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And the Winners Are … #QldBlog

As promised earlier in the week, today I’ve got great pleasure in naming the winners of the Great Barrier Reef Queensland Blogger Correspondent competition.

106347-634.jpg767 bloggers entered the competition. They came from an amazing array of counties (52 in all)—from the US, UK, Germany, Australia, Spain, Malaysia, Belize, Netherlands, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, Italy, France, Brazil, South Africa, Israel, India, Romania, Argentina, Phillipines, Indonesia, Hawaii, Pakistan, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Denmark, Nigeria, Kenya, Thailand, Belarus, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, South Korea, Costa Rica, Moldova, Japan, Kuwait, Madagascar, Bangladesh, Chile, Mauritius, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, UAE, Hong Kong, Ukraine, and Greece.

Interestingly the vast majority of entries were from those in the USA, and from women. This is reflected in the winners list.

Choosing the winners was no easy task. The entries were of a high quality, from some amazing people, and many of the submissions were very attractive to the judging panel who were seeking to find bloggers that they felt were a good “fit” in promoting the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

We saw some very creative submissions and I myself spent a whole day looking through them all—and loved the experience! But without further ado, here are the winners:

Thanks again to those who entered and to Tourism Queensland (connect with them on Twitter here or on Facebook here) for their sponsorship of the competition. This experience has been a lot of fun, and you’ll hear more about it in June when the above crew gather together in Queensland with me to have an amazing five days together.

UPDATE: sadly we recently heard the news that Elizabeth was not able to join us for this trip. The result was an opportunity for us to add another blogger.

We went to the next person on our short list and Australian Jess Van Den from Epheriell Designs was our next target. Luckily Jess was available at very short notice (just 5 days out) – being a local helped heaps!

Congrats to Jess and our best wishes to Elizabeth – hope to see you next time!!!

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Comments

  1. Danimezza says:

    CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE

  2. Steven Fogg says:

    Great idea Darren and team! Congrats to all!

  3. Congrats guys! Hope you guys have a lot of fun :)

  4. So happy Kara of the Vacation Gals is going with you–she’ll do the destination justice!

  5. Amanda says:

    So incredible. Can’t wait for the next chapter!

  6. So thrilled! Counting down the days… Thanks, Darren.

  7. Liz Alton says:

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Darren and the Queensland Tourism Team for this opportunity – I’m truly honored to be part of such a diverse and inspiring group of bloggers! And can’t wait to meet you all in Australia!

  8. Jackie says:

    Alaska is a US State not a country, thus making it 52 countries.

  9. Thanks Darren. Can’t wait to join you all. x

  10. Delbert says:

    Congrats!!! to all winners have fun and explore the beautiful place Australia.

  11. Thank you again Darren! I’m beyond excited! Can’t wait. :)

  12. I am so honored to be going on this journey. Thank you Darren, and Tourism Queensland for helping make a dream of mine come true. I’m very excited for June!

    Jodi
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  13. And Happy Birthday Darren.

  14. Wendy says:

    Congratulations to all of them! What a wonderful experience!

  15. Kerwin says:

    Way to go BLoggers. Looking forward to the coverage.

  16. yay! Congrats to all. Especially Simple Mom. :)
    How exciting. And all well deserved.

  17. Vi says:

    Congratulations to all winners!
    As I can see you should be almost A-Blogger to win it. May be in 5 years :D

  18. ciki says:

    totally psyched! thanks again for the opportunity.. can’t wait to get my feet wet;) and to meet YOU, Darren!

  19. Nick says:

    Congratulations to all bloggers and to Darren for a great idea. It is very encourgaging to all of us in the blogosphere.

  20. RainbowEU says:

    Hope everyone has a great time!

  21. Congratulations to everyone !

    Great experience!

  22. Kamini says:

    Congrats to all! As a Malaysian residing in Australia, I am stoked to see a blogger from Malaysia making it as one of the winners. I look forward to reading their adventures. That said, I would have love to see an upcoming new blogger from Australia and I will say South Australia given a go at this. I have no qualms with Fat Mum Slim, I enjoy reading her blog, but why choose someone who’s already made it big in the blogging scene. Plenty of new talent out there too. Perhaps another time eh?

    • Vi says:

      Kamini, nothing you can do. Qld tourism needs exposure/advertising on internet and they won’t be able to do it with newbie bloggers.

  23. Congratulation, good news

  24. Stuart Flatt says:

    Thank you to Darren and Tourism Queensland. Can’t wait to get there, passport, shorts, sunglasses, laptop check!

    Look forward to seeing everyone out there!

  25. Christina says:

    Congratulations to everyone!

  26. La Leipsig says:

    Congratulations to the happy ten. I am looking forward following your adventures in june. Guess it’s now celebration time :-)

  27. Marcie says:

    Congratulations everyone! I’m looking forward to your posts and tweets.

  28. Great List – I am sure there was rhyme and reason to the selection and it does look like a variety. Can not wait to see the reports especially the photos and videos of their experiences. Great idea and it give hope and joy to ten people to be able to join Darren – Make it a great time.

  29. Jackie Hutchings says:

    I’m joining the conversation very late! Meetings, meetings and more meetings have kept me offline :-( Can I add my voice and say “wow, thank you Darren and Queensland Tourism for believing in me”. Lovely to virtually meet the team of bloggers and can’t wait to meet you all in person. I’ve had a quick look at your blogs – they all look amazing! Belated Happy Birthday Darren – hope you celebrated in style :-)

  30. Ashish says:

    Congrats to all the winner,and happy birthday Darren sir.

  31. What a trip this will be. Looking forward to following the tweets.

  32. geisslein says:

    what a great idea! congrats to all the winners!
    greetings from germany, geisslein

  33. Chantelle says:

    Thank you so much Darren and Tourism Queensland. So excited to be part of something so amazing!

  34. ciki says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Darren, and here’s our link to the #Qldblog announcement! http://cumidanciki.com/2012/04/going-to-visit-the-great-barrier-reef-with-problogger/

  35. Congrats to all the winners. I applied, but you know I am not an ‘A’ list blogger. At least, not yet. Thanks for the inspiration Darren, now I believe that travel blogs do have a future :)

    Destination Infinity

  36. Ferb says:

    Amazing plan and hopefully I’ll be the winner to the trip – Join next Time.

  37. Congrats for all winner.

  38. bijverdienen says:

    Congrats to all the winner,and happy birthday.

  39. Great idea Darren and team! Congrats to all!

  40. I knew I didn’t have too much of a chance for this one – But entered anyway, since visiting the area is one of my big dreams in life :) I am incredibly jealous of the winners – and hope you enjoy every single second of this amazing trip!!!

    Congrats!!

  41. Blain R says:

    9 women and 1 male. Definitely congrats to Stuart of the Average Joes Blog, time to represent! Congrats to all the winners, bummed I couldn’t pull through but a finance blog it seems was a long shot!

  42. mobi army 2 says:

    Great idea Darren and team! Congrats to all!

  43. Game IWIN says:

    what a great idea! congrats to all the winners!