The power of travel to create cherished lifelong memories is priceless. One of the ways we keep those cherished memories alive is through the travel images we capture.

To remind us of the happiness that these special vacation experiences create, every year Virtuoso celebrates the finest travel images taken by its 9,800 travel advisors in 30 countries around the world. New this year: advisors were invited to submit either photos or videos. The eighth annual Virtuoso Advisor Photo & Video Contest attracted an impressive 983 entries.

A separate contest invites the clients of Virtuoso advisors to submit their best travel images. This year, the Virtuoso Traveler Photo & Video Contest was also expanded to include video submissions. In its fourth year, the contest drew 856 entries.

Witness the joy of journeying as planned by an expert Virtuoso advisor in these prize-winning travel images:

Virtuoso Advisor Photo & Video Contest

Travel images: bellman with suitcases in hotel lobby

Grand Prize

Annette Sordoni, Protravel International, Encino, California

“Please Bring Those Bags to My Room” – Paris, France

Upon returning to the Peninsula Paris after a day in the City of Lights, Sordoni saw a mirage of a bellman bringing designer bags to her room. “The dream-like atmosphere of the Peninsula lobby does help one believe in magic!” she says of the photo.

travel images: early morning view of positano harborFirst Place

Kayla Zeigler, Destination Europe, Columbus, Ohio

“Dreaming of La Dolce Vita” – Positano, Italy

Zeigler, last year’s third place winner, takes first prize this year for her image of the harbor in the picturesque town as seen from Virtuoso property Le Sirenuse. She says, “It was in the morning and the harbor was just starting to wake up. The views from Le Sirenuse are some of the best in all of the Amalfi Coast and the photos taken with the Duomo included are synonymous with Positano and the Amalfi Coast.”

travel images: boy with hat and frost on eyelashesSecond Place

Alex Facy, Phil Hoffmann Travel, Hyde Park, Australia

“Swedish Lapland” – Harads, Sweden

Facy captured an image of her son Sebastian playing outside in -18 degree Fahrenheit (-28 degree Celsius) temperatures. She adds, “The cold did not stop him having fun!”

travel images: animal close up with intense eyesThird Place

Rocio Zamora, International Travel Group, Lima, Peru

“Are You Looking at Me?” – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Zamora says, “His eyes penetrated into my soul.”

Virtuoso Traveler Photo & Video Contest

Grand Prize

Randy Ubillos

Advisor – Ken Neibaur, Cardoza Bungey Travel, Palo Alto, California

“Antarctica and South Georgia Island” – Antarctica

Ubillos captured the video during a three-week journey on board the National Geographic Explorer. He comments, “We saw an amazing amount of wildlife including penguins and seals.”

travel images: mother and child in arizona's antelope slot canyonFirst Place

Robert Maynard

Advisor – David Ourisman, Brownell, Birmingham, Alabama

“Slot Canyons” – Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Maynard snapped the image during a stay at Virtuoso property Amangiri. The family explored the scenic Antelope Slot Canyon one day – perfect for a photo backdrop.

travel images: couple on utah ski liftSecond Place

Farah Read

Agency – Travelwise, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

“Canyons” – Park City, Utah

The photo was taken during Read’s honeymoon, when the newlyweds enjoyed the skiing in the popular Utah resort town.

travel images: hike on santorini with view of blue waterThird Place

Mortimer Finkernagle

Advisor – Doria Gomez, Admiral Travel International, Sarasota, Florida

“Fira to Oia Hike” – Santorini, Greece

The image was captured during a four-hour hike on Santorini, between the towns of Fira to Oia. Finkernagle observes, “This was outside one of the many churches found on the island. My wife put her photography skills to work and directed me as I awkwardly followed her instructions.” The Santorini stay was the third leg of the couple’s Greek honeymoon.

Want even more unforgettable travel images? View last year’s winners here.

If these travel images inspired you to create your own photo and video memories on a trip, the travel experts at Virtuoso can help. If you don’t already have an advisor, start the conversation with one of Virtuoso’s travel professionals to plan a vacation with lots of photo-worthy moments.