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Momondo Open World Awards 2018

 
Last week I was invited to Momodo Open World Awards, a gala for travel-influencers.

I was there because of all you wonderful people that comments on my blog posts and likes my photos on Instagram, it was because of you I was one of the ten finalists in the category "Photography". So I would just like to start off by saying a big THANK YOU to all of you who voted for me! You voted me into the final where a jury decided the winner, and I did not win my category but I honestly didn't mind at all. Who cares if the jury choose another influencer as the winner - I already feel like a winner with all of the support I've gotten from you guys over the last couple of weeks. THANK YOU! ❤
 
Open World Award was founded by the hotel and travel search site Momondo to celebrate influencers who inspire to discover more and break down cultural barriers that separate people. I brought my boyfriend as my plus one and the event was held in a beautifully decorated place called Skyddsrummet in Stockholm where we started off with mingle and drinks followed by a dinner buffé. 
 
 
 
After that, it was time for the Award Show. There were four different categories with two winners in each, one where the jury had looked at the whole channel as a collected work and one where they had just looked at a single post. The jury consisted of travel profiles in different areas, like the producer Harald Broström, the travel journalist Johanna Jackson, the Influencer duo Swedish Nomad and Alien Chris, and Isabella Knudsen who have been working with both Red Cross and Amnesty International.
 
After some technical malfunction, all of the eight awards had been handed out. As I mentioned earlier I walked away without one but still felt like a winner since I think the great honour was getting voted to the final by you guys ❤ There was an afterparty after the award show but we were not in the mood for partying and left quite early. I just wanted to get home and take of the devil made things called "high heels", haha. I do not even know why I bother with them, I'm more of a sneakers or hiking boots kind of girl ;)
 

Check out the winners in the four different categories:

BLOG
Single Post: Lydias Planet
Collected Work: Discovering the planet

PHOTOGRAPHY
Single Post: Ola Cedell
Collected Work: Everyday Explorers

VIDEO
Single Post: Where is Alice
Collected Work: LifeInMotion

OPEN WORLD
Single Post: pwgfreestyle
Collected Work: Finally Lost 

Fotomässan & Explore 2018

 
Yesterday I took the morning off work to go and nerd in my two favourite things: photography and exploring the world.
 
Fotomässan (= photography fair) and Explore Outdoors are two big fairs in Sweden, and this year they decided to have both of them combined in Stockholm and I think no one was happier than me when I heard the news. Especially since I won one ticket to the fair at Stockholm Photo Marathon last year which meant that I didn't even have to pay the entrance fee, haha! Entrance is usually 190 SEK.
 
I spent four hours roaming around the stalls, trying out camera equipment, listening to lectures from both photographers and adventures and signing up for pretty much every competition available. So can we all have our fingers crossed that I win a trip to hike the Inca Trail or climbing to base camp at Mount Everest? ;) I also got a t-shirt as an early bird gift for signing up to Stockholm Photo Marathon 2018 and brought home a bunch of magazines to scroll in and dream about beautiful destinations I would like to visit.
 
If you are in Stockholm this weekend - go and visit Fotomässan and Explore!