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TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR DOCKS IN GREENWICH

Free-to-view exhibition of international award-winning images, plus evening
talks, photography workshops and Greenwich photowalks

London gains a major new summer photography attraction when the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) exhibit the latest world-class, prize-winning images at the University of Greenwich’s 10 Stockwell Street building (London SE10 8BD). Open seven days a week, the magnificent, free-to-view exhibition runs from August 4th to September 3rd.

"In addition, TPOTY is holding a series of low-cost photography-related events in Greenwich. These include Summer Evening exhibition openings, Summer Talks with renowned photographers including Eamonn McCabe - the presenter of BBC Four’s recent ‘Britain in Focus’ series - photography workshops and photowalks.

The Exhibition

From fiery lava flows and birds-eye views of one of the hottest places on Earth, to a magical, snow-swirled New York street scene that echoes an impressionist painting and from the imperious gaze of an elusive, endangered Iberian lynx to wonderfully minimalist images of West Kirby, England, the photographs going on display are glorious.

Photographers from over 120 countries took part in TPOTY 2016, and the award-winning images give a beautiful, fascinating, entertaining and, at times, moving, depiction of life, cultures, wildlife and landscape all over the planet.

The exhibition also features a retrospective showcasing the TPOTY judges and organisers' favourite images from first 14 years of the awards, while TPOTY sponsor Jack Wills is displaying some of the best shots from its recent Instagram travel photo contest.

No booking or tickets are necessary as the TPOTY exhibition is free to visit.

Summer Talks/Summer Evenings

The TPOTY Summer Talks will present fascinating talks from renowned photographers. Each Summer Talk ticket includes access to the exhibition when it is not open to the general public, drinks before the talk and in the interval - courtesy of Hurtigruten - and a free TPOTY Journey book... More

 

TIME TO CELEBRATE THE WORLD IN PHOTOGRAPHS

Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 opens for entries

It’s time to pick up your camera and challenge your skill and creativity - entries are now open for the 2017 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY).

TPOTY 2017 has a diverse range of categories and themes to choose from. Amateur, semipro and professional photographers of all ages and from all countries are invited to enter until the closing date on September 25th. As always, TPOTY is judged by an international panel of photographers and imaging experts. This year’s jury features judges from the UK, USA, Italy, Germany and Malaysia, including the award-winning photographer and picture editor Eamonn McCabe – recently seen presenting the BBC TV Series ‘Britain in Focus: A Photographic History’ – Michelle Jana Chan (Travel Editor, Vanity Fair magazine), Michael Pritchard (Director-General of the Royal Photographic Society) and TPOTY’s first judge in Asia, picture editor and filmmaker Cheryl Brophy-Chan.

The TPOTY sponsors Fujifilm, Genesis Imaging, Hurtigruten, Páramo Directional Clothing, Photo Iconic, Plastic Sandwich and the Royal Photographic Society - joined by new sponsor Jack Wills - have provided a prize package worth around £30,000, and the winning photographers will see their work displayed at TPOTY exhibitions in the UK and overseas in 2018, including at the University of Greenwich in London’s magnificent Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site.

UK exhibitions this spring/summer provide inspiration for entrants Looking for inspiration for the 2017 awards? Why not go along to one of the two fantastic, free-to-view exhibitions of the 2016 TPOTY-winning images that are opening soon? TPOTY is exhibiting at Princes Quay, Hull from 18th May to 30th June, as part of the 'Roots and Routes' season of the UK City of Culture celebrations, and in London from 4th August to 3rd September at 10 Stockwell Street at the University of Greenwich. The Greenwich exhibition also features a retrospective looking back at TPOTY since the awards began in 2003 plus a special Jack Wills photography exhibit; even more images to enjoy!

2017 Categories and prizes in detail

In addition to the significant international exposure that comes with winning TPOTY, the overall winner - the Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 - receives a prize worth over £5000: £4,000 in cash, £750 to spend on the Páramo clothing of their choice, and a Plastic Sandwich personalized leather portfolio case...More

 

ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 winners are revealed

From fiery lava flows to a magical, snow-swirled New York street scene that echoesan impressionist painting and from the imperious gaze of an elusive, endangeredIberian lynx to wonderfully minimalist images of West Kirby, England, the winningimages in the 2016 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY)have been revealed, and they are stunning.

Photographers from 20 countries have won awards, and the winning images will go on show at TPOTY exhibitions at the UK City of Culture celebrations in Hull from 18th May to 30th June 2017 and at 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich at the University of Greenwich, London from 4th August to 3rd September 2017.

Joel Santos becomes the first-ever Portuguese overall winner in the award’s 14-year history, beating photographers from 123 countries to take the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2016. His winning entry features a delicate and intimate portfolio depicting traditional fishing in Ghana and – in another first for TPOTY – an aerial portfolio captured using a drone, giving a bird’s eye view of one of the hottest places in the world, Ethiopia's Danakil Depression.

The Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 is 14-year old Darpan Basak from India, 18-year old Courtney Moore (USA) won Young TPOTY 15-18 and Ankit Kumar (India) won Young TPOTY 14 & under. More

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016 SUMMER LECTURES

Speaker: Richard Dunwoody, Philip Lee Harvey, Chris Weston, Catherine Capon & Chris Coe

Champion jockey turned travel photographer Richard Dunwoody is joining the 2014 Travel
Photographer of the Year Philip Lee Harvey, renowned wildlife photographer Chris Weston
and wildlife filmmaker and conservationist Catherine Capon to deliver the 2016 Travel
Photographer of the Year Summer Lectures in London.

Richard Dunwoody and Philip Lee Harvey will speak on the theme ‘Travel Photography,
follow your passion’ on Sunday August 21st (1.30pm start), while Chris Weston and
Catherine Capon will cover ‘Nature and Wildlife Photography and Conservation’ on
Saturday, September 3rd (2pm start).

Presented by Photo Iconic and supported by Hurtigruten, the Travel Photographer of the
Year (TPOTY) Summer Lectures will be held at the University of Greenwich’s 10 Stockwell
Street building, which is home to the magnificent, free-to-view TPOTY exhibition of awardwinning
images until September 4th.

Each lecture begins at 1.30pm with an hour of speaker talks, followed by a break for
canapés and drinks, courtesy of Hurtigruten. There then follows an hour-long panel
discussion, chaired by TPOTY founder Chris Coe, at which the audience can post their own
questions to the experts on the panel. And, of course, the lecture audiences can also
explore the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition. More

 

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016 OPENS FOR ENTRIES

New categories, new sponsors, new prizes

Entries are now open for the 2016 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY). Amateur, semi-pro and professional photographers of all ages are invited to enter until the closing date on October 1st, and TPOTY has a range of categories and themes to challenge their skill and creativity.

This year’s TPOTY competition features three portfolio categories, three ‘One Shot ‘ single image categories, a ‘Smart Shot’ category for images taken on a mobile phone or tablet, Young TPOTY, a ‘New Talent’ award and an HD video category.

The TPOTY 2016 sponsors  - Fujifilm, Genesis Imaging, Hurtigruten, Páramo Directional Clothing, Photo Iconic, Plastic Sandwich and StaaG – have provided a prize package worth around £30,000, and the winning photographers will see their work displayed at TPOTY exhibitions, including one at the University of Greenwich in London’s magnificent Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Those looking for inspiration for this year’s awards will find it at this year’s free-to-view TPOTY summer exhibition, where the 2015 winning images will be showcased at the University of Greenwich’s award-winning Stockwell Street building from July 22nd to September 4th. TPOTY’s first-ever touring exhibition will take place in Malta from 8th September to 8th October. Visitors to this lovely island can get inspiration from the TPOTY retrospective exhibition at Spajuz Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Valletta where 80 of the best images from the 13-year history of the awards will be on display.

Categories and prizes in detail

The overall winner – the Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 – will be chosen from all entrants who submit at least two portfolios. In addition to the significant international exposure that comes with winning TPOTY, the Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 receives £4,000, a selection of StaaG luxury leather travel goods and sterling silver accessories (worth over £1250), £500 to spend on the Páramo clothing of their choice, and a Plastic Sandwich personalized leather portfolio case.

Fujifilm is sponsoring all three portfolio categories: Journeys & Adventures; Land, Sea, Sky, and Mankind, and the top entrant in each of these categories receives a Fujifilm X-Series camera and lens of their choice. Entrants submitting two or more portfolios will also automatically be eligible for overall top prize and the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2016. The winner of the Best Single Image award in each portfolio category receives a giclée exhibition print from Genesis Imaging. More

 

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR SETS SAIL FOR GREENWICH

New free-to-view exhibition at 10 Stockwell Street

World-class travel images come to London this summer, when the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition opens at 10 Stockwell Street, the award-winning building at the University of Greenwich, within the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site. Open seven days a week, the magnificent, free-to-view exhibition runs from July 22nd to September 4th.

The photographs going on display are the winning shots from the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY), one of the world’s leading photography competitions. Photographers from 114 countries have entered TPOTY, and their images give a beautiful, fascinating, entertaining and at times moving, depiction of life, cultures, wildlife and landscape all over the planet.

From atmospheric pictures of Louisiana wetlands, quirky portraits of pelicans off the coast of Namibia and delicate, close-up semi-abstracts of dew-covered spiders’ webs to insightful images of the Basuto people in Lesotho, the Kazakh wedding season in Mongolia and street life in China, the exhibited photographs cover a wide range of styles and subjects, all captured by immensely talented photographers, young and old, from around the world. The exhibition will provide the ideal source of inspiration for potential entrants for the 2016 TPOTY awards.

New exhibition, new venue…

The TPOTY annual London exhibition attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, and Travel Photographer of the Year has agreed an initial two-year programme with the University of Greenwich to hold exhibitions there in 2016 and 2017. More

 

2015 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR IS REVEALED

Marsel van Oosten has been confirmed as the overall winner of the 2015 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY). The Dutch photographer beat entrants from over 110 countries to scoop the top prize and the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2015. The Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 is 18-year-old Chase Guttman from the USA.

Photographers from 22 countries took awards, and the winning images will have their first public display in the summer of 2016.

An international panel of expert judges selected Marsel’s eight images as the overall winning entry. His two portfolios, both in black and white, are very different but each is elegant and beautifully composed and lit. The first portfolio, of pelicans, is punchy and graphic, whilst the second, of Lousiana, is subtle and textural.

In addition to Chase Guttman taking the title of Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2015, Chase’s fellow American, Spencer Cox (age 18), won Young TPOTY 15-18, while 13-year-old Indonesian Michael Theodric won Young TPOTY 14 and Under for the second year in a row.

In the portfolio categories, Chinese amateur photographer, Xia Xuejun, took top honours in Monochromal, with Australian Scott Portelli and British photographer Timothy Allen sharing the award for the Best Single Image in a Monochromal portfolio. Mitchell Kanashkevich (Australia) won Faces, People, Encounters and Timothy Allen won Best Single Image here. James Morgan’s striking images of wolf hunters in Russia earned the British photographer the first prize in Nature and Environment, with Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland) winning Best Single Image.... More

 

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER

Final call for entries Travel Photographer of the Year 2015

Entries for the 2015 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) close on October 1st, and the TPOTY team is now gearing up for the flood of lastminute entries that always arrive as the deadline looms.

TPOTY is riding high at present, following its hugely successful six-week exhibition at London’s Royal Geographical Society, which saw over 51,000 visitors before it closed on September 5th.

Chris Coe, founder of the awards, said, “Our summer 2015 exhibition was our most successful to date. To achieve 51,231 visitors for an outdoor exhibition in the wettest August for many years was just outstanding, and is a tribute to the quality of the imagery on display. We now look forward to receiving the final entries for this year’s awards, and I’m confident there will be many superb images amongst them." More

 

NEW JUDGES JOIN 2015 PANEL

Director-General of Royal Photographic Society and champion jockey turned travel photographer join TPOTY judging panel

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director-General of The Royal Photographic Society, and the champion jockey Richard Dunwoody MBE – now a travel photographer – have joined the international judging panel for the Travel Photographer of the Year awards, bringing further expertise and experience to an already hugely accomplished and respected panel.

Together the judges will be considering all the submissions for the 2015 Travel Photographer
of the Year awards (TPOTY), once entries close on October 1st. Open to amateur and
professional photographers worldwide and of all ages, TPOTY attracts entries from over 100
countries each year. The TPOTY exhibition currently running at the Royal Geographical
Society (with IBG) in London welcomed over 30,000 visitors in its first four weeks, with a
further two weeks to go until it closes on September 5th. More

 

A NEW WORLD OF ADVENTURES AWAITS

Birthplace of photography, the National Trust's Lacock Abbey

TPOTY 2014 © Piotr Trybalski, Poland

Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 opens for entries

It’s time to pack your bags and get your camera clicking as the 2015 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) open for entries. This year TPOTY has introduced a new category – Smart Shot - for every traveller, alongside a new set of exciting photographic themes.

One of the world’s biggest travel photography awards, TPOTY attracts entries from over 100 countries each year, with amateur and professional photographers competing for a coveted TPOTY title.

The 2015 awards have three portfolio categories, three single-image awards, a New Talent category for aspiring professional photographers, an HD video category, Young Travel Photographer of the Year (for photographers aged 18 and under) and the new Smart Shot category (for images shot on a mobile phone or tablet). More

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2017 Sponsors & Partners

 

TPOTY Fujifilm

 

TPOTY Genesis

 

TPOTY Hurtigruten

 

TPOTY Jack Wills

 

TPOTY Paramo

 

TPOTY Photo Iconic

 

TPOTY Plastic Sandwich

 

tpoty university of greenwich

 

TPOTY Royal Photographic Society

 

TPOTY Stockbox Photo

 

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