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Welcome to Travel Photographer of the Year

The premier travel photography awards - Your showcase to the world

The Travel Photographer of the Year® (TPOTY®) photo competition is run by photographers for photographers. Wherever you live in the world and whether you are amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old - TPOTY is for you!



This years competition is open for entries with new categories and great prizes.

There's a new 8 image category for you to showcase a portfolio of your very best work. The winner will be exhibited in our outdoor London exhibition in the heart of the capital city near Tower Bridge, opening next March, and will be seen by over a million people.

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Why enter TPOTY?

TPOTY is about more than prizes – This prestigious award offers massive exposure for your work through our media activities, photographer profiles and exhibitions.

In 2016 and 2017 our touring exhibitions were seen by 250,000 visitors. This year's exhibitions programme will be visited by an estimates 1.8 million people.

TPOTY winning photographers have had their work showcased around the world: established photographic careers received a huge boost, new careers kick-started, and people who never thought they’d see their photographs in print have had a happy surprise!

What it means to be a winner?

The awards are judged by leading photographers and experts in the field, whose distinction and integrity add greatly to the prestige that comes with being one of our winners - or even being shortlisted. Ask one of our previous winners what this award has meant to them both personally and professionally.

But whether you’re a winner or not, it’s also about fun – the fun of challenging yourself to shoot to a theme, to look at your images with fresh eyes, to be a part of the TPOTY experience. To be part of the adventure!


The last winners can be seen in the 2017 winners' gallery and the Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 is Belgian photographer, Alain Schroeder. The Young Travel Photographer of the Year is 12 year old Morgan Wolfers from the USA.

Photographers from 24 countries featured amongst the winners and the already high standard of entries rose further.

If you'd like to see your images in our TPOTY exhibitions in 2019 you can enter the awards until the closing date - 1st October 2018.

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We are passionate about protecting photographers' copyright: your images always remain yours, and we do not request or grant unlimited license to use them.

As a result, we are proud to say that TPOTY is an approved award, featuring on the Artists Bill of Rights, Rights-On list.


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