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If you don’t find the answers to your questions below in the FAQs, then please email us and we’ll help you. Please also carefully read the competition rules. It is your sole responsibility as an entrant to read and abide by the rules.
Our contact details are on the Contact Us page. Please give us time to respond, especially during the busy period close to competition closing dates. If we’ve received your email before the deadline then we will still accept your entry.
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15th October 2019
Finalists will be announced early in November and Shortlists in mid December. Winners will be announced in January 2020.
Quite simply, to cover TPOTY’s running costs. These are extensive and include TPOTY awards, the cash prizes, exhibitions, books and administration. Some of these costs are supported by our sponsors, but by no means all, so it’s your entry fees which keep the competition running.
YES! TPOTY is passionate about photographers’ copyright and we don’t believe that you should lose yours simply because you enter a competition.
When you submit images to us you approve their promotional use for TPOTY only. This includes press activity around the awards, TPOTY books, exhibitions and website (if chosen).
You remain free to use your images however you wish. We make no claim to ownership and do not attempt to restrict your use of your images in any way
* If we are approached to use your images (in a way that does not specifically promote TPOTY) we will put you in touch directly with the person or organisation interested in your images, or negotiate a fee on your behalf if you wish us to..
No. Absolutely not. This is a trick used by many competitions to get around the copyright issue. Please see above.
Travel Photographer of the Year produces and sell the TPOTY Collection of prints and cards – however, these are produced in association with, and with full permission from, the photographers concerned. All TPOTY Collection images are governed by a written agreement with the photographers, and these photographers receive royalties for all cards or prints sold.
Absolutely! Take a look at the Winners’ Galleries from previous years and you will see some stunning B&W images, not least Timothy Allen, Larry Louie and Marsel van Oosten’s wonderful photographs that won the overall prize in 2013, 2010 and 2015 respectively.
No, but we accept prints or digital scans from transparencies. In the past, too many entrants submitted great pictures as poor quality duplicate slides. This meant that the judges couldn’t assess the images properly, and as a result potentially winning entries were eliminated. With regret, we took the decision to accept prints and online submissions only – and, of course, those prints or online submissions can come from images originally shot as transparencies, on film, or digitally.
Yes! In fact, our overall winner in 2007 won with panoramic images, and in 2006 there were two panoramic winners, one runner up and a commended. Images stitched to form a panoramic image will be accepted provided that the entrant declares, at the time of submission, that the final image has been produced in this way.
Yes. In fact, our overall winner in 2016 had images shot using a drone as part of his winning portfolios.
You may use digital manipulation to optimise an image.
PERMITTED: Brightness, contrast, levels, curves and colour balance may all be adjusted. Dust spots and minor elements etc. may be retouched. You may make adjustments to selected areas on an image. Images may be sharpened before printing. Photo cropping is permitted.
NOT PERMITTED: Adding or removing key elements of the composition other than by cropping. Montage of multiple images (see below).
No, composite or montaged images, from more than one original image, are not eligible. This includes images shot at different exposures and combined. However, multiple exposure ‘in camera’ is permitted.
The reason for this is that TPOTY is a photography award not a digital manipulation award. If you have any doubts about the permissibility of your images then please contact us before submitting your entry. We will be happy to clarify.
Yes, images which have been produced by multiple exposure of the same frame/file are permiited. A final image created by combining different frames/files is not permitted. If an image is shortlisted, the original image must be provided along with the print for final judging.
A portfolio is a set of images which fit together to tell a story with a theme. Each portfolio category will have a fixed number of images – see individual category descriptions.
Themes are important because the judges consider adherence to them when selecting the winning entries. Please make sure you choose images which fit the themes. If you have a fantastic image which doesn’t seem to fit then don’t be tempted to enter it – keep it for next year.
This year, however, we have a special category for a body of travel photography work, and this doesn’t have a specific theme other than travel.
We accept both online and print entries.
All but the final round of judging will be conducted online. Shortlisted entrants who submitted online will then be required to submit prints for final judging, plus higher-resolution files of their shortlisted images along with the raw/original files.
Images can look good online but do not have the quality to make good prints. Conversely some images don’t look anything special online but are stunning as prints. We take great care to ensure that these don’t slip through the net and that the winners are of the highest standard. Doing the final judging on prints allows the judges to fully assess the images, to revisit them and to compare them.
The winning images also make up our very popular print exhibitions so it’s important to ensure that the quality of the winning images are up to the standard our audience expects and reflect the prestige of winning this award. MORE
Yes, if you provide a suitable stamped addressed envelope and pay for the return postage. This also applies to non-UK entries. You’ll find full details on the Print Entries page.
Just email us and we’ll update your records.
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TPOTY exhibits both in the UK and internationally. The international touring program will continue in 2019, and a list of the exhibition venues can be found in the exhibition section of this website.
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