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Wanderlust Photographer of the Year competition showcases the best amateur travel photography. This year, two of the winners just happen to be Exodus clients...

By Paul Goldstein

Andy and Angela are both outstanding photographers, this I already knew. Imagine my surprise, though, when I joined the panel of the Wanderlust Photographer of the Year judging team only to see these two shots in the short-list.

The images make me both proud and angry. Proud because they are clients of mine, and angry because I missed both of these opportunities. In Angela’s case, I saw this happen and took the whole sequence at a desperately unimaginative fast speed, for which I hate myself. By gambling on a slow speed, she was practising everything I preach, and I bottled it. Moreover, it was the first game drive of the safari and she was straight out of the blocks as

I was languishing tying my laces. These photos are not easy; to get the muzzle of the male lion sharp is majestic and really makes the photo. Top work Angela.

As for Andy, this shot demonstrates superb technical skill. Taken in portrait with a little interest down low, he has captured a brief but captivating lenticular cloud build up. He has also resisted the urge to cook it in Photoshop, which I applaud. It was a brilliant moment and a perfectly executed shot. Meanwhile I was on the bridge looking for a distant polar bear, eyes glued on the horizon instead of minding my immediate surroundings, another schoolboy error.

Brilliant and worthy winners - well done. Meanwhile, it's back to the drawing board for me.

View Andy Barnes' winning shot

View Angela Osborne's winning shot

The winners of our 40th birthday competition are in!

As you may know, Exodus recently turned 40. We felt like 40 years of adventure was something worth celebrating, so we ran a competition offering 40 lucky winners 40% off their next trip with Exodus. All they had to do was answer a simple question about our heritage to be in with a chance of winning.

Exodus extends a big thank you to the 11,000 plus adventurers who took part in the competition, and helped make our birthday special.

The results are now in, and the ecstatic winners are already planning their next great escape.

Travel writer and competition winner Marcus Sorenson is preparing to trek through the Amazon Rainforest and traverse the Inca Trail. Phil Born is torn between the snowy wilderness of Alaska and fulfilling a lifelong dream of climbing the colossal Himalayan peak of Stok Kangri, standing at over 6,000 metres. Jill Kennedy is thrilled to be climbing the great African mountain Kilimanjaro in September, along with her friends Cat and Naya, which is sure to be the trip of a lifetime.

Exodus wishes all the winners a truly fantastic holiday. Here’s to 40 more years!

Inca Trail permits for the 2014 trekking season - there has been unprecedented demand

Posted: 22 January 2014

Since Inca Trail permits went on sale two weeks ago, there has been unprecedented demand, especially for departures between April and June. We still have spaces remaining on our Inca trail tours, but we don’t expect these to hang around for long, so book now to avoid disappointment. Even if permits have sold out for your chosen departure, we can still offer the fabulous Moonstone Trek as an alternative – this beautiful and remote trek requires no permits, and you will still get to see Machu Picchu in all its glory after the trek.

 


Previous post: 08/01/2014

It has just been announced that Inca Trail permits for the 2014 trekking season are going on sale tomorrow, Thursday 9 January. As always, we expect a rush to secure permits for peak season departures, and if you’re considering challenging yourself on the trail this year, we strongly recommend that you book early to guarantee your place.

In the event that we are unable to buy permits for your preferred date, we do offer the Moonstone Trek, a fantastic alternative which can be substituted for the Inca Trail on the majority of our trips for no extra cost and which doesn’t require any permits – for more information click here.

 

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