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Travel Photography Competition 2016 — 2017 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 New Zealand. The two runners up won't be disappointed, they'll each be heading off on a private tour of Costa Rica or India for two.

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Main prize: New Zealand self-drive adventure, a 19 day trip

Explore New Zealand’s epic landscapes by air, land and sea on this tour of both the North and South Islands. Beginning in cosmopolitan Auckland, you’ll head south, staying in good quality hotels and luxury lodges. Highlights include the Maori culture and geysers of Rotorua, the tranquil waters of the Marlborough Sounds, a scenic train journey through the Southern Alps, heli-hiking on the Fox Glacier, and a nature cruise of Milford Sound.

Days 1 to 2: Fly from London to Auckland

Overnight flight with Air New Zealand.

Days 3 to 4: Auckland

Explore the city on a guided tour, taking in areas such as the historic colonial suburb of Parnell and Waitematā Harbour.

Your accommodation: Sofitel

Day 5: Rotorua

Collect your hire car and drive to Rotorua. Learn about its Maori heritage on a cultural tour and see bubbling mud pools.

Your accommodation: Regent

Days 6 to 7: Napier

Drive to Napier via Lake Taupo, admiring its Maori rock carvings. Take a cycling tour of art deco Napier.

Your accommodation: Cape Kidnappers

Day 8: Wellington

Fly to Wellington and explore the capital, visiting the interactive Te Papa museum.

Your accommodation: Museum Art Hotel

Day 9: Picton

Take the ferry from Wellington to Picton, continuing to the Marlborough Sounds. Walk part of the Queen Charlotte Track, a 70 km (45 mile) trail through ferns and beech forest that offers some great views of the Sounds.

Your accommodation: Bay of Many Coves

Days 10 to 13: Kaikoura, Christchurch & Fox Glacier

Travel to Kaikoura to go whale-watching then continue onto Christchurch to catch the TranzAlpine Express to Greymouth. From here, drive to Fox Glacier to view it from the air on a helicopter ride before landing and hiking on the ice.

Your accommodation: Hapuku Lodge; The George; Misty Peaks Hotel

Days 14 to 15: Queenstown

Drive to Queenstown to cruise Milford Sound.

Your accommodation: Azur Lodge

Days 16 to 17: Auckland

From Queenstown, fly to Auckland for your homeward flight with Air New Zealand.

Our expert's guide to New Zealand's highlights
Azur Lodge, Queenstown
Azur Lodge, Queenstown
Glacial caves, West Coast
Glacial caves, West Coast
Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura
Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura
The Road to Milford Sound
The Road to Milford Sound
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Napier & Hawkes Bay
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Napier & Hawkes Bay
Balcony View, Azur Lodge, Queenstown
Balcony View, Azur Lodge, Queenstown
White Island, New Zealand
White Island, New Zealand
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Napier & Hawkes Bay
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Napier & Hawkes Bay
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Owners cottage, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Napier & Hawkes Bay
Owners cottage, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Napier & Hawkes Bay
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand

Runner up prize: Costa Rica’s wildlife and cloudforest, a 13 day trip

This trip allows you to experience Costa Rica’s biodiverse ecosystems and wildlife. Explore Tortuguero National Park’s waterways, where guides help you spot many different species of monkeys and birds. Visit the rainforests around the Arenal Volcano and bathe in hot springs. Go zip-lining in the Monteverde Cloudforest and walk through the canopy on suspension bridges. Finish by the ocean, relaxing at Manuel Antonio before staying briefly on a coffee plantation.

Day 1: Fly from London to San Jose

An 11 hour flight with British Airways.

Your accommodation: Hotel Presidente

Days 2 to 3: Tortuguero

Explore Tortuguero’s waterways with your guide, looking for wildlife such as macaws and spider monkeys. Kayak the canals and visit Caribbean-esque Tortuguero Village.

Your accommodation: Mawamba Lodge

Days 4 to 5: Arenal

Travel into the tropical primary forest that surrounds Arenal Volcano. Walk over hanging bridges and relax in hot springs.

Your accommodation: Arenal Springs

Days 6 to 7: Monteverde Cloudforest

Journey to the cloudforest and spend the next day exploring. Zip-line over the canopy, visit butterfly gardens, and hike canopy walkways.

Your accommodation: El Establo

Days 8 to 10: Manuel Antonio

Arrive at the coast for a couple of days’ relaxation on the beach.

Your accommodation: Hotel Parador

Day 11: Naranjo

Stay at Chaypote Lodge, Naranjo and tour its working coffee plantation.

Your accommodation: Chayote Lodge

Days 12 to 13: San Jose Airport to London

Catch your evening flight, arriving home the next day.

Our expert's guide to exploring Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
White Faced Capuchin monkeys
White Faced Capuchin monkeys
Arenal Spring Hotel
Arenal Spring Hotel
Suspended Bridge at Monteverde
Suspended Bridge at Monteverde
Cloud-forest, Monteverde
Cloud-forest, Monteverde
Stunning view driving from Monteverde, Costa Rica
Stunning view driving from Monteverde, Costa Rica
Squirrel Monkey, Manuel Antonio National Park
Squirrel Monkey, Manuel Antonio National Park

Runner up prize: India’s Golden Triangle and tigers, a 13 day trip

Discover the culture, architecture and wildlife of North India, as you travel this classic circular route. Highlights, including the Taj Mahal, Jaipur’s Amber Fort and Old Delhi’s bazaar, combine with more offbeat experiences such as visiting a rural Rajasthan village. Track Bengal tigers in Ranthambhore National Park, and stay in characterful properties, which range from a maharaja’s fort to an opulent tented safari camp. You’re accompanied by a private driver and experienced local guides throughout.

Day 1: Fly from London to Delhi

Catch an overnight flight with Jet Airways.

Days 2 to 4: Delhi

Walk the boulevards of New Delhi with your guide before taking a rickshaw through the bustling markets of Old Delhi.

Your accommodation: Taj Mahal Hotel

Day 5: Agra

Explore Agra’s Red Fort and the I'timad-ud-Daulah (known as the Baby Taj). The next day, visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise.

Your accommodation: Oberoi Amarvilas

Days 6 to 7: Ranthambhore National Park

Enjoy dawn and dusk safaris, seeking out sambar deer, macaques and the elusive Bengal tiger.

Your accommodation: Oberoi Vanyavilas

Days 8 to 9: Ramathra

Stay overnight in the rural village of Ramathra and spend the following day in the community. Take a guided nature walk and picnic by the lake.

Your accommodation: Ramathra Fort

Days 10 to 12: Jaipur

Explore Amber Fort with your guide before visiting the Palace of the Winds, the observatory and the Royal Palace.

Your accommodation: Oberoi Rajvilas

Day 13: Delhi

Drive back to Delhi for your flight home with Jet Airways.

Our guide to the north of India
Female tiger and her cubs, Ranthambhore National Park
Female tiger and her cubs, Ranthambhore National Park
Gatore Ki Chhatriyan, Jaipur
Gatore Ki Chhatriyan, Jaipur
Tents at Ramathra Fort
Tents at Ramathra Fort
Taj Mahal Mosque Interior
Taj Mahal Mosque Interior
Amber Palace
Amber Palace
Street in Jaipur
Street in Jaipur
Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
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