Embassy Suites Awkward Family Vacation Photo Contest

Well, after more than a thousand submissions and over fifty thousand votes in our biggest contest ever, we finally have a winner! A big congratulations goes out to the Larson family for their amazingly awkward photo that proves wearing those matching bucket-hats, short-shorts, and tube socks was totally worth it. They now receive the ultimate prize from Embassy Suites:

  • $15,000 to cover airfare and expenses

Congratulations also goes out to our five impressive runners-up who win 2 nights at an Embassy Suites Hotel of their choice and a signed copy of the Awkward Family Photos book.

Thanks to all of our nominees and the whole AFP community for submitting so many amazing photos (see all of the submissions here)!


Can’t wait? Book your next vacation with Embassy Suites Hotels now!


Patriot Games

August 1st, 2011

“During our Fourth of July family vacation, this was apparently our patriotic duty…”

 9439 Votes

Submitted by Derek • August 1st, 2011 • 49 Comments »

Summer At The Lake

July 14th, 2011

“Our daughter had rebellious teen years. Now 26 and a successful young adult, this (and similar) pictures make wonderful blackmail material.”

 7993 Votes

Submitted by Mary Ellen Lathrop • July 14th, 2011 • 48 Comments »

Pump Up the Jam

July 14th, 2011

“One can only imagine what was going through my stepdad’s mind when he choose his “outfit” for a day out at Disney World. I’d like to think that his decision came down to the extreme temperatures that come with Orlando, FL in July. However, that doesn’t explain the tube socks. It’s shocking, but the girl with the duck on her head (me) doesn’t look so silly standing beside a man in a belly shirt. This picture is legendary in my family so I’m happy to share it with the world…with my stepdad’s permission of course.

 5321 Votes

Submitted by Amy • July 14th, 2011 • 24 Comments »

Close Encounters

July 19th, 2011

“This is my son on a weekend trip to a drive through safari. My daughter was crying. My son wasn’t exactly thrilled with the close-up animal encounters either.”

 4757 Votes

Submitted by Jennifer • July 19th, 2011 • 50 Comments »

Bag Lady

July 15th, 2011

“Ever since my older sister was born, my dad was filming and taking photos of us. Then I was born and we went to Hersey park. It seems having a baby in a stroller helped equip dad with a way to carry his camera bag aka the part that actually records. Circa 1986.”

 3548 Votes

Submitted by Jax • July 15th, 2011 • 14 Comments »

Bump On A Log

July 15th, 2011

“Family Vacation in Florence, Oregon April 2010. After setting up the entire family and the camera on the tripod for the perfect family photo, my daughter ran to jump into the photo and missed the log, falling over it head first. Nobody could stop laughing long enough to help her and we got 12 shots of nothing but her boots in the air. Of note is how her sister in law put a hand on her leg to save her going over but never broke her pose in all 12 shots!”

 2745 Votes

Submitted by Kathleen • July 15th, 2011 • 27 Comments »

Logging Off

July 19th, 2011

“My wife doesn’t do rides, but we got her on this log ride so we could get a picture with the whole family. Mission accomplished.”

 2295 Votes

Submitted by Kenneth • July 19th, 2011 • 9 Comments »
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