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Photography Competition 2016

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced the esteemed judging panel for its Photography Competition 2016

LONDON — National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced the esteemed judging panel for its Photography Competition 2016. Headed up by Chris Hudson, group art editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), it also includes Alastair Jolly, European brand ambassador at SmugMug; Steve Davey, freelance travel photographer/writer; Carol Enquist, senior photo editor, National Geographic Traveler (US); and Swhype co-founder Andy Greenhouse.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said, “It’s great to have such esteemed photographic experts on board for our competition. Creating the shortlist and picking the winners is a really tough job — it gets harder each year as the standard continues to exceed our expectations.”

Alastair Jolly, European brand ambassador at SmugMug, said, “I’m delighted to be asked to sit on the judging panel of such a renowned photography competition. Looking at the impressive calibre of entries from previous years, I’m incredibly excited to see what we have in store this year — I think it’s going to be a tough decision.”

The judges:

Chris Hudson, group art editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK): Chris has headed up the judging panel since the competition’s inception back in 2012. As the group art editor at National Geographic Traveller (UK), he has a strong eye for a great photograph, as well as being an amateur photographer himself. After judging the competition for the past four years, he’s on the lookout for something he’s never seen before; an image that captures a moment that reflects not only travel but a real sense of emotion and place.

Alastair Jolly, European brand ambassador for SmugMug: As well as having a key role at SmugMug, the world’s largest independent photo-sharing/hosting platform, Alastair has been a professional photographer for over 16 years. As a qualified Master Photographer, he specialises in social and commercial photography. While travelling on behalf of SmugMug, Alastair regularly finds time to photograph subjects of interest, particularly landscapes. He also leads popular photo tours in Scotland.

Steve Davey, freelance travel photographer and writer: Steve has been a writer and photographer for more years than he’ll admit to. Fascinated by global cultures and festivals, he’s travelled to almost 90 countries, photographing and researching stories. Steve is also the author of several books on travel photography and festivals, and his work is regularly published worldwide.

Carol Enquist, senior photo editor, National Geographic Traveler (US): Carol has been a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine for more than 30 years, starting with the inaugural issue in spring 1984, as well as working for over 35 years in the books division of the National Geographic Society.

Andy Greenhouse, co-founder, Swhype: After studying graphic design at Southampton Solent University, Andy worked in the film industry for several years before embarking on a career as a magazine art director on a number of leading women’s titles, including More!, Company and Cosmopolitan. He’s also curated numerous independent film events and festivals, including Cannes in a Van, aka ‘the four-wheel film festival’. In 2012, Andy co-founded creative motion agency Swhype and continues to host 'Screen Social’, a regular film and music night in London.

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

Selected entrants will also be included in a global press and media campaign and have their work exhibited at London’s theprintspace in March 2016, ensuring major exposure to the creative industry.

This year, several new categories have been added:

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

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

NEW: Portfolio
Upload four shots based on a single subject.

NEW: Mobile
Upload a single shot taken on your smartphone.

(For the 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 closing date is 13 December 2016 at 11.59pm GMT.


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 accommodation, 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. It 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.


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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.

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organisations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. National Geographic reflects the world through its magazines, television programs, films, music and radio, books, DVDs, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic magazine, the Society’s official journal, published in English and 33 local-language editions, is read by more than 40 million people each month. The National Geographic Channel reaches 370 million households in 34 languages in 168 countries. National Geographic Digital Media receives more than 15 million visitors a month. National Geographic has funded more than 9,600 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geography literacy. For more information, visit

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