Photo Contest

Congratulations to our 2018 Photo Contest Winners. The winner of each category receives a $500 trip credit towards any trip that Randonnée Tours offers. Thank you to everyone who participated. We hope these photographs will inspire you to travel with us in the future.

And the winners are...


Moments Category Winner 2018:

Aran C. - Prague to Vienna


“The Moments picture was taken on Day 3 of our Czech Republic to Austria tour, just south of Cesky Krumlov. It was a very peaceful circuit ride of the countryside, with rolling hills and a few climbs on well-maintained roads with little traffic. I really like how Randonnee incorporates circuit rides in their itineraries—they allow a slower pace to the day with a chance to explore the region before going back to familiar lodgings.“ Aran C.


With Honourable Mentions to


Jim B. - Canadian Rockies


"This is our Red Chair moment at Yoho Lake in the Canadian Rockies. We were tired after a 300 meter climb from Whisky Jack Hostel so we were delighted to find these two red chairs.“ Jim B.


Places Category Winner 2018:

Suzanne L. - Switzerland


“The picture was taken while hiking First in Grindelwald. After taking a cable car to the top, we hiked over to the lake shown in the photo. While continuing our ascent, we stumbled upon dozens of cows freely roaming (some directly on the hiking path) and this photo was snapped while looking back over the lake, taking in the "awe" of the staggering mountains in the backdrop, the sun shining down, and feeling (literally) on cloud nine. The only things this picture does not capture is the "ding, ding, ding" of the cowbells chiming through the mountainsides adding to the natural serenity. Since I have a special affinity for cows, my heart jumped for joy as soon as I heard the bells chiming on our hikes. Switzerland is breathtaking placed filled with natural beauty. A perfect destination for anyone who loves the outdoors (a love for cheese and chocolate does not hurt either)" Suzanne L.


With Honourable Mentions to


Aran C. - Prague to Vienna


“The Places picture was taken at the end of Day 4 of our Czech Republic to Austria tour, in Maria Taferl, Austria. The day was spent on a transit ride along the Danube, with good riding legs, up until the long steep climb up the hill to Hotel Schachner. This was a shot from the exterior courtyard dining area just at sunset, during a champagne toast with friends to our day’s ride—a very excellent moment. I really love how Randonnee finds lodging at remarkable locations and balances the itinerary with challenging climbs and pleasant distance rides during transit.“ Aran C.


Faces Category Winner 2018:

Hans S & Lynne D. - Loire Valley


"The photo was taken on September 15, 2018 - the second day of our self-guided 7-day tour of the Chateaux of the Loire. The location was about one kilometer east of Montlouis-sur-Loire. It wasn’t an actual village - just a cluster of rustic houses on a country lane, shaded by trees. We loved the dappled sunlight, the roses in the gardens, the stone walls and the tranquility of it all. There wasn’t a tour bus, car or even a person in sight. (In fact, we thought the place was deserted until we noticed two neatly dressed Jehovah’s Witnesses with their pamphlets, knocking on doors.) Although we loved seeing the legendary chateaux of the Loire, the chance to discover "off-the-beaten-track" spots was one of the reasons we enjoyed the trip so much. It was delightful to bike along quiet country roads, far from traffic, enjoying the landscape and the small villages that most tourists never get to see. We’re already planning our next Randonnee trip - and the hardest part has been deciding on the destination." Hans. S & Lynne D.


With Honourable Mentions to


Barry S. - Provence


“Inside Le Cercle Republicain, Gordes, France, 17 March 2018. A social club with little food but daily drink for a crowd when elsewhere there were no crowds in the off-season. Our trespass did not interrupt le discours politique in session.“ Barry S.



Become a Randonnée Tours photographer!

The contest has three categories: Faces, Places and Moments. You can submit up to 5 photos per category. The winner of each category will receive a $500 trip credit.


It might be a French
winemaker swirling a
glass of his wine before
tasting in Burgundy;
elderly ladies sitting in
a square in an Italian
village, or (if you join
one of our special
departures to Vietnam)
a woman selling boat
trips on the river in Hoi


Whether in the
magnificent scenery of
the Canadian Rockies,

viewing a monastery on
a lake in Czech Republic
on our Prague to Vienna trip,
or NapaValley vineyards
at firstlight, photographs
that capture the beauty
of a place are what
will win here.


There is no doubt that
your trip will include
magical moments
throughout. It could
be getting a shave in
Ostuni, Italy, listening to
a storyteller in Ireland,
dancing to Pizica music
in Puglia, Italy.





Advice from our in house photographer:

Increase your chances at taking great photographs by catching the light at its best (early morning, late afternoon); try to incorporate something into the picture that lets people know what country you are in (even a sign in the background can help). You don’t need people posing- it’s usually better if they aren’t. If they are wearing Randonnée Tours jerseys and t-shirts, we love that and of course, photos of people cycling or hiking are our favorites!

How to participate:
Submit your selection by email at to our office. Please use .JPG format with a high resolution (1MB minimum). Email subject line: Photo Contest. You can also send us the link to uploaded pictures on websites such as dropbox, flickr, etc...

All entries become the property of Randonnée Tours Inc., and may be used for publicity purposes and published on our website. Winning entries will not necessarily be published. All submissions may be edited for publication.



Past Winners


Moments Category Winner 2017: Jordan & Andrea

Maui, USA


“On our 5th day of riding, we stopped to take a moment to enjoy the incredible views of Maui. From Thompson Ranch Road where we stopped, we could see all the routes of our previous 4 days of riding. It was quite amazing to see what we had accomplished!“ Andrea R.


With Honourable Mentions to


Sophie S. - Canadian Rockies





Laraine D. - Loire Valley


“Taking time out to enjoy the stunning beauty of woods full of wild pink and white Cyclamens in September in the Loire Valley.” Laraine D.


Places Category Winner 2017: Christophe and Tami D. Canadian Rockies


“The photograph was taken on top of the waterfalls on the way to Packer's Pass from Skoki Lodge. This was the first day that we were able to see the amazing scenery as there was a lot of smoke in the air several days before because of fires.The image will be imprinted in our memories forever." Christophe D.



Honourable Mentions to


John B. - Italian Lakes



Donna B. - Puglia


"Puglia didn't have many brightly coloured buildings and so this wall of graffiti caught my attention, and Susan blended in perfectly with her bright cycling jersey". Donna B.



Faces Category Winner 2017: Cary F. - Dordogne


“This photo was taken on the ride from Rocamadour to Carsac in the Dordogne. We were looking for a place to stop for a picnic lunch - while riding through the town of Sainte-Mondane we found this nice spot with a picnic table, a beautiful old stone wall and the charming village behind it. While sitting at the table, I noticed our friend Lee sitting against the stone wall with an interesting expression. Seeing Lee’s expression, the bikes, the stone wall and the village beyond it, it just seemed like a great moment to capture with a photo.” Cary F.


With Honourable Mentions to


Jordan and Andrea R. - Maui


“Only one hour of rain on our trip on Maui- it felt so refreshing after climbing the notorious “wall” on the breathtakingly spectacular day 4 of riding. What an adventure to cycle on Maui. We had such a wonderful experience.“ Andrea R



Sylvia D. - Holland


“This was the special trip we had with our son before he graduates from college next May. Bob took this shot of us heading to Gouda. The fun and friendly Dutch people we met, the fairy tale villages, the great food and happy hours, biking forests and along the North Sea - it was all magical memories.” Sylvia D.


John & Sharon N. - Croatia



Peter R. - Ireland



Lorraine B. - Burgundy



Cathy & Brian W. & David & Margaret S. - Provence South



Geoff & Janet P. - Dordogne



Lynn & Neil M. - Provence



M. Kseniak - Amalfi Hiking

This photographer submitted so many amazing photos that we had a tie for 1st prize...The picture on the right is the Grotta Azzurra on the island of Capri for those of you wondering...

B. Matthiesen - Provence Hiking

J. Ridge - Dordogne Biking

M. Kinne - Ireland Cycling; A. Bushkowsky - Loire Valley Cycling; A. Robins - Las Alpujarras Hiking (from left)

R.Yurick - Umbria Cycling

umbria cycling randonnee tours

P. Hardy - Ireland cycling

ireland cycling randonnee tours

D. Auld - Rockies Hiking

rockies hiking randonnee tours

C. Hill - Camino de Santiago Cycling

S. Colomby- Puglia cycling

P. Hesje - Tucany cycling

B. & S. Kelcher - Morocco Special Departure

J. Ladner - Brittany cycling

J. Brown and M. Neufeld - Cinque Terre Hiking

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