Spectacular starling murmurations over Brighton pier, a timeless glimpse into an ancient Incan festival and lionesses wrestling with a wildebeest in Tanzania… these were just a handful of the images that you sent in to last year’s Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition. Now the UK’s biggest and best travel photo competition is back for 2017, and we’re hungry to see more of the world expertly framed by you, our well-travelled readers.
To reflect the rich variety of your entries, this year’s Amateur category will reward its four winners with a Wanderlust photo commission to Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, as well as £500 worth of Berghaus vouchers. Meanwhile, in our Portfolio competition, one skilful snapper will win a cash prize of £3,000.
Costa Rica is renowned for its rich ecological wonders. Vast swathes of dense rainforest, misty cloud forest and volcanic cones squeeze into this compact country, each dripping with tropical life, including three-toed sloths, howler monkeys and brightly billed toucans. Meanwhile, the friendly locals, known as ‘Ticos’, offer their own colourful variation on South American cowboy culture.
Hemmed in by the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific, Costa Rica affords off shore delights, too, with sea turtles, dolphins and exotic fish filling the oceans. The country’s easily navigable size also means that, in one snap-happy visit, travellers can cover both coasts as well as the extraordinary landscapes, flora and fauna that lie in between them.
This is why Wanderlust has teamed up with the Costa Rica Tourism Board (www.visitcostarica.com) to whisk the four winning photographers of our Amateur category to Costa Rica for a once-in-a-lifetime Wanderlust commission.
All our Runners Up and Highly Commended photographers will win Nikon cameras. The Runners Up can gather new perspectives with the Nikon KeyMission 360, a tough, wearable action camera capable of recording true 360° video in 4K UHD. Its compactness and durability – being waterproof to 30m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10°C, and dustproof – means it’s ideal for perfectly capturing your next travel adventure, wherever that may be. It’s backed up by powerful supporting apps that let you edit your content or send it to your social media devices. Create lasting, immersive images of your travels the way you experience them – in 360°.
Whether your photos are five years old or snapped yesterday, it doesn’t matter when or where they were taken. However, your Amateur entries need to slot into one of four special categories: People, Wildlife, Landscape, or new category Active Travel, which is dedicated to the very act of travelling. So, a great Active Travel image could be of someone cycling through spectacular scenery or of footprints across a desert, or even a first-person shot by someone careening down a zipline.
So, if you’ve got, say, a Great Migration shot tucked away somewhere or an alternative view of Beijing’s Forbidden City gathering pixel dust on your memory card, we’d love to see it.
If you feel you can weave stories through your photos, then the Portfolio contest (open to both amateurs and professionals) is ideal for you. We’re on the hunt for a collection of five eye-arresting photos, each brilliant as a standalone image, but when combined, they must tell a powerful and evocative tale – whether it’s a world event, wildlife scenario or something else.
Entries in the Portfolio competition also must fit into one of our quartet of categories: People, Wildlife, Landscape or Active Travel, with just a single winner taking home the £3,000 prize.