Enter the Walks of Italy #TakeWalks Travel Photo Contest!

Last year's winning photo was taken by Brian Hartz of St. Paul, Minnesota. We thought it did a great job of showing the "essence of Italy." But it ALSO could have been a contender for this year's #takewalks theme!
Last year's winning photo was taken by Brian Hartz of St. Paul, Minnesota. We thought it did a great job of showing the "essence of Italy." But it ALSO could have been a contender for this year's #takewalks theme!

Last year’s winning photo was taken by Brian Hartz of St. Paul, Minnesota. We thought it did a great job of showing the “essence of Italy.” But it ALSO could have been a contender for this year’s #takewalks theme!

Breezy Cranford’s photo of this off-the-beaten-path waterfall (one of last year’s runner-ups) is also a great example of the #takewalks theme

Last year, we were floored by the number of beautiful travel photographs of Italy sent into our first annual travel photo contest. This year, you have another shot. (No pun intended!).

From August 7 to August 21, send us your best travel photograph of Italy for the chance to win… and to get your work published on the Walks of Italy blog, Twitter, Facebook and more!

But pay close attention. This year, we’re going to give special consideration to photos that best embody the #TakeWalks movement. Just as we want you to tweet about local secrets using the #takewalks hashtag, we want to see photos that highlight “hidden” Italy. The photos don’t have to be of off-the-beaten-path destinations, although that’s great, too—but they have to give us a sense of discovery. Of authentic experience. Of something beyond the postcards.

We’ll pick the 10 best snaps to be featured, along with the photographer’s name, on an upcoming blog post. And the grand prize winner for the best photo will get a gift basket of goodies from Italy sent to his or her house, on us.

So send us your best photo—or a maximum of three photos—to blog@walksofitaly.com. (Each photograph must be 500 kilobytes or less. If you need to, you can do this by simply resizing the photograph and saving the smaller version separately from your original file).

Another nice example of “local discovery” and the #takewalks theme, a runner-up by Elisabeth Dicey

Please include a caption of maximum 100 words telling us where you took it and why, for you, the photo aligns with the #takewalks movement. To be properly credited for your work, we also need your full name and email address. And tell us where you’re from!

The contests ends at 11:59pm EST on August 21, 2012. Here are the official contest rules.

Need more inspiration? Here’s where you can see more of the winners of last year’s Italy photo contest!

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