9th Annual Shoot for the Stars Winners Announced

We say this every year, but after receiving almost 1,000 amazing photos from hundreds of members, this was our most amazing Shoot for the Stars contest yet!

So without further ado, we present our 2016 winners:

Family and Friends

Note: The Michigan and Ohio State rivalry is not lost on us, as Global Connections, Inc. President and CEO Tom Lyons was a Buckeye. It just makes the winners of this category that much more amusing.

1st – Andrea and Bradford N.; Grove City, Ohio.

Boys spelling O-H-I-O!

Boys spelling O-H-I-O!

2nd – Elon and Latisha P.; Redford, Michigan.

Enjoying time at Universal in Florida.

Enjoying time at Universal Studios in Florida.

3rd – Ron and Martha D.; Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Austria - Eagle's Nest.

Austria – Eagle’s Nest.

Landscape

This is always the most difficult category to judge, and there were many more fantastic landscapes where this came from. We have more on our Instagram and will continue to add over time.

1st – Richard and Clara S.; Pittsburgh.

My son shot this photo on his honeymoon in Ireland stayed at Kiltannon Home Farm The place is called Lough Inagh

My son shot this photo on his honeymoon in Ireland while staying at the Kiltannon Home Farm. The place is called Lough Inagh.

2nd – Gerald and Ronda T.; Murray, Utah.

Vacation to Spain we really enjoyed our stay at Club La Costa resort Photo of the Puente Nuevo Bridge in the village of Ronda

We really enjoyed our stay at Club La Costa resort in Spain. This is a photo of the Puente Nuevo Bridge in the village of Ronda.

3rd – Joel and Stefanie P.; Bridgeport, Michigan.

Once in a lifetime moment being able to witness the Kilauea Volcano lava entering the ocean at Kamokuna just before sunset.

Once-in-a-lifetime moment, being able to witness the Kilauea Volcano lava entering the ocean at Kamokuna just before sunset.

Wild and Wacky

The more unpredictable and spontaneous side of travel.

1st – Kenneth and Lesann Y.; Downers Grove, Illinois.

Whale watchin

Whale watchin’.

2nd – Jovan and Shevonda W.; Compton, California.

Crazy faces shot at a Hana waterfall in Maui.

Crazy faces shot at a Hana waterfall in Maui.

3rd – Joe and April C.; Orlando, Florida.

We were visiting the Bamboo Beach Club in Clearwater when we took this fun picture of our daughter in front of the sunset of Clearwater

We were visiting the Bamboo Beach Club in Clearwater when we took this fun picture of our daughter in front of the sunset of Clearwater Beach.

First prize is a $500 gift certificate for any Global product, second prize is one annual Renewal Fee paid and third prize is a one-bedroom Expressway, valued at $199, for prizes totaling more than $3,000.00. Check back on the blog in the coming weeks for interviews with the winners!

Congrats to our nine winners and thank you to all who submitted photos!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.