Thursday,  July 9, 2020  6:53 am

We have a winner in the 2019 Holiday Snapshots contest!

We have a winner in the 2019 Holiday Snapshots contest!

We have our winner!

After several weeks and dozens of great entries, is proud to announce the grand prize winner of our 2019 Holiday Snapshots contest, held in partnership with Sunwing and Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica.

As chosen by our readers, the winner of this year’s grand prize – an all-inclusive vacation for two to Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica onboard Sunwing Airlines – is Saskatoon’s Jessie Usselman of Inspired Travels By Jess, with her photo ‘Cloudy Mountain Ports,’ which was taken in Ketchikan, Alaska during a sailing aboard the Norwegian Sun.

“It’s minus 22 with the windchill here! We’ve got tons of snow and it’s freezing, so this really made my day!” Usselman told PAX upon receiving the news that she had won.

The story behind the photo

Usselman said that while the weather on the cruise – the second-last of the season for the Norwegian Sun – was mostly overcast, it provided the perfect opportunity to snap a memorable photo.

“We had not-great weather for most of the trip – we didn’t get to spot any of the wildlife – but what we really got out of it was that we got to see Alaska in the fall,” Usselman explained. “We had that dewy, misty look that really made the foliage stand out and when we came into that port – with the picturesque houses – it was a breathtaking moment and I had to take a picture.

“It was my first cruise and it really inspired me to do some more cruising through terrains that are not easy to get to,” she added. “It directly inspired my next cruise, which was in Norway.”

Thank you to all of our participants in this year's Holiday Snapshots Contest!

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