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DTL Photo competition receives over 100 entries 16 August 2007

The Department of Tourism and Leisure’s annual photo competition has smashed it’s previous records, receiving well over 100 entries.

The competition, sponsored by Nationwide International, has been accepting entries since June and has gathered a wide range of images capturing some of the Island’s most beautiful scenery.

The competition was broken up into seven categories; scenic costal, scenic landscapes, heritage, wildlife, transport, events of the Isle of Man and miscellaneous. Entrants were permitted to enter up to 14 images, two in each of the seven categories.

The winners and runners up in each category will be judged by Tourism and Leisure Minister Adrian Earnshaw and Marketing Manager at Nationwide International, Jonathan Davies. The overall winner will then be selected from the first prize winners in each of the 7 categories in a people’s choice vote.

With £1,000 up for grabs for the overall winner and a further £500 for the winner of each of the six remaining categories, plus £100 for runners up in each category, entrants wait with baited breath to hear if they’ve managed to snap up one of the prizes.

Tourism and Leisure Minister Adrian Earnshaw said:

‘It is great to see how much interest the competition has generated this year. There are clearly a lot of talented people out there with a real passion for both photography and the Isle of Man. I am grateful for the time and effort that all the entrants have put into their submissions. The winning images, as well as the runners up, are used in a number of publications and travel guides, both in-house and external, to attract visitors to the Isle of Man. It really is an invaluable source for us.’

Sponsors of the competition, Nationwide International, are also keen to use the winning photos. MD, Carl Gandy said:

‘I had seen some of the winners from previous years and the images are fantastic. We were looking for new pictures to use in our brochures and so on and this seemed like a good opportunity to get images that don’t just look great, but are also specific to the Isle of Man. As a Company with it’s headquarters here on the Isle of Man, we like to play our part in the community. Using high quality images of our beautiful Island in our promotional material gives us an opportunity to showcase our home.’

The DTL photo competition began in 2003 and has become increasingly popular over the years. It was previously run independently by The Department of Tourism and Leisure until this year’s competition where they have been supported by a sponsor for the first time.

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