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July 24, 2009

Photo of the Day: Malawi Well

Malawi-girl-water The end is near! You have only until July 31 to enter our 2009 Dream Trip Contest for a chance to win a $25,000 vacation to wherever you choose. So far, we've had more than 16,000 contenders. For inspiration for your own entry, read our take on a submission that caught our eye:

There's a lot to say about the desperate need for clean drinking water in Africa. (For starters, see Condé Nast Traveler Deputy Editor Dorinda Elliott's article "Matt Damon's Good Work Hunting", outlining the actor's support of well building on the continent, and the check out the magazine's Five & Alive Fund, which helps provide safe drinking water there.)

But words cannot encapsulate a basic need as expressively as the image that Dream Trip entrant stevorevo captured in a Malawi village, where the inhabitants had to walk a mile for fresh drinking water before the non-profit that stevorevo runs helped built a well.

"This girl is drinking from the new well for the first time," stevorevo writes in the Dream Trip entry "Essence of Life". "I was able to drink with the people of the village, which created a special bond between us. Every time I look at this photo, I am reminded of how important it is to bring clean water to those in need."

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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