Thomas Kokta Recognized by Nature’s Best Photography Magazine and Travel Photographer of the Year

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Professional nature photographer and owner of adventure travel organization awarded Highly Honored Photographer and Runner Up in two recent photo contests.

I appreciate the awards given by these outstanding organizations...

Thomas Kokta, professional photographer and owner of adventure travel company, A Life of Travel, was recently recognized by Nature’s Best Photography Magazine and Travel Photographer of the Year.

Nature’s Best Photography 2011 Windland Smith Rice International Awards recognized Thomas Kokta as a Highly Honored Photographer. Out of 21,000 images originally submitted to this contest, three of Kokta’s images were selected; a polar bear and its cubs, a northern lights image, and a group of emperor penguins. The penguin image, taken at Snow Hill Island in Antarctica, November 2010, will be displayed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of History in Washington, DC from March 30 to January 6, 2012. You can find more information at

Thomas’s “Tent” photo was runner up for the One Shot Wild Moments category awarded by Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY). Thomas had both the #2 and #3 images in this category. For more information on this organization and competition, visit

“I appreciate the awards given by these outstanding organizations,” Thomas shared. “I love what I do and it always feels good to be recognized by colleagues in the industry.”

About Thomas Kokta
Born and raised in Germany, Thomas caught the travel bug during his college years, after a stint as a student in the U.S. convinced him that he wanted to see more of this big, big world. His notable outdoor adventures include a 220 mile hike along the John Muir trail, summiting such mountains as McKinley in Alaska, Aconcagua in Argentina, Kilimanjaro in Africa, and an attempt at Mount Everest (alas, he only got to 25,000 ft). Wanting others to see the amazing places he had seen, Thomas began taking photographs as a way to share his wild world with family and friends. Thomas’s images have been recognized time and again. Thomas also conducts photo and travel tours through A Life of Travel to a variety of locations around the world. Thomas’s images are also sold through several stock agencies, including Getty Images, Masterfile and Photolibrary.

About A Life of Travel
A Life of Travel is a boutique adventure travel organization committed to sharing the most stunning locations on Earth with travels. Their mission is to make vacations unique, exhilarating, and picturesque. A Life of Travel offers experiences that are superior to ordinary travel tours. The guides are knowledgeable and personable, offering extensive familiarity of, and exclusive access to, your travel destination.

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