Friends in Morocco – Best Culture Photos 2019

Heather Edwards’ winning Sahara shot, plus more great pics of local encounters.

by Maryann Jones Thompson

So many travel photos place kids in iconic environments – at the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower or Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland.

When judging the ROAM 2019 Photo Contest, we wanted to choose photos that placed families in new places with local beings, buildings, or situations that we’ve encountered traveling with our own kids – even though these might not be the “hero” image typically posted on social media.

The ROAM 2019 winning “Culture” photographer is Heather Edwards of we3edwards_exploring. The American Navy wife has moved five times in the last six years and currently lives outside of Naples, Italy. The free-spirit and former international flight attendant has always loved traveling, and now enjoys it even more with her husband and son. The trio has visited 3 continents, 20 countries and 10 states so far.

“In February 2018, we took the adventure of a lifetime all over Morocco, including time in Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, an overnight in The Erg Chebbi Dunes (where this photo was taken), Rissani, Midelt, Fes, Chefchaouen, Casablanca and back to Marrakech,” says Heather. “The camel ride was great fun and a top experience for our family.”

Her son was so pleased with himself after riding the camel solo to the overnight campsite in the dunes, he asked his mom to snap this photo with his camel.   “Snap a picture, mom! I was so brave, wasn’t I?” I have to say, the boy’s cuteness is kinda overwhelming – and I look at family vacation photos for a living 😉

ROAM recognized four more extraordinary entries as honorable mention winners in the Culture category:

  • Angie, the Indonesian mom behind vacationinfashion, for their family shot in Wae Rebo, Flores, Indonesia. (Her blog specializes in coordinated outfits for family travel photos!)
  • Laura of frugalforluxury’s photo of meeting local kids in Ponta do Sol on Santo Antão, Cape Verde – a heartwarming and understated beauty.
  • Aafje de Laat, the Dutch mom behind  kidslovetravel for a precious shot of her husband and daughter in a rooftop pool in Bangkok.
  • Jose DeCos of traveler_papa_jose for capturing a gaggle of giggling Filipina paparazzi adoring his daughter.


Check out all the prize-winning photos in the gallery below (turn mobile devices to “landscape” to view complete photos and caption.)  See ROAM 2019’s winning Culture shots, learn the backstory of each one and read the judges comments in the gallery below.

Best CULTURE Photos

ROAM 2019 Photo Contest CULTURE Winner & Honorable Mentions 

 Maryann Jones Thompson  – January 2019

ROAM Founder & Editor in Chief   

After a thousand years in publishing as a business journalist and content strategist, Maryann brings her experience traveling as a backpacker, businessperson, expat and mom to writing and editing for ROAM. After traveling with her husband and kids to uncommon spots across six continents, she’s currently focused on finding ANY trip that’ll interest teens, hitting epic scuba spots, and expanding family-travel horizons in her native California and beyond.


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