The Big Picture reader photo competition winner announced, March 11, 2017

THE WINNER

Trying to find an outstanding image from 2000 submissions is never easy, but the sixth Big Picture competition, in association with Fairfax Media's Clique Photographers Association, finally has a winner.

The Age photo editor Leigh Henningham, Traveller.com.au editorial producer Kylie McLaughlin, Sydney Morning Herald photo editor Mags King and Clique Photo Club community manager Louisa Kirby spent a day poring over the submissions.

The judges agreed that the winning image captured the three key ingredients to a travel image – good timing, a great backdrop and a little bit of luck.

As one judge commented: "Beautiful scenery is always part of our travel photography plans, but throw in a beautiful animal in the light with a rainbow and this picture is almost mystical. A great moment captured by the photographer of the landscape, the elements, and the horse … If only it was a unicorn …"

Thanks to all of our readers for the hundreds of entries and congratulations to Chris Cousins, who will travel on a luxury, eight-day APT Spirit of India river cruise with a partner or friend in a twin Signature suite, courtesy of APT valued at up to $14,390.

The prize includes economy return airfares to Kolkata from the winner's nearest Australian capital city, valued at up to $1500 a person. Trip highlights include a city tour of Kolkata, exploring its colonial heritage, including the bustling Dalhousie Square and St John's Church.

The cruise along the lower Ganges includes stops at Kalna, known as the City of Temples, and a guided cycle-rickshaw tour, an excursion to the brass-working village of Matiari and a visit to the former French colony of Chandannagar.

For the full itinerary, see aptouring.com.au

Enter the seventh edition of the Big Picture competition

The seventh edition of The Big Picture competition for amateur photographers, in association with Fairfax Media's photo club, Clique, run by the photographic departments of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, will open Saturday, March 11. 2017.

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The prize, courtesy of APT and valued at up to $10,990, includes a luxury Mekong River cruise for two as well as international flights.

The overall winner and a partner or friend will travel on the seven-night Mekong River cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City. Highlights include Vietnam's sacred Cao Dai Temple in the village of Long Hoa, rice paper making in Cai Be and in Cambodia an authentic oxcart ride in Kampong Tralach.

For the full itinerary, see aptouring.com.au.

How to enter

Upload an unpublished image of a special moment from your travels, taken in the past two years (at least 1MB and 300dpi in JPEG form).

You also need to tell us, in about 100 words, where and when the image was taken and what made it so memorable. Use the Clique uploader , which is located here.

The weekly deadline is noon Monday (AEST) and you can upload a maximum of two entries a week.

The competition closes on September 15, 2017. Click here for the full terms and conditions.

IMPROVE YOUR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Traveller's The Big Picture competition is part of Clique. So join Fairfax's Clique photography club and we'll help you become a better photographer – no matter what your skill level.

Clique members can win great prizes every month in the monthly challenge competitions. To join Clique, see cliquephotos.com.au

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