How to enter

FIRST CHOOSE YOUR CATEGORIES

The TPOTY 2020 awards have the following categories and awards:

  • Overall winner – the Travel Photographer of the Year 2020
  • An 8-image portfolio category – Travel Folio
  • Three 4-image portfolio categories:
    • Landscapes & Earth Elements
    • Nature, Sealife, Wildlife
    • People of the World
  • Three ‘One Shot’ single-image categories:
    • Colours of Life
    • Islands
    • Solitude
  • Smart Shot – iTravelled single image category (for images taken on a smart phone or tablet)
  • Young Travel Photographer of the Year (for photographers aged 18 and under)
  • Travel Shorts (video category)

All categories can be entered multiple times. By submitting two or more Portfolio entries in’ Landscapes & Earth Elements’, ‘Nature, Wildlife, Sealife’ or ‘People of the World’ or by entering the ‘Travel Folio’ category, you will automatically be eligible for the top award and the title ‘Travel Photographer of the Year’. VIEW ALL THE CATEGORIES AND THEIR PRIZES HERE

READ THE RULES AND CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY  

The rules contain vital information on eligibility. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your images are eligible.

SELECT YOUR IMAGES

Photographers don’t always choose their best images. You’ll find lots of useful information to help you with Selecting Your Images. This will also guide you on what the judges look for.

Do I need to shoot new material to be able to enter the awards?

No! We have always allowed entrants to submit images from their archives – i.e. contemporary photography shot in recent years – and have always said that ‘travel starts when you leave your home’ and never has this been more important than in 2020. Entries close on November 2nd, so, depending on when travel restrictions are lifted, there may also be time for you to shoot new material before the closing date. But we want to stress that, in these extraordinary times, entrants should not make unnecessary journeys or break any lockdown that may be in force in their country of residence in order to take photographs to submit, and archive images are always welcome in TPOTY.

TO ENTER ONLINE

You will need to register with us and then login in and upload your images. You can find the information on entering online here. 

TO ENTER PRINTS

If you would like to submit your images as prints, please click here. Here you will find details of how to present, submit and pay for print entries, and a link to the downloadable entry form.

TO ENTER THE VIDEO CATEGORY

You will find full details on our Travel Shorts page.

ENTRY FEES

  • Young Travel Photographer of the Year – entry is free of charge
  • Portfolio Categories (4 images) – £18 per portfolio entry  (Landscapes & Earth Elements; Nature, Sealife, Wildlife; People of the World)
  • Portfolio Category (8 images) – £30 per portfolio entry  (Travel Folio)
  • One Shot Categories  – £10 per single image entry. (Colours of Life; Islands; Solitude)
  • Smart Shot – £8 per single image entry  (iTravelled)
  • Travel Shorts – £30 per video entry

 Each entry in a category will require a separate entry fee.

ENTRY FEE DISCOUNTS

For 2020 we have introduced a series of discounts to help entrants whose income may have been affected by the impact of COVID 19 on travel and employment. From 4th May and 30th June 2020, all the entry fees were discounted by 50%. For the month of July all entry fees were discounted by 30%, for the month of August they were discounted by 20% and for September they will be discounted by 10%. For October and until the closing date of 2nd November there will be no discounts on entry fees.

Please use the code AUGUST20 when making your entry payment in August to secure the August discount. And please use the code SEPTEMBER10 when making your entry payment in September to secure the September discount.

ENTRY DEADLINE

2nd November 2020.