Digital-camera manufacturer Canon has revealed details of a nationwide contest to find the best British photographer -- with the top prize being a trip to Napa Valley in California for a balloon ride over its vineyards.

Called I Spy With My Digital Eye, the contest will be held in Canon Digital Centre stores around the UK and Ireland. The competition is split into three categories, according to Canon, including:

  • Amateur photographers aged 16-18
  • Amateur photographers aged 18+
  • Amateur photographers in colleges and camera clubs aged 18+

The camera makers says the contest is based on the game of the same name, with each store selecting a letter from the aalphbet and displaying it in-store. All local entries need to start with the letter -- for example, the theme for the letter 'A' could be apples, A-list stars, or anything 'A' related. The competition is now live, says Canon, and entries need to be submitted before January 14, 2006. Winners will be announced at the end of January, says Canon.