Winner of Telegraph Travel Calendar Competition heads to Tanzania on SkySafari

Interview with Alison Morris, winner of the Telegraph travel calendar competition

Alison Morris Pushkar-India February

Alison Morris's cinematic image of camel herders enveloped in a cloud of sand in Pushkar, Rajasthan, was the judges' favourite.

Your winning photograph was taken in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Please can you tell us a little more about the circumstances when you took that image?

My husband and I were travelling with another couple who were checking out the area for locations to take friends later in the year. We were lucky enough to have our trip coincide with the Pushkar Camel Fair, held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon. This is a spectacular event attracting hundreds of thousands of livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. We were up at 5am to get the image that I submitted to the Telegraph competition. We positioned ourselves by a slope in the desert where we waited as the herdsmen and their camels arrived, kicking up sand and dirt.

What camera were you using to take the photograph

I was using a Canon 5D Mark ii with a 70-300 lens.

Have you been to East Africa before

Yes, we have visited the Kenyan coast before and enjoyed taking photos in this area so we are really looking forward to travelling on Safari in Tanzania.

What are you most looking forward to on the SkySafari journey

Definitely seeing all the animals, it will be such a wonderful opportunity to take some wildlife photography. With the SkySafari taking us to three different National Parks in Tanzania, I am hoping to capture a wide diversity of species.

Which animals are you most looking forward to seeing

The big cats, it would be amazing to see cheetah. I am also looking forward to seeing giraffe and elephants.

What would be your dream photograph to capture on your SkySafari

A big cat with its young.

What tips can you give aspiring amateur photographers

Get up early; the light is usually excellent and there is so much going on. Also keeping at it, my winning photograph for the Telegraph competition took five days to capture.

Any plans to take your photography further

I am a member of the RPS (Royal Photography Society) and have gained two levels of their Distinctions that set recognised standards of achievement throughout the world: I have qualified as Licentiate (LRPS) and Associate (ARPS). I would love to gain the final highest distinction of Fellowship (FRPS).

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