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Capture the City: 5 of our favourite photos so far

By admin   26 May 2012 5:58am Europe/London

Many beautiful photos are being submitted to our Capture the City photo competition, where we’re looking for the photo that best captures the essence of a city and would be perfect for the cover of a Lonely Planet city or pocket city guidebook.

It’s a tough challenge: great photos aren’t necessarily great guidebook cover photos. Even ones you might think would work well on a book simply don’t look right once text and logos and other design elements are added. What makes a great cover photo? Check out some of our tips and examples.

Below are five (among many more) that have been submitted so far that look like the types of photos we might consider for covers – and to show what they might look like as books we made quick cover mockups in the style of Lonely Planet city guides:

Amsterdam before and after:

Photo by Simon W. – See original in the Capture the City gallery

Kyoto before and after:

Photo by Ghazali H. – See original in the Capture the City gallery

New York before and after:

Photo by Walter C. – See original in the Capture the City gallery

Seoul before and after:

Photo by Sungjin K. – See original in the Capture the City gallery

Venice before and after:

Photo by Angela P. – See original in the Capture the City gallery

Which ones do you like best?

Have a photo to submit to the competition? Just want to browse the photo gallery and vote for your favourites? Come check out the Capture the City photo competition. (The competition ends June 13, 2012 11:59pm PDT, so get your photos in soon!)