If you are heading off on holiday then donu2019t forget to pack your camera. This yearu2019s Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition has just opened for entries - offering trips to Mexico for the four amateur category winners. rnrnPicture:Amateur photographer Tom Bourdon beat professional photographers to win the portfolio category in last year's contest

If you are heading off on holiday then don?t forget to pack your camera. This year?s Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition has just opened for entries – offering trips to Mexico for the four amateur category winners.

The competition features four amateur categories: People, Wildlife, Landscape and Travel Icons. The winner of each will bag a ?photo commission? for two to Mexico, including accommodation.

Nikon digital SLRs and compacts are also up for grabs in the contest, the closing date of which is 1 December 2008.

There will also be a separate award for best portfolio. Open to amateurs and professionals, this boasts a £5,000 cash prize. Last year an amateur photographer triumphed over professionals to win this category.

The best shots from the competition will be published in The Independent newspaper and in Wanderlust magazine, which organises the annual awards. The winning and shortlisted entries will also go on show at the Destinations 2009 travel show in London.

The contest?s terms and conditions confirm that copyright in entries remains with the photographer.

For full details visit www.wanderlust.co.uk/photocomp or call 01753 620426.

Picture:Amateur photographer Tom Bourdon beat professional photographers to win the portfolio category in last year’s contest

Last year's portfolio winner