Wanders & Wonders is a blog about travel and photography – great places to visit and information on getting the best photos while there. It is about sharing travel experiences and the means to producing photos that honor the spirit of the places that we visit and the people we meet.
This blog originated as something of an extension of my guidebook Photographing Oregon, which was named best travel book of the year by the Independent Publishers Association. The book is also included in the Top Ten Best Travel Guides for Photographers at www.bestphotographybooks.com. My latest book, Photographing Washington, won Silver in the Travel category of the IBPA’s 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards. More information about the books, and how to purchase them, is here.
The blog has now evolved to cover locations beyond the Pacific Northwest, and posts to include things of interest to anyone involved in travel, nature, and landscape photography. If there are specific places or topics you’d like me to cover, just let me know.
My photographs have been published in many top travel publications and their respective websites, including National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, VIA and Islands, as well as the inflight magazines of several airlines. I’ve contributed to quite a few travel books and I’m the sole or principal photographer for several guidebooks in the Compass American Guides series published by Fodor’s. My titles for the Compass guides include Oregon, Washington, Pacific Northwest, Oregon Wine Country, Washington Wine Country and Hawaii.
Every photographer likes to insert “Award Winning” in their bio. I’m honored to receive the Silver award for Single Subject Portfolio in the Society of American Travel Writer’s 2012 Bill Muster Photo Competition, both the Gold and Bronze awards for Scenic Landscape in the 2013 Muster contest, and Silver in the Portrait category for 2014. I’ve won several other awards from SATW for my photography, including Gold Portfolio for the western chapter ShootOut. Other honors include a Hawaii Visitors Bureau Travel Journalism Award and a Pele award from the Honolulu Ad Federation.
If you’d like to see online galleries of my travel and nature photography, or if you’re looking for stock photos, thousands of my images are available on my searchable archive at www.GregVaughn.com.
Just in case you’re wondering…
The text links in blog posts are just to point you to additional information; I have not been paid to include them.
Some links for my books and any products that I mention may go to Amazon.com and other affiliate/partner programs. If you buy from those links, I get a small cut, but it does not increase your cost.
Amazon requires me to post this, just so there is no question: “I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.”
I do not have any corporate sponsors, although I’m open to the possibility. If and when someone does sponsor me, I’ll be open about the connection when mentioning the product, service or location. If you’re interested in being a sponsor, let’s talk.
Most of the trips I take are on my own nickel, but I do occassionally accept invitations for press trips. I am also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA); I sometimes attend meetings of these organizations where the trip is heavily subsidized by a destination. The reality of freelance travel and nature photography today is that very few publications pay enough to cover the expenses of a self-funded trip.
If I write about a place that I visited during a press trip, or a SATW or NATJA meeting, I will be truthful about my experience and not produce a puff piece to please the host. If I write about products, it will be from my personal experience using those products, and I’ll let you know about the negatives as well as the positives.
Similarly, I will not write anything that is just a promo piece for an advertiser.
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