How I Enjoy a Good Photo – and a Post-Christmas Giveaway!

UPDATE (16 Jan 2013):  Congratulations to “Kelley” for winning the 8″ by 10″ canvas print courtesy of Printcopia and ilivetotravel!!  And thank you all for your interest – wish I had had a couple more to give away.

As you may know from my blog, I love photography.  Admittedly, I am not the most technical photographer.  However, I love finding unique shots to remember the places I have been to and share the sights I’ve seen with others who like to see the world in person or via blogs like mine.  Check out some of my photo essays, like the one of the tiles of Dubrovnik or, the one about the street art of Barrio Bellavista in Santiago, or of the one of the  churches and monasteries of Moldova to see what I mean about my photos.   Though the space to hang photos in my house is limited, I do have my favorite ones enlarged and on display (hmm… maybe I should show in another photo essay the ones I have on display at home!).

Of all the photos displayed in my house, only one has been printed on canvas so far.  I really enjoy the texture the canvas print adds to the picture.  So it is rather fortunate that offered me a complimentary canvas to test their offering.  It is a great opportunity to review all the photos from the last year and pick another to add to my “display gallery” while checking out their service for future reference.  I picked the following photo from my trip to Curacao where the architecture was so charming.

Otrobanda neighborhood of Willemstad, Curacao

A giveaway is born

In addition, Printcopia offered me a choice of one of their products to give to one of my readers as a thank-you for following ilivetotravel and enjoying my stories and photos.  I decided to pick a free 8″ by 10″ canvas print since I can vouch for the product from my own experience.

Getting my photo canvas

I was very pleased with the incredibly easy-to-use website.  Easy not only to place the order but also to fine tune the design of the canvas (good details like how the sides of the canvas should appear).

The website was very easy to use (I have used various websites in the past for different photography-related products) and the canvas print was really nicely done.  I hope whoever wins this giveaway finds their experience with Printcopia as good as my own!

Here is how the canvas came packaged:

A canvas print comes shipped in a box

The actual canvas!   Looks great!

Canvas print of a photo from Willemstad, Curacao

The detail of the wrap-around print – awesome touch!!

Canvas print detail - wrap-around print

Now to how to enter to win!

What do you have to do to win?  VERY simple.  Both items below must be completed by midnight Eastern time (end of day of) Tuesday, January 15th, 2013.

  1. Like my Facebook page at
  2. Leave a comment on THIS post and share what photo you would make into the canvas should you win the giveaway.  (Make sure I can match your comment here and your Facebook account!)

I will pick a winner at random from those I can match.  Only one entry per person and, unfortunately, this offer is only possible for addresses in the 48 continental states of the U.S.

I will email the winner shortly thereafter and the winner will have forty-eight (48) hours to respond or else the winner forfeits and I will pick another person at random.  Once the winner responds, I will connect the winner with Printcopia and from there, the winner will work with Printcopia to order and get their free canvas!

That’s it and good luck!


Final fine print…  By entering, you agree with these!

  • All decisions by ilivetotravel on the giveaway, picking the winner, etc. are final and at the sole discretion of ilivetotravel.
  • Any and all matters related to the prize and its delivery are between the winner and Printcopia.


  1. That print looks awesome!
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  2. That is indeed beautiful. That was a wonderful choice to get on a canvas.

  3. I love your canvas. I also reminds me of Old San Juan
    My photo would be one I took of a garita in El Morro. I think it would look terrific in a canvas.

  4. I love that Curacao photo, Raul, and it looks gorgeous on the canvas! Should I win this giveaway (and even if I don’t; I’ve honestly been considering doing this!), the photo I would choose is one of my husband, our daughter, and me in San Gimignano, Italy (some of you may recognize it as my Twitter profile picture).
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  5. Wow! As always you are amazing in your work and your passion. I would reprint the Curacao photo OR the one of Captain Boss laughing – it makes me smile and helps me remember that LIFE is JOYOUS . . .obviously this can be harder to remember at certain times in life. BUT that image captures it! Fun contest!

  6. Laura Elliott says:

    Love the photo! The photo I would choose would be one of a sunset in Phuket…just beautiful.

  7. Your photo that you chose is really beautiful. I would order the photo of Kaieteur Falls I took with a rainbow emanating from the spray.
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  8. oooh yours came out beautifully!! love it!
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  9. wow, looks like a great product, I’d love to test it too….#fingerscrossed.

    For me, I’d pick the sunset that changed my life… the image from Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

    stay adventurous, Craig
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  10. of course i like ‘i live to travel’ on FB. under Lauren DiMarco!!

    the photo i’d pick would be one of Leah & me from our professional photo shoot in Barcelona to hang above our side by side desks at ‘Lola & Leah – we’re going places’ corporate headquarters. location yet to be determined!!
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  11. jr schmitt says:

    raul – i love that your beautiful photo has become the ‘gallery art’ it deserves. i’d take one of our photos from rome and make it a piece of art for any one of our empty walls. maybe i can make a whole wall a canvas art wall with the best of travel photos?

    happy new year! jr

  12. Of course one of your great photos from Romania! Not sure which one but will pick if I’m the lucky winner!

  13. I’d pick one of the many wonderful photos of Lola and me on our Eurotour. It’d forever remind me of the madness that was that month. 🙂
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  14. Trisha Harrer says:

    I think I like your photos (the one from Curacao is beautiful!) — but I’d probably get a canvas of my kids. Maybe one of the family in Antelope Canyon in Paige, AZ.

  15. Always enjoy reading about your travels and viewing your photos. The recent canvas is beautiful! Our travels have not been as far reaching, but we have been able to visit some beautiful places in the United States over the past several years and I’ve taken many many photos. (I too enjoy photography.) I would enjoy seeing one of those in a canvas print too.

  16. Kaitlin Boles says:

    Liked I Live To Travel on FB!

  17. Danielle T says:

    i like ur page on fb (name is Realia Mazing) and i would get a photo from my trip to africa!

  18. Jennifer Buchanan says:

    I have a safari photo that would look amazing on canvas!

  19. Monica E. says:

    Wow, what a beautiful pic of Curacao, Raul! It will be hard for me to choose a pic but if I have to, then it will be of our family since we don’t have a single one on display at our home! 🙂

  20. That’s a beautiful image! I’d probably use a photo from Krakow , Paris, or California.
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  21. Honestly I like the photo you chose to make a canvas print of! But if I had to choose one from my collection, I think I’d make it this one from when I was in Iceland:

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  22. I would choose the picture if me & my best friend looking into the grand canyon . It’s was an inspirational gorgeous picture, two young women waiting for there future looking into the gorgeous distance! Thanks for the chance!

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