Land Rover‘s sponsorship of the 2005 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) competition challenges photographers to think creatively and ‘Go Beyond’.

Photographers from all over the globe are encouraged to enter by submitting a portfolio of four images taken literally off the beaten track. This is not just adventure travel, but travel with an unusual element - urban or rural - rather than to the usual tourist attractions. And there’s a fantastic prize on offer - the winner of the ‘Go Beyond’ category will be sent on an expedition for two people with Land Rover’s global conservation partner Biosphere Expeditions to monitor the Arabian leopard in the mountains of Oman.

On the expedition the winner will cover ground in Land Rovers and on foot, looking for tracks, scratch marks and other evidence of leopard presence, and interviewing the local people about leopard sightings. To prepare them for their expedition, they will spend a day at one of Land Rover’s off-road driving centres, receiving expert tuition from the UK’s leading 4x4 manufacturer to help them get to grips with off-road driving.

The winner of this category also receives a custom-built website from TPOTY website builders and design experts, Iridius; plus Adobe CS Collection Standard software, bringing the value of the prize to approximately £8,000.

In 2004 Land Rover backed the TPOTY ‘Spirit of Adventure’ category. That category was won by American photographer Alexander Nesbitt, with his beautiful group of images taken on the desert track to the Dakhla oasis in Egypt. (Alexander’s 2004 winning photographs can be seen on www.tpoty.com, in the Past Winners section.)

TPOTY 2005 boasts a total prize package worth some £60,000, and the competition features four portfolio categories and a single image section. Entries are now open, and close on September 9, 2005. Full information and entry forms are available from www.tpoty.com or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to PO Box 2716, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7ZN, England.


Published : 24/05/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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