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The Spain Buddy photography competition

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How would you like to win a €300 hotel voucher courtesy of our friends at Exclusive City Breaks?


ecb_bannerBased in Germany and owned and run by our good friends Phil and Christiane Burch, Exclusive City Breaks are a traditional travel agency that arranges travel for clients anywhere in the world. We are two of those clients who use them to save money, save time and enjoy a personal service that is all to hard to find these days.

Interested in photography? Do you have some photographs you think the world would like to see? It’s free and easy to enter our photography competition!

There is no specific theme to the competition, the only requirement is that your photograph must have been taken in Spain. Any subject, anywhere as long as it is in Spain!

You could win a €300 hotel voucher that can be redeemed on any of the 300,000 plus hotels that Exclusive City Breaks can provide, anywhere in the world.

The closing date for entries will be November 30 2015 with the winner being announced on Saturday December 12 2015. There is a limit of five entries per person.

Entry is free but before you enter we ask that you have clicked “Like” on both the Spain Buddy (if you haven’t already) and Exclusive City Breaks Facebook pages (links open in a new window).

Judging will be in two rounds.

  1. The judges will each select six images, these selections will make up a shortlist
  2. The judges will then deliberate and select the winning image from the shortlist

The judging panel

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 isn’t what you think of as a normal photographer. He describes himself as opinionated, arrogant, cantankerous and argumentative, especially when discussing the subject of photography. Alan has had his work published, exhibited, and sold to collectors and through libraries.
View Alan’s website.

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 on line 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.
View Steve’s website.

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.
View Allegra’s website.

Submit your photograph using the form below

  • Only submit jpg or jpeg files
  • Please ensure your image is between 800 and 2000 pixels on the longest side
  • Please rename each image file before submission as follows; name-place.jpg (example: ‘Joe-Bloggs-Alicante-Valencia.jpg’)
  • If watermarking, please ensure that such watermarks are discreet

Failure to comply with the above may mean your entry being rejected.

This competition is closed to new entries


The small print

  • The judges decisions are final
  • Entrants must be age eighteen or older
  • The winner must use their voucher with Exclusive City Breaks within one year of the announcement of the results of this competition
  • There is no cash alternative to the €300 voucher described (300€ equivalent if claimed in GBP or USD)
  • In submitting photographs to the competition contestants accept that they grant Spain Buddy and Exclusive City Breaks permission to use them for online use only (credited with the entrant’s name). Copyright remains with the owner, and this permission can be withdrawn by request at any time.
  • As Alan Gandy knows a number of photographers in Spain, his short-listed images will not include work by anyone he has a connection with, but such connections will not be divulged to the other judges in order that they are not influenced in any way and all entrants are treated fairly

Click here to see some of the entries.

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7 Responses to The Spain Buddy photography competition

  1. Dave Townsend September 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Great Idea

  2. Chiew Pang October 4, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I’ve resubmitted a photo because I’d misread the pixels condition.

  3. Alan Gandy
    Alan Gandy October 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Hi Chiew. Thank you, we had spotted it and have sorted it out. Over-size isn’t so bad, they’d still be considered by the judges. Too small and they won’t be considered for shortlisting.

  4. Anze November 13, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I submited a photo with larger pixel conditions and forgot to rename file with name and place. Can I resubmitt photo?

  5. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper November 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Hello Anze. Yes, by all means go ahead.
    E x

  6. Jason O'Brien December 3, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Fantastic idea am so sorry I just found out about it now. Maybe next time round anyway best of luck to everyone…

  7. Chris Gamble December 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Looking forward to the finale

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