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T+L's Grand Prize Photo Contest Winner

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Congratulations to Jenna Van Valen, the grand prize winner of our 2012 photo contest! Her photo “Wallace Refused to Tiptoe,” won last April’s spring themed photo contest and went on to gather the most votes from our community for the 2012 Grand Prize. Thanks to prize sponsor Korean Air and its hotel partners, Lotte Hotels & Resorts, Jenna is heading to South Korea for a stay at Lotte Hotel Seoul and Lotte Hotel World in Seoul, and Lotte Hotel Jeju on Jeju Island in the East China Sea. Well-deserved!

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Guess Where? Winter Beach

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Can you guess where this beach is? I took it a few weekends ago on short weekend getaway from New York. Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of Lyndsey Matthews

Guess Where? River

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Do you know where this is? Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of the T+L Photo Contest

Guess Where? Piazza

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Can you guess which European city this is? Bonus points if you guess the name of the piazza itself! Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of the T+L Photo Contest

Guess Where? Fountain

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This might be an easy one to guess, but everyone dealing with Winter Storm Saturn today could use an easy break, right? Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of the T+L Photo Contest

Picture This: Smithsonian's 2012 Photo Contest Finalists Announced

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Looking for some inspiration? Smithsonian.com has just posted a slideshow of the finalists in its 2012 Photo Contest. The group 50 images, which are organized by categories from The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, to Altered Images, was selected from over 37,600 submissions by photographers from 112 countries.

The finalists include an almost tactile image of rice terraces in Vietnam by Vo Anh Kiet; the colorful revelers at the Festival of Onam in India taken by Indranil Sengupta; an eerily beautiful liquor store in Petaluma, CA taken by David Egan; and the monumental portrait of a Bangladeshi day laborer by Raihan Parvez shown above.

Check out all the images at Smithsonian.com. Voting for the Readers Choice is open now.

Image by Raihan Parvez, courtesy of Smithsonian.com

Documenting St. Martin's Wildlife One Species at a Time

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A lot of people dream about packing up their workaday lives and moving to paradise, but few of us actually do it. Mark Yokoyama, a former marketing and merchandising executive, and his partner, Jenn Yerkes, an advertising copywriter, did just that when they moved to St. Martin in November 2009 to found Les Fruits de Mer, "the world's first Extreme Shallow Snorkeling team, dedicated to pioneering the sport, art and science of extreme shallow snorkeling all over the world."

When not extreme shallow snorkeling, Yokoyama spent much of the last three years hiking the island and documenting the diversity of its wildlife. The result is The Incomplete Guide to the Wildlife of Saint Martin, a book of original up-close nature photography and original research he released as a print-on-demand edition in 2010. Yokoyama is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for a revised and expanded edition. According to his campaign video, the more copies Yokoyama sells in advance, the cheaper he can make them and the more accessible the book will be to the island's kids. (He freely acknowledges playing the "do it for the kids" card.)

As he tells T+L below, the book is also a great resource for visitors to the island with an interest in nature and local culture.

Q. What are you doing on St. Martin and how did you come to document the island's wildlife?

As a child, I was very interested in wildlife and wildlife photography, but I grew away from that in my teens. I ended up in St. Martin after developing a love of scuba diving and underwater photography. Spending all day wandering the hills taking photos of insects was a natural next step, and now I'm doing exactly what I loved to do when I was ten-years-old.

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Hat Tricks: A New Book on Philip Treacy and His Fashion Muses

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Photographer Kevin Davies has released a behind-the-scenes documentary on daily life in one of the fashion world's most inventive ateliers. During formal visits from royals (Princess Anne) to fittings with supermodels (Naomi Campbell) and other celebrities (Lady Gaga, Grace Jones), the lively mood at a creatively cluttered London workshop is revealed in Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies, Phaidon, $60. A 20-year collaboration between the photographer and his favorite subject takes place as the milliner prepares for Ascot, Paris shows, museum exhibitions at the V&A, a royal wedding or two, and even a trip to the wilds of Connemara with his two pet Jack Russells.

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Grace Jones on tour, 1998. A fitting at Jumeriah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge.

Kevin: “Grace ordered room service around 2 a.m. and everyone perked up.”
Philip: “She's a vampire, a legend, a classic Hollywood star; a delicious nightmare and sharp as razor blades.”

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Guess Where? Neon

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If I included this whole neon sign, it'd give away the answer. Can you guess where this is with only part of it showing? Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

UPDATE 3/4/13: This is Pike Place Market in Seattle.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of the T+L Photo Contest

Guess Where? Stripes

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Can you guess where these striped columns are? Head over to our Facebook page and leave your guesses there. Check back on Monday for the answer!

UPDATE: This is the Palais Royal in Paris.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of the T+L Photo Contest

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