According to the Office of National Statistics, in the three months between June and August last year, over 19 million brits packed up their bags and buggered off abroad. It's true, I looked it up on the Internet and everything. As the impending six week schoolbreak approaches, many of us are planning their annual jaunt to sunnier climes (to be honest, anywhere would be warmer than here) across the seas. To help make one Giz reader's holiday even happier, giffgaff's given us an iPhone 5 for this week's challenge.
With the thought of a couple of weeks down in the Dordogne in mind, and because we've got a fab prize from our pals as giffgaff, think carefully about this week's theme, international travel. I want to see those holiday snaps of two weeks in Ibiza; that stag weekend in Amsterdam where the groom got chucked out of the sex museum for lewd conduct with the waxwork. It doesn't have to be a holiday snap; it could be an arty shot taken in the business departure lounge at Heathrow or the backend of a bus heading towards the Euro Tunnel.
The brief is simple -- it must convey international travel.
This is another one of those Shooting Challenges where an existing image from your collection can be entered, so don't sweat it (unlikely, given how miserable it is outside today) if you don't have travel plans in the next fortnight.
The first shot was snapped by our esteemed ed and international lady of leisure, Kat, on holiday in San Diego (and not Portsmouth as I originally thought).
Kat says of her photo, "reclining on a sun lounger this time last year in San Diego, I remember being so blissfully happy reading Mark E. Smith's autobiography, and having my Lomography LC-A+ (loaded with a Kodak Elitechrome 100 roll of film) by my side."
The next shot was one I took in Egypt a couple of years back; I spotted the mounted security guard in the distance on the hill with the great pyramid behind him. It's a very touristy shot, but I like it and it sums up both 'international' and 'travel' in one image, wouldn't you say?
Sam shot this one from the "10th floor of a hotel looking over Amsterdam's harbour, in front of its central rail station. It reminds me of a secret alien landing strip, jutting straight out into the sea. Shame I didn't have a tripod handy, but not bad for a hand-held. Had to hold my breath for a while to snap this one."
Meanwhile, Chris shot this evocative sunset pic at 4am, "from the ridge just below the summit of Mont Blanc. Admittedly, freezing your fingers off at high altitude while trying to fiddle with exposure comp. can only tenuously be described as holiday, but it does make for a great sunrise."
Because giffgaff's completely overhauled its new international tariffs as of last week (find out more here), it's very kindly coughed up a black 16GB iPhone 5 worth £455 to help the lucky winner of this fortnight's Shooting Challenge shoot even more awesome photos on-the-fly when they're next abroad.
Because of the might of the prize this week, we're going to be extra-tough on the rules below. Make sure you have a squizz before entering.
- Submissions MUST be your own work.
- Submit ONE image maximum.
- Any submitted phootos can be taken before the challenge was published.
- Minimal image post-processing is allowed (global changes including levels, brightness, contrast and cropping are permitted).
- Explain, briefly in your submission email, the equipment, settings, technique used and a bit about the gadget. Please ensure EXIF info is intact (if image was taken digitally).
- Email submissions to email@example.com, not me.
- Please ensure your image is at least 640px wide and less than 3MB in size.
- Save your image as a JPG, and use the following naming convention FirstnameLastnameTravel.jpg
- Don't forget to include a shooting summary (see above).
- Send your best photos by Monday, 15th July 2013 at 6pm UK time with "Shooting Challenge -- Travel" in the subject line.
- Anyone can enter, regardless of location, but only those located in the UK will be eligible for winning the prize.
- The most important rule -- have fun!