Travel Photographer of the Year 2020 open for entries

Travel photos past and future - 2020 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards open for entry

The 2020 Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) are now open, and entries can be made online through or submitted as prints.

At a time when travel is so restricted, the awards’ organisers are inviting amateur and professional photographers from all countries and of all ages to look through their archives of travel images to submit into the 18th edition of this global contest. And, in recognition of the financial problems so many are facing with the impact of the COVID-19 situation, entry fees have been discounted by 50% for May and June.

TPOTY is keen to convey the message that, in these extraordinary times, entrants should not make unnecessary journeys or break any lockdown that may be in force in their country of residence in order to take photographs to submit. The competition has always allowed entrants to submit images from their archives - i.e. contemporary photography shot in recent years - and has always said that ‘travel starts when you leave your home’ (past winners have included images shot from people’s kitchen windows!). Never has this been more important than in 2020. Entries close on November 2nd so, depending on when travel restrictions are lifted, there may also be time for entrants to shoot new material before the closing date, if they wish.

In other new activity for the awards, Travel Photographer of the Year has launched a new online photography masterclass series in conjunction with photographer Chris Weston and is releasing two new books this summer, which are available to pre-order now.

2020 awards’ categories and prizes
The range of categories reflects the diversity of travel photography. The Overall Winner (the Travel Photographer of the Year 2020) will be the entrant who submits the best eight images across the portfolio categories ‘Landscapes & Earth Elements’, ‘Nature, Sealife, Wildlife’, ‘People of the World’ and ‘Travel Folio’, and there is a special award for photographers aged 18 and under - Young Travel Photographer of the Year - which is divided into two age groups. There are also three One Shot single image categories - ‘Colours of Life’, ‘Islands’ and ‘Solitude’ and a Smart Shot category, ‘iTravelled’, for images shot on a mobile phone or tablet.

Prizes include cash bursaries, the latest Fujifilm X-T4 camera and lens, a Chris Weston – Life Changing Photography – International workshop, clothing from Páramo, Photo Iconic photo tuition, Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition prints and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. Further prizes will be announced in due course. In addition, the winning photographers will see their work showcased at TPOTY exhibitions in London and elsewhere in 2021 and featured in a Travel Photographer of the Year book.

Early entry discounts
Entry fees start at £8 for iTravelled but, in recognition of the financial impact COVID-19 has had on so many people, entrants submitting their images before 30th June will receive a 50% discount on all fees when they use code EARLY_BIRD at the competition checkout. Entry to Young TPOTY is free of charge.

Get inspiration from the latest TPOTY books, new online photography masterclasses and the 2020 exhibitions
Travel Photographer of the Year is publishing two new books this August. ‘Journey Ten/Journey Eleven’ is a double volume featuring the winning images from the 2017 and 2018 awards, while ‘Journey Twelve’ features the winning shots from TPOTY 2019. Both books are available for discounted pre-order now for August delivery from RRP will be £14.95* for Journey Ten/Journey Eleven (pre-order cost £12*) and £12.50* for Journey Twelve (pre-order cost £10*). *All prices exclude shipping.

All Travel Photographer of the Year photography workshops and photo tours have been suspended until it is safe to travel and gather in groups for tuition. However, in conjunction with award-winning professional photographer and TPOTY judge, Chris Weston, TPOTY has launched two online masterclasses, each containing 50 video tutorials and supporting material, covering all aspects of camera technique and the art of composition and visual storytelling.

These online workshops are offered at a special discounted price for TPOTY photographers and followers so, even when travel is restricted, they can carry on improving their photography. The Complete Photographer Masterclass teaches professional camera technique – the secret tips of the pro’s; the art of seeing and crafting a visual narrative; and what the grand master Ansel Adams described as visual ‘performance’ – turning vision into print.

The planned exhibitions showcasing the 2019 TPOTY-winning images at London’s historic Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross and at Chester Cathedral have had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, new dates for Coal Drops Yard will be announced shortly, and the Chester Cathedral exhibition has been rescheduled for 4th to 31st August (subject, of course, to any ongoing restrictions on public events).

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