It seems only yesterday we were announcing the Travel Photography Awards ( our all new Travel Photography competition where entrants submitted a portfolio of their five best travel photos for a chance to win from a package of fantastic prizes; including of course the Grand Prize package – a trip to Tahiti!! Well the competition has been run, the judging took place and the winners were announced… And the time has finally arrived for the Grand Prize Winner to take that special trip to Tahiti!

That’s right, on Thursday Chris and Grand Prize Winner Dana Allen from Zimbabwe jetted off (courtesy of Air Tahiti Nui) on the Airbus A343 heading for the gorgeous islands of Tahiti. How lucky are they?

Their destination? Seven nights in French Polynesia courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme. But it isn’t all going to be about sitting around the hotel pool sipping cocktails (though I’m sure there will be a bit of that going on too). Tahiti Tourisme have put together a fantastic itinerary especially designed to allow Chris and Dana a chance to photograph some of the best that Tahiti and her islands have to offer. Check this out:

Wednesday 23rd October (the time difference means Chris and Dana arrived in Tahiti “before” they had actually departed from New Zealand)!

Manava Suite Resort (a bit of cocktail and pool activity to start things off with I’m sure)…

Thursday 24th and Friday 25th October

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, including Tupuna Safari 4×4 excursion and Lagoon Service Ray and Shark feeding private excursion including a motu picnic on a private islet!!

Saturday 26th October

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort including Vaiarii Lagoon private nautical excursion to see the Pink Sand and snorkel the Coral Garden.  Time to get out the prize winner’s brand new AquaTech underwater housing kit…!

Sunday 27th and Monday 28th October

Sofitel Moorea Resort including dolphin encounter at the Dolphin Centre and a private lagoon tour with Moorea Mahana Tours.

Tuesday 29th October

Radisson Plaza Hotel, Tahiti. Cocktail anyone?

Wednesday 30th October

Time to re-pack and get ready to head home. By now the prize winner will have been using and enjoying his brand new Lowepro Rover Pro and Passport Sling II, and will have been firing off some exciting new imagery on his brand new Lexar 32GB 1000x memory card.

Whew!! They will be exhausted I’m sure, but a great way to see so much of French Polynesia on the one trip. What an adventure!

Watch this space to hear how their trip went, to see some of the amazing images they are sure to have taken while over there, and to hear Dana’s feedback on his big win in the Travel Photography Awards 2013. It could be you next time!!

 Images copyright Chris McLennan.

The Travel Photography Awards 2013 were sponsored by:

 Tahiti Tourisme

 Air Tahiti Nui






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