Congrats to Popular Choice Prize Winner, Marie Bodnar!

Congrats to Popular Choice Prize Winner, Marie Bodnar!

We’ve had an exciting spring this year hosting the 2013 Reality Tours Photo Contest. All in all, we received 96 photos taken on Reality Tours to countries all over the world.

Your photos inspired us and others, sparked a dialogue, and are beautiful images of the amazing places and people you visited on Reality Tours.

Meet the Popular Choice Winner

Voting for the Popular Choice winner has now closed, and we are happy to announce that Marie Bodnar has won the Popular Choice contest with a total of 63 votes (“like” on Facebook) by midnight on April 13th for her captivating image of a child in Afghanistan. From the comments section on Facebook (where the photo contest took place) one person noted that “you just get drawn in and wonder what the child is thinking.”

Congratulations Marie! You’ll be receiving your special prize soon; a Fair Trade gift package!

Who’s on Second?

Photo by Shannon DeCelle, Bolivia.

Photo by Shannon DeCelle, Bolivia.

In close second for the Popular Choice contest were beautiful photos from Shannon DeCelle from a Food First and Global Exchange Reality Tour to Bolivia.

Shannon describes one of her photos: “He was having fun sharing his flower with me. We explored the area near Tunupa, a dormant volcano (distant  left in photo). I was overwhelmed and felt closer to everything for that moment.”

Want to check out all the photo submissions? You can see all of the photos on the Reality Tours Facebook page. If you haven’t had the chance already, we invite you to browse through the stunning photo entries.

Grand Prize Winner Announcement

The contest excitement isn’t over yet! We’ll be announcing the Grand Prize Winner, who will receive a $500 discount off a Reality Tour, on May 9th to commemorate Global Exchange’s Human Rights Award.

Take ActionTake Action!

  • Consider joining us on the upcoming “Women Making Change” Reality Tour to Afghanistan!
  • If you will be in the San Francisco Bay Area, join us May 9th for the Human Rights Award to celebrate the work of Honorees Noam Chomsky, Crystal Lameman, and People’s Choice winner Julian Assange and Wikileaks.
Photo by Paulette Hurdlik.

Photo by Paulette Hurdlik. Reality Tour, Vietnam, 2009.

The 2013 Reality Tours Photo Contest is almost at an end! The last day to submit photos is Wednesday, April 10, so submit now to be considered for both the Grand Prize and Popular Choice prizes.  Help us decide the Popular Choice winner by voting on our Facebook page until April 15th!

We have received so many stunning images so far, thanks for sharing your memories and photos with us of the beautiful places and people you have visited with Reality Tours.

Photo by Diane Budd. Taken on a Reality Tour to Iran, 2008.

Photo by Diane Budd. Taken on a Reality Tour to Iran, 2008.

Our travel photo contest is off to a great start as we have received photos from Reality Tours all over the world, including Venezuela, Vietnam, Cuba, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. We have greatly enjoyed receiving and sharing your images and hearing about your memories of the Reality Tours of which you have been a part.

There is still time to submit up to three of your favorite photos from a Reality Tour to be considered for our prizes: a Fair Trade gift package and the Grand Prize of a $500 discount on a Reality Tour! We’re still looking for pictures from any of our Reality Tours to Africa- Uganda, Kenya, or South Africa anyone?

Photo by Tom Hudspeth. Taken on a Reality Tour to Cuba,

Photo by Tom Hudspeth. Taken on a Reality Tour to Cuba, 2011.


We’re also continuing to look for photos that show interactions between Reality Tour participants and people from the communities we visit.

Submit today, as the deadline for submissions is April 10, 2013. And make sure to vote for the Popular Choice winner by liking your favorite photos on our Facebook Page!


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“Guatemalan Weaver” taken during a Reality Tour to Guatemala

Global Exchange was founded 25 years ago, and to mark the occasion, our travel program Reality Tours is hosting a photo contest open to all past Reality Tours participants.

The grand prize winner, chosen by Global Exchange staff, will receive a $500 discount off of a Reality Tour (plus bragging rights!) There will also be a “popular choice” winner who will receive a fair trade gift basket. The photo on the Reality Tours Facebook page in the contest album with the most “Likes” will win the popular choice.

We encourage those of you who have traveled with us, whether two months ago or twenty years ago, to submit to us your best photo(s) that you took while on a Reality Tour. We can’t wait to receive your beautiful photos! Submit now, as the deadline to submit photos for both prizes is April 10, 2013 at midnight!

Submission Guidelines

Photo by Linda Wolf

Photo by Linda Wolf

1. Only past Reality Tour participants are eligible to submit photos and be considered for the prizes. To submit, please email up to 3 photos per participant. Only digital copies will be accepted; scanned photos are okay. Please include your name, contact information, and the country and date of the Reality Tour for each photo. The photo may be accompanied by a brief caption.

2. All photos will be posted by Global Exchange staff to the Reality Tours Facebook photo contest album. The deadline for submission is April 10, 2013. Voting by liking photos on Facebook for the popular choice photo will end on April 15, 2013 at midnight, and the “likes” will be tallied and the popular choice winner will be announced. The grand prize photo winner will be decided by Global Exchange staff and will be officially announced at the Global Exchange Human Rights Award, May 9, 2013.

3. The grand prize discount of $500 off a Reality Tour may not be used together with any other discount, and expires August 31st, 2014.

4. In regards to the judging process, photos that capture the people and/or the country that you visited are judged very highly. We also appreciate work that includes interaction between you or your fellow travelers with the people you visited. Abstract photos that don’t reflect where you have traveled are not ranked as high.

5. By submitting a photo(s), you agree to allow Global Exchange Reality Tours to use the submitted image(s) in our print and online media. Please specify if you would like to be credited.