Top travel photography fails

Competition aims to find world's worst travel photographer

We're all familiar with the beautiful and inspiring images from travel photography competitions. But if you're sick of the riduculously amazing photos that appear in National Geographic and Lonely Planet, maybe this is a contest you can sink your teeth into. 

Our friends over at Flight Centre UK have launched a travel photography contest with a twist: they're looking for the world's worst travel photographer.

The contest is aimed at all of us who have had photography fails; images of iconic tourist sites that you've made unrecognisable, blurry snaps of rare animals and situations frozen in time that simply cannot be explained.

In the first two weeks they've already gathered quite a collection of comedy crap snaps. Here are a selection of our favourite travel photography fails so far...

Norman Price has trouble focussing in Finland

Abbey Wright gets her timing wrong in Phuket

Irene McGowan captures the neon magic of Las Vegas

Edward Chaplin gets some perspective in Bolivia

There is a more serious side to the contest though. Throughout the competition Flight Centre has been sharing tricks and tips from photography experts to help all the entrants improve. Particularly handy for gappers are the tips provided by iPhoneography expert Kirsten Alana on how to take better travel pictures on your mobile phone. Can you believe the featured photos were taken with just a mobile phone?

Kirsten is one of the judges in the travel photography contest along with: BBC's Simon Reeve; Chris Coe, founder of Travel Photographer of the Year; Observer Hodge award-winning photographer Anthony Cullen; and travel journalist Max Wooldridge.

Simon Reeve said: The main thing I'm going to be looking for when judging the finalists is untapped potential... I'll see that somebody has started to capture the essence of a place or subject but they haven't quite got it right ... Somebody who would really benefit from a bit of expert guidance."