Towel Day Photo Contest

May 18, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Towel Day Photo Contest

May 18, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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DONT PANIC!

In honor of the upcoming International Towel Day and our deep love to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy we are going to run a little fun contest. Up for grabs is the most intergalactic case we could master, the coveted Peli 1510 hard case.

To win this gorgeous PELI case, all you have to do is to post an Hitchhiker’s-Guide-to-the-Galaxy inspired photo on the comments section: Towels, Robots, improbability and babel fish are welcomed.  Surprise us.

On Towel Day, Photographer Dave K. Piper and The Team at Peli will select two winners and we will ship them the two Peli Cases.

I know you are wondering about that towel:

The original quotation that explained the importance of towels is found in Chapter 3 of Adams’ work The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)[3]
—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

About The Peli 1510 Case:

Whether you are travelling by plane, train or Heart of Gold, our Peli 1510SC will store and protect your camera gear as you travel the universe in search of that perfect shot. The case meets the carry on size for hand luggage with external dimensions of 559 x 351 x 229mm, has front and side handles and an extending handle with two exterior mounted wheels.

The base has padded dividers which can be removed and reconfigured to suit the equipment at any given time. There is a detachable padded sleeve in the lid to keep your towel safe and clean if you are the kind of frood who likes to know where their towel is or fits a laptop up to 365 x 281 x 43mm if you’re not that together. A separate pouch will keep your hitchhikers guide handy or you can use it to keep stuff organised.

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Rules are simple:

  • Post an Hitchhiker’s-Guide-to-the-Galaxy inspired photo on the comments section
  • Dazzle us and be creative
  • Last day for submissions is May, 25th, 2015 – International Towel Day. Then the judges will make their pics and we will announce the following day.
  • You keep rights to your photos, us and peli will post them along with the winner announcement.
  • Witty text is welcomed

Here are some pointers:

  • You are not limited to any type of photo, it can be as subtle or as crazy as you want.
  • Make it as awesome as you can. We only have two cases.
  • We’ll ship the bag anywhere in the world. We’ll pay shipping. You may need to pay customs.
  • Yes, it is open world wide.
  • Dave Kai Piper and the Peli team will be the sole judge and jury, I am not hinting anything, but they are located in Derbyshire, UK and love donuts.
  • Feel free to share your photo and this post to promote Towel Day
  • And most importantly DON’T PANIC!

UPDATE: Winners announced here. Thank you Peli for this great prize and thanks to everyone for playing.

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36 responses to “Towel Day Photo Contest”

  1. Bryn Nowell Avatar
    Bryn Nowell

    Here is my knitted “hitchiker” and a description of its name: Garter stitch. It‘s simple, its warm and squishy, stretchy and reversible and it makes any variegated, hand-dyed sockyarn really shine. So here‘s Hitchhiker: It is a narrow, slightly asymmetrically shaped triangular shawlette that can be wrapped around the neck several times. The ends are long enough to tie it with a knot. One of the short sides of the triangle features a saw-tooth border that evolves naturally during the knitting and gives the shawl its unusual shape. Because the knitting starts at one end, you can stop anytime, bind off and end up with a useful neckerchief, shawlette or shawl. A perfect project to relax in between more complicated ones, also very suitable for beginners and young knitters.

    The name? Well, if you use a 150 g skein of Wollmeise 100% Merino for this, you can make how many teeth? That‘s right, 42. The answer to the question about the universe and everything, according to Douglas Adams‘ wonderful book „The Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy“. So don‘t forget your towel, and happy knitting!

    1. mike Avatar
      mike

      You are a really hoopy frood.

  2. OK Avatar
    OK

    well….I chose my camera instead of my towel….HUGE mistake, now I have a picture, but was left behind…. but hey, enjoy the shot – could be the first and last picture of Earth v.1.0
    and before someone asks: the answer is 42!

    So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!
    OK-Photography (Oli K.)

  3. Richard Olpin Avatar
    Richard Olpin

    Trawling through my Instagram archive… He looks a little happier than Marvin!

    http://www.richardolpinphotography.co.uk

  4. Tom Webber Avatar
    Tom Webber

    Here’s my entry! My lovely girlfriend hiding away in her towel in a window in Paris.

  5. Jim Moody Avatar
    Jim Moody

    Idiots guide to the kitchen! :)

  6. John Knights Avatar
    John Knights

    Not very good at photography, but keen to own more Peli productsmy towels know the meaning of life, and are transported very safely in their own pelicase

  7. Toast Avatar
    Toast

    What a great contest idea.
    I couldn’t even begin to come up with a way of executing the concept I have.
    I live in Southend, the seaside town that Arthur thinks he is at in the improbability drive.

  8. Reinoud van Leeuwen Avatar
    Reinoud van Leeuwen

    Just don’t panic

  9. Reinoud van Leeuwen Avatar
    Reinoud van Leeuwen

    May the guide be with you…

  10. James Stringham Avatar
    James Stringham

    The answer is 42

  11. aditi gignac Avatar
    aditi gignac

    feeding the fire

    1. Aditi Avatar
      Aditi

      No need of a towel with such a fire,yes. Always dry it’s worm
      and comforting

      1. Aditi Avatar
        Aditi

        But the Peli box. Om I’ll carry a towel in just in case it’s needed

  12. mike Avatar
    mike

    I also, take the camera over towel any day. A towel can be replace a photo will last a life time

  13. marcel bauer Avatar
    marcel bauer

    have towel willing to travel ;)

  14. Wes Jones Avatar
    Wes Jones

    Space images courtesy of NASA.

  15. nearthecoast.com Avatar
    nearthecoast.com

    Large friendly letters ..

  16. nearthecoast.com Avatar
    nearthecoast.com

    Large friendly letters

  17. Kris snopek Avatar
    Kris snopek

    Some towels I made in preparation for this fine holiday! I will not be the froodless looser without my towel!

    There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

    Douglas Adams

  18. Eric Reardon Avatar
    Eric Reardon

    She is protecting her towels so if there is a emergency she knows where they are. She is always willing to travel but does not trust mice.

  19. Tropezstarr Avatar
    Tropezstarr

    Towels are an important part of every Russian holiday. That, and banging the rocks together. I have no idea what that means…

  20. Rickard Fallqvist Avatar
    Rickard Fallqvist

    This must be Thursday. I never could the hang of Thursdays.

  21. Original VH Fan Avatar
    Original VH Fan

    LOVE Peli cases!!! Hitch-Hike-Away!

  22. Edmond Leung Avatar
    Edmond Leung

    WOW, robot, book, towel. Idiot guide to create a new planet like in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Wow, prize case is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is
    tight, fly & off the chain. Pick me, pick me! Your next
    winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true and means more to
    me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs
    the case to work
    and eat. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing
    experience. Top of my bucket list. Thank you for the awesomeness,
    the contest, and generosity. :) Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish
    this year is to win this contest.

  23. Mystic Reality Avatar
    Mystic Reality

    No! Don’t leave me, towel!!!!

  24. Thiago Breternitz Avatar
    Thiago Breternitz

    “Traveling with my buddy (the guy with the head popping out of my backpack. Yes, he is that small!) around the galaxy, we decided to see the tall dancing trees of Snorgambia IX. We heard (and read on the Guide) about the vicious giant snorgambian squirrel, but thought it was only a thing from the past. While shooting some landscapes at the forest we got chased by a vicious giant squirrel! Luckily, I had my towel with me so that I could use it to climb a tree and escape.

    My friend remembered a passage of the Guide where it says that:

    “About the snorgambian squirrel:
    (…) The only ways to soothe (or kill) a giant snorgambian squirrel is; 1 – to recite a Vogon poem, which is not recomended unless you are a Vogon. Otherwise you will die of the poem too.
    2 – to sing the old Snorgambit Lullaby, that souds almost as a whale with stomach ache. (…)”

    My friend succeeded with option 2, we climbed down, packed my gear and continued our travel trough space!

  25. J.W. Avatar
    J.W.

    I enjoy this remarkable day at Milliways. Anyone else there today?

  26. case Avatar
    case

    A towel comes in handy on a rainy day,
    wear as a scarf in the wind it sways,
    superheros use them as capes,
    photo bot keeps one for whatever challenge he may face.

  27. case Avatar
    case

    A towel comes in handy on a rainy day,
    wear as a scarf in the wind it sways,
    superheros use them as capes,
    photo bot keeps one for whatever challenge he may face.

  28. Matthew Higgs Avatar
    Matthew Higgs

    My intergalactic towel.

  29. Łukasz Filipski Avatar
    Łukasz Filipski

    Well, that’s it – the dolphins are gone. Now it’s your time to choose what is better for you: impending destruction of the planet Earth or hitchhiking a Vogon destroyer spaceship. Yeah, none of these sound very interesting, but that’s what you get for ignoring warning messages for over 50 years!

    Anyway, good luck traveller, and never forget your Towel!

  30. Original VH Fan Avatar
    Original VH Fan

    So who are the winners?

  31. Tropezstarr Avatar
    Tropezstarr

    Did ANYONE win??????????????