The world through your lens
We’re inviting you to join our community of visual storytellers by entering our 2023 travel photography competition, The world through your lens. It’s a chance to share the memories you’ve captured on your travels. Perhaps you formed a meaningful connection with a village elder along the Mekong River. You might have captured that perfect shot of a grizzly bear as it grappled for salmon along Canada’s western coast. Or, maybe you rose early to photograph Namibia’s burnt-orange dunes in the golden glow of dawn. Pick out your best shots to show us how you see the world.
Because we know no two trips are the same, there are no set categories — the images you choose are a reflection of your unique view of the world. The winner will be selected by award-winning photographer Harry Skeggs, our long-term competition partner. The photographer behind the shot he selects will receive a £5,000 voucher toward an Audley trip of their choice.
This year, you’ll also get to have your say. We’re introducing a Travellers' Choice Award, giving you the chance to vote for your favourite among a shortlist of entries selected by Harry. The winner will receive a £1,000 trip voucher. Make sure you’re signed up to our email list for your chance to vote.
This competition is now closed for entries.
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Please read these terms and conditions carefully before entering the competition. By entering you indicate that you accept these terms and conditions, and you agree to be bound by them.
By entering, any entrant agrees to allow the free use of their names, photographs and photo locations for marketing purposes.
This includes, but is not limited to, publishing entrant’s photos in our Audley Traveller (UK) and Audley Traveler (US) magazine, on Audley Travel websites and social media channels, in email and postal mailings including the Audley Travel calendar and Audley Travel Brochures. Entrants must own the copyright to any photographs entered. Entrants will retain copyright to the photographs. All personal data submitted by an entrant in connection with this competition is submitted voluntarily. Audley Travel retains the right not to use an image.
No purchase necessary to enter or win prize. Purchase will not increase your chances of winning. By participating in the “Your shot, your story” (the “Contest”), each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with these Official Rules and the decisions of Audley Travel UK and US Inc. (“The Promoter”), located at New Mill, New Mill Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 9SX (UK) and 77 N Washington Street, Floor 4, Boston, MA 02114 (US). The Promoter’s decisions shall be final and binding in all respects.
The competition is open to UK residents and U.S. residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, 21 years of age and older.
Officers, directors, employees and members of The Promoter and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies (all such individuals and entities referred to collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), and each of their immediate family members and/or people living in the same household are NOT eligible to enter the Contest or win a prize. This Contest is void where prohibited.
Contest period: The competition starts at 12.01 AM on 28th August 2023 and closes at 11.59PM on 20th September 2023 (the “Competition Period”). All times are GMT and any entries received outside of the Competition Period will be void.
How to enter: No purchase is necessary to enter or to win
You may enter by filling out our online form, ensuring all required text boxes are filled in correctly, and you have read and agreed to the competition terms and conditions.
This competition has two prizes. The first is a £5,000 ($6,400) voucher towards a custom Audley trip to a destination of the winner’s choice. The second is a £1,000 ($1,300) voucher towards a custom Audley trip to a destination of the winner’s choice. US prize amount has been rounded to the nearest hundred based on conversion rate on 22nd August 2023. Should the winners choose to create a trip with a greater retail value than the voucher, they will be liable for the additional cost. This voucher must be used by 31.12.2024. All travel is subject to the terms and conditions of Audley Travel Ltd, a copy of these can be obtained by calling Audley Travel Ltd on 01993 838 040 (UK) or +1 617-223-4500 (US).
If the winner is based in the US, they will need to submit a W9 tax form as they will be taxed on the value of the trip. The winner is liable for any and all taxes related to their prize, and will receive a Form 1099 from the IRS requiring them to declare the amount of their winnings.
There are no cash alternatives to the prize in whole or in part. The prize is not negotiable or transferable. The Promoter does not accept any responsibility if you are not able to use the prize voucher. Audley Travel reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering prizes) if, in our sole discretion, this competition is not capable (for whatever reason) of being conducted, as specified. Audley Travel reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value if circumstances beyond their control make this unavoidable.
Any costs incurred from changes post booking, such as a name change or other amends, are the winner’s responsibility to pay.
The winner is responsible for getting to any departure points (for flights etc), in time for security checks and the check-in procedures on the day of departure. Travel costs to airports are at the winner’s own expense.
The following exclusions apply: The prize does not include travel insurance, passport or visa costs, meals/beverages (unless otherwise stated), any applicable taxes not included in the price of the ticket, ground transportation, excursions or transfers (unless otherwise stated), personal spending money or any other costs of a personal nature not stated, all of which are the sole responsibility of the winner.
The Prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other Audley Travel or third-party discounts or special offers.
Photographs must be the original work of the author. Entries which are or appear to be plagiarised will be disqualified. Entries for this competition must not contain any content that is defamatory, libellous, racist, homophobic, derogatory, pornographic, obscene, sexist, illegal, and/or otherwise inappropriate. Entrants must not do anything illegal and/or dangerous and/or that would put themselves or others at any risk. You must get the prior consent of anyone who features in your entry.
- All photos must be your own.
- Photographs must not have previously won an Audley photography competition.
- Photographs with minimal editing will be considered.
- Due to our responsible travel ethos, any entries depicting wildlife in an unnatural environment or captivity will be excluded from the competition.
- We will not accept images of children.
- Where a person is the focus of the image, please ensure you have the permission of the subject. (This only applies to images where the person is the key focus, not street photography).
This is a contest run by the Promoter and the winner will be selected based on the quality of photograph submitted. The decision (acting reasonably) will be final.
The winner will be notified by email, using the details they provided. All reasonable endeavours will be made to contact the winners, if a winner cannot be contacted or is not available (within 10 days of announcement of the winner) the Promoter reserves the right to select another winner. The winner will be selected by head judge Harry Skeggs, who will choose his favourite image to win.
The Promoter must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award took place. To comply with this obligation the Promoter will announce the winning entry via email and across its social media channels.
The Promotion Entities shall not be responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in the Contest. The Promotion Entities assume no responsibility or liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries.
Entries will be judged against a scale 1-5 (where 1 is low and 5 is high) according to:
- Skilled use of light
- Successful composition
At any time, if you wish for your personal data to be erased from our systems please email email@example.com. However, if a request for data erasure is received prior to the conclusion of this competition then you will forfeit your right to winning.
All entrants agree to abide by these terms and conditions and the Promoter reserves the right to exclude entrants for any breach of these terms and conditions. The Promoter’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered in to.
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Elevate your travel photography on your next trip with advice from award-winning photographer Harry Skeggs, who’s journeyed from the Okavango Delta to the Pantanal in search of the perfect shot.
Learn more about award-winning photographer Harry Skeggs, a dedicated travel enthusiast and judge of our 2022 photography competition.
I always look forward to seeing the photos my clients have taken on their travels. Whether it’s the orange-streaked sunset skies captured from their sundowner spot, a Maasai warrior silhouetted against the seemingly endless plains, or a close-up shot of an elephant’s skin, wrinkled like tissue paper, the images transport me back to the places I love most. Best of all, they show me that my clients now share my passion for Africa — job done.