Newsflash April – Explore! £2000 Holiday Photo Competiton


Camping and outdoor clothes company Blacks and Explore! providers of adventure holidays, are co-hosting a photo competition. There are four categories, which are; wild, fast, panoramic and epic. Top prize is £2000 to spend on any Explore! holiday worldwide. Four runners up will receive £150 to spend at Blacks. The format is to post the pics as a blog post, then tweet them, or post on Facebook if you prefer.

Thank you to the  ‘On The Luce’ blog for the heads up. You can see the exceptional standard to beat on their great website.

Wild (the elephants were furious!)

An easy choice for us here, as this is one of our all-time favourite photo’s, from our Safari in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya.



A quote from the Header & background photo page on our blog……

”As he sped away from the juvenile elephant on the right, who was getting annoyed at our too close presence to the calf. The driver said….

Its ok, I have only been charged by elephants ten times.

That’s alright then……”


The Tour of Britain 2012 cycle race is our ‘fast’ subject. The bicycles themselves are not that fast, compared to a car. But we had waited for an hour and a half near Witley, Surrey, so we could get a good view. The entourage of cars containing  advertisers, support vehicles, police outriders, race officials and media took around 20 -30 minutes to pass us by. The head of the race with eventual stage winner Mark Cavendish and his Team Sky colleagues, took a few seconds to whizz by, and uphill too.

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We cannot wait to see the ‘Tour De France’ in the UK this July.


A 2010 cruise to the Norwegian Fjords on the ‘Marco Polo’ ship. An Excursion to Mount Dalsnibba, via a short coach tour takes you to a viewpoint overlooking Geirangerfjord. The ‘Marco Polo’ is the blue hulled smaller vessel.

A cruise is a cost effective way of visiting an expensive country.




The most difficult decision of the four now. We eventually plumped for the place that left us open mouthed when we visited. No photograph can do the Grand Canyon justice as to how ‘awesome’ it really is to be there yourself. Then you suddenly realise you are looking at a geological history of the Earth, that ranges from 200 million to nearly 2 billion years old, epic indeed.

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Thanks for reading,

Mark & Yvette


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