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Readers’ travel photograph competition: February – animals

The standard in this month’s competition was incredibly high and there are some stunning images in the gallery. Scroll through to see the winner. All of this year’s winning images will be printed and mounted by Point101, and displayed at the finalists’ exhibition at the Guardian’s offices in January 2014. The prize for the overall winner is an Arctic summer adventure to northern Canada, including polar bear and whale tours, courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission

Find out how to enter the March competition – the theme is water
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Exploring the Isles of Scilly: camping and self-catering havens

Scilly is a stunning archipelago off the south-west tip of Cornwall offering a unique, far-flung getaway from the UK mainland. We start our tour at the Troytown farm and campsite on the remote island (even for Scilly) of St Agnes

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‘I tell visitors that they are standing at the last point in south-west Britain,” says Sam Hicks who, with his family, runs Troytown farm and campsite (1, click on the larger map to see the numbers) on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly. The site feels very far away and looks out towards the lonely Bishop Rock lighthouse (2), the sinister Western Rocks and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. “It is remote but it is beautiful. There is a joy and a risk to this place.”

Anyone wanting to escape the commotion of everyday life would be advised to visit the island of St Agnes. Sitting at the edge of the Scillies archipelago and less-visited than the island of Tresco, it is suitably far-flung. And Troytown campsite, which is perched above a white sand beach a few steps from the sea, is about as remote as you could wish for.

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