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Travel Photography Competition 2019 — 2020

Each weekly winner will receive £250 of vouchers to spend on a camera or photographic equipment of their choice. Our judges will then select the best of these images in March and the overall winner will win a trip for two to China. The two runners up won't be disappointed, they'll each be heading off on a private tour of Colombia or Oman for two.

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Main prize: a 11-day trip to Botswana

Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Johannesburg

Land in Johannesburg to a VIP meet and greet service and connect onto a flight up to Kasane in northern Botswana, from where you will be transferred into Chobe National Park and join an evening boat cruise on the Chobe River.

Your accommodation: Chobe Game Lodge

Day 3: Chobe National Park

Chobe is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa so head out on an early-morning guided game drive along the riverbank in search of the variety of wildlife found here. Sightings may include herds of buffalo, bathing elephant, giraffe, zebra, different species of antelope and predators such as lion and wild dog too. The afternoon can be spent silently cruising the river on a solar-powered boat, with sundowner drink in hand.

Your accommodation: Chobe Game Lodge

Day 4: Okavango Delta

Take a scenic light aircraft transfer into the heart of the Okavango Delta from where you can enjoy more safari activities including game drives, guided walks, boating and trips in a tradition canoe, a mokoro, a classic experience for a safari in the delta.

Your accommodation: Shinde

Days 5-6: Shinde Concession, Okavango Delta

Shinde is located on a private concession so is also able to offer evening game drives with the use of a spot light to see nocturnal wildlife and is particularly known for its big game sightings.

Your accommodation: Shinde

Days 7: Nxabega Concession, Okavango Delta

Another scenic flight will provide you with aerial views of the waterways and channels of the delta to reach another private concession on the south-west fringes of the floodplains.

Your accommodation: Kanana

Days 8-9: Nxabega Concession, Okavango Delta

Activities from Kanana include day and night game drives, sunset boat cruises, guided walks, seasonal fishing and a glass-bottomed mokoro. You can also spent a night sleeping out under the stars at an exclusive location away from the main camp.

Your accommodation: Kanana

Days 10-11: Fly overnight from Johannesburg

After a final morning safari activity you will be dropped at the nearby airstrip for one last scenic flight out of the delta to Maun. From here you will fly back down to Johannesburg to connect with your overnight flight back to London.

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Botswana Dining Area Shinde Camp

Second place prize: a 11-day trip to Thailand

Day 1: Fly overnight to Bangkok

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Bangkok.

Your accommodation: U Sathorn Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok

Meet your guide at Bangkok Airport before being driven by private transfer to your boutique hotel which provides a peaceful oasis amongst the bustling city. You may have some time free to relax this afternoon - Lumphini Park is close to your hotel to explore.

Your accommodation: U Sathorn Bangkok

Day 3: Bangkok

Have a private guided tour of Bangkok today visiting the capital's key attractions: the Grand Palace, Wat Po (home to the reclining Buddha) and Jim Thompson's house. Get used to Bangkok's different forms of public transport - the Skytrain which winds its way through the skyscrapers and shopping malls, the public taxi boat, a long-tail boat and of course the ubiquitous Thai tuk tuk. This is a fun excursion which gives you a fantastic insight into the capital as well as the people that call Bangkok home.

Your accommodation: U Sathorn Bangkok

Day 4: Khao Sok National Park

An early start today for your private transfer to the airport to catch your internal flight to Phuket, a journey of around one and a half hours. Upon arrival at Phuket Airport you'll be met by staff from Elephant Hills to take you and other guests to the Khao Sok National Park. The Elephant Hills Camp is a fantastic rainforest and elephants experience. The welfare of the elephants is at the heart of this camp and it has received numerous awards for this. This is one of the few places where you can see elephants without chains, enjoying their natural habitat. Upon arrival at the camp, meet the elephants and learn more about these magnificent creatures. You'll have the opportunity to help feed and bathe them in a small group session. After a traditional Thai lunch, take a jungle canoe paddling past stunning limestone karsts with an experienced guide in a small group.

Your accommodation: Elephant Hills Camp

Day 5: Khao Sok National Park

Today after you've had breakfast you will transfer to a local mangrove forest to cruise through the water on a traditional Burmese junk boat. You will also have the chance to canoe through the waterways. After lunch return to the main camp where you may enjoy a cooking demonstration or dance performance.

Your accommodation: Elephant Hills Camp

Day 6: Khao Sok National Park

After breakfast you will head inland by road and then by boat for your scenic journey to the relatively untouched and stunning Cheow Larn Lake. This is a great place to be amongst nature with more than 100 islands and limestone mountains rising up from the shore. Bring your swimming costume if you would like to swim in the lake's warm waters. Lunch will be served at a floating raft house on the lake where you can relax and take in the stunning scenery before returning to your camp in the afternoon.

Your accommodation: Elephant Hills Camp

Day 7: Khao Lak

This morning you will have the option to join your guide and fellow guests on a walk through the jungle listening to the chorus of the many primates, reptiles and birds that inhabit the national park. After lunch, take a small group transfer to your beach accommodation where you can spend the remainder of your holiday relaxing by the sea. Bangsak Village is a lovely boutique resort located on a beautiful beach. It has great facilities with a spa, swimming pool and a tour desk. Children under 12 years old are not allowed at this hotel.

Your accommodation: Bangsak Village

Day 8: Khao Lak

Today is free to relax and enjoy your surroundings. In addition to the beach there is plenty to do on Khao Lak and your time can be as busy or as relaxed as you like. The nearby Similan Islands are one of the world's top dive sites and there are great snorkelling trips out to the Surin Islands which can be arranged from your hotel.

Your accommodation: Bangsak Village

Day 9: Khao Lak

Day at leisure. You may like to consider a day trip to Pung Chang cave with its fascinating rock formations which is accessed via a bamboo raft or head out on a long-tail boat to visit the famous James Bond Island! These trips can be booked locally, or your specialist can pre-arrange a trip for you.

Your accommodation: Bangsak Village

Day 10: Khao Lak

Today is your last day by the beach before heading home. You may like to relax by the water or head into Khao Lak town to try some of the fresh local seafood.

Your accommodation: Bangsak Village

Day 11: International return flight

Your driver is on hand to collect you from the hotel for your private one and a half hour transfer to Phuket Airport in time for your onward flights home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Corcora valley coffee region
Corcora valley coffee region
Corcora valley coffee region

Third place prize: an 8-day trip to the USA

Day 1: Fly to Charleston

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Charleston, SC. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel which is located in the heart of the city. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy.

Your accommodation: Belmond Charleston Place

Day 2: Charleston

On your first morning in Charleston, take a historic walking tour of the city with a small group and guide and discover Charleston's characterful past. Your guide will offer a wealth of information about Charleston's role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars as well as insider tips on the best museums, restaurants and things to do during your time in the city. Later that afternoon, we recommend a visit the Old Slave Mart Museum, Fort Sumter or one of the historic homes of the old South's wealthy elite.

Your accommodation: Belmond Charleston Place

Day 3: Charleston

Today, take a short taxi ride to pick up your car from the depot. We recommend driving out of the city, up the Ashley River Road to Charleston's surrounding countryside. This is where a number of plantations once thrived in the 19th century. Magnolia Plantation is located just 30-minutes drive from downtown Charleston and has beautiful gardens as well as swamps teeming with alligators. Visitors will receive a rich insight into plantation life from the 1700s and 1800s. You can also visit Drayton Hall or Middleton Place.

Your accommodation: Belmond Charleston Place

Day 4: Bluffton

This morning, enjoy breakfast followed by a leisurely morning of shopping in the local boutiques and markets. After lunch, drive two hours south to the historic town of Bluffton. On arrival at Montage Palmetto Bluff, indulge in a traditional Lowcountry welcome and say hello to the resident pups before being shown to your lagoon view room. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Octagon Porch and make sure to stop by the fire pit for s'mores afterwards.

Your accommodation: Montage Palmetto Bluff

Day 5: Bluffton

Today, have breakfast at Buffalo's and fill up on fluffy American pancakes, waffles or traditional biscuits and bacon. Spend a day at leisure enjoying the wildlife, flora and fauna that encompass the resort by taking a stroll around the grounds or renting a bicycle. We also recommend the boat tour to historic Daufuskie Island or paying a visit to the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy to learn about the land and wildlife on site.

Your accommodation: Montage Palmetto Bluff

Day 5: Bluffton

Today, have breakfast at Buffalo's and fill up on fluffy American pancakes, waffles or traditional biscuits and bacon. Spend a day at leisure enjoying the wildlife, flora and fauna that encompass the resort by taking a stroll around the grounds or renting a bicycle. We also recommend the boat tour to historic Daufuskie Island or paying a visit to the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy to learn about the land and wildlife on site.

Your accommodation: Montage Palmetto Bluff

Day 6: Hilton Head Island

Spend your morning visiting Bluffton to learn about the town's historic churches and antebellum homes. Enjoy lunch al fresco in one of the cafes, peruse the general store for unique Carolina gifts and spend time reading the many plaques dotted around the historical sites. Then, take the short drive to Hilton Head Island. On arrival, admire the ocean views and accustom yourself with the resort.

Your accommodation: Sonesta Resort

Day 7: Hilton Head Island

Spend the day at leisure on Hilton Head Island. We recommend driving out to Harbour Town Lighthouse in the morning to enjoy views of the ocean waves and marshland below. Drive back to the resort and spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach.

Your accommodation: Sonesta Resort

Days 8-9: Fly overnight

Spend the day at leisure on Hilton Head Island before heading back to the airport for your flight home.