The visual trip of a lifetime: a photographic commission to Australia for you and a companion. That is the prize for winners of Britain's foremost amateur travel photography competition - the travel photo of the year as chosen by The Independent and Wanderlust magazine.
The Independent Traveller, the premier travel supplement in the newspaper world, has teamed up with Britain's leading magazine for independent-minded travellers: Wanderlust. Over the next three months we will be accepting entries from amateur photographers in four categories: Face to Face (portraits of people or wildlife), In the Wild (wilderness, wildlife, landscapes), Work and Play (scenes involving work or recreation) and Digital (any travel topic that has been shot with a digital camera).
In addition, we have introduced a category for professional photographers, with a first prize of pounds 5,000 plus a commercial contract with The Travel Library.
Details of how to enter, together with an application form, can be downloaded from www.wanderlust.co.uk. Alternatively, send a stamped, addressed envelope to Wanderlust (Amateur Photo of the Year), PO Box 1832, Windsor SL4 1YT. Or buy the latest edition of Wanderlust, on sale now. After the closing date of 30 November, a panel of expert judges will choose a shortlist, which will be on display at Destinations 2005 - the UK's leading holiday and travel show, which takes place at Earl's Court in London (3-6 February) and Birmingham NEC (4-6 March). COLAB, the UK's largest professional photographic lab, will produce the exhibition prints. The winners in each category will be announced at the London event; each will win a photographic commission to Australia, courtesy of Tourism Australia, to be taken between April and July next year.
All entrants will receive two free tickets to Destinations 2005 - which is also sponsoring a special Unusual Beach competition category, with a prize of pounds 500.
To help with your entry, we asked the leading travel photographer, Michael Busselle, for his top tips.
v Give it your best shot When making your selection for submission, choose pictures that are simple and direct, and avoid ones that contain too many details and too much information. A simple image where the centre of interest is clearly defined, and not confused by the inclusion of unnecessary details or distracting backgrounds, will make an immediate impact and help to ensure that your photograph survives the first stage of the judges' selection process. …