Congratulations to the winners of our France photo contest!
Our grand prize winner, Fodor's member Lane Clark, will receive a suite of Fodor's four-color guidebooks and his photo will be featured in Fodor's France 2011. Thank you to everyone who participated; we were overwhelmed by the number and quality of entries that we received.
Grand Prize Winner
Le Mont Saint Michel
"My wife and I made our second trip to Mont Saint Michel in 2009 but it was our first night visit which made this moment so memorable. We lodged inside the Abbey walls and being there at night was magical and allowed me to take many photos. This photo was one of my favorites."
Photo by Lane Clark
Peeking out through pyramid
"My 4-year old son slept through our trip in the Louvre and I took this shot just as we were about to exit....and he woke up asking to see the Mona Lisa. Of course we turned around and went back to show it to him."
Photo by Tiffany Weir
Café Rive Droit on a rainy Parisian evening
"Rather than make things dreary, as rain often does elsewhere, in Paris it makes things even more beautiful as it exaggerates the colors and light."
Photo by Ann Forcier
"My husband was trying to think of ways to entertain our then 10 month old son, since the Musee d'Orsay's vast paintings and exhibits were not that interesting to him for long. My husband brought him to the large clock windows and my son was mesmerized by the boats and city life below. One of my most treasured photos. Time literally stood still for us, and more importantly, so did Daniel."
Photo by christinaaparis
Eiffel Tower at Sunset
"The color was amazing as I was standing underneath and looking up at it."
Photo by ajkarlin
Face on the exterior of the Strasbourg Cathedral
"I took this photo of the exterior of the Cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace -Lorraine, France in October 2009. It is the face of a commoner, perhaps someone who helped to build this Cathedral in the middle ages; I liked the face. I noted to myself that the head wear shown in the carved stone reflected what must have been commonly worn during that time period. Average people don't usually get memorialized on the walls of Cathedrals so perhaps this person had been something like a foreman who saw to it that the construction project got done? Or is this the image of the stone carver himself?"
Photo by Mary Jane Glauber
Strasbourg Old Town
"A row of old tanning houses in Old Town Strasbourg. It was a beautiful area and we loved it so much we bought a much smaller version of the house on the left to take home with us as a souvenir."
Photo by Brian Ferrigno
Fountain at the Palace of Versailles
"There are so many wonderful sights at the Palace of Versailles that it was hard to focus on which image was my favorite. Fountains have always meant a lot to me as I met my wife at a fountain and became engaged at one. Across the sprawling expanse of the Paris grounds that seemed to stretch on forever, hundreds of people came together to wait and watch as this fountain burst to life. The waters spraying and splashing so majestically with the priceless pieces of art were awe inspiring. While you have to look past the hundreds of gawking tourists that now frequent this place, you can truly imagine living in this place so long ago and having such space all to yourself. It is a place that still holds vast beauty and history."
Photo by Pete Labrozzi
A Perfect Day in Honfleur
"There are times during a trip when one has to remind oneself that this moment is real. This was one of those times."
Photo by James Dunn
Japanese footbridge, Monet's garden
"To see this bridge in so many paintings, and to know that I've stood there myself, brings life to the art, and art to my life."
Photo by elaine
Barge cruising in Central France
"Peaceful and serene barge cruising punctuated with centuries old castles and lovely French countryside."
Photo by dthomasdupont