It’s been a year-plus of extraordinary travel due to the pandemic.  

We’d love to see what you’ve been up to. Global Rescue’s 2021 Photo Contest celebrates your resilient spirit and enduring strength through images of your travels anytime between January 2020 and October 2021. The contest begins October 1 and is open to all: Global Rescue members and nonmembers. 

“Choosing the theme of the Global Rescue 2021 Photo Contest was easy. Everyone was impacted by the pandemic, some more severely than others. What came as no surprise to me and many others is that travelers were, and are, eager to fight back to regain their family vacations, adventure travels and business trips. The flexibility and toughness demonstrated by travelers and the travel and tourism industry can only be defined as resilient. That’s why we selected ‘resilience’ — a word meaning strength, spirit, courage, character, flexibility, hutzpah or determination – as the theme for the 2021 Global Rescue Photo Contest,” said Dan Richards, CEO at Global Rescue.  

There are four photo categories:  

  • Togetherness (socializing with family and friends once again)   
  • Landscape (tropical, metro, nature, architectural, seasonal, etc.)  
  • Outdoor activity (in-action shot of a high-altitude climb, road trip, hike, etc.)  
  • Animal travel companion (furry, feathered or reptilian)  

Global Rescue 2021 Photo Contest

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (EST) October 31, 2021. Judging will take place between November 1 and 10, and winners will be announced in November.  

Winners will receive a 7-day or 14-day Global Rescue travel protection membership and an Osprey backpack filled with Global Rescue Safe Travel partner travel gear from our contest sponsors: The Fly Shop, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Wilderness Medical Society, Luggage Forward, Ed Viesturs and PolarExplorers. 

The grand prize winner will also receive a Helios fly rod outfit from Orvis (value $1,457), a Bivy two-way satellite communication device (value $360), and an annual Global Rescue membership (value $329). 

Entries will be reviewed by our esteemed judges, including:  

  • Chelsea Bakos-Kallgren, Global Rescue’s graphic designer. Previous to her work at Global Rescue, her design talents shaped the brands of Simon Pearce, CBRE Group, National Park Service, Shire Digital and Cloudbank Inc. She’s won numerous awards for design: print, digital and best in show.   
  • Mark Edward Harris, a photographer who has visited and photographed in more than 100 countries. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, LIFE, Time, Newsweek, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Forbes, AFAR, Vogue Brazil, Elle Canada, Esquire Japan, Harper’s Bazaar, Italian GQ, Marie Claire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Times Travel Magazine and The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. 
  • Lydia Schrandt, the senior photo editor and Readers’ Choice production manager for USA TODAY 10Best and serves as the first chair of the Editors Council of the Society of American Travel Writers. Her work has appeared in Travel+, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post and others.  
  • Paul Shoul, photographer for His work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and magazines around the globe, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, The Washington Post, Popular Science and National Geographic Traveler, to name just a few.  
  • Zach and Tara Brose, travel influencers behind the brand The League Collective. The couple has captured and created content across 47 different countries on behalf of The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Bonvoy, Four Seasons, Turkish Airlines and Waldorf Astoria. 

The Global Rescue photo contest began in 2013. Photo entries spotlight some of the amazing expeditions and journeys Global Rescue members undertake each year.  

“Serving as the world’s leading rescue and evacuation provider for mountaineers, explorers, researchers, adventure, business and leisure travelers since 2004, Global Rescue provides peace of mind as they travel the world,” Richards said.   

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