My Favourite Travel Photos from 2011

I couldn’t feel luckier if I won the lottery. Over the past year I have been able to travel to some incredible places and experience a countless number of “once in a lifetime” moments. Through it all, I have also been lucky enough to take a whole lot of pictures. Although I am far too lazy to figure out just how many photos I’ve taken in 2011, I would estimate that number to be around about 10,000, possible much more. That being said. Choosing just a handful of photos was almost impossible. Rather than giving truly my favourite photos of the year, I have given you a snapshot of some of my favourites following a timeline. It would have been easy for me to add 20 images from Antactica and 10 from the Galapagos but I wanted to spread the wealth out a bit. Instead you’ll find 48 images from around 20 counties and 3 different continents. I hope you enjoy, and would love to hear from you which one is your favourite.

The Best Photos of 2011 - Jan 4

Penguin Photographer – South Shetland Islands, Antarctica – Jan 4

The Best Photos of 2011 - Jan 7

Iceberg Scene – Antarctica – Jan. 7

The Best Photos of 2011 - Jan 9

Penguin Dive – Antarctica – Jan. 9

The Best Photos of 2011 - Jan 10

Misfit Penguin – Antarctica – Jan. 10

The Best Photos of 2011 - Jan 20

Puerto Madero Sky – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Jan. 20

The Best Photos of 2011 - Jan 22

Dos Cascadas – Iguazu Falls, Argentina – Jan. 22

The Best Photos of 2011 - Jan 26

Trains in Motion – Curitiba, Brazil – Jan. 26

The Best Photos of 2011 - Feb 1

Rio Stair Walker – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Feb. 1

The Best Photos of 2011 - Feb 7

Floripa Sea Scene – Florianopolis, Brazil – Feb. 7

The Best Photos of 2011 - Feb 14

Iconic or Ironic – Punta del Este, Uruguay – Feb. 14

The Best Photos of 2011 - Feb 16

Old School in Uruguay – Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay – Feb. 16

The Best Photos of 2011 - Feb. 22

Patient Hummingbird – Filadelfia, Paraguay – Feb 22

The Best Photos of 2011 - Feb 26

Caiman Crawl – The Pantanal, Brazil – Feb. 26

The Best Photos of 2011 - March 6

Carnival Police – Salvador de Bahia, Brazil – March 6

The Best Photos of 2011 - March 7

Carnival Scene – Salvador de Bahia, Brazil – March 7

The Best Photos of 2011 - March 31

Lily Pad Flower – Belem, Brazil – March 31

The Best Photos of 2011 - April 10

Poison Arrow Dart Frog – Annai, Guyana – Apr. 10

The Best Photos of 2011 - April 27

Medellin View – Medellin, Colombia – Apr. 27

The Best Photos of 2011 - May 14

A Butterfly’s Dinner – Medellin, Colombia – May 14

The Best Photos of 2011 - June 15

Bogota Balloons – Bogota, Colombia – June 15

The Best Photos of 2011 - July 8

Medellin HDR Scene – Medellin, Colombia – July 8

The Best Photos of 2011 - August 8

Belize Boat Scene – Caye Caulker, Belize – Aug. 8

The Best Photos of 2011 - August 10

Lonely Flower – Finca Ixobel – Aug. 10

The Best Photos of 2011 - August 13

‘It Wasn’t Me!’ Volcano – Antigua, Guatemala – Aug. 13

The Best Photos of 2011 - August 15

Seasoned Traveller – Copan, Honduras – Aug. 15

The Best Photos of 2011 - August 18

Fun at the Infinity Pool – San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – Aug. 18

The Best Photos of 2011 - August 25

Smile for Jamaica – Negril, Jamaica – Aug. 25

The Best Photos of 2011 - August 27

Big Jamaican Sky – Negril, Jamaica – Aug. 27

The Best Photos of 2011 - September 1

Crab View – Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica – Sept. 1

The Best Photos of 2011 - September 6

Panama City Freeway – Panama City, Panama – Sept 6

The Best Photos of 2011 - September 8

Panama City From Above – Sept 8

The Best Photos of 2011 - September 8

Heavy Lifting – Puerto Obaldia, Panama – Sept. 8

The Best Photos of 2011 - September 9

Capurgana Creek – Sept. 8

The Best Photos of 2011 - September 10

Caribbean Posers – Sapzurro, Colombia – Sept. 10

The Best Photos of 2011 - September 26

A King’s Profile – Medellin, Colombia – Sept. 26

The Best Photos of 2011 - October 30

Las Lajas Cathedral – Ipiales, Colombia – Oct. 30

The Best Photos of 2011 - November 6

Beach Flip – Montanita, Ecuador – Nov. 6

The Best Photos of 2011 - November 12

Yellow Warbler Contrast – The Galapagos Islands – Nov. 12

The Best Photos of 2011 - November 13

Baby Sea Lion Salute – The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – Nov. 13

The Best Photos of 2011 - November 14

Pelican Flight – The Galapagos Islands – Nov. 14

The Best Photos of 2011 - December 6

Rainy Brooklyn Bridge – New York City, USA – Dec. 6

The Best Photos of 2011 - December 6-2

Brooklyn in Cages – Brooklyn, New York, USA

The Best Photos of 2011 - December 6-3

Lady Liberty – New York City, USA – Dec 6

The Best Photos of 2011 - December 6-4

Brooklyn Bridge Wires – New York City, USA – Dec. 6

The Best Photos of 2011 - December 9

Skating Lessons – Toronto, Canada – Dec. 9

The Best Photos of 2011 - December 13

Toronto Skyline – Toronto, Canada – Dec. 13

The Best Photos of 2011 - December 14

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and All the Best in the New Year!


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: Brendan van Son is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He has visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than he has the desire to count. Check out his profile on . for a little bit more about him.

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35 Comments

  1. Wow, what a great list of photos Brendan! That penguin is an amazing photographer! :)

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    • Thanks Jeremy – Actually, I have a secret, that penguin took all those pictures.

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  2. So many great photos, it’s hard to pick a favorite one :)

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    • Thanks Tijmen, it was hard for me to pick 48 out of a year, I wouldn’t dare try to pick one myself either!

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  3. I love the one with the penguin. You have mad photog skills Brendan!

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    • Thanks Grace! That penguin is a show stealer!

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    • Yesir Alex… it was a good one, and here’s hoping 2012 is equally great.

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  4. Love, love, love this collection! What a year you have had. I hope you have had a chance to get your camera and equipment replaced.

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    • Thanks Jenna, it’s been a fun year, and the camera gear collection is starting again slowly but surely.

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  5. Amazing shots. I’m sure it’s really difficult to catch those birds still for the perfect photo. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings. Hope to bump into you on the road during our RTW travels.

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    • Thanks Gerard – I’m stoked for a new year and new adventures!

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  6. Great shots Brendan, you really had an eventful year! I look forward to what you come up with in 2012. Have a good one! Cheers.

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    • @Dean – It’s been a heck of a lot of fun, and some struggles as well, but I couldn’t have wished for a better year.

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    • Thanks Miruna, I hope you have a nice holiday and all the best in the New Year.

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    • Thanks Kevin, All the best to you in the New Year!

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  7. Brendan, that is a truly amazing set of photographs! What a fantastic year you’ve had. All the pictures are amazing and although Antarctica is a dream destination of mine and I’m drawn to the iceberg Antarctica shot, the Panama city freeway shot is my favourite.
    Keep sharing in 2012!

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    • Thanks Clare! It’s been an incredible year. Looking back on the year I’ve had sends chills down my spine. I’ve been very lucky. All the best in the new year to you!

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  8. Your photos are magic. I’m in love with them all, especially the portraits. To capture a person’s true and real emotions is a gift. And, Brendan, you have that gift (to go along with your awesome skills).

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    • Thanks so much Leah, I appreciate the kind words

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  9. What an awesome collection of shots! The portrait of the guy in Brazil smiling and the Posion Frog are my favourites. Hopefully we will be able to pull together a post like this at the end of 2012!

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    • Euan, thanks so much, all the best in the new year!

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  10. What a year! Great pics amigo
    All the best in 2012!

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    • Cheers Cam, in 2012 I’m focusing on photos of beer haha

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  11. I know we’re all looking to outsource menial tasks, but damn, you’ve got the bases covered with a penguin that’s a legit sharpshooter :P

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    • That penguin is a better photographer than I’ll ever be Sam ahha

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  12. oh my! so many beautiful pictures! love all your photos! and hope the best for you in 2012!

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    • Thanks Marcella!

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  13. Outstanding .. as a serial photo essayist myself, there’s no better way to tell the story of your year than through pictures!

    Makes me pumped for C/S America when I get to make my way over there … returning SE Asia first though, starting in 2 weeks! :)

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    • Thanks James – Let me know if you ever need any advice on South America… that’s my playground :D

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  14. Stunning photos! There are so many great pictures, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Happy New Year to you – looking forward to seeing Africa through your lens.

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    • @Girls – Thanks so much, happy new year to you too!

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