The Cover Shot

May 14. That’s the last time I posted a blog.


Now, the main reason that I haven’t posted is that I’ve been working on this that and another thing, which includes a ton of new content for this space, as well as Flash Light Expeditions. Sure, maybe it sounds silly to say that I’ve been missing from the blog because I’ve been working on content for the blog, but it is what it is, and there’s plenty of good stuff coming.

First and foremost, I want to make a little noise about a contest we’re running in conjunction with the good people at South East Asia Backpacker Magazine. Have you ever wanted to see your photo on the cover of a magazine? Here’s your chance.


Calling all Budding Travel Photographers!

As travel writers and photographers, we know that there is no better feeling than the day you get a magazine in the mail and see your work plastered all over it. That’s why we’re giving everyone the chance to see their work in print – on the front cover of South East Asia Backpacker Magazine, no less!

In an exciting partnership with Flash Light Photography Expeditions, the winner of this competition will also get a space on one of their greatly anticipated Thailand photography expeditions. The lucky winner will get to join professional photojournalists Dylan Goldby and Flash Parker as they guide you across white sand beaches, over legendary karst peaks, and into the heart of ancient Thai culture…

Click Here for more information on the contest.


Inspiration is Everything: 2012 Photography Contest

Contest 1 poster


We travel for different reasons. Some of us love the thrill of visiting a faraway, exotic destination. Others want to know what it’s like to sample cuisine from the other side of the world. And there are those of us who just want to dig our toes into the sand on a tropical beach and forget about the rest of the world for a while. Sometimes we travel to experience something new. Sometimes we travel to experience something that will teach us about ourselves. At the end of the day, we all travel to experience.

To mark the release of our first photography guide book, we are launching a photography contest about your experiences, your inspiration, and your photography.


We want to know what inspires you to travel. We want to see what inspires you to take pictures when you’re on the road. Share your experiences and your inspiration with us, and you could win a prize or two.

Here is the easy part: all you need to do is upload a photo to our Facebook page or share a link to your favorite photo with us, and tell us why you were inspired to create the image in the first place. You can write us an essay if you feel like it. You can sum up your entire experience in a single word, if that’s what you feel like doing. It’s up to you.

Keep in mind that we want to see your best travel photo – not Steve McCurry’s. The photograph you enter must be your own original property. We don’t want to see your mom’s favorite photo or an album of pix from that uncle of yours that works for National Geographic. Unless they enter the contest themselves. That would be totally cool.


The winner will receive a Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home camera bag, perfect for a compact, micro-four-thirds or average size SLR camera + lenses and accessories. This is the same sort of gear that Flash Parker uses in the field, so you know it either looks good or works pretty well.

The winner will also receive a copy of Photography 101: Inspiration is Everything, the first photography guide book from Flash Light Expeditions.

A few finalists will also receive a copy of Photography 101 and some other stuff we’re going to surprise you with as the contest rolls along. Yeah, we’re sneaky like that. We know you like surprises.


That’s right, we have a dark secret. We want more people to like us. Yeah, we crave attention. We need it. We won’t be happy until 25,000 people LIKE our Facebook page – and then we’ll set our sights on 50,000. We want your help to spread the word, so we’ve come up with these rules for our photography contest:

1. Upload your photo to our Facebook page, or share a link to your photo on our wall.

2. LIKE our Facebook page, if you haven’t already.

3. SHARE our Facebook page with your friends – at least 100 of them.

4. Sit back, relax, and WIN.

That’s it. Pretty simple. We’re not after your first born. We’re not asking you to reinvent the wheel. Heck, we’re not even asking for money. We’re asking you to spread the word about Flash Light Photography Expeditions while sharing your favorite photograph with us. This contest is open to people anywhere in the world – it wouldn’t be much of a photography contest if you couldn’t get out and shoot someplace exciting.


The contest closes on February 29th. Winners will be announced March 1st. Judging will be done in a non-scientific manner by Dylan Goldby, Len Payne, Megan Ahrens and Flash Parker – otherwise known as the Flash Light Admin Division.

The winning image will be showcased on the Flash Light webpage.

In case you were wondering, yes, you retain full rights and ownership to your photography. We don’t want your photos – we just want to look at them. We have enough of our own, anyway. We promise not to use your image for any commercial or promotional purposes without your consent. That just wouldn’t be cool. If you took it, you own it.


Visit us and enter your image: