When it comes to outdoor gear, Blacks is synonymous with adventure. High tec clothing and accessories by brands such as The North Face, Jack Wolfskin and Montane make today’s epic adventures possible. They allow people to keep warm at -20, keep cool in the depths of the jungle and stay dry when the monsoon comes. With that in mind, we want to hear about your epic adventures, and give one lucky person the chance to win the trip of a lifetime.
Head to Africa and see the big five, cycle the Turquoise Coast or even put the money towards an arctic adventure. The choice is yours! We are looking for the best outdoor photographs around, and want to see your top snaps in the following categories:
How you choose to interpret each category is up to you. Be creative!
To enter, create a blog post showcasing your entries to the above categories then tweet the link to @Blacks_Online using the hashtag #epicadventures. Throughout the competition, our favourite blog posts will be shared on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Winners will be judged by top travel and photography experts whilst the overall winner will be judged by Explore’s managing director Ashley Toft. The overall winner will win £2000 to spend with Explore.co.uk. Four runners up will receive gift cards worth £150 to spend in Blacks stores and www.blacks.co.uk.
Don’t have a blog to post on, or only have one photo to enter? You can also enter via the app on our Facebook page. Remember, the more times you enter the more chances you have to win!
Ashley first worked for Explore as a Tour Leader for 6 years in the late 80s and early 90s in countries as diverse as India, Yemen, Yugoslavia and Mexico. After a stint running a small overland travel company, he found himself flying a desk in the Explore office in Hampshire, where he was Operations Manager, then Product Manager for Asia. After the acquisition of the company by Holidaybreak PLC in 2000, he became Head of Customer Services, then a director and General Manager. He became Managing Director in 2006, and led the company through the transition to new ownership under Cox & Kings in 2011.
Paul is the owner of inspirational travel site www.going-solo.co.uk. For the last 5 years he has been travelling the world in unique and interesting ways with the aim of proving that anything is possible with a little heart and determination backing your dreams. In 2010/11 Paul built a homemade bikecar that cycled 10,000km through 10 countries in Europe and North America, in 2012 he rafted the Mississippi River like Huckleberry Finn on a timber raft and in 2013 he kayaked from Oslo to Helsinki with no prior kayaking experience and then cycled home from Helsinki to Grimsby. Paul is now planning his next adventure on a new bikecar to take on the length of the UK where he hopes to invite people of the UK to join him in the spare seat even if its just for an hour or even a day or week.
Sian is an adventure-mad journalist and blogger. She edits The Girl Outdoors, a highly acclaimed blog featuring travel, sport, outdoor style, places to stay and gear reviews - perfect for inspiration if you feel like you need some fresh air. Sian loves surfing, skiing and discovering new places and she's written about her adventures in titles such as Lonely Planet, Cosmopolitan, Company, and The Times. You can keep up with Sian on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Alex is a travel and tourism researcher, freelance writer, veteran travel blogger, and the author of VirtualWayfarer.com. Armed with his camera he has spent time nose-to-nose with Canadian polar bears, shared sunsets with Zambian lion cubs, and trekked across Argentinean glaciers. American born and raised, he currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
After getting her BFA in photography, Beth went on to work as a commercial & wedding photographer for 11 years before turning her lens to the world. In 2008 she founded the award winning travel blog, BeersandBeans.com. Additionally, her work has appeared in Men's Health, Just Be Magazine, National Geographic Intelligent Travel, G Adventures, The Coast News, San Diego Uptown News among others. Beth is also the author of the popular photography ebook, Getting Out Of Auto.
Most recently Beth has launched Speakeasy Supply Co. which features a line of travel scarves with hidden pockets and in 2013 Beth created Pin Up Live, an innovative new social media chat on Pinterest that brings travel enthusiasts and travel companies together to share travel stories, tips & advice.
Beth is also the author of the popular photography ebook, Getting Out Of Auto. Over 70 pages of tutorials, tricks and tips to help you getting out of the auto mode of your camera and shooting in manual with excellent results. You can visit BeersandBeans.com to take a peek at the book.
1.The subject for the Explore and Blacks Adventure Competition 2014 (‘the Competition’) is epic adventures. The theme is open to individual interpretation but all photo entries must have images of the great outdoor and nature.
2.Entrants can submit as many entries as they wish. Entries can be made either via a blog post, notifying us on Twitter by tweeting @Blacks_Online and using the hashtag #epicadventures, or directly via our Facebook page.
3.Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches, but not manipulated. Entrants can enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc, but not manipulate the content. The PROMOTER and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.
4.Employees, licenced dealers and agents of the PROMOTER and/ or Explore, or of their affiliated companies (including any holding company and all subsidiaries of that holding company, a list of these companies is available on request) , as well as the employee’s immediate families are not eligible to enter. Immediate family includes any relative or partner living at the same address as an employee. Entrants must be 18 years or older at the time of entry.
5. Entrants must not be professional photographers and, for the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.
6. The Competition closes at midnight on Monday 5th May.
7.Prizes. The winner will receive £2000 to spend with www.explore.co.uk. The 4 runner ups will receive a gift card, eligible to spend at Blacks retail store, worth £150 each. The Prize must be redeemed by 31st March 2015. The prize is as stated. There is no cash alternative and it cannot be sold, transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash except in the sole discretion of the PROMOTER, which reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.
8.All entries will be judged by a panel of judges. The judges will select a winning entry and 4 runner up entries which, in their sole opinion, best illustrate the theme of the Competition. The judge’s decision will be made before midnight on Thursday 5th June 2014. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. All prize winners will be notified within three (3) days of the judge’s decision by e-mail and/or telephone. A prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner / runner up selected if the potential winner / runner up cannot be reached within three (3) days after the judge’s decision, or does not meet eligibility criteria, or does not fully comply with these terms and conditions.
9.All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries. Further, entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.
10.Prior to submission, entrants must not have offered any of their entries for sale, been paid for any publication of any of their entries or won or been a runner up in any other photographic competition with any of their entries.
11.Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit to the PROMOTER. By entering the Competition all entrants grant the PROMOTER the right to use, publish and exhibit the photograph (as the PROMOTER sees fit) by way of an irrevocable licence, such use may include using the image for advertising and publicity. Entrants acknowledge and accept that no payment or benefit will be made to any entrant for any use made by the PROMOTER of any image and that use of any image may be made even if the entrant is not a prize winner of the completion. Entrants whose photographs are one of the finalists also agree, if so requested, to assign copyright in the image to the PROMOTER as well as take part in post-competition publicity. Whilst every effort will be made to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, it cannot be guaranteed that every use of the photographs will include photographers' names.
12.By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and the PROMOTER reserves the right to exclude any entry from the Competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if the PROMOTER has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.
13.The PROMOTER reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
14.Limitation of Liability. Subject to paragraph 15 the PROMOTER is not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (a) illegible, incomplete, damaged, misdirected, stolen, late, or lost entries; (b) errors or delays in entering; (c) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the PROMOTER which may cause the Competition to be disrupted or corrupted; and (d) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by the Prize or resulting from acceptance or use of the Prize, or from participation in the Competition. No responsibility is accepted by the PROMOTER for any network, computer/phone hardware or software failure of any kind, virus, or any malfunction of the Competition website or any data transmissions preventing or limiting participation in the Competition. Each entrant is responsible for taking appropriate measures to protect his/her data and/or software stored on his/her computer, mobile device and/or telephone equipment. Any entrant attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with the Competition, including but not limited to using automated processes for entry, will be ineligible. If for any reason the Competition is not capable of running as originally planned, the PROMOTER at its sole discretion reserves the right to modify or cancel the Competition
15.Nothing in these terms and conditions limits or excludes the PROMOTER's liability for (i) any personal injury or death resulting directly from the PROMOTER's negligence and/or (ii) the PROMOTER's fraud
17.These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales. This competition is administered by the PROMOTER
18. PROMOTER: The PROMOTER of the Competition, Blacks Outdoor Retail LTD, Hollinsbrook Way, Pilsworth, Bury Lancashire, BL9 8RR