But the hundreds of sensational snaps that these tenacious world travelers submitted live on. Learn more about the annual contest, scroll through the amazing submissions and see the winning shots.


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About the Global Rescue Photo Contest

Created by the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services, The Global Rescue photo contest began in 2013 to showcase some of the amazing expeditions and journeys travelers — many our longtime members — take each year.

2021’s contest theme was resilience, a testament to traveler tenacity during this unprecedented time — with four photo categories that tackled “togetherness,” “landscape,” “outdoor activity,” and “animal travel companion(s).” Eight winners took home a plethora of prizes provided by sponsors and Safe Travel Partners, as well as Global Rescue travel protection membership.

Meet the Final Winners

A birthday celebration with special meaning, an Icelandic volcanic eruption under the Northern Lights and a man and his money-making camel are just a few of the captions describing the sensational snaps. 

Our Judges


Lydia Schrandt is the former 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.

Mark Edward Harris 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.

Paul Shoul travels the world as a photographer for GoNomad.com. 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.

Chelsea Bakos-Kallgren is Global Rescue’s designer. Previous to her work at Global Rescue, her design talents shaped the brands of Simon Pearce, CBRE Group, The National Park Service, Shire Digital and many others. She’s won numerous awards for design: print, digital and best in show.

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