After more than a year of extraordinary travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Rescue’s 2021 Photo Contest celebrates the resilient spirit and enduring strength of travelers who have ventured near and far through images of their travels.

“Everyone was impacted by the pandemic, some more severely than others. Travelers were, and are, eager to fight back to regain their family vacations, adventure travels and business trips. The flexibility and toughness demonstrated by travelers and the travel and tourism industry can only be defined as resilient. That’s why we selected ‘resilience’ — a word meaning strength, spirit, courage, character, flexibility, hutzpah or determination – as the theme for the 2021 Global Rescue Photo Contest,” said Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue, the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services.
Complete information is available here ( 
The Global Rescue 2021 Photo Contest begins October 1 and is open to all. There are four photo categories:
  • Togetherness (socializing with family and friends once again)
  • Landscape (tropical, metro, nature, architectural, seasonal, etc.)
  • Outdoor activity (in-action shot of a high-altitude climb, road trip, hike, etc.)
  • Animal travel companion (furry, feathered or reptilian)
Entries will be accepted until 11:59 PM (EST) October 31, 2021. Winners will be announced in November. The grand prize winner will receive a fishing rod from Orvis (value $1,400), a Bivy two-way satellite communication device (value $360), and an annual Global Rescue membership (value $329).
Category winners and runners-up will also be selected and will receive a 7-day or 14-day Global Rescue travel protection membership and an Osprey backpack filled with Global Rescue Safe Travel partner travel gear from our contest sponsors: The Fly Shop, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Wilderness Medical Society, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Luggage Forward and PolarExplorers.
Global Rescue 2021 Photo Contest Judges include:
  • Mark Edward Harris, a photographer who has visited and photographed in more than 100 countries. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, LIFE, Time, Newsweek, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Forbes, AFAR, Vogue Brazil, Elle Canada, Esquire Japan, Harper’s Bazaar, Italian GQ, Marie Claire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Times Travel Magazine and The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine.
  • Lydia Schrandt, the senior photo editor and Readers’ Choice production manager for USA TODAY 10Best and serves as the first chair of the Editors Council of the Society of American Travel Writers. Her work has appeared in Travel+, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post and others.
  • Paul Shoul, photographer for His work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and magazines around the globe, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, The Washington Post, Popular Science and National Geographic Traveler, to name just a few.
  • Chelsea Bakos-Kallgren, Global Rescue’s graphic designer. Previous to her work at Global Rescue, her design talents shaped the brands of Simon Pearce, CBRE Group, National Park Service, Shire Digital and Cloudbank Inc. She’s won numerous awards for design: print, digital and best in show.