We put out a call for your best photos from the 2013 season and you delivered! It was a tight race but after receiving hundreds of votes and tallying the results, we have selected our top 3 photos. The winners have also provided captions below to help us understand where they were and what they were doing when they captured these special moments.
I took this photo while staying with the Hazda tribe, the most fun-loving and hard working group of people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. The view at the campsite was breathtaking. Up on the cliff overhanging the camp, if we looked far into the distance we could see African plains that shimmered in the light and glowed blue and red depending upon the time of day. Directly below the cliff was a jungle where we could hear baboons and monkeys howling, only feet away at times, and then moments later, they appeared far off in the distance. At the moment the photo was taken, we heard a platoon of baboons only feet away from us so Brittany went to howl back in response. It was one of those moments you only experience once in a lifetime, and no other moment can come close to it. She leapt around dancing, and calling out to the monkeys while my friend and I laughed at the ridiculousness and beauty of it all. The dance was beautiful in a beautiful place with beautiful creatures and at that moment there was nowhere else in the world we would rather be.
2ND PLACE – HIROSHI USUI – COLORADO: CALL OF THE WILD
The day this photo was taken was the first time that the group spent the entire morning and afternoon working solely on service projects at Mission: Wolf. People had no energy to spare until Kent, the program’s director, invigorated RLT and brought us into an enclosure. Having spent only three days at Mission: Wolf, some wolves maintained their distance out of suspicion. But one brave wolf, Abraham, strolled up as we sat in anticipation. He instinctively stopped in front of Lizzy (Alicja) and bent his head forward. I briskly walked towards Lizzy to capture such a brief, unique transmission of trust between two individuals. Abraham returned an amiable stare when Lizzy rested her hands under his head. Hours of laborious service paid off when we spent time in Abraham’s presence.
1ST PLACE – GIOVANNI SANTIAGO
The photo was taken at the Kihei Canoe Club in Kihei, Maui. We had just finished up some great service at their beach doing a clean up when I took the photo. The photo was taken right before the team and I were to head out onto the clear blue waters of Maui to do some awesome canoeing. The Kihei canoe club was such a special place because it embodied what Hawaii was all about- strength, teamwork, and family. Everyone at the club not only embodied this, but lived and breathed it as well.
We would like to thank everyone for their submissions. You can view all 2013 photos here.