It's no secret that Utahns are experts in adventure. Whether we're scaling the Wasatch Back or jet-setting around the world, exploration is our game of choice.

The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is hosting a photography exhibit to illustrate our love of adventure. The Utah Travels Photo Exhibit will highlight the places Utahns explore.

After an opening reception on the Jan. 12, the exhibit will be open until Feb. 29. The exhibit features images from Utah's own treasures to the beauties of New Zealand and beyond through both professional and amateur lenses.

This is the cultural center's first exhibit dedicated entirely to photography since it opened in September of 2004. The exhibit started as a competition, asking for submissions from all over Utah. At first, folklorist and gallery operator Michal Christensen was worried the center wouldn't receive enough submissions; however, the exhibit now includes roughly 100 images. Christensen even had to turn a few submissions away. "We received a few more than we though we would," said Christensen.

Christensen has enjoyed his experience of pulling the exhibit together. "I would like to see it happen year after year," said Christensen. Although he realizes it might take a while for the exhibit to become an annual event, Christensen is hoping Utah Travels will join the ranks of the Face of Utah sculpture exhibit, celebrating its 8th year this summer.

The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is starting its 2012 journey off right by showcasing Utahns' expeditions through Utah Travels. The Utah Travels exhibit is open for viewers Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.