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Photography Competition Supplement 2012

“We’d like to thank everyone for their support in our inaugural National Geographic Traveller photography competition.

LONDON (8 February 2012) – National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced the winners of its Travel Photography 2012 Competition, now available to view in the Photography Competition supplement, free with the Mar/Apr 2012 issue.

As a leader in breathtaking you-are-there photography from across the world, National Geographic Traveller launched its inaugural photo competition last September in association with The Aurora Zone and Tesco. UK photographers were asked to submit their entries in one of six categories: People, Culture, Nature, Landscape, Adventure and City.

Joanna Harper’s ‘The Boy who likes to Swim’ pipped all the other contenders to become the grand-prize winner. “The decision was based not only on the fact it captures a beautifully intimate moment, but also because it’s technically fantastic,” said National Geographic Traveller’s art editor, Chris Hudson.

Not only does Harper appear in the Photography Competition supplement, she has also won a once-in-lifetime trip to see the Northern Lights in Finland with The Aurora Zone and a top of the range camera and kit, courtesy of Tesco.

Six-runners up (category winners) have also been selected and will receive a Nikon S6100 Red Camera, courtesy of Tesco:

People: Sanjay Gupta from Hull and his image of a Maasai tribesman.
Culture: Andrew Cheek from Hatfield and the Shwezigo Pagoda, Burma.
Nature: Jesus del Toro Garcia from London and his shot of two horses in Essaouira, Morocco.
Landscapes: Martyn Ferry from Oxfordshire and his shot of Manarola in La Spezia, Italy.
Adventure: Samantha Crimmin from East Sussex and the star trails above South Georgia.
City: Nick Board from Reading and his photo of Ho Chi Minh City.

The judging panel consisted of Carol Enquist, National Geographic’s photo editor; Jonathan Briggs, editor of the British Institute of Professional Photography’s (BIPP) The Photographer magazine; Marina Syrmakezi from The Association of Photographers; and Chris Hudson, National Geographic Traveller’s art editor.

Chris Hudson said: “We’d like to thank everyone for their support in our inaugural National Geographic Traveller photography competition. We have been impressed at the incredibly high standard of submissions, whether professional or amateur – and we think Joanna Harper is a truly worthy winner.”

To see the winners and the shortlist, visit

The winning photos can also be seen in the Photography Competition supplement, free with the Mar/Apr issue on sale 9 February 2012, priced GBP £3.85.

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Photography Competition 2012 Prizes: The winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime, four-day trip to see the Northern Lights in Finland, with the Aurora Zone and a top of the range Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm lens kit worth over GBP£1,000, courtesy of Tesco. They will also have their winning photograph published in National Geographic Traveller (UK) Photography Supplement. Six runners-up will receive a Nikon S6100 digital camera, courtesy of Tesco.

National Geographic Traveller (UK) is published under license by Absolute Publishing Ltd (APL), from the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. It became the 15th local-language edition when it was launched in December 2010. The magazine is also available in China, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Israel, Poland, Latin America, Armenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Indonesia, Romania and South Africa. The 180-page travel and lifestyle magazine is packed full of you-are-there photography, authentic travel experiences and inspiring narratives, all focused on the brand’s theme “All Travel, All the Time.”

National Geographic Traveler (USA) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine, created in 1984. It championed sustainable travel before it was cool and, eight times annually, celebrates journeys that are about place, experience, culture, authenticity, living like the locals and great photography. It makes a distinction between tourism and travel and stresses inquisitive, not acquisitive, trips. It employs storytelling and outstanding photography to inspire readers to pick up and go, eschewing fashion and fluff in favour of articles that offer a strong sense of place, inspiring narratives that make readers take trips, and solid service information to help them plan those trips.

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