2017: A Year in Photography; Gary; Everything Everywhere

Sweden – Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun

A photo essay reflecting on my 2017 travels to over a dozen countries on four continents.

2017 was an odd year for me. It was the least amount I have traveled since I started traveling full time in 2007. I “only” stepped foot in 14 countries this year. I did make the most of it as I visited 27 new UNESCO World Heritage Sites this year (plus 1 that was added this year which I previously visited). I also managed to visit over a dozen National Park Service sites in the US on various domestic trips I took.

Photography wise, I launched the Travel Photography Academy, which is my online travel photography training course. I won 11 awards in annual North American Travel Journalists competition and took home a bronze prize in Single Subject Portfolio category of annual Society of American Travel Writers photography competition.

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