Travel: Win a photo commission

... and a Canon EOS5 SLR. `The Independent', in association with `Wanderlust' magazine, wants your best travel pictures
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CATCH THAT elusive photographic moment, and our third competition could be lucky for you. Each Saturday, these travel pages carry thousands of words designed to inform and inspire the traveller. We also use a few good images, and believe in giving amateur photographers the chance to dazzle.

For each of the past two years, The Independent has teamed up with the travel magazine Wanderlust to offer prizes of valuable camera equipment and something that money can't buy: a photographic commission from The Independent. Last year, the quality of the entries was outstanding; this year, the prizes are better than ever. We have brought in one of the best names in photography: Canon.

If you have captured a strong image from somewhere in the world, it could qualify for one of the three competition categories: Urban Life, Rural Life and Wild Life.

The top 30 shortlisted entries will be displayed at Destinations '99, the travel exhibition to be held at London Olympia from 18-21 February next year.

Canon will present the overall winner with an EOS5 SLR with 28-1351S lens - retailing at a total of pounds 1,200 - while Bellingham will provide a photo rucksack and Ventile photo-vest (total value pounds 280). The Independent will offer the winner a UK-based photo commission.

The two winners of the other categories will each receive an EOS IX with 24-85mm lens (worth pounds 600) plus a Billingham Photo Original Hadley bag. (RRP pounds 87.50). Each of the three runners-up will win a Canon Sure Shot 60 Zoom Kit worth pounds 90, and a Billingham Small Hadley camera bag (RRP pounds 75).

You can enter at any time before the end of this year, but take the first step now by sending in a sae for an application form, which includes the competition rules.

The address is Wanderlust (Photo of the Year), PO Box 1832, Windsor SL4 6YP. Alternatively, you can complete the form in the fifth anniversary edition of the magazine, which will go on sale on 27 November, price pounds 2.80.