Readers Choice

10Best Readers' ChoiceChosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best

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    #10 - Lost in Cheeseland - Lindsey Tramuta

    Lindsey Tramuta is a Paris transplant from Philadelphia who fell in love with a Frenchman and moved to Paris. Over the last three years, she’s covered some not-so-cliché topics, uncovered new trends, shared her travels, and introduced her audience to an inspiring group of Francophiles through the site, Lost in Cheeseland.

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    #9 - Blame the Monkey - Elia Locardi

    Elia Locardi is an internationally recognized professional travel and destination photographer, writer, public speaker and educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Throughout his journey, he teaches the Art of Photography on his website, Blame The Monkey, shares his images and stories across social media outlets, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

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    #8 - Finding the Universe - Laurence Norah

    Finding the Universe is the focal point for Laurence Norah’s travels and associated photography with his partner, Vera. They share news from the road, thoughts on travelling, and photos of their adventures together. When they’re not writing about trips, they’re talking about photography, travelling tips, and technology, which are their other passions.

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    #7 - Everything Everywhere - Gary Arndt

    When Gary Arndt went on his first around the world trip, he created a small website so the people in his office could follow his trip. Since then, he’s visited all 7 continents, over 140 countries and territories around the world, every US state and territory, every Canadian province, every Australian state and territory, over 125 US National Park Service sites and over 250 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can follow his adventures on the site, Everything Everywhere.

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    #6 - Ralph Velasco Cultural Tours - Ralph Velasco

    Ralph Velasco is a professional photographer and instructor who has traveled extensively and taken photographs in over 40 countries. Through his site, Ralph Velasco Cultural Tours, he shares pictures taken during his frequent cultural tours and personal travels. His coverage combines compelling locations with breathtaking views, relevant local history, unusual activities and tips to improve your photography. 

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    #5 - Stuck in Customs - Trey Ratcliff

    Trey Ratcliff is known for the unique way in which he captures and process the world around him. He has his own take on HDR photography, and was the first photographer of that format to be featured at the Smithsonian. Strangely enough, he grew up blind in one eye, which might have changed the way he views the world. He posts daily images of places far and wide on his blog, Stuck in Customs.

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    #4 - The Adventure Freelancer - Jeff Bartlett

    Jeff Bartlett is an adventurer, photographer and writer. He gives life to compelling stories about the outdoors and people who’ve turned adventure into a career. He started his blog, The Adventure Freelancer to explore the art of adventure -- the compelling stories and stunning photography that inspires folks to play outside -- and the craft of adventure -- the behind-the-scenes stuff like route planning, technical outdoor skills, and both writing and photography techniques.

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    #3 - Chase Guttman Photography - Chase Guttman

    Chase Guttman has traveled to more than 45 countries and all 50 of the United States. He crossed Saharan dunes by camel in Morocco, tracked jaguars in the jungles of Belize, rescued baby puffins beneath the cliffs of Iceland’s Westman Islands, rode with gauchos across the Uruguayan pampas, and rafted tidal bores on the Bay of Fundy. He is constantly on the go and shares pictures from his travels on his site, Chase Guttman Photography.

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    #2 - My Life's A Trip - Jen Pollack Bianco

    There is no doubt that Jen Pollack Bianco is addicted to travel and has no intention of getting into recovery for it.  In her travels, she’s tried to chronicle her experience through words and images so she could share them with family and friends back home and around the world. Inevitably, this led to the creation of her own online multi-media diary – My Life’s A Trip.

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    #1 - Real Picture Blog - Samantha Murphy

    Samantha Murphy is a 20-something traveler from Chicago with a wandering bucket list that never stops multiplying. She strongly believes that the best education you can get isn’t found in a classroom — it’s going wherever the wind takes you, and your experiences along the way. The Real Picture blog is a visual diary of all her adventures.

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Top Travel Photography Bloggers Exposed in New Readers' Choice Poll

New Media Awards Powered by USA TODAY and 10Best Readers Flashes on Destination-focused Shutterbugs

Winners in the 10Best Readers’ Choice New Media Award for Best Travel Photography Blogger have just been announced after a four-week voting period ended earlier this week. The winners are as follows:

  1. Samantha Murphy (Real Picture Blog)
  2. Jen Pollack Bianco (My Life's A Trip)
  3. Chase Guttman (Chase Guttman Photography)
  4. Jeff Bartlett (The Adventure Freelancer)
  5. Trey Ratcliff (Stuck in Customs)
  6. Ralph Velasco (Ralph Velasco Cultural Tours)
  7. Gary Arndt (Everything Everywhere)
  8. Laurence Norah (Finding the Universe)
  9. Elia Locardi (Blame the Monkey)
  10. Lindsey Tramuta (Lost in Cheeseland)

A panel of experts picked 20 initial nominees, and winners were then determined by popular vote. Experts Dave Bouskill (ThePlanetD) and Lynn O'Rourke Hayes (Family Travel) were chosen based on their extensive experience in social media and focus on photography and travel.

It was a tight race throughout the month of voting. Additional nominees included Ashley Muir Bruhn (Hither and Thither), Jörg M. Colberg (Conscientious Photo Magazine), Troy Floyd (FOGG Odyssey), Erik Gauger (Notes from the Road), Theron Humphrey (Maddie on Things), Daniel Nahabedian (Canvas of Light), Bethany Salvon (Beers and Beans), Brandon Elijah Scott (Eye and Pen), Brendan van Son (Brendan's Adventures), and Nathan Thornburgh (Roads and Kingdoms).

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY. Upcoming New Media Awards include Best Travel Photography Blogger, Best Traveling Vagabond Blogger and Best Luxury Travel Blogger.

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Meet the Experts

Dave Bouskill

Dave Bouskill is a professional photographer and the male half of the travel blog, ThePlanetD. He and his wife Deb have visited over 80 countries on 7 continents inspiring people to follow their dreams and push their boundaries. As a spokesperson and an international ambassador, he’s had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s top companies and brands. His award winning photography has been showcased around the world. Most recently he won gold at the 2014 SATW Bill Muster Photo Competition for wildlife photography. He has worked with F-Stop Gear, Canon, Olympus, Manfrotto, and Formatt HiTech Filters.

Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Lynn O'Rourke Hayes relishes sharing strategies for balancing family, work, and exploration through her writing, photography, and consulting. Her site, Family Travel, combines her passion for travel and adventure with her love of family to create a varied and meaningful resource for travelers. Her adventures have taken her to more than 100 countries and 48 of 50 states.

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