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Photography Competition 2016

For immediate release

Call for entries: Win a photographic commission for National Geographic Traveller (UK)

LONDON (15 September 2015) — National Geographic Traveller’s Photography Competition 2016 is now open for entries.

Widely recognised by professionals and amateurs from across the UK, the prestigious photography competition aims to find the best new talent and to send the winners on a photographic commission for National Geographic Traveller — destinations include Tanzania, Vietnam and Iceland.

Selected entrants will also be included as part of a global press and media campaign across the National Geographic Traveller website and exhibited at theprintspace in London, in March 2016, gaining major exposure to the creative industry. 

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “We’re thrilled to launch our photography competition for the fifth year running. Each year the standard of entries exceeds our expectations and puts the spotlight on the shortlist, whether they’re professional or amateur. Last year’s grand prize winner, Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi, has just returned from a photographic commission for us in Kenya’s Masai Maria.

“This year we have a whole host of commissions up for grabs, from Tanzania and Vietnam to Italy, Iceland and Abu Dhabi. And having included our new categories of video, portfolio and mobile, we’re expecting this year’s competition to be our most exciting yet.”

The independent judging panel consists of Carol Enquist, National Geographic’s photo editor and Steve Davey, professional photographer, writer and tutor. National Geographic Traveller’s art editor Chris Hudson will devise the shortlist and will have the final decision.

This year, we have a host of new categories to which entrants can apply:

Upload a single shot in one of four different themes: Action, Nature, People, Urban.

NEW: Video
Send us your YouTube/Vimeo link to a 60-second edited video clip.

NEW: Portfolio
Entrants need to upload four shots based on a single subject.

NEW: Mobile
Simply upload a single shot taken on your smartphone.

For Video, Portfolio and Mobile categories, as long as the image is travel-based, the subject matter can be anything of your choosing.

Enter here:

The Prizes

Grand prize winner: Tanzania
Win an exclusive stay in the heart of the Serengeti for two people, courtesy of luxury travel specialist Carrier and Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Includes return flights from London for two adults, five nights’ full board, two half-day game drives and a wildlife photography lesson from expert Paul Joynson-Hicks.

Photography: Iceland
Join Tatra Photography in its new ‘travelling hotel’ in Iceland for one of the most unique Aurora photography tours you’ll ever experience. The tutor for this seven-night workshop will be Mark Bauer, who’ll help you make the most of the stunning Icelandic landscapes. Includes flights, return airport transfers and full board accommodation.

Portfolio: Vietnam
Experience Travel Group will take you and a guest on an eight-day trip to Vietnam. This includes its signature tour of Hanoi, three nights at the luxury boutique Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, four nights at five-star Mia Resort Nha Trang and premium economy flights with Vietnam Airlines.

Mobile: Abu Dhabi
Win a four-day luxury holiday for two to Abu Dhabi’s Sir Bani Yas Island, courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas. Includes flights with Etihad Airways and three nights’ half-board accommodation.

Video: Italy
Inghams Italy will take you and a guest for three nights to the volcanic island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples. Staying on a B&B basis in the five-star Hotel Excelsior Terme, you’ll have plenty of time to capture the island’s spectacular scenery. Includes flights from Gatwick to Naples and return transfers.


The closing date is 13 December 2016 at 11.59pm GMT.

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National Geographic Traveller (UK) is published under license by APL Media Limited, 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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Pat Riddell, Editor
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