Entries are open for the 2019 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY). Founded in 2003, the competition attracts submissions from amateur, semi-professional and professional photographers from more than 140 countries each year, all drawn to take the TPOTY challenge by the fantastic prizes and the international kudos and exposure that comes from doing well in the awards.

Travel Photographer of the Year 2019 has a wide range of category themes and awards, reflecting the great diversity of travel photography. There is a special award for young photographers and even a category solely for images shot on a smartphone or tablet. New for 2019 is the TAPSA Travel Documentaries award for documentary photography with a travel-related theme.

Prizes include £5,000 in TPOTY cash bursaries, Fujifilm XT-3 cameras with 18-55mm lenses, Swarovski CL Companion 8×30 binoculars, a WILDFOOT Travel Northern Lights and Whale sailing ship expedition in Northern Norway, a 10-day trip to Sharjah and the Xposure Festival of Photography including a five-day photo workshop with the 2013 Travel Photographer of the Year Timothy Allen, a TravelLight Secret Venice Immersive Photo Workshop with photographers Chris Weston and Simon Weir, Paràmo outdoor clothing, Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio books and iFolios, a full set of the stunning ‘Remembering Wildlife’ books, Photo Iconic mentoring and critiques, exhibition-quality prints from Genesis Imaging and Royal Photographic Society (RPS) memberships.

The awards are judged by an international panel of imaging experts. New faces on the panel this year include double Pulitzer Prize-winner Essdras M Suarez and Lawrence Jackson, a former official White House photographer under the Obama Administration. Winning images will be showcased in global media coverage and in the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibitions; in 2018 alone TPOTY exhibitions were seen by some two million people.

The 2019 categories are:

The Travel Photographer of the Year 2019 will be the entrant who submits the best eight images across the four portfolio categories ‘The Art of Travel’, ‘Endangered Planet’, ‘People & Cultures’and ‘Thrills & Adventures’.

Images can be submitted online at www.tpoty.com or as prints. Entry fees start at £8 and submissions to Young TPOTY are free of charge. Entries close on October 1st and the results will be announced in December.

Image © Mauro di Bettio