Ralph Velasco’s photography has won various awards both online and in print and his images have appeared in Budget Travel magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Orange County Register, The Daily PilotThe Australian, the Los Angeles Times, the Newport Beach Official Guide, QSR magazine and on NBC5 television in Chicago.


December 15, 2016: Ralph Velasco’s image of a Toareg camel herder and his animal in the Sahara desert of Morocco selected a finalist in the 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year’s Smart Shot – iTravelled, iCaptured category.

December 15, 2015: Ralph Velasco selected as a finalist for the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 award.

October 15, 2015:, a TripAdvisor company, selected Ralph Velasco as one of 10 Photography Travel Bloggers to Inspire You This Year.

September 8, 2014: Ralph Velasco chosen one of the 10 Best Travel Photography Bloggers by USA Today‘s

March 5, 2014: Travel photographer Ralph Velasco featured in Workshop to help photographers improve skills and create art at Calumet Region Photo Club by

February 21, 2014: Honored to be selected one of The Top 100 Travel Photographers in the World by

May 4, 2013: Ralph Velasco’s Photo Walking Tours featured as one of the Best Walking Tours in Orange County by David McDonald of CBS Local Los Angeles.

March 7, 2013: selected one of’s Top Travel Photo Bloggers

July 31, 2012: selected one of the Best Travel Blogs of 2012 by Washington Flyer.

Date Unknown: Chosen Best-of-the-Best Travel Photographers in “Inspiration” by

October 26, 2011: selected one of “Our Five Favorite Travel Sites” by BlackBook Magazine.

June 26, 2011: was selected one of “The 11 best new travel blogs of 2011” by consumer advocate and journalist Christopher Elliott at

2009 & 2010: Orange County-based travel photography instructor Ralph Velasco awarded “Open Photographer of the Year” by the Professional Photographers of Orange County (PPOC)





April 4, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #70: Nicholas Syracuse, The Traveler

March 28, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #69: Steve Simon, The Passionate Photographer

March 21, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #68: Dave Bouskill and the Planet D

March 14, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #67: QT Loung and the National Parks

March 7, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #66: David duChemin and the Soul of a Camera

February 28, 2017:  The Traveling Image Makers #65: Susan Portnoy in Mongolia

February 21, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #64: Ibarionex Perello on Staying “In the Zone”

February 14, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #63: Expert Roundup #3 Newbie Mistakes

February 7, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #62: Rosh Sillars on Photography Business and Marketing

January 31, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #61: 2016 Year in Review with Ralph Velasco and Ugo Cei

January 24, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #60: Chris Smith Goes Out of Chicago

January 17, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #59: Roberto Salas and the Cuban Revolution

January 10, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #58: Anthony Pond Between Film and Digital

January 3, 2017: Why? with Ralph Velasco at Skip Cohen University

January 10, 2017: The Traveling Image Makers #57: Jen Pollack Bianco and Mobile Travel Photography

December 27, 2016: The Traveling Image Makers #56: The Business of Photography with Ken Kaminesky

December 22, 2016: The Traveling Image Makers #55: A Passage to India with Ralph Velasco

December 15, 2016: The Traveling Image Makers #54: Traveling Scared to Death with John R. Milton

December 9, 2016: Checkin Story Travel Podcast: Enriching Travel Photography with Ralph Velasco

December 8, 2016: The Traveling Image Makers #53: Black and White Landscapes with Andrew S. Gibson

November 29, 2016: The Traveling Image Makers #52: Going Beyond the Snapshot with Brenda Tharp

November 22, 2016:  The Traveling Image Makers #51: Fixing Problems with Brian Cruickshank

November 15, 2016: The Traveling Image Makers #50: Introducing Ralph Velasco

September 27, 2016: TWiP Talks #57: Inside Vietnam with Ralph Velasco

July 26, 2016: jpeg2RAW podcast with Mike Howard: Episode 180

January 11, 2016: Out of Chicago Podcast with Chris Smith: Episode 24: Working off a Shot List with Ralph Velasco

October 31, 2015: Amateur Traveler Podcast with Chris Christensen: Episode 488: Travel to Northern Romania with Ralph Velasco

March 16, 2015: jpeg2RAW with host Mike Howard: Episode 138: Travel Photography with Ralph Velasco

June 11, 2014: This Week in Photo Interviews: Follow Up with Ralph Velasco

March 29, 2014: This Week in Photo Interviews: Episode 353: Travel Photographer Ralph Velasco

December 1, 2013: Amateur Traveler Podcast, Episode 397: Travel to Morocco (Essaouira & Chefchaouen) with Ralph Velasco

September 10, 2013: A Fork on the Road with Mark DeCarlo and Yeni Alvarez DeCarlo, “Episode #22: Travel Photography with Ralph Velasco”

July 1, 2013: Trey Ratcliff’s Google Hangout, “Huge Photo-educational Show with All Flatbooks Authors”

February 24, 2013: This Week in Travel podcast, “Episode 133: Emotional Support for Flatulence”

August 11, 2012: AmateurTraveler podcast, “Travel to Segovia and Toledo with Photographer Ralph Velasco”

April 9, 2012: Detroit Creative Labs with Rosh Sillars podcast, “Episode 200: Travel to Spain with Ralph Velasco”

January 25, 2012: Help Start My Small Business podcast, “Interview with Photographer & Traveler Ralph Velasco”

January 21, 2012: iSee, iShoot, iPhone, “Episode 005 – An Interview with Photographer Ralph Velasco”

October 29, 2011: AmateurTraveler podcast, “Travel to Chihuahua, Mexico with Photographer Ralph Velasco”

June 25, 2011: Indie Travel Podcast with Craig & Linda Martin, “Travel Photography Podcast with Ralph Velasco

March 7, 2011: The Candid Frame with Ibarionex Perello #108 Ralph Velasco

September 21, 2010: LensFlare35 podcast with Dave Warner, “Travel Photographer Ralph Velasco Episode 0063”

August 1, 2010: Typical Shutterbug podcast with Victor Cajiao “TSB#20 Interview with Ralph Velasco”

July 19, 2010: New Media Photographer podcast 110 with Rosh Sillars

May 15, 2010: AmateurTraveler podcast, “Travel to Montenegro”

January 16, 2010: AmateurTraveler podcast, “Travel Photography”

January 10, 2010: StartupNation podcast with Rich Sloan, “Got a Passion? Make it a Living!”

February 23, 2008: PhotoTalkRadio, “Travel Photography”

March 19, 2007: PhotoTalkRadio, “Ralph Velasco’s Photo Tours”



September 29, 2016: The Traveling Image Makers – “What do you always carry with you? 18 expert travel photographers reply”

August 15, 2016: The Traveling Image Makers – “Expert Roundup – Travel Photography Challenges”

January 15, 2016: Holiday Lettings – “13 Sensational Travel Photos from 2015”

December 2, 2015: TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals Blog – “19 Travel Photography Bloggers Give a Daily Dose of Wanderlust (and Tips!)”

October 28, 2015: The Post Athens – “Fully Focused: Photographing in foreign countries requires a little luck and a lot of trust” by Lauren Bacho

September 20, 2015: Vilnius Tourism Office – Interview titled “Vilnius Is A Photographers’ Dream”

July 26, 2015: LA Times Travel Section – “Photo tips and virtual tour of Vietnam at REI with Ralph Velasco”

July 16, 2015: Niumba Blog for Travelers – “25 Travel Photographs That Will Leave You Breathless”

March 12, 2015: The Acorn – “Mindful Photography” by Thor Challgren

February 25, 2015: Leisure Group Travel – “Tour Operators Tell All on Cuba Travel” by Laura Reiniger

November 18, 2014: Volunteer Latin America – “Taking Better Pictures” by Meera Dattani

September 6, 2014: Los Angeles Times – “Readers Recommend…”

August 2014: Travesías magazine (México City) – “El Mundo Desde una Lente” (translation: The World Through a Lens)

July 31, 2014: The Global Frame – Talking with Ralph Velasco

June 4, 2014: – Travel Q&A With: Ralph Velasco

May 5, 2014: Huffington Post – “Ralph Velasco Talks About Improving Your Travel Photography”

March 5, 2014: Latinos Behind the Lens – “Ralph Velasco: Talks About Improving Your Travel Photography”

December 12, 2013: Digital Photography School – “How to Capture the Essence of a Place – Travel Photography Tips by Ralph Velasco”

October 3, 2013: Quoted in the Washington Post – TSA’s new Pre-Check program raises major privacy concerns by Christopher Elliott

August 13, 2013: Mentioned in Chicago Tribune – Des Plaines Camera Club (DPCC) begins its 2013 season

June 6, 2013: Mentioned in Travel Photography: The World Through A Lens on Essential Travel

February 2013: Ralph Velasco mentioned in 15 Things You Should Be Doing to Improve as a Travel Photographer on Virtual Photography Studio

August 8, 2012: Emilio Dawson Travels – “Postcards from Amigos: Aqueduct Stairs, Segovia Spain by Ralph Velasco”

July 26, 2012: Huntington Beach Independent – “Natural Perspectives: A photographic tour of Surf City’s varied scenes”

July 24, 2012: Travel Photography Inspiration Project – Spain images and tips

May 9, 2012: DISfunksion Magazine – “Ralph Velasco: The Genius Behind a Lens”

March 28, 2012: The Departure Board – The Best Travel Quotes of the Year So Far

March 6, 2012: Travel Photography Inspiration Project – India images and tips

March 3, 2012: Trains on the Brain – Copper Canyon Railway: El Chepe Photo Tour

January 17, 2011: – Thousands packed the Long Beach Convention Center for travel and adventure.

October 22, 2011: The Australian – Stink bugs and street food by Kendall Hill

September 4, 2011: No Place to Be Travelblog – Random Traveller #57 Ralph Velasco

June 28, 2011: – “Ralph Velasco – THE BEST FOTO ‘THING’ ”

June 26, 2011: – “The 11 best new travel blogs of 2011”

June 13, 2011: – “Travel photo app invites users to ‘think outside the camera.’ ”

May 1, 2011: PhotographyTalk – “Why a Shot List is Essential to Any Photographer” by Ralph Velasco

April 12, 2011: Digital Photography School – “The Only Tip You’ll Ever Need for Creating a More Interesting and Well-Rounded Set of Images for Any Destination or Subject” by Ralph Velasco

April 1, 2011: Travel Photographers Network – “Capturing the Essence of Cuba” by Ralph Velasco

November, 2010:, Ralph Velasco – On Travel Photography – Showcase #5

September 2, 2010: OC Weekly, “Irvine Fine Arts Center 30th Anniversary”

June 29, 2010: OCMetro magazine, “Movers & Shakers”

December 5, 2009: SmallBizAmerica, “Interview with Successful Entrepreneur and Photographer Ralph Velasco”

July 27, 2009: Murray on Travel, “Improve Your Travel Photography”

March 13, 2009: The Daily Pilot, “CHECKING IN WITH….Ralph Velasco: Photography in Focus”

May 6, 2008: Orange County Register, “Q&A: Travel Photographer and Teacher Ralph Velasco”

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