Lovers of travel are familiar with the feeling of WOW. Whether it be a new flavour, a beautiful vista, or the random kindness of a stranger, we all have WOW moments when we travel. WOW moments was the theme of the world’s first Instagram film festival in Sydney late last week. And we were lucky enough to be able to attend. (Well DAN was lucky enough to attend, I had to stay in Brisbane. )
The #InstaFilmFest took place on Australia’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbeans Voyageur of the Seas, which is fitting since Royal Caribbean was the mind that came up with the idea for the festival. The competition was open to Australian and New Zealand residents and competitors were invited to submit a short instagram video showcasing a WOW moment from their life.
Dan flew down to Sydney to participate as a member of the media. Neither of us has been on a cruise before (we are hoping to change that soon!) and Dan was WOWed by the size and luxury of the ship. His first impression was walking down the immense central promenade. He described it as “if I were to suddenly wake up here, I would think I was in the middle of a busy city street, not on a cruise ship.”
We were also impressed by the fact that the ship even has an ice skating rink! Considering that it is the middle of summer here in Australia, that is quite a luxury indeed.
But back to the videos…. the crowd was treated to view the shortlisted videos including WOW moments like a crocodile feeding in the NT, a crazy lightening storm, fish in the great barrier reef, and underwater footage of a seal swimming off the coast of Perth.
Our favourite is probably the time lapse video of the night sky in regional Queensland.
However the winner of the world’s first #InstaFilmFest was a video of a little boy meeting Santa for the first time.
You can watch the other finalists here:
zdiggtydog – http://instagram.com/p/
matty7619 – http://instagram.com/p/iIvqf_
gcimagery – http://instagram.com/p/
lovethywalrus – http://instagram.com/p/
chenoa – http://instagram.com/p/
dylan___robinson – http://instagram.com/p/
jamesbenning – http://instagram.com/p/
The #InstaFilmFest has certainly given us a bit of inspiration…. and really made us want to buy a GoPro!