Awkward Vacation Photo Contest

After receiving thousands of submissions, we’re proud to announce our winner! Congratulations to Emily Oller for being mauled by a herd of farm animals and for winning a $5,000 vacation! Here’s the story in her own words:

“This photo was taken at West Coast Game Park Safari located in Bandon, Oregon around 2000. Our family vacationed to Bandon every year and we would always visit the wildlife park because you could get ice cream cones filled with deer food to feed and pet the deer and goats. As we walked into the park my sister saw a baby goat and picked it up while I was feeding one of the deer. Next thing I know I am bombarded by deer and goats. My parents snapped the photo of my cute sister without seeing me in the background. The rest of the vacation involved a horseback trip that ended up a disaster. My sister was bucked off. My mom’s horse started to roll with her on its back, my dad lost his cell phone in thick prickly bushes and my horse reared up and galloped away from the group.”

And here’s Ed Helms on Good Morning America calling Emily (on a rotary phone) to tell her she’s won!

Congratulations to our other two finalists, Laura & Stacey and thanks to everyone in the AFP community for so many amazing submissions!

“Our family vacation was rained out basically the entire trip in Florida. We all flew in from all different parts of the country for a fun filled week of sun and parks and were literally rained out of every place. Here we are wearing our stinky plastic Disney rain gear and finally giving up on having any fun this trip.”

“Our first trip to Disney made for a few roller coaster fun memories. People keep asking us, “How did you get them to keep going on those rides?” “Bribery and lots of convincing,” is our answer.”

And don’t forget to check out Vacation in theaters today! It’s hilarious.

Beach Boy

“Headed to the beach with all of our stuff!”

Submitted by Collyn

Cruise Control

“My husband took our 2 year old on the gigantic “Fun Slide”. Her “fun” face was priceless.”

Submitted by Rachel


“Road trip through the Redwoods Trees of Mystery.  Came upon Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox roadside attraction.  Not quite sure our boys knew what they were pointing at!”

Submitted by Scott

Monkey Love

“All I wanted was a picture with this monkey. All he wanted was something else!”

Submitted by Brooke

Feel the Magic

“This was my son’s reaction every time a Disney character would walk by. He spent 80% of the vacation like this.”

Submitted by Vince

The Trunk Club

“This picture was taken around 1971 while on vacation in Washington DC. Dad took pictures of us EVERY time we turned around. Poor man, we obviously weren’t the most joyful or cooperative group to be with.”

Submitted by Suzanne


“Our thrilling summer vacation was to the zoo, and you can tell how excited my son was by his face!”

Submitted by Margaret

Scooby Snacks

“We visited a drive through animal safari park and poor Jensen was not a fan of the camel sticking its head in the window for food.”

Submitted by Kristi

The Black Cloud

“We were at the South Dakota State Track Meet in Rapid City, SD in which my older son was running in. My moody, younger son (pictured) was not excited to hang with the rest of us without his brother, especially when we went to see Mt. Rushmore on a foggy day. Made for a looooong week, especially the 6 hour drive to and from.”

Submitted by Julie

Wet Hot American Summer

“1976-Lets all take a picture in front of the the castle and pretend that we are not hot and sticky in the middle of July during the Bicentennial in Florida!”

Submitted by Noreen