Ethiopia Blew My Mind – Again

Timkat festival, Lalibela, Ethiopia www.discoverthetopfloor.com
Timkat festival, Lalibela, Ethiopia www.discoverthetopfloor.com

Ethiopia was an absolute thrill to photograph this year. It’s a poor country and yet everyone there seems so full of joy, the smiles are contagious. The annual Timkat festival in Lalibela turned out to be one of the most energetic events I’ve ever attended. And I managed to get right into the middle.

» Chris Marquardt’s photography at the Lalibela Timkat festival

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» Chris Marquardt’s photography at the Lalibela Timkat festival

Send Chris to the Icebergs. And Penguins.

When Jon Miller (The Rest of Everest) found out about a contest to win a 30-day tour to Antarctica, he told me “YOU’VE GOT TO ENTER!” – I had a look and was pretty quickly convinced that I want to do that.

So here I am, I’ve entered the contest and if I manage to get enough votes from you, there’s a chance to win and bring you some great photography, videos and podcast episodes from the tour.

If you like, please cast your vote here (Facebook account required) – and while you’re at it, there are several other TFTTF listeners who would be happy if you could give them a vote too!

And if you enter yourself (yes, you can enter too!), please send me a link, so I can add them to a post here on the site to send people your way too.

Send me to Antarctica and I’ll take you with me!

After the last contest that (briefly) got one of my pictures into the Paris Louvre, here’s the next one. This time it’s about the trip of a lifetime: Antarctica. It’s so high on my list, it’s almost painful. And here’s a potential opportunity that has just opened up. The cruise is in 2017 and one person will win it.

And of course if I’m lucky enough to go, I’ll pack you into my suitcase and take you with me. In the form of audio and video and photography.

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You can help me get in with your vote (Facebook account required)

» VOTE HERE (and make sure you also vote for the other TFTTF listeners who also participate)

Oh, and you can come in person too, the contest is open to everybody. What are you waiting for?

Your Voice Is Beautiful!! (and I want to hear it)


Chris MarquardtHey you wonderful bunch! Chris here.

As many of you will know, I’ll be traveling during most of January. I’m going to pre-record episodes for that time. And guess what, I’d love to hear YOUR voice on the show! Get your questions answered, tell a fun photo-related story, almost anything goes as long as it’s remotely related to photography.

And the by far best way to get your question on the show is if you record it. Don’t worry, I’ll make you sound good.

Here are the two most simple and best methods to get your question on one of the January episodes:

(Note: the old voicemail phone number is out of service)

Method 1: fire up any voice memo app on your smart phone, record your question and send it via email to chris@chrismarquardt.com (best to start it with your name and where you’re from, like “Hey, this is Nancy from New York and I was wondering…”)

Method 2: go to www.tipsfromthetopfloor.com and click/tap the orange bar on the right, then follow the instructions

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Chris

PS: don’t use the US voice mail box for now, it seems to have a few issues lately.

Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser Crosses $10,000 – Update 2015-05-04

Yes, I know this is the Tips from the Top Floor podcast and blog. Please accept my apologies for hijacking this blog for the People of the Himalaya fundraiser. But as I’ve frequently talked about Nepal here on the show, and the site gets more visibility than most of my other sites, it was a logical choice. I promise to bring you a new episode of Tips from the Top Floor this week to make up for it.

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The house of Krishna’s parents after the big Nepal earthquake.

With that out of the way, here’s an exciting update: our fundraiser has just crossed the $10,000 line. We are simply blown away and quite honestly speechless. What a community you are! We asked for your help and you came through beyond our wildes dreams.

We have direct access to about $7000 of these funds right now (the part that came through via PayPal, the rest are credit card payments which take a week) – We are happy to say that yesterday we have sent another $2000 to mayasherpaproject.org.

After a phone call with VISA (repeatedly sending money to Nepal apparently triggers their fraud prevention systems and blocks your card), we have also sent 30,000 Nepalese Rupees (approx. € 267) to our friend Krishna, who will use some of it to help his parents rebuild their house in their mountain village and buy some supplies for them. He also injured his hand in the earthquake and is getting some medical attention in one of the hospitals.

Update: Krishna has spent the last days up in the village to help his parents. He just sent some new pictures. He has his arm in a sling because he fell during the earthquake and injured himself.

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Our friend Krishna Parbat Giri in front of his parents’ house, his arm in a sling from an injury during the earthquake
The house of Krishna's parents. They live in a shelter for now.
The house of Krishna’s parents. They live in a shelter for now.
Krishna's mother in front of their massively damaged house
Krishna’s mother in front of their massively damaged house

Over the weekend we have also verified with both dzi.org and mayasherpaproject.org that their funds in Nepal are highly unlikely to be affected by the Nepali government.

Thanks for your continued support, buying our Nepal earthquake fundraiser photo book People of the Himalayas.