially drawn to the Uzbekistan photo - it is subtly graphic and a pure slice of life.


about 5 years ago Allison Cay Parker

Spice market, pizza, pigs. All have great impact, for different reasons: composition, kinetics, and "shock and awe," respectively. But hearty congrats to all the finalists and good luck moving to the winner's circle!


about 5 years ago Rhonda35

Peru, Athens, Uzbekistan in that order with the lobster after that - I like his big eyes! LOVE the pigs - really drawn to that - so much to take in. Meat guy in Athens is an interesting composition and I, too, like to see the people behind the foods we eat. Uzbekistan market is just a gorgeous shot - nice composition, great color, interesting angle. Good luck to all!


about 5 years ago AppleAnnie

Uzbekistan photo has a great design, Meat man has great character, and the pigs have amazing expressions, almost looks like a still from a movie!


about 5 years ago SaySchwartzAndBeSure

Meat man, lobster and pig's head in that order. All are great.


about 5 years ago mollysmenu

Italy, Uzbekistan or Peru.


about 5 years ago BadgerBakery

I vote for the pigs first--well composed and makes you think. Second place to Olmstead's shot from Uzbekistan, because it is a great photo.


about 5 years ago amreen

i like the peru pic ... its a good reminder that what we eat has a face.


about 5 years ago vvvanessa

great photos! i love the composition and perspective of the last one from uzbekistan. there's something really peaceful about it.


about 5 years ago lapadia

I like the Pizza dough contest...well, looks like a contest to me!


about 5 years ago ellenl

I LOVE them all!


about 5 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I love the pigs.........and the Heineken photo (a bit close to 'home'). Superb


about 5 years ago Kelsey Banfield

I love the bike photo, it looks like a place I would love to shop and riding a bike to the market seems so peaceful.


about 5 years ago mrslarkin

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I love the bike photo but wish it weren't so fuzzy. The roly-poly pig head photo is great - looks like they're smiling. And I think my favorite is the Nut Man - so colorful, the angle is great, and you can almost imagine the conversation.


about 5 years ago Culinista Annouchka

I like the sardines, #2


about 5 years ago nannydeb

The picture of the bicycle in front of the store in Italy is my favorite. It makes me wish I was about to shop there.


about 5 years ago J-Dizzle

I am just back from a month in South Africa - and took some amazing photos of markets, sooks and the country side and beautiful people....will share shortly (once I figure out how to download the photos from my new camera)!!


about 5 years ago Midge

They're all so great, but if I had to pick one it would be the Uzbekistan photo. Love the angle, colors, patterns, and people. I do like the first pic a lot too, and not just because I want that bike but the reflections in the window are pretty cool.


about 5 years ago Sarah3bee

The meat man is a wonderful picture. I love to see the people involved with the food that we buy and eat, and he makes me smile.