Enter the Post-Dispatch 2023 Travel Photo Contest

Last year, nearly 600 of our readers entered our annual Travel Photo Contest. Of all those entries, what were the chances that our first-place winner was the same man who won first place the year before?

Allen Ahner of Kirkwood defied those odds with his first-place photo capturing a Hmong woman walking  in the fields on Horseshoe Hill in Vietnam.

In 2021 he won with a photo of “Movie Road” in California.

And if that’s not wow-inducing enough for you, he took 2022’s winning photo on a trip with eight others to Vietnam. Our third-place winner was one of those eight people on that same trip. And all three winners are members of the St. Louis Camera Club.

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But you don’t have to be a member of a photography club to win our contest. Any amateur from the St. Louis region who traveled outside the area and took a snazzy photo could win.

So it’s time to enter your travel photos, from wherever you went, as long as it meets our criteria. This year, the winner of the Post-Dispatch’s annual travel photo contest could be your photo. We are accepting entries through Nov. 26.

A panel of Post-Dispatch journalists will choose first-, second- and third-place winners, plus honorable mentions. The winners will be announced and published Dec. 24 in the STL Life section.

Aurora borealis over our cabins in Canada

Second place • Barbie Steps of University City earned second place in our contest for her photo of the northern lights in Canada. 

The rules

• Deadline for submitting photos is Nov. 26.

• Only one photo may be entered per person.

• Images may be in color or black and white. The photo must have been taken between Nov. 1, 2022, and Nov. 1, 2023.

• It must come from a trip during which the photographer spent a night away from home outside the St. Louis Post-Dispatch distribution area. This means the photographer must live in our distribution area.

• Cropping is permitted. Minor burning, dodging and/or color corrections are acceptable.

• Photos believed to have been altered or have colors enhanced digitally will be disqualified. Images that combine more than one photograph, have elements digitally added or removed, or feature purposely unnatural colors also are unacceptable.

• Employees of Lee Enterprises and their relatives may not enter.

• Only amateur photographers may enter. Anyone who has sold more than one photograph for publication since January 2022 is considered a professional.

How to enter

• Go to stltoday.com/contests to enter.

• We will NOT accept photos that are mailed or emailed.

• Uploaded images should be 200 dpi and 8 inches across, horizontal or vertical. Eight inches is equivalent to 1,600 pixels, if you prefer to size it that way. Save the photo as a jpg.

• If you have any questions, email [email protected]

See the finalists from our 2022 travel photo contest