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Picturing our Planet – Verge Magazine’s 2011 Photo Challenge

Verge Magazine is inviting you to take part in their 2011 Photo Challenge by submitting your best travel photographs. Picturing our Planet is a challenge for travel photographers, their fun times, their hard times, their once-in-a-lifetimes.

Show a snippet of your life-changing journey, show the people, places and experiences that are making a difference to you. Help everyone see the world differently.

Picturing our Planet Challenge is open for photos of people, places, project and issues. Lots of interesting prizes await the winners. Short-listed photographers will receive Verge Magazine subscriptions.


Submit your best travel photographs in the official competition categories, listed below.

  1. People
    Photographs that tell a story about the people you’ve met on your travels, the social interactions, the individuals, their lives and livelihoods and special moments you’ve experienced that make a community unique.
  2. Places
    Show the incredible landscapes, dark alleyways, crowded marketplaces, dusty plains, chaotic urban scenes, stunning wilderness vistas – all the strange and special places you’ve discovered on your travels.
  3. Projects and issues
    Meaningful travel involves learning about people and cultures around the world, their traditions, ideas and issues they face. Show the photographs you’ve taken that step beyond the pictorial to tell a clear story about what you’ve discovered on your travels.


The overall best in show will be awarded a prize of $1,000 Canadian. The winning image in each category will be awarded a travel prize pack, including a laptop/daypack, t-shirt and Verge subscription.

Up to fifteen images in each contest category will be short-listed, for exhibition at the 2011 Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver Go Global Expos and for publication in the Photo Annual Edition of Verge Magazine. Short-listed photographers will receive Verge Magazine subscriptions.


  • All entries must relate to meaningful travel.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished. Any entry that has previously won a competition with a prize value of over $200, or been published, or sold to any party for reproduction, cannot be entered.
  • The contest is open to all Canadian residents and international Verge subscribers (print or digital editions—NOT email newsletter subscribers). Entrants who are not current subscribers may subscribe at the time they enter the contest. Directors and employees of Verge Magazine and any of the sponsoring companies or affiliated companies are not eligible to enter.
  • Only the creator of an image has the right to submit it. All entrants must ensure that they own the copyright. Prizes will be awarded to the entrants.
  • Participants may submit up to five entries to each category. All additional entries will be disqualified.
  • The original, uninterpolated image size must be a minimum of 1500 x 2100 pixels or 3.1 megapixels.

How to enter?

All entries must be submitted in digital form, as .jpg files, via the form on the Verge Magazine website.

Entries must be accompanied by a title, a caption summarizing your entry, and a description of no longer than 200 words.

Entry fee

Entering the contest is free of charge, but you need to be a subscriber of Verge Magazine to be eligible to enter.

Subscription rates in Canada are $18 for one year, $32 for two years, and $44 for three years. Rates to the USA and other countries are $25 for one year, $45 for two and $60 for three years.