Get snap happy and win a sa­fari

En­tries are now open for T&I’S an­nual travel photography con­test with Aber­crom­bie & Kent

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MERRY KIRK­WOOD

TIME to scroll through your ar­chive to find your most creative hol­i­day im­ages. Our an­nual photography con­test, in as­so­ci­a­tion with in­ter­na­tional tour op­er­a­tor Aber­crom­bie & Kent, starts this week­end.

Each year, to raise aware­ness and funds for A&K’s Phi­lan­thropy projects, The Week­end Aus­tralian en­cour­ages read­ers to share spe­cial mo­ments from their trav­els.

The theme for 2011 is: Ev­ery Jour­ney Tells a Story.

There are no re­stric­tions re­gard­ing des­ti­na­tions, scope or sub­ject mat­ter within the con­test theme. Your pho­to­graph could de­pict a par­tic­u­larly colour­ful fes­ti­val, a ma­jes­tic panorama, a vi­brant cityscape or the small but telling cul­tural el­e­ments that de­fine a desti­na­tion.

The con­test, in its fifth con­sec­u­tive year, is judged by a panel — in­clud­ing T&I editor Su­san Kuro­sawa, se­nior T&I de­sign and pic­to­rial staff, and Su­jata Ra­man, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of A&K Aus­tralia — that will pick the win­ner and run­ner-up.

For the first time, read­ers will be able to have their say in a side com­pe­ti­tion run­ning dur­ing the first half of Novem­ber. A short­list of the 20 best pho­tographs will be dis­played on A&K’s Aus­tralian site and read­ers will be able to se­lect their favourite and then ex­plain the rea­sons for their choice in 25 words or less.

The pho­tog­ra­pher of the win­ning im­age will score a seven­night lux­ury A&K sa­fari for two in Kenya and Tan­za­nia.

The win­ner and a part­ner or friend will stay at two of the re­gion’s lead­ing tented camps — Sanc­tu­ary Kusini in the epic Serengeti National Park, Tan­za­nia, and Sanc­tu­ary Olo­nana in Kenya’s fa­mous Ma­sai Mara.

The win­ner will also re­ceive one night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion in Arusha, the gate­way to north­ern Tan­za­nia’s game parks, and day use of a room at a Nairobi ho­tel be­fore flight con­nec­tions.

The prize in­cludes gameview­ing in open four-wheel-drive ve­hi­cles with ex­pert guides and an ex­cel­lent chance of spot­ting the big five — lion, leop­ard, rhino, ele­phant and buf­falo. All meals, se­lected drinks, game drives and park fees are in­cluded on sa­fari, plus air­port trans­fers and do­mes­tic flights. The main prize is val­ued at about $16,500.

The run­ner-up and the win­ner of the read­ers’ choice sec­tion will both re­ceive a $1000 A&K voucher.

The reader whose vote for the most pop­u­lar read­ers’ choice pho­to­graph is deemed ex­cep­tion­ally in­ter­est­ing will win qual­ity wine val­ued at $500.

En­tries for the photography com­pe­ti­tion open to­day and will be ac­cepted un­til Oc­to­ber 29.

The read­ers’ choice dis­play and com­pe­ti­tion will run un­til Novem­ber 18.

The win­ning pho­to­graph as well as the run­ner-up and the win­ner in the read­ers’ choice cat­e­gory will fea­ture on the cover of T&I on the week­end of De­cem­ber 3-4.

For terms, con­di­tions and an en­try form: aber­crom­biekent.com.au.

Bella Zanesco’s snapshot of the Chaitra Purn­ima fes­ti­val in In­dia won last year’s A&K com­pe­ti­tion

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