September 17, 2010 10:40 ET

It's A Photo Finish, With A Guinness World Record in Sight

30,000 Photos Entered; but Only Six Can Take the Crown After the Nation Pulls Together in Worldwide Race Against the Clock

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) -

Editors Note: There are six photos associated with this Press Release.

Just six winners from a staggering 30,000 entries – showcasing a photo of every country in the world – have been chosen by an acclaimed photography panel and are now looking to break a Guinness World Record for the Biggest 20ft Photo Book known to man.

Celebrating turning 10 this year, PhotoBox challenged the nation with a competition to go around the globe in photos in 80 days, by simply entering their best loved travel snaps and holiday pics one continent at a time. Receiving over 1000 photos in its first weekend alone, this people powered project has captured people's imaginations and shown a UK in love with photography. 

All walks of life, from mums to retired servicemen, to amateurs and pros; have together captured the raw spirit of the world's continents, offering real insights into the lives, landscapes and wildlife that makes each so unique.

Today, six of these extraordinary people behind the lens will be singled out as compelling winners, and their photography showcased to the media and art worlds as their work takes centre stage in their own exhibition at top London gallery, the Old Truman Brewery.

In this East End setting, these extraordinary photos along with 400 shortlisted entries will grace the pages of the biggest photobook in the world; a towering 20ft x13.8ft beast and a true 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' experience for all ages.

As if this wasn't enough, the winners will be flown back to where it all began for them, courtesy of Thomson, with a trip to each of the continents of the world where their winning photo was captured.

On choosing the winners renowned judge Annabel Williams confessed: "I was amazed to see so many stunning images from all over the world - just shows what a talented planet we are! It's so hard to choose just a handful of winners. There are so many deserving photographers whose pictures are just incredible! It really was one of the hardest competitions I've ever judged"

So who takes the crown and what's the story behind the photo?

- Europe: 'Fishermen at work' Rob Wicks (39, TV Director and Producer, Bristol)

- N. America: 'A piece of land to call home' Bob Brewer (62, Consulting Engineer, Bristol)

- S. America: 'Washing line with a difference' Matt Parry (32, Communications Manager, Cheshire)

- Oceania: 'Beautiful but deadly' Liz Charman (37 , Food Product Developer, Surrey)

- Africa: 'Ethiopia's inner smile' Hannah O'Sullivan (28, Photographer, Mid Wales)

- Asia: 'Catching her gaze – the girl with the amber earrings' Aysin Halil (25, Student, London)

Photography is 90% Psychology and 10% Technical – Humanity behind the lens

- Asia: Aysin Halil (London) – a young deaf photographer, who studied at St Martins and is fighting prejudice in the arts. Now campaigns for women's and children's rights in Vietnam & Laos

- Africa: Hannah O'Sullivan (Wales) – travelled 18,000 miles from Wales to Cape Town in our their wedding present – a Landrover – raising thousands of pounds for Unicef & a local orphanage

- Europe: Rob Wicks (Bristol) – these Devon fisherman inspired led Rob into a new sideline career as a food photographer, working for local food producers & restaurants in Bristol

…..and many more stories

To see these and enjoy the rest of the nation's snappy handywork, visit

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Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews and images, please contact Jemima Wade at PhotoBox: 020 7087 4621 / or Antia Buhigas: 020 7087 4611 /

Please note:

- "Photography is 90% Psychology and 10% Technical", is a quote from Pro Photographer, Annabel Williams

- Thomson is the UK's leading tour operator, known for its exciting holidays and tours in 59 destinations around the world

About PhotoBox

PhotoBox is the leading online photo printing and publishing service in the UK and Europe, pioneering online printing, storing, sharing, community and publishing services for digital photos, before extending its range to innovative products such as photo books, calendars, wall décor and greeting cards.

Merging with leading French service Photoways in April 2006 to create the European market leader, PhotoBox now boasts over 11million members and nearly 200million photo prints and has won more awards than any other online photo printing website with the latest including Which? Magazine's Best Buy and Gartner's CRM Excellence Award.

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