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2021 Global Rescue Photo Contest

The Photo Contest is Now Closed!

Thank you for your interest and please bookmark our blog page for an announcement of the winners.


(strength, spirit, courage, character, flexibility, hutzpah, determination)



It’s been a year, well, a year plus. You’ve been locked down, masked up and repeatedly sanitized. You’ve had to adapt to pandemic protocols — takeout only, business videoconferences, telehealth, homeschooling, social distancing, curfews and travel restrictions. Now you’re adjusting to new travel rules, testing requirements and vaccination options. And you’re still here. Surviving, perhaps even thriving.


It’s why resilience is the theme of the 2021 Global Rescue photo contest. Global Rescue would like to celebrate your spirit and strength with photos of your travels in a COVID-19 endemic world.


What You Will Win

Eight winners will receive

A free one-year travel protection membership

An Osprey backpack filled with Global Rescue travel gear Safe Travel partner gear, including:

One of the eight winners will be chosen as the grand prize winner and receive a Helios 3F Fly Rod from Orvis (value $1,457), a Bivy stick (value $360) in addition to an annual Global Rescue membership (value $329) and backpack of gear.


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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