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Travel photography competition 2016

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How would you like to win €500 cash with one of your photographs?

Well you can with our latest photography competition. Having run a pretty successful photography competition last year we’ve decided to do it all over again in the coming months, and you could walk away with a €500 Christmas present.

Travel photography competition

We love photography, we love looking at your pictures and we want to appeal to a much wider audience than last time. With that in mind this competition is slightly different in form. Read on to find out what has changed…

Last year we insisted that entries must be photographs taken in Spain. This year we’re opening the theme/brief right up. We’re essentially a travel related website, so this year the competition is open to everyone, everywhere… The theme is simply…

Travel photography from anywhere in the world, be that places, people, landscapes, activities, cities…. You name it, we want to see it. Anything from beautiful images of incredible places through to reportage and gritty documentary is welcome, what is important is simply that it’s great photography. We’re hoping to find something special, something mind blowing…

We had many hundreds of great images entered into our previous competition (the winner walked away with a €300 travel voucher) and we want to repeat the success of 2015 again this year. One thing we did learn from last year, being the first time we’ve run a competition such as this, is that it took one hell of a lot of time administering the whole thing, So with that in mind we’re adding a small submission fee to the process. Don’t panic though, it’s not silly money. Just a nominal €2 (approx £1.60 or $2.30) for a single image, or €5 (approx £3.90 or $5.75) to submit up to five entries to cover the prize money and our overheads (we don’t think we are asking a lot). If we can achieve that with your support, this will almost certainly become an annual event that will only get bigger and better in future years!

Judging will be in two rounds.

  1. The judges will each select a number of images, these selections will make up a shortlist
  2. The finalists will be named and opened up to a public vote through December to establish the winning image

The contest is now closed to further submissions! Thank you to everyone who has entered.


Alan Gandy, Spain – is the co-owner of this site, a professional photographer and former lecturer with a fine art photography degree from much longer ago than he cares to talk about.  Alan has had his work published, exhibited, and sold to collectors around the world. For obvious reasons you’ll find a lot of Alan’s images scattered around this site!

Steve Ellaway, Wales – an old college friend of Alan’s at the University of Derby where they studied together. He worked as principal photographer at English Heritage North and later became a lecturer in photography at Swansea Metropolitan University and Filton Collge Bristol, where he taught for 20 years. He has had work published in the British Journal of Photography, Phototech Magazine and the German leading online Magazine: Kwerfeldein. He was recently voted as the British Landscape Photographer of the year by the ‘Outdoor Photographer’ Magazine. He is also a member of Getty Images.

Allegra Boverman, USA – a New York native, is a freelance photographer in New Hampshire and an accomplished and award winning photojournalist. She has been taking photos since she was a child, taught first by her father; and, while she was an English major in college, also studied photography and art history; including some masters work in photography and visual communication. Alan first met Allegra when he taught photography for a season at Buck’s Rock camp in Connecticut, she was a very keen and enthusiastic 14 year old at the time who spent most of the summer quietly working away in the darkroom.

The small print

  • The judges decisions are final
  • Entrants must be age eighteen or older
  • The closing date for entries if the 30th November 2016
  • The cash prize will be paid via Paypal to the winner after the announcement on 2nd January 2017 within seven days (500€ or equivalent if claimed in GBP, USD or other currency available via Paypal, subject to applicable Paypal transfer fees)
  • In submitting photographs to the competition, contestants accept that they grant Spain Buddy permission to use them for online use only (credited with the entrant’s name) on our website and for other purposes solely in connection with promotion of the competition. Copyright remains with the owner, and this permission can be withdrawn by request at any time.
  • Please keep watermarks discreet.
  • A minimum of 1500 pixels along the horizontal.
  • Only jpg and jpeg format.

Follow the competition on our Facebook Event page.

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16 Responses to Travel photography competition 2016

  1. john michael August 2, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Size of images please.

  2. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper August 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Hi John. Sorry about that. We shall add it into the article shortly.

    A minimum of 1500 pixels along the horizontal would be prefereable. Thank you for checking.

    Elle x

  3. arjun August 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    roughly how many photos will be shortlisted?and how is the public voting?

  4. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper August 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    The judges will choose their own favourites – so the shortlist could be anything between 5 and 25.
    The public will vote by Social Media, although if we decide on a website based voting option in the meantime, we could do that instead. Social Media is more likely though.

  5. Sujoy Kumar Dey August 25, 2016 at 3:57 am

    I`m from Kolkata, India. Can I take part in this photography competition? I`m an amateur photographer. If, I can then please tell me the procedure. Thank you.

  6. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper August 25, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Yes – this is an international competition, so you are welcome to enter.
    Click the appropriate button (for one or multiple images) in the article above and submit your photos, while paying the appliccable nominal fee.

  7. john michael September 10, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Hello, thanks for giving me the minimum long side measurement in pixels. All of my snaps are in that range and are JPGs, but their overall sizes in megs are between 2 and 4 megs each. If I presume they are all 4mgs, then five snaps will be 20mgs being downloaded to my email to you. Is that too much or do I have to reduce the overall quality of each image.If so what is the figure?

    Regards, John Michael

  8. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper September 12, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Hi John. Feel free to split them over several emails to ensure they don’t get stuck anywhere. – media@spainbuddy.com
    Kind regards

  9. arjun October 9, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    so the voting is by facebook likes? or website based?

  10. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper October 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

    It is yet to be confirmed, but is likely to be a combination of both website votes and Social Network votes.

  11. arjun October 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    since the final winner is decided by the votes,need to know the mode of voting correctly…kindly decide soon

  12. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper October 12, 2016 at 10:45 am

    It will be a combination of website votes and Social Network votes

  13. Rafayat October 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

    how to submit images ? where the option

  14. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper October 24, 2016 at 11:22 am

    If you read the instructions above you will see that there are two buttons you can click – halfway down the article. One is for submitting a single image, and the other is for submitting multiple images. Clicking these buttons will take you through the submission and payment process.

  15. Lina November 18, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I had paid but I can’t find a way to upload my photos.

  16. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper November 18, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Hi Lina.
    Sorry to hear you’re having problems. We have your email address and will send you a direct link for upload shortly.
    If that email doesn’t arrive today – please email your photos to media@spainbuddy.com and we’ll pop them in for you.
    Regards, Elle

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