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Travel Photography Competition 2017 — 2018 Prizes

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 April and the overall winner will win a trip for two to Burma. The two runners up won't be disappointed, they'll each be heading off on a private tour of Australia or Mexico for two.

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Main prize: Highlights of Burma, a 14-day trip

Explore one of Southeast Asia’s least-discovered destinations through its historic cities, temples and waterways with private guides and drivers to escort you throughout your trip. After starting in Yangon (Rangoon), you travel to the temples at Bagan, which have stood in a plain near the banks of the Ayeyarwady River for near on a millennium. The river then becomes your route, carrying you to Mandalay from where your journey ends on Inle Lake, as you visit the stilted villages that extend onto its waters.

Days 1: Fly from London to Yangon

Flight with EVA Air.

Days 2 to 3: Yangon

Your time in the former capital Yangon, which is still more recognizable under its old name Rangoon, includes a tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda at dusk when local families come to worship. The temple’s golden stupa is visible across the city.

Your accommodation: Belmond Governor’s Residence

Day 4 to 6: Bagan

Catch a short flight to Bagan, where more than 2,000 temples, which date back some 900 years, rise above the plain. A privately guided tour introduces you to the temples and their history, and you can also explore independently by bicycle or horse and cart, or on foot.

Your accommodation: Bagan Lodge

Days 7 to 8: River cruise to Mandalay

Board the Pandaw River Expeditions riverboat to begin your two-night cruise to Mandalay along the Ayeyarwady River, exploring little-visited villages and local markets along the banks with an experienced guide en route.

Your accommodation: Pandaw River Expeditions

Days 9 to 10: Mandalay

Disembarking in Mandalay, you tour the former Burmese capitals of Ava and Amarapura with your guide, visiting a selection of the most impressive temples plus some lesser-known sites. A tour of Mandalay will reveal the city away from the more crowded areas.

Your accommodation: Hotel by the Red Canal

Days 11 to 13: Inle Lake

After a short flight to the town of Heho, drive through the rural Shan State to board a longtail boat to Inle Lake, a shallow body of water ringed by hill-tribe villages and fishing communities. A private tour of the lake takes you to the main temples, cottage industries and the lakeside market. There’s also time to explore the Indein Pagoda temples, which cover a hillside above the lake.

Your accommodation: Villa Inle Resort

Days 14 to 15: Fly from Yangon to Bangkok to London

Take a domestic flight to Yangon to connect to Bangkok International Airport, where you stay overnight at the Novotel airport hotel before catching your homeward flight to London.

Our guide to Burma (Myanmar)
The Shwedagon Pagoda
The Shwedagon Pagoda
RV Indochina Pandaw
RV Indochina Pandaw
Governor's Residence
Governor's Residence
Sunset on the Ayeyarwady River
Sunset on the Ayeyarwady River
Terracotta pots near Yandabo
Terracotta pots near Yandabo
Pupils at Paya Ngoto School
Pupils at Paya Ngoto School
Local women carry more than just clothes in their baskets, Burma
Local women carrying their baskets
Mandalay flower seller
Mandalay flower seller
The Kakku temple complex near Inle Lake
The Kakku temple complex near Inle Lake
View from the Villa Inle Resort
View from the Villa Inle Resort
Bagan, Burma
Bagan, Burma

Runner up prize: Eastern Australia self-drive, a 13-day trip

With the freedom to explore from behind the wheel, this trip lets you experience the best of Eastern Australia as you meander from Sydney north to the Sunshine Coast. As you travel, you have time to see Sydney and to taste wines in the Hunter Valley before you head to the Pacific coastline to visit a succession of beach towns all the way to the Sunshine Coast.

Day 1 to 2: Fly from London to Sydney

Overnight flight.

Days 3 and 4: Sydney

Start your trip with two days at leisure in Sydney to explore the city and its surrounding coast and beaches. We suggest visiting the harbour and its defining bridge and opera house, as well as venturing farther to Bondi Beach to walk the coastal path to the neighbouring beach at Bronte.

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney

Days 5: The Hunter Valley

After collecting your car in Sydney, drive to the historic Hunter Valley wine region to spend the afternoon wine tasting.

Your accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Days 6: Port Stephens

Pick up the Pacific Highway to trace the coast north to Port Stephens, a sheltered bay with quiet sandy beaches and calm waters.

Your accommodation: Peppers Anchorage

Day 7 to 8: Bellingen

Drive inland to visit the town of Bellingen, which sits surrounded by pastures on the banks of the Bellinger River, where you can take a dip. We recommend visiting the local markets, where you can buy local woodcrafts and produce.

Your accommodation: Lily Pily Country House

Day 9 to 10: Byron Bay

Continue north along the coastline to Byron Bay. You can spend an afternoon walking up to the town’s white, castellated lighthouse, which is Australia’s most easterly point, and enjoy the surrounding beaches.

Your accommodation: Breakfree

Days 11: Brisbane

The next leg of the Pacific Highway takes you to Brisbane, where you can spend the afternoon and take a ride on one of the city’s most recently added attractions, the Wheel of Brisbane Ferris wheel.

Your accommodation: Sebel Reef House

Days 12 to 14: The Sunshine Coast

The three-day finale to your trip begins as you drive north to Noosa in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Your time here includes touring Fraser Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will take you through the jungle to Lake McKenzie, where you can swim, before driving you along 75 Mile Beach.

Your accommodation: Peppers

Days 15 to 16: Fly from Brisbane to London

Return your car at Brisbane Airport before boarding your homeward overnight flight.

Our expert's guide to exploring Australia
Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
Granite Bay, Noosa Heads
Granite Bay
Byron Bay
Byron Bay
Lily Pily, Bellingen
Lily Pily, Bellingen
Sydney
Sydney
The Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley
Brisbane, Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland

Runner up prize: Highlights of Mexico, a 13-day trip

Combining the Yucatán’s finest surviving Maya temples with a relaxing second leg on the Mayan Riviera, this trip also finds time to visit Mexico City and the colonial city of Mérida. Highlights include tours of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itzá and the pre-Aztec site Teotihuacan, with its twin pyramids, and the opportunity to swim and snorkel in one of the region’s cenotes, sinkholes formed in the Yucatán’s porous limestone bedrock.

Day 1 to 3: Mexico City

Touching down in Mexico City following your flight from London, you have two full days to explore the city and the nearby pre-Aztec site of Teotihuacan. A chauffeur-guide will escort you on a tour of Mexico City's historic centre, which radiates out from the Zócalo, the city’s main square. You’ll also visit the ruined Templo Mayor, one of the Aztec’s main temples. Teotihuacan, an hour from the city, is a vast pre-Aztec complex where you can climb the Pyramids of the Sun and of the Moon.

Your accommodation: Hampton Inn

Days 4 to 7: Merida

Arrive in colonial Mérida after a short internal flight and use the remainder of the day to relax and stroll around the city, where locals often perform traditional Yucatecan dances in the main squares at evening time. The next day, visit two Maya sites deep in the jungle as part of a guided tour of Uxmal, where you can climb the Pyramid of the Magician, and Kabah, a settlement once connected to Uxmal by a white stone causeway.

Your accommodation: Hotel Hacienda

Day 8 to 12: Tulum

Travel to the Mayan Riviera city of Tulum, stopping en route to visit Chichén Itzá, the region’s best-preserved Maya site. During an in-depth guided tour, your guide will show you highlights such as the sacred cenote (sinkhole) that gave the complex its name. You then have three days to relax in Tulum, at your hotel and on its strip of jungle-fringed beach. We also suggest visiting the local clifftop Maya ruins, which comprise well-preserved towers, temples and pyramids. We can also arrange for you to swim or dive in the otherworldly freshwater cenotes (sinkholes) that pocket this region of Mexico. Alternatively, you could take a trip to Sian Ka'an, a nearby ecological reserve, or Coba, a quieter Maya ruin with a pyramid above the canopy line that you climb.

Your accommodation: Hip Hotel

Days 13 to 14: Fly from Tulum to London

Travel to Cancún International Airport for your homeward flight

Our guide to Mexico
Beach, S & S Hip Hotel
Beach, S & S Hip Hotel
El Castillo, Chichen Itza ruins
El Castillo, Chichen Itza ruins
Governor's Palace, Uxmal
Governor's Palace, Uxmal
Hacienda VIP, Merida
Hacienda VIP, Merida
Merida, Mexico
Merida, Mexico
Teotihuacan, Mexico
Teotihuacan, Mexico
The Zocalo, Mexico City
The Zocalo, Mexico City