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A Bris­bane 22-year-old has won the peo­ple’s choice award in a travel com­pe­ti­tion with a $10,000 over­all travel prize up for grabs. Alexan­dra Franco took out her award for a video she cre­ated, called Queens­land. The winner of Cover-More’s Ul­ti­mate Trav­eller video was Cana­dian Tyler Cave, 25, who show­cased the rugged nat­u­ral beauty and out­door ad­ven­tures that await vis­i­tors to Van­cou­ver Is­land. Tyler won a $10,000 travel prize and a GoPro with his en­try Back­yard Par­adise. Alexan­dra won a $1000 travel voucher for her ef­forts. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a crim­i­nol­ogy de­gree, Tyler dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for film-mak­ing and sto­ry­telling, which has led him on ad­ven­tures around the world, but noth­ing quite com­pares to the in­spi­ra­tion he feels ex­plor­ing his own back­yard. Tak­ing view­ers on an out­door ad­ven­ture with back­drops of cas­cad­ing wa­ter­falls to stun­ning glaciers, plus awe-in­spir­ing en­coun­ters with wildlife in­clud­ing whales and bears, or­gan­is­ers say Tyler truly em­bod­ies the spirit of the Ul­ti­mate Am­bas­sador. “Canada is a film-maker’s par­adise,” he says. “Van­cou­ver Is­land is just a slice of what this amaz­ing coun­try has to of­fer. “Win­ning this travel prize from Cover-More will al­low me to ex­plore ar­eas I haven’t been able to. I will most likely go to Cen­tral Amer­ica, and a trip to Ice­land with my brother. I never plan too far ahead.” Check out the videos at ul­ti­mate­trav­el­com­pe­ti­tion.com.

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