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Stylist’s Instagram travel competition: the winners

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Love Insta-photography and luxury travel? You've come to the right place. 

All this year, we're running the Stylist travel Instagram competition with changing themes and a variety of spectacular hotel prizes up for grabs in beautiful locations across the world.

We'll be posting news of each lucky winner and the image that nabbed the prize right here on this page.

Stay tuned for news on each of our winners, and keep your eyes peeled on the @stylistmagazine Instagram page and our travel channel for each of our latest themed travel competitions.


November #WinterSun: win a holiday to Barbados

In November, we offered one lucky reader the chance to win a sun-soaked, seven-night holiday to Barbados, staying in the luxurious environs of the Crane Resort.

Around this time of year, we often find ourselves dreaming of escaping the UK for somewhere where the winters are a little less bleak. And so we asked you to deliver a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo that really captured the theme of #WinterSun. 

We received hundreds of entries of stunning photos of all kinds of winters around the world. After much deliberation, the Stylist social media panel eventually whittled down the entries to one overall winner. 

A big congratulations to @ejlmakinson, whose evocative photo taken while dog-sledding in Sweden wins her the trip to Barbados. Stay tuned on @StylistMagazine's Instagram page for details of how to enter our latest competition theme.

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November’s runners-up

Coming in at a very close second was this photo of hot air balloons over the snow-speckled Red Rose Valley in Turkey, taken by @vividviridian.

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@gillymmc1's photo of the harbour in Honnigsvåg, Norway's northernmost city, blew us away.

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And we thought @laurenkatyyy’s star-spangled photo of the Northern Lights, taken in Iceland, was a beautiful twist on the idea of winter sun. 

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October #BestBritishBreak: win a trip to the Cotswolds

In October, the Instagram travel prize on offer was an elegant rustic retreat to the Cotswolds, staying at cosy country hotel The Fish.

The UK has plenty of delights to offer wanderlust-filled travellers – and so for our winning image we asked for a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo that really captured the theme of #BestBritishBreak. 

Hundreds of you entered, with beautiful photos of your loveliest holiday moments on our own fair isle. It wasn't easy, but the Stylist social media panel eventually whittled down the entries to one overall winner. 

Congratulations to @melcrum19, whose stunning photo of a loch in Scotland won her the trip to the Cotswolds. Stay tuned on @StylistMagazine's Instagram page for details of how to enter our latest competition theme.

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October’s runners-up

This photo by @flymylittlekiwi, also taken in the Scottish Highlands, took our breath away.

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A soothing shot of a boat ride in the Lake District, by @cheltenhamfoodie.

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We thought @missmoo299’s photo of her children rockpooling in Lyme Regis was gorgeously atmospheric.

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September #MakeSummerLast: win a week-long holiday to Thailand

In September, the Instagram travel prize on offer was a luxurious week-long holiday in Thailand, exploring cosmopolitan Chiang Mai before retreating to the hidden ‘Hamptons’ of Phuket.

As autumn drew in, we were all fantasising about tropical sunshine – and so for our winning image we asked for a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo that really captured the theme of #MakeSummerLast. 

Hundreds of you entered, with envy-inducing photos of your best summer travel moments. It wasn't easy, but the Stylist social media panel eventually whittled down the entries to one overall winner. 

Congratulations to @amandastenbaek, whose dusky pink shot of the hills outside of Alhaurín de la Torre, Spain (below) bagged her the trip to Thailand. Stay tuned on @StylistMagazine's Instagram page for details of how to enter our latest competition theme.

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September’s runners-up

We thought that @jodiejodejodes’s picture of bunting fluttering under a blue sky definitely captured the spirit of summer. 

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@hollyholly28’s fabulous snap of her friends (in Barbie’s dream car!) on holiday in Croatia brought a big smile to our faces. 

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This breathtaking photo, taken by @mands_hartley in Navajo National Park, captures the magical red-hued beauty of Arizona.

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August #LaidbackLife: win an luxurious stay at a Caribbean resort

In August, we offered our readers the chance to win an ultra-relaxing, eight-day stay at an all-inclusive beachfront resort on the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada. Think golden sands and crystal-blue seas, delicious Creole food and heavenly spa treatments.

For our winning image, we asked for a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo that really captured the theme of #LaidbackLife. 

Hundreds of you entered with breath-taking photos of your most relaxing moments. It wasn't easy, but the Stylist social media panel eventually whittled down the entries to one overall winner. 

Congratulations to @sandra.greiss, whose beautiful photo of Barcelona’s Barceloneta Beach at sunrise (below) scored her the holiday in Grenada. Stay tuned on @StylistMagazine's Instagram page for details of how to enter our latest competition theme.

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August’s runners-up

We really liked the English-country-garden feel of @bubbsyching's soothing emerald-hued snap. 

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This twinkly shot of the Douro River on the Spanish-Portuguese border, taken by @mag1pies, made it onto this month's shortlist.

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@jadecoopercollins took a stunning, pastel-toned photo on the Greek island of Corfu.

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July #GreatOutdoors: win an adventure-filled trip to Vietnam

In July, we offered our readers the chance to win an action-packed eight-day holiday in Vietnam, enjoying a raft of outdoor activities from hiking to windsurfing, cycling, kayaking and paddleboarding - plus some much-needed relaxation. 

For our winning image, we asked for a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo that really captured the theme of the #GreatOutdoors. 

Hundreds of you entered with stunning photos of your inspiring outdoor moments. It wasn't easy, but the Stylist social media panel eventually whittled down the entries to one overall winner. 

Congratulations to @nutrilivv, whose epic photo of Canada's Moraine Lake (below) earned her a trip to Vietnam. Stay tuned on @StylistMagazine's Instagram page for details of how to enter our latest competition theme.

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July’s runners-up

We loved @hannahfrancesboulton's sunflower-filled Italian field.

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@laurakobrien took a beautiful underwater shot in the Scottish sea (brr).

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We loved the mystical vibes of @petiteleah's photo, taken on Mt Rinjani, Indonesia.

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June #IslandMagic: win the ultimate festival experience in  Croatia

In June, we offered our readers the chance to win an eight-day trip to the Croatian island of Obonjan, enjoying a jam-packed festival of music, talks and workshops while staying in a magical forest lodge. The hashtag theme for the competition was #IslandMagic.

For our winning image, we asked for a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo that really captured the theme of #IslandMagic. 

Hundreds of you entered with stunning photos of your enchanting island moments. It wasn't easy, but the Stylist social media panel eventually whittled down the entries to one overall winner. 

Congratulations to @babypicturethis, whose ghostly photo of the icebergs near Reykjavik, Iceland (below) earned her a trip to Obonjan. Stay tuned on @StylistMagazine's Instagram page for details of how to enter our latest competition theme.

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June’s runners-up

We loved @emloufla's take-me-there shot of crystalline Ibiza seas.

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A retro (and surprisingly sophisticated) snap of Zante, by @atinadimitrova.

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A moment of gorgeous tranqulity on the Italian island of Sardinia, as taken by @lisafratini.

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May #AdventureTravel: win the trip of a lifetime to Colombia

In May, we offered our readers the chance to win an eight-day trip to Colombia on G Adventures’ Caribbean Colombia Express itinerary, visiting some of the country’s most beautiful sights and historic cities. The hashtag theme for the competition was #Adventure Travel.

For our winning image, we asked for a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo that really captured the escapist delights of #AdventureTravel. 

Hundreds of you entered with breath-taking photos of your adventures around the world. It was a tough choice but the Stylist social media panel eventually whittled down the entries to one overall winner. 

Congratulations to @kligz, whose beautiful photo of a diving session in Koh Tao, Thailand (below) earned her a place on the Colombia road trip. Stay tuned on @StylistMagazine's Instagram page on details of how to enter our latest competition theme.

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May’s runners-up

A joyful snap of Hmong women in the hills of Sapa, northern Vietnam - as captured by @ellie_joye.

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@kbird85's death-defying image taken on the very edge of the blue mountains, Australia. 

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This incredible snap of @lelli009 sailing down Vietnam's scenic Halong Bay.

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April #MySanctuary:  win a Maldives beach break

In April, we offered our readers the chance to win a sumptuous week-long break for two in the Maldives, staying in a tranquil Oceanview Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. The hashtag theme for the competition was #MySanctuary.

For our winning image, we asked for a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo that really captured the theme of #MySanctuary, and brought to life the tranquil nature of the one place in the world you go to feel truly relaxed.

We were inundated with unique photos from around the world. After a good few hours of debate, the Stylist social media panel selected this gorgeous image of a Japanese Zen Garden in Kyoto (below) taken by @wandering_in_heels as the winner of the #MySanctuary competition.

Congratulations to  @wandering_in_heels, whose evocative image has bagged her a week-long stay in the fabulous Maldives. 

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April’s runners-up

 A slice of Central Park heaven amongst the mayhem of New York, captured by @amandamarieblog

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A beautiful sunset in Indonesia seen from 3,726m up, snapped by @jeansyr

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A dreamy rooftop pool in Mexico, submitted by @sallygjarrett.

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February #BeachLife: win  a luxury holiday to Mauritius

In February, we offered our readers the chance to win a luxury seven-night escape for two to Mauritius, staying at beachside boutique hotel Veranda Pointe Aux Biches, under the theme of #BeachLife.

For our winning image, we asked for a standout, creative and beautiful Instagram photo of a beach anywhere in the world that really captured the theme of #BeachLife and brought to life the escapist spirit of travel. 

Hundreds of you uploaded your favourite beach snaps to Instagram, followed and tagged both @stylistmagazine and @verandaresorts in the photo and used the hashtag #BeachLife.

We were overwhelmed with beautiful beach images and the decision was a tough one, but after combing through each of the entries, the Stylist social media panel selected this ethereal image (below) uploaded by Instagrammer @kh_travels of two cows on a beach in Goa, as the winner of the competition.

Congratulations to @kh_travels, whose creative, wanderlust-worthy snap landed a week-long holiday in dreamy Mauritius.

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February’s runners-up

This whimsical image of a beach in Vietnam by @thetravelbunny

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A glorious image of beach life in Zanzibar, by @angelinafoster

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