Well, this is unexpected. It seems we have a late eligibility disqualification of one of our entries in the People’s Choice Award Tournament for the SDSU International Photo contest. So before we move on to the Final Four, we’re going to bring the three photos eliminated by the disqualified entry back from the dead. This special round will be open until 3 p.m. today, when voting will begin on the Final Four. EDITOR’S NOTE: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED.

Again, the theme of this year’s contest is “Experience Movement:  Images capturing movement within everyday life of your host culture, in work, play, ceremony, and surroundings; either subtle or dynamic.” For more information on the International Photo Contest and to view last year’s winners visit this website.

Another Day in the Neighborhood vs. Be Free, Muddy and Happy vs. 

We, Vagabonds

Another Day in the Neighborhood
Location: 
Luang Prabang, Laos
Narrative: 
Your typical day in Southeast Asia will consist of temple views, scooter crews and monks wandering freely. This photo is special to me because it reminds me of how vibrant and diverse Laos is. This was the day that I realized how lucky I was to call these sightings “normal.”

Be Free, Muddy and Happy
Location: 
Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Narrative: 
In Southeast Asia, elephants are brutally abused for the purpose of tourism. Many locals have noticed this problem and begun volunteer tourism to help keep elephants out of danger. Watching these magnificent mammals play in the mud made my heart smile as I witnessed their different personalities come to light.

We, Vagabonds

Location: Laos
Narrative: 
A fermata in the grand symphony of life: The world freezes as the traveler pauses before mounting a crowded car for places unknown. The chaotic morning traffic relents just long enough for me to realize that the driver is on a journey as significant as that of those he drives.

Thanks for voting – check back at 3 p.m. for results and to vote in the next round!

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