And the Global Oscars Go To…

Welcome to the 1st Global Oscars!

To play along with the 89th Academy Awards, your Global Discovery Vacations “Academy” posted their own member photos, music and stories to Facebook and let the public vote on their favorites. While there were no prizes per se, the winners earned fan votes and the coveted chance to say “I won.”

Here are the results!

Best Vacation Documentary

In the category of Vacation Documentaries, or best Member Mondays, the nominees were: Linda R., Costa Rica; Katherine K., Italy; Kari G., Mexico; and Dan and Rebecca L., Sedona, Arizona.

And the Global Oscar goes to:

Global Discovery Vacations member Linda R. loved Costa Rica so much she went twice. Find out what brought her back and why. 

Best Score

In the category of best score, or travel playlist music, the nominees were: Stefanie L., The Proclaimers (I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles); Laura K., Zac Brown Band (Knee Deep); Blair H., Rascal Flatts (Life is a Highway); Dean R., Justin Timberlake (Can’t Stop the Feeling); and Nicole N., Mr. Vegas (I am Blessed).

And the Global Oscar goes to:

Stefanie L., The Proclaimers (I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles) “While hiking to the lava flow on the Big Island during our vacation…I kept singing ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by The Proclaimers. It seemed fitting, even though it was only eight miles round trip.

Best Visual Effect

In the category for Best Visual Effect captured in a vacation photo, the nominees were: Member Ann T., Herbert Lake, Canada; Member Martin K., Sedona, Arizona; Member Grace R., Notre Dame, Paris; Joseph M., Alberta, Canada; Jeffrey D., Trail Ridge Road, Colorado.

And the Global Oscar goes to:

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Global Discovery Vacations Member Joseph M. took this shot at sunrise of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada.

Best Foreign Vacation Photo

The nominees for Best Foreign Vacation photo were: Benjamin M., Florence, Italy; Richard S., Lough Inagh, Ireland; Gerald T., Ronda, Spain; Dan S., Milan, Italy; Madhav A., Florence, Italy.

And the Global Oscar goes to:

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Richard S. sent us this shot taken by his son on his Global Discovery Vacations honeymoon in Ireland at Lough Inagh.

Best Directed

The nominees for Best Directed (best posed family photo) were: Kent M., Puerto Vallarta; Dave V., Las Vegas, Nevada; Andrea N., Outer Banks, North Carolina; Mathew N., Panama City Beach, Florida; Stephanie A., South Lake Tahoe, California.

And the Global Oscar goes to:

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Father/son moment: Member Mathew N. poses with his son at their favorite vacation destination in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Best Cinematography

The nominees for Best Cinematography (or most breathtaking landscape) were: Ronald Z., Leadville, Colorado; Timothy P., Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming; Diana D., North Coyote Buttes, Utah; Curtis G., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Robert H., Napali, Hawaii.

And the Global Oscar goes to:

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Only a few people get to tour the famous “Wave” in the North Coyote Buttes, Utah, but member Diana D. was one of the lucky ones.

Best Live Action

The nominees in the category for Best Live Action photo were: Jennifer M., Atlantic Beach, North Carolina; Tim S., outside Yellowstone National Park; Elizabeth A., Mt. Hood, Oregon; David G., Oahu, Hawaii; Richard R., St. Maarten.

And the Global Oscar goes to:

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David G., Living “Aoha” above the North Shore of Oahu Hawaii – the scenery is much better at 14,000 feet!

Best Female

The nominees for Best Female in a vacation photo were: Harry G., Grand Canyon; Phyllis W., Orlando, Florida; Edmanidia G., Cancun, Mexico; Paula C., Jaco, Costa Rica; Lynn D., Scottsdale, Arizona.

And the Global Oscar goes to:

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Love at first lick: Member Lynn D. makes a new friend in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Best Male

The nominees for Best Male in a vacation photo were: Sandra N., Caribbean Cruise to St. Kitts; Aleksander D., Eastern Sierra, California; Gerald M., Antigua; Patrick K., Cancun, Mexico; Leonard D., Princess Cruise to Hawaii.

And the Global Oscar goes to:

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“Monkeying around” on a Caribbean Cruise to St. Kitts, by member Sandra N.

Best Picture

The nominees for overall Best Picture were: Jeff S., Yellowstone National Park; Anna T., Banff, Canada; Garth & Sherlyn T., Barbados; Jennifer S., Panhandle, Florida; Andrea N., Outer Banks, North Carolina.

And the Global Oscar goes to (we promise to read the right card):

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Jeff S., American Bison standing in the middle of a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Congratulations to all our worthy contenders. We couldn’t do what we do without you – thank you for choosing to make your vacation memories with Global Discovery Vacations!

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn’t entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is active with local community and city theatre.