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June 18, 2009

Photo of the Day: A Mali Mother

Mali-mother Nearly two months in and Dream Trip 2009 is going strong, with more than 10,000 entries so far. For inspiration for your own entry, and a chance to win a $25,000 vacation to wherever you choose, read our take on a recent eye-catching submission:

Travel takes us to ancient monuments and dramatic landscapes, but it can also expose us to startlingly intimate, human moments half a world away.

Dream Trip entrant amysouza, a Chicago public high school teacher, experienced one such encounter on a trip to Mali that she took with a dozen student under the aegis of Buildon.org,  an after-school service organization.

"We worked sun up to sun down every day alongside the villagers, building a cherished elementary school for the village children," amysouza writes in the Dream Trip entry "Mother of Mali". "One day a women tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to take a picture of her. Of course, I obliged! She was beautiful, as she proudly stood before me with her breastfeeding baby."

"I love the determined expression on her face, which also reflects the fierce pride and love she displayed towards her child."

Share your travel photos and memories in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You could be just a few clicks away from a $25,000 trip to anywhere you choose.

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