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Win a Cover Feature, Cool Prizes & Bragging Rights in Quark's Cover Photo Contest

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We're working on our 2015.16 Quark Expeditions brochure and want YOU to help us create the perfect polar-themed cover! We're accepting polar-region photo submissions and public votes until July 20, when 12 semi-finalist photos will be reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges.

Three winners will take home amazing prizes (and bragging rights) and have their work featured in our brochure, with the grand prize winner gracing the cover!

If you've taken a cover-worthy shot on one of your Quark Expeditions voyages, you could be eligible for one of these awesome prize packages:

Grand Prize:

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  • A GoPro HERO3+ shockproof, waterproof camera with accessories. With its polycarbonate exoskeleton housing, 11MP and wind-noise reduction, your new GoPro HERO3+ will help you elevate your polar region photography efforts and produce incredible wildlife, scenic and action shots.
  • Your photo featured on the cover of the Quark Expeditions 2015.16 brochure.
  • Serious bragging rights!

Second Prize:

  • An iPad Mini, perfect for polar photography with higher resolution than an HDTV and the ability to produce incredibly detailed, vibrant photos from a 7.9-inch device.
  • Your photo featured in the Quark Expeditions 2015.16 brochure.

Third Prize:

  • An Olympus Tough Digital Camera Adventure Kit, complete with one of the toughest outdoor cameras going, with a case and float strap. Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and freezeproof, it's made for extreme conditions like those at either pole.
  • Your photo featured in the Quark Expeditions 2015.16 brochure.

How to Enter the Quark Expeditions Cover Photo Contest:

Get your entries in ASAP and share with your friends, family and social networks. The public voting option will determine the top 12 finalists that will be reviewed by our panel of celebrity judges. So go online and encourage everyone to vote for their favorite photos!

To submit your photo, simply visit our Cover Photo Contest on our website or on Facebook to upload your image with a caption before July 20, 2014. Don't worry – if you have more than one amazing, cover-worthy photo, you can submit more than once.

Photos must be portrait layout (vertical) and a minimum resolution of 2700 x 3600 pixels @ 300 dpi. And color photos only please. And photos should have enough empty space at the top for the brochure masthead.

Winners Announced in August 2014

After the field of submissions is narrowed by popular public vote, our team of celebrity judges, alongside members of the Quark Expeditions team, will evaluate the finalist photos and choose the winners!

The judges include:

  • Paul Nicklen; National Geographic Photographer and Polar Expert
  • Jonathan Shackleton; Author, Historian and cousin to Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Falcon Scott; Builder, Creator, Artisan and grandson of Captain Robert Falcon Scott
  • Chris Hudson; Group Art Editor, National Geographic Traveller

Celebrity Judge

Be sure to check out the results on the Quark Expeditions website and newsletter in early August. And remember, just because your photo wasn’t selected as one of the top three finalists, doesn’t mean your image won’t be featured in one of the brochure pages. Notable mentions may also be featured throughout the brochure, with photographer credits.

Will You Be Quark's Next Cover Photographer?

The contest is open – get your submissions in today and start campaigning for votes! If you caught a polar bear or penguin doing something incredible, or have an icescape you need to share with the world, or think your unique eye has captured an image perfectly encapsulating polar travel – share it with the world!

Visit the contest app to enter today. Good luck and may the best polar photographer win!

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A Guide to the Arctic: Explore And Win A Trip!

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We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of our new, interactive online polar north region discovery and exploration tool.

A Guide to the Arctic allows you to simply click to explore Arctic regions, wildlife, climate, history, geography and fun facts. Clicking on various points within each category and information layer reveals pop-up boxes with fast facts, visuals, videos and more.

Where more information is available, users can take a deep dive into encyclopedia entries, longer videos, articles and other linked resources.

Here, we're exploring locations by choosing the green ship icon from the menu on the right side of the page.

Arctic Game

 

We can explore the polar region and specific locations like Greenland and the Canadian Arctic by moving our cursor around the map. Anywhere more information is available to explore, we'll see the region turn a darker green when our cursor passes over. Clicking on one of these interactive points brings up photos, fast facts, video or other elements to teach us more about the region, like this video of Greenland:

Greenland video

Use the guide to discover the natural habitat and regions of choice for different species of Arctic animals, including birds, on-land and marine animals. In this example, we've decided we want to know where the ringed seal lives across the Arctic region:

Arctic Game

 

Which area of the Arctic would you like to visit and explore? Check out the Voyages map, which shows all of the different areas you can visit with Quark Expeditions. Each icon expands to display a full map of the expedition route, with highlights and a link to more in-depth information.

Arctic Game

 

Guide to the Arctic is HTML5-based and makes use of jQuery. It works in any web browser, allowing you to explore and investigate from any internet-connected device.

For a limited time, we're giving Guide to the Arctic users a chance to win a trip for two to the Arctic! Simply click on the blue entry button in the guide and answer the skill-testing question about what you've learned in Guide to the Arctic. The contest runs until May 31, 2014.

What do you think of A Guide to the Arctic? We'd love to hear your feedback below! View our Arctic Guide YouTube video for more information!

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