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Azure waters. Emerald jungles. Ancient temples. Astonishing wildlife. Buzzing cities… It’s no wonder Thailand has become a go-to for snappers searching to frame awe-inspiring shots. This is also the reason why we’ve chosen Thailand as the destination for our Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year winners’ commission – the first occasion we’ve ever returned to a country in the competition’s history.

So whether you're after heritage, fauna or just wild landscapes, Thailand has it all. Search for Malayan sun bears, tigers and Asian elephants in its lush national parks, as well as a wealth of birdlife. Away from the jungle scene, its crystal-clear waters and neon corals are home to sea turtles, rays, sharks and tropical fish.

But the settings in which they roam are worth snapping at, too. Forested rocky teeth rise out of watery Khao Sok NP for an otherworldly location, the tiered waterfalls of Umphang resemble paradise and the Mekong River valley serves up a dramatic scene.

It's not just nature's handiwork that sets Thailand apart, either. The glittering lights of Bangkok provide a mesmeric after-dark shot but by day, the spired Grand Palace and Buddhist temples of Phra Kaew and Arun are beautiful examples of Asian architecture. Away from the capital, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, and the stone temple complexes of Phimai and Phanom Rung tell stories of a bygone era.

Discover all of these camera-grabbing hotspots for yourself when you travel to Thailand. It's so good for photographers, we had to go back!

Didn't bag the Western Australia trip? Never mind, all our Runners Up and Highly Recommended entrants will win amazing Nikon cameras.

Our Runners Up will win the fantastic Nikon D5500 D-SLR + 18-55 VR II Lens (RRP £719.99) and the Highly Recommended's will win the Nikon COOLPIX P610 (RRP £339.99) 

You can find details of all the prizes here

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