Congratulations to the winners of our Australia photo contest!
Our grand prize winner, Fodor's member David Menkes, will be heading back to Australia sometime in 2010, courtesy of Tourism Australia and Swain Tours. His trip for two includes round-trip airfare, hotel accomodations, and a wildlife and wine group tour in and around Melbourne and Adelaide. Thank you to everyone who entered; your photos prove that Australia has something to offer everyone.
Grand Prize Winner
Diving Pete's Pinnacle in the Great Barrier Reef
"We spent 3 days on a liveaboard cruising from Lizard Island up to Ribbon Reef #10. It was the best diving experience of my life."
Photo by David Menkes
The Twelve Apostles, The Great Ocean Road
"My father, an American, met my mother, an Australian, during WWII. At age 60, this was my first trip to her homeland. My cousin Gillian and her husband Kieran drove us to the Great Ocean Road for this spectacular scenery. It's reminiscent of our Grand Canyon, only on the ocean!"
Photo by Robert Imhoff
A Koala's Morning Stretch
"We were so happy this little Koala Bear decided to do his morning stretches while we were visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary."
Photo by mnhoward
A New Generation Listens and Learns in Adelaide
"During the performance of the Tal-kin-jeri Dance Group, the narrator talked about the dances and the stories behind these dances."
Photo by TC
Teasing Desperation in Tasmania
"Driving through the winding roads of Tasmania on a dry summer day in 2009, we saw heavy clouds glaring down on the dry ground. The trees and grass yearned for moisture as the drought pressed on, yet the rain-filled clouds refuse to give in. Darkness reigned mid-day, omitting a gloomy, apocalyptic aura. This ground may have seen its last raindrop for many months."
Photo by thejadude
Moon Over Ayers Rock
"After walking around Ayers Rock and having one of the most amazing experiences of my life I looked up in time to see the moon setting over the rock. I could not pass up taking this once in a lifetime shot."
Photo by John Neyenhouse
Red Road to Kata Tjuta
"It shows the beauty and immensity of the center of Australia."
Photo by Sonja Blom
Koala Sittin' in a Tree
"We were driving along the South Coast Road on Kangaroo Island when we spotted this guy in a tree. I got out and snapped his picture while he looked down, making an interesting picture."
Photo by David Menkes
Sledding the Little Sahara Dunes, Kangaroo Island
"This is my son Andrew prepares to sled down a steep dune."
Photo by Ira Starr
Barrier Reef, Pixie Gardens
"This was the "Last But Not Least" dive stop on Mike Ball's adventure dive boat. Pixie Gardens is a wonderful shallow reef for beginners, but it offers the amazing goodies of deep dives."
Photo by Ronnie Koppel
Sydney Opera House at Night
"This photo of the Opera House, taken at night in March 2009, shows the beauty of the building as seen from The Rocks side of Circular Quay."
Photo by Gary Ott