TAPSA Travel Documentaries

The Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award (TAPSA) recognises and rewards original documentary travel photography. This scholarship is run in conjunction with Xposure Photography Festival and the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, and this TPOTY Special Award – TAPSA Travel Documentaries – will be awarded to one photographer based on a portfolio of between 5 and 10 images. The winner will be chosen by Timothy – who was the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 – along with TPOTY.

Your entry of 5 to 10 images can comprise one or more stories of at least 5 images, a selection of single images or both single images and a story together. You should submit a selection of photographs that represent your best travel documentary work. They must have been shot within the last 3 years.

You can enter B&W or colour images.

What subjects can you include?

 Any travel-related imagery in a documentary style.

How many images?

5 to 10 images per entry, comprising one or more stories of at least 5 images, a selection of single images or a combination of single images and a five-image story.

What are the judges looking for?

Timothy Allen will be looking for photographers showing the most ingenuity and originality as well as photographic excellence in both image making and story telling.

Am I eligible?

This category is open to all photographers aged 19 and over. The submitted images must have been shot within the last three years.

How many times can I enter?

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

What is the category entry fee?

£10 for each portfolio of 5-10 images.

Image © Timothy Allen


The winner of this award will be chosen by Timothy Allen to join him and four other photographers on TAPSA 2020 in the United Arab Emirates. The winner will also receive £500 from TPOTY and a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book.