Our Canon photo competition is looking for the best cliche travel photos. Bronwyn McGee went nuts on the classic salt flat shots.
Travelling through South America was an adventure to say the least, especially when your Spanish is rudimentary at best.
While the landscape is beautiful, the people friendly and the cities crazy, it didn't actually provide that many opportunities for clichéd travel photo opportunities.
“Colleen take Ingy and Irma out for some fresh air.” Taken in Bolivian Salt Flats 2007 by Paul McCloister.
A kiss from the Sphinx... The lady in front wanted one too haha. Photo taken by Kirsty Lanham.
My boyfriend just had to do this... surprisingly, numbers of people followed.
Taken at Moeraki Boulders in Feb 2012. My mom decided to show my dad how to pose on the Boulder. A fellow traveller couldn't resist joining in on the "competition".
What else would you do if you were in Budapest and saw a huge hand on the ground?
Me at Madam Tussauds in Hollywood. Behind bars, with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Taken by my husband Ian McDonald.
Photo taken by Mandy, a friend I had met on the tour I was on. Temperature was close to 0 degs, so a lot of pain, numbness and love went into this one.
The all too familiar arm onto pyramids photo but done wrong and the effect is both awkward and hilarious.
photo taken at the great pyramids of Giza in Cairo Egpt.
photographer- local guide Muhammad
Our tour guide, Jason Edwards, took this photo of my husband and I at the Grand Canyon, Arizona in the USA winter 2013. I must have been getting sick of him after travelling together for a month!
Funny what one will do to get a photo of oneself. Taken on our cruise in 2010
Glenna McGougan with a cliche photo, but extraordinary Snapchat.
Wayne's World! Excellent!
Paul Bayley, guiltily trying to pull off a perspective trick at the Olympeion in Greece.
Keeping an eye on swans in Hyde Park.
Alice van der Bruggen and Andrew Marshall climbing a boot, at the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.
It's a big tower okay - it takes two.
Ollie, 2, getting into tourist mode.
When life imitates art. Badly
Adrian Loo with a classic Ibiza selfie.
A more sinister spin on the classic Puzzling World photo.
Hear no evil; speak no evil; see no evil.
During our three month OE, my friend and I took Busabout 2012 as our travelling bus system and one of the routes took us via Pisa. We had to come up with a "different" stance in front of the Tower of Pisa. To keep up with the Italian theme I went with a "Pisan Gelato". Best and most beautiful place Italy, we spent the most time there on our OE and we'd go back again in a flash.
This is my daughter, Helena, with Castlepoint, Wairarapa, in her hand.
Raven Cretney gets her Di on.
Next to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Odaiba, Tokyo, is a three storey tall Gundam protecting the city. Just along from the tree line is the ideal location to photo people fighting Gundam and claim the city as their own.
Jill Cattell really gets a feel for some art.
Straddling the Equator near Quito, Ecuador. The monument shown here us actually 300 meters north of the true equator.
Muscle woman at Wanaka's Puzzling World.
David getting a little help.
Annette McQueen on the Greenwich Mean Time Line
We thought this was original back in 2009 but after seeing a lot of friends' photos from Egypt we have realised everyone has something similar!
A smaller than usual Eiffel Tower.
Our driver as Santa Claus on top of the Christmas tree in Salar Uyuni, Bolivia.
Jess Malcolm's partner Matt taking a bite out of the lighthouse at Cape Reinga.
Trying to make David decent.
We did not encounter any Leaning Towers or twinkling plazas with streaming water fountains we could pretend to drink from.
There were however plenty of crumbling ancient ruins to have fun with but I think the armed guards would have frowned upon such behaviour.
We comforted ourselves by taking photos with alpacas and posing triumphantly at Machu Picchu as a testament to our gruelling feat of survival along the Inca Trail, but a worthy cliché?
The Taj is tiny, look! One of the classic Taj Mahal shots, the other being sitting on the bench ala Princess Di which doesn't have the same impact when there are hundreds of people in the photo as well!
"Recently my friend and I did an amazing tour with Topdeck around Europe, we were asked to create the most creative photo of the Tower of Pisa as we could. We looked like complete eggs lying on the ground with our feet up in the air trying to line them up against the tower…I think we captured it well!"
In my opinion you CAN NOT got to a place like the Taj Mahal and not take this photo. Although I did feel silly and got flack from my mates. But hey when am I going to be able to do this again? Better to enjoy the cheesy cliche than regret the missed opportunity!
Our guide (Patricio) on a tour around the harder to reach parts of Easter Island called this the "classic Japanese trick photo location on the Island." A Japanese woman had shown him the exact spot from where to take it many years ago, and he offered to take snaps for the three of us on the tour.
Giving a Hongi to a statue at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo was taken by my local tour guide.
Everybody loves a good sunset and Bali is awash with people sitting in beach side bars taking snaps as the sun goes down trying to get that one shot with the right light/colouring, myself included!
My mother 'Gretchen Preston' and I decided to splash out and go on a Med Cruise in June 2011. We went to heaps of awesome places such as Rome, Athens, Florence, Nice, Turkey and of course Pisa. So as you can imagine we decided to be typical unimaginative tourists and go for the 'holding up tower' pic. Unfortunately mum wasn't terribly adept on the camera and there were an awful lot of tourists around so this is the best pic we got of the 'cliche' shot. Not flash at all. But we did try and sometimes is the trying that counts… isn't it?
Getting up close and personal with the faces at Bayon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Taking a bite out of Stonehenge! I can't remember who took the photo - I was with a tour group!
Holly Smallwood holding a Hobbit (Bayley Smallwood) on her hand at Hobbiton, Matamata, Middle Earth, New Zealand. Awesome tour that really sparks your imagination!
I was trying to get Diana's immortalised image, as it is on her seat, in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra. I was being instructed by a very helpful Indian photographer, and my friend who swore she knew how Diana was sitting. unfortunately we all got it horribly wrong. It’s the thought that counts right?
Me in the red jacket holding the NZ Flag at Mount Everest Base Camp.
Taken at Taj Mahal, Agra, India in November, 2013.
Hang On!:Nothing more cliche(and quite original) than sending an obviously staged photo of your certain demise with terrible acting back home. While on Contiki in Ireland I visited the Cliffs of Moher, and found this little ledge to stand on and stage a fall. The photo was taken by Jeremy Saunders of Canada, a fellow Contiki traveller.
European OE 2011 - It was a hot summers day in Italy so I thought I'd treat myself an ice-cream at the Tower of Pisa... it nearly fell off the cone!
This photo was taken on the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. It was taken by Fran Bearman,
A variation on a cliche! A few years ago, my brother and I were in Italy to meet relatives for the first time. We had to visit Pisa and were amused by all the silly-looking people with their hand in the air trying to hold it up, so we couldn't resist our own version - kicking it down!! This photo was taken with an 'old-school' 35mm Olympus camera.
This was taken on the Gold Coast beach in Australia by Steven in May this year. Already plenty of beautiful scenery shots were taken and so we needed to finish off with the obligatory midget-in-the-hand shot of my wife and daughter.
In Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy, we came across this iconic statue, and well it didn't take long until I was swept off my feet by my friend Olena. Taken on the 28th of June 2013, by our friend Tanya.
Jumping Off the Pyramids - Yeah Right! High flyers jumping off a wall overlooking these incredible structures. It's no wonder that the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the world. Great experience!
The Thinkers: We spent a week in Paris this year. We visited all the clichéd places, and took lots of clichéd photos. We think the cutest is this one, taken in front of Rodin's famous Thinker, at the Rodin Museum. It was taken by Xu Xiaoying (Mama). The three other thinkers in the photo are Miya, who had just turned three six days earlier, her big sis Mulan, who is six, and Glenn Riseborough (Daddy). As you can see, the three of us are slightly blurred. The photo was taken with our old Canon PowerShot S5IS. If only we could have taken a lovely new Canon DSLR on our big Europe holiday.
When in Pisa, it was so busy at the leaning tower with everybody doing the cliche photos. We decided to go to the other side and take photos of us knocking the tower over rather then holding it up.
My son Ryan in Disney's Hollywood Studios in September wearing Mickey's sorcerers hat.
Attempting to twerk Christ the Redeemer in Rio with someone in the background doing the usual cliched arms out pose.
My sister and I in front of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, last year. The 'usual' photo.
Phil Clements balancing the silver fern ball in Wellington's Civic Square. Photo taken by Karen Clements.
Took this whilst on a plane from Valencia to Madrid. I had bought a travel journal before leaving for my travels and this was one of the maps inside the journal. I had seen this done plenty of times in the past and wanted to try this cliche for myself.
While visiting Wanaka's Puzzling World, I had to try and hold up the leaning tower of the puzzling world.
A twist on the classic jumping photo. This time it's in front of the Taj Mahal and there has been some confusion surrounding the protective footwear.
Anna Adams on the Romeo and Juliet balcony.
The 'having a great time with the locals' cliche photo. This photo was taken at a small winery in Stari Grad, Croatia where we went for a wine tasting in August 2013. The photo was taken by Jonathan Semmens.
Boom! Castle of São Jorge, Lisbon (Lisboa), Portugal July 2009. Photo taken by Bryce Ricketts.
Janine Carey on a boat in Auckland Habour 'touching' the Habour Bridge.
My friend Summer and I outside the Lourve in Paris.
Rocio the rainbow girl in Cathedral Cove
Photograph of James Coad in Hong Kong. Photo by Chris Coad
Our son carried around a rugby ball in a whole year of student exchange in Utah. This is a cliche photo of him at the "Balancing Rock", Arches National Park Utah.
Photo taken by a kind backpacker, July 2013 at Maya Bay aka "The Beach", Thailand. Doing the classic jump in the air, as in the end of the movie.
My husband outside Puzzle World in Wanaka, a place where millions of tourists pose with the leaning tower of Wanaka.
This is me holding up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I took it when I was travelling with my Mum, I live in New Zealand and she lives in the UK.
We meet up every year to go travelling.
She took the photo. She will be very proud to win.
After about 10 unsuccessful attempts (and some pretty unflattering mid-air shots), Mum managed to capture this cliche masterpiece. Taken in Queenstown, NZ. Photo: Elizabeth Bolland
Taken at the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo a couple of years ago by our Dad (Anil), this is your typical tourist photo gone hilariously wrong.
Here's my most cliche travel photo from my recent trip around Europe in October. The classic 'holding up the tower' look as I joined in the swarms of people doing the same, it looked like one giant Kung-fu class! Photo is of me and was taken by Emma Nicklin.
Me 'leaning' on the leaning tower of Pisa, Italy
Me attempting a cliched jumping photo in front of the Taj Mahal.
Trying to look cool by putting part of your body in four states at the same time. The photo was taken by my father, Peter Nichols, during a 9 month road trip around the USA.
Clowning around of the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. After a three-day 4x4 tour of lakes, mountains and other crazy scenery at high altitude, arriving on to the salt flats it was time to take some total tourist photos. We all love them, especially at this place!
Chasing the Da Vinci Code: This photo was taken in Paris in August 2013 when my boyfriend and I decided to escape on a 5 week whirl-wind tour of Europe. The photo was taken by Grant Davidson.
Our local tour guide insisted on taking this photo with each of us in turn when we are at Bayon temple at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. He acted at the time like it was an original idea of his, but I've since learned otherwise!
Travel is thirsty work! Photo taken in near Luang Prabang, Laos at the Kuang Si Falls in July 2010 by Chelsea Blair.
Alas we had not yet encountered such a tourist goldmine.
We of course hit pay dirt when we stepped foot on the Bolivian Salt Flats and embraced the opportunity to take the obligatory perception photos with such gusto it approached a frenzied fervour. We weren't even particularly creative; we basically just recreated every other shot we had seen, a cliché of a cliché.
It did require a lot of co-ordination and patience, but it was also was great fun and one of the best days of our trip.
PERSPECTIVE: Myself and my friend Sara, at the Bolivian salt flats.
After that it was back to sensible shots taken behind ropes or at appropriate distance under the wary gaze of machine-gun toting guards.