People & Cultures portfolio

Meeting people and experiencing their cultures is one of the main reasons why we travel. Cultures vary around the world and, with this, so do people’s traditions, customs and dress. As old cultures evolve or even disappear, new ones emerge and, within many cultures, there are vibrant and interesting sub-cultures, often grounded in music, dance, food, physical endeavours or the creative arts.

Show us the people, the cultures – old or new – which you encounter on your travels around the world and celebrate them in a portfolio of four colour or B&W images. You can include portraits or candid shots of people, their expressions, encounters, interactions, communication. And show us their cultures – gatherings, festivals, traditions, music, dance, food, events, colour, movement, sports.

By entering this category twice, or entering this category once plus one of the other four-image portfolio categories, you will automatically be considered for the top award and the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2019.

What subjects can you include?

People – portraits or candid, expressions, encounters, interactions, communication. Cultures – gatherings, festivals, traditions, music, dance, food, events, colour, movement, sports.

How many images?

Four images per portfolio.

What are the judges looking for?

A portfolio of four images that captures the spirit and culture of the people you meet on your travels.

Am I eligible?

This category is open to all photographers aged 19 and above.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter this category as many times as you want to.

What is the category entry fee?

£18 for each portfolio entry.


The winner of this category will receive a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with 18-55mm lens, a jacket and trousers from Páramo and membership of The Royal Photographic Society.

The judges will also select their favourite image from all the submitted portfolios. The winner of the Best Single Image award for each portfolio category receives a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print.

Image © Tariq Zaidi