Jamaica | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

So this time last year I was in Jamaica with my brother thanks to Islands Magazine! I won the 2011 Reader's Choice Award in a photo contest and this was the prize! How awesome is that! We stayed for one week at the Grand Palladium and had a ton of fun! Here are some photos documenting our trip! On our way!Jamaica 2013-03-24_0024.jpg We entered our room, and were greeted with this happy message and delicious treat! 2013-03-24_0023.jpg

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