Do you have an eye for what makes the perfect travel photo? The Independent on Sunday/Insight Guides 2012 travel-photography competition is your chance to prove it. Readers can take a picture of absolutely an travel destination, and the only brief they have is to capture the essence of the place and to submit three outstanding, top-quality colour images (of one destination or more), either digitally or in print.
The first prize will be a commission worth £3,000 from Insight Guides (insightguides.com) to take photographs for one of its guide books, plus a retro-styled Olympus E-PL3 kit worth £550. Photographers in second and third place and the under-18s winner will also receive Olympus cameras; altogether, the four cameras are worth £1,670.
The prizes will be presented to the adult winners on Sunday 21 October at the Corinthia Hotel in London (corinthia.com/London).
How to enter
Entrants must be resident in the UK and should provide three different colour photographs capturing the essence of a destination, or destinations.
Submissions must not have been previously entered into any other photography competition. All photographs must have been taken since 1 January 2012. Entries can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org as high resolution Jpegs to a minimum of 3MB at 300 DPI and a maximum of 15MB at 300 DPI, individually or as a group of three. Alternatively, you can send your prints, no bigger than 10x8 inches to: Travel Photography Competition, APA Publications, 58 Borough High Street, London SE1 1XF. Note that entries cannot be returned and all must be labelled with the entrant's name, address, email address and phone number, giving a location for each image taken. Under-18 entrants must mark each image "under-18s".
All entries must be received by Friday 14 September 2012.
For complete terms and conditions go to: independent.co.uk/insight2012.
First prize: A travel photography commission from Insight Guides (worth £3,000) plus an Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL3) kit (RRP £550). Second prize: Olympus E-PM1 kit (RRP £450). Third prize: Olympus XZ-1 (RRP £400).
Adult winners and a companion will be given dinner and an overnight stay plus breakfast at the Corinthia Hotel.
The under-18 prize: an Olympus Tough camera TG-820 (RRP: £270).