Photography Competition

As the age-old saying goes, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. But with travel photography we would say it does a lot more than that; it gets people’s hearts racing and instils a yearning to book a flight to anywhere new to start exploring. We want to see where you’ve been and what’s caught your eye to make you capture that memory forever, in the form of an everlasting photograph.

Enter your travel photos to win a Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR + 18-55mm IS STM Lens. We look forward to seeing your travel photos!

All you need to do is send your favourite photograph to photocomp@caribtours.co.uk with your nameemail address and telephone number, and tell us where the photo was takenEntries can be submitted from 1 January 2017 - 14 March 2017. The competition will be judged by photographer Matthew Williams-Ellis on 14 March 2017, and the winner will be announced on 17 March 2017 by email and on Facebook. 

 

And the winner is.... 

 

 

WINNER - Caribtours 2017 Photography Competition

Liam O’Neil - The Nomad Games, Kyrgyzstan

Judge's Notes:

What an exciting photo! As well as being visually captivating, I can almost hear the noise of the rockets being fired into the mountains. Travel photography is about telling stories, evoking emotion and leaving the viewer intrigued and wanting more. For me, this does all of the above. There is so much energy in the photo and it leaves me with so many questions. Why are they firing rockets? Is there a significance to the colours? Why are people on horseback? Is it really safe for the people who are engulfed in smoke?! With this one photo, this festival has just shot straight to the top of my bucket list! Congratulations Liam, what a captivating photo! Every time I look at it, I see something new.

 
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Commended

Gregory Goldston - Maria Alm, Austria

Judge's Notes: This is a beautiful scene, where Gregory has clearly taken great care over when he has pressed the shutter. The inclusion of the group of people transforms it from a picturesque snapshot into an intriguing story. Where is the group going? I also love the scale that the people provide. Their placement, with plenty of space in the direction they would be walking, is perfect. Top marks for getting out of bed for sunrise too – that’s never easy! A couple of points to consider; I would crop out the branches on the right, which add unnecessary clutter, and also straighten it up. Both minor points, but it is attention to details such as these that make all the difference.

 
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Commended

Xuan Gardiner - New York

Judge's Notes: This is an extremely cleverly composed photo, especially given the ever-challenging urban environment in which it is shot. There is no rulebook is existence that would encourage placing a large metal pole through the centre of the image, but it works. It helps eliminate distractions, enabling the eye to be drawn towards the subject; the iconic New York taxi. I also love how the blue tones compliment the yellow taxi.

 

 
 

Commended

Mark Weir - New Brighton Lighthouse

Judge's Notes: The strong composition in this image, coupled with the amazing sunset, and some impressive camera skills, make this a very eye-catching photo. Breaking the ‘rule of thirds’ works brilliantly here, as everything seems to explode from the end of the pier, in the centre of the frame.

 
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Commended

Shuo Huang - U Bein Bridge, Myanmar

Judge's Notes: There is a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere to this photo, despite the storm clouds being set alight by the early morning sun. I applaud the photographer for photographing directly into the light. It creates very distinct silhouettes, which create a great narrative to the image, with the group clearly heading home with the morning’s catch. My only suggestion would be to follow the fishermen for longer, in order to eliminate the bicycle from the photograph. To me, it doesn’t add any more information on what is going on, and instead clutters up the foreground.

Terms and Conditions

Only one entry per person. All entries must be received by 14 March 2017, any photos submitted after this time will not be included in the competition. The Prize is a Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR + 18-55mm Lens and is not exchangeable for anything else or cash alternative. Photographs will be used on social media, newsletters and the Caribtours and Private Travel Company websites until 28 February 2018. Caribtours will not own the rights to these images, but the photographer will be credited on the image for each use. The photos entered into the competition will not be shared with anyone else without the photographer’s permission. The winner will be notified by email, if the winner fails to claim the prize within 1 month of being notified, the prize will be forfeited.