The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is calling photographers to submit photo entries for the upcoming Belize Destination Magazine 2016/2017 competition.

The magazine, which highlights Belize as a tourist destination, wants to publish photos from ordinary Belizeans in its latest edition. The photos can depict an array of subjects from culture to landscapes and heritage sites.

“We are seeking your inspiring images depicting Belize,” the BTIA said.

To enter the competition, participants must follow the Destination Belize page on Facebook under the name @Destination Belize and on Instagram under @destination.belize and get three friends to do the same.

Participants must also post an original photo on Facebook or Intstagram and tag Destination Belize along with the three friends and include the hashtag #destinationbelize. Photos must include a brief description and location.

Following that, participants must email the photo and contact details to

The photo with the most likes will win a category. Five finalists with the most likes in each category will be featured in the 2016/2017 edition of the Destination Belize Magazine.

The top five finalists will compete to have their photo featured as the cover of the magazine.

All pictures must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. April 18. Photographs must depict an identifiable point of interest in Belize. Photos should be in standard portrait orientation or able to be manipulated into a 8 ½ by 11 portrait layout.

Winners must be able to provide original files at a minimum size of 8 ½ by 11 and 300 Dots Per Inch or higher. Participants may submit up to three photos. Photos featured in any previous publications are disqualified.

According to John Burgos, Executive Director of BTIA, by opening submissions to the public they are hoping to receive an array of photographs depicting key destinations in Belize.

The magazine enjoys readership abroad as it is marketed to tourists. With the local competition the BTIA expects the magazine to generate local interest.

Interested persons can visit the Destination Belize Magazine website: