Jan 11, 2024

Guest Photo Contest: 2023

Check out these guest photos and get inspiration for your next vacation!

At the end of 2023, we asked our social media followers to send in their favorite photos from their Outer Banks vacation this past year. We had over 250 submissions, and we picked out our favorite five photos. Thank you to everyone who entered, and we hope these photos give you some inspiration for photos you’d like to take on your next vacation. 

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Top Five Photos

family photo on beach

“This photo is of our “Grand 9” who are the fourth generation from our family to vacation at the Outer Banks. We’ve been enjoying vacations together since 1987 when these kids’ Great Grandparents started the tradition. The memories we make each year are the best. We love the OBX!”

– Submitted by Katie 

sunset on the sound

“This was from our soundfront rental last year. I love taking photos when the sun starts to set. Can’t wait for my Twiddy vacation this year!”

– Submitted by Donna

Wild Horse

“I discovered the 4×4 area on my first trip to the Outer Banks in 2010. I try to take yearly “girl’s trips” with a few friends and we are all into photography and love horses so the 4×4 area is paradise to us. This photo was taken November 8th, 2023. She was making her way just off the beach. I love how the horse goes about life without being bothered by fences or people (I was properly distanced and zoomed in). It really is a magical place.”

– Submitted by Christy

Baby Announcement during sunrise

“Our family visits the Outer Banks every year. We are so obsessed, we actually named our dog Banx. In 2020 we had plans to get married on the beach in Corolla. Unfortunately due to covid, our dream wedding was canceled. I was so excited to announce the pregnancy of our second baby at such a special place.”

– Submitted by Casandra

Family Bike Ride

“Our annual family vacation is the highlight of our year. Grandma and Grandpa, 3 kids and spouses, and 9 grandchildren come together for an epic week of laid-back relaxation in our favorite place. Riding bikes into Duck to visit the shops and the Boardwalk is one of the cousins favorite evening activities.”

– Submitted by Heidi

Honorable Mentions


“This is my big crazy family staying in the Sea Cloud for the 4th year. We all wore our orange shirts in support of my sister who is kicking Leukemia’s butt! My mother, who passed away last year, first came to the OBX back in the 70’s and started making this our yearly tradition in the 90’s. My father, is in the center, and my courageous sister is to the left of him. We all love the OBX so much! Thank you, Twiddy, for making our stay as pleasant as it can be. See you next year!”

– Submitted by Heidi 


Whalehead at Golden Hour

Submitted by Shea


Happy Hour

Submitted by Jen 

Wild Horse at Sunset

Wild Horse at sunset

Submitted by Christy

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Gone Fishing

Submitted by Amber

Start Planning for 2024

Have you booked your Outer Banks Vacation for 2024? Start searching for homes here and reach out to our Vacation Specialists with any questions! Please chat with us on our website, call (866) 457-1190, or text us at (252) 888-2598, we are happy to help!

Emily Pack

Emily Pack

Jan 11, 2024

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