This wasn't the Oscars, but with many excellent videos, it was a lot harder than we thought it would be to decide on a winner! Our guide and customer support team in Vancouver (and Montreal, London and Buenos Aires) all contributed to creating a shortlist of candidates, then voted on the ultimate winner.
And that winner is ... AARON P. from LIMA, PERU!
Aaron’s video impressed us with its simple yet effective and energetic introduction to his tours. He invites the audience into his home to meet his family and gives us a glimpse of Peruvian culture. The tone is friendly, welcoming and suggests to the traveler that touring with Aaron will be a great way to get an inside look at the local culture in addition to sightseeing around the city. You can watch his video here: Aaron's video.
While we only have one first place winner, we have to stress again that this was not an easy decision! We’d like to honour here the 10 runner-ups, who will surely see an increase in their traveler bookings with the terrific introductions they've added to their profiles:
Andres in Chile
Catia in Lisbon
Gabriela in Paris
Rob in New York City
Dicky in Hong Kong
Jennie in Los Angeles
Roland in Oahu
Stephen in Rome
Gwyn in Victoria
Ammiel in New York City
A special honourable mention goes out to AMMIEL S. in New York City, who wrote and performed an original song for the contest. We adore the creativity, musicality and showmanship on display here! Be sure to watch his video: we’re certain we’ll never see another one like it on our site. In honour of Ammiel’s efforts, we decided to award a second judged cash prize of $200.
We also drew one random winner to give everyone who added a video to their profile a chance to win prize money. The winner of the random draw is Mike R., who gives tours in Bath, England.
We thank everyone who participated! Your videos will better inform (and entertain!) travelers looking to connect with a local guide. For guides who didn’t get a chance to upload a video before the contest, we encourage you to take advantage of this marketing tool in the very near future. We may even hold a similar contest next year for everyone who has created videos in 2013. Please ask us if you have any questions about uploading a video to your profile.