Summer Smiles Photo Contest – Calling all Cute Kids

Now,  if we are honest about it,  we all know that kids are not all smiles when traveling. However, on any vacation there are always those wonderful moments when your child is totally enthralled by whatever they are experiencing.  Maybe it was meeting Cinderalla at Disneyland, running through a fountain at the park, or flying through the trees on a zipline.  We are looking for photos that are a celebration of why families love to travel together.  Go ahead, send in your summer photos of your cuties smiling from ear to ear in total vacation bliss.

All entries must be submitted by Sept 4, 2009 11:59am PST.  No limit on number of entries.

The winning entry will receive a free Blurb photo book
Make your own coffee table book with your family’s vacation memories.  Blurb’s photos books will blow you away. Betcha grandma would love a copy too.

The top 5 entries also get to star on Trekaroo’s Home Page

How to enter your photo:

1) Join Trekaroo

2) Click Rate and Review and lookup the place that the photo was taken

3) Write a review that sums up your experience  (If you can’t find it, add the place to our database by clicking “add new”)

4) Add a photo to your review

5) Add a comment to this blog post with a) url link to your review b) your Trekaroo username.

All entries must be submitted by Sept 4, 2009 11:59am PST.  No limit on number of entries.

About the judges:

Bridget Stern is a Chicago area photographer specializing in child and family photography with a photojournalistic style.  View her portfolio or follow her blog

Angela Calderon is an Atlanta based photographer who specializes in maternity and child photography.

Travel with kids to: CA | FL | HI | MA | NY | PA | TX | VA

About the author

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl (13, 11, and 3) currently traveling through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2.5 year old.
36 Responses
  1. TravelPangs

    Hi Monique,
    For your safety, I didn’t approve your comment on the Talking Trekaroo for the Summer Smiles Photo Contest. I didn’t want to have your email posted on our blog. If you wish to submit your photo on Trekaroo for the photo contest, please copy and paste the web address (url) where it is posted on Trekaroo into a comment to the Summer Smiles Photo Contest blog post and add your Trekaroo Username. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  2. TravelPangs

    Our first entry – came in through our posting on our Facebook fan page. I’m moving it here.

    Jeannie Manis
    Wow – great site! Lots of great info that I’ll be researching for our upcoming family vacation.
    Photo Link:
    User Name: JeannieM

  3. Tianagorham

    My grandsons loved walking along the national seashore at their nana’ house. Lots of things to see, surf sounds, and animals to see both in and out of the tidal pools.

  4. Rhonda

    Here is my submission, several photos of my kiddos having fun at Woodloch Pines in Hawley PA


  5. TravelPangs

    A couple entries from morrobaykim:

    Good timing! I just uploaded this photo (It’s on the main article, not the review, but I wrote both, does that count?):

    Here’s another. Something about this photo is compelling to me.

  6. p_sub

    Here is my submission, my favorite pics of my son are from this trip and this is when I discovered my love of photography. I have beautiful memories from Gulf Shores.

  7. jon wong

    I don’t know if it’s a great photo but it was a super classic Dad moment. Much like her riding a bike without training wheels this is fearless Sam (7) hopping on a board for the first time. Her big brother Spenser (10) has had many huge sports moments already and she is his no.1 cheerleader; but this was a time for her father and brother on the sidelines cheering her on…

  8. rosemary

    Here’s a couple of pics from our recent trip to the Texas State Aquarium. SO FUN! I think it was our 3rd or 4th visit.

  9. rosemary It’s almost fall again! Pumpkin time!

  10. romar

    apparently he loves the beach! here are pics from rockport texas

  11. romar

    Trying to post this again…not sure if it’s working?

  12. shpope0531

    Our family loved the trip to Warren dunes.

  13. mjschubert

    I have so many great photos of our time at Mackerel Cove. But, I love this one. Using one found item to explore for more!

  14. Lisa

    We had a wonderful time exploring Salem with our young daughter. This photo captures her fun-loving enthusiasm.

  15. Lisa


    b) cavalletta

    We had a wonderful time exploring The House of the Seven Gables in Salem. This photo captures our young daughter’s travel-loving enthusiasm.

  16. Lisa


    b) cavalletta

    We had a great time exploring New England’s hidden historical gems–this photo was captured at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers.

  17. Elena

    We so enjoyed the La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, CA!

  18. Elena

    A wonderful California weekend as a family!

  19. Elena



  20. Molly

    My username is mattandmolly


  21. Kim

    Just uploaded several more pics, just in time!


  22. Steve

    Did a couple more reviews and some fun pictures of our daughter


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