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 is 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. I’m currently working on a companion volume, Photographing Washington, which is due out in Fall 2013.
My photographs have been published in many top travel publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, VIA and Islands. 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. 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 go to Amazon.com. If you buy from those links, I get a small cut, but it does not increase the cost to you.
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 and travel to the Society’s meetings are heavily subsidized. 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 SATW meeting, I will be truthful about my experience and not produce a puff piece to please the host.
Similarly, I will not write something that is just a promo piece for an advertiser.
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