Landscapes & Earth Elements portfolio

This planet has an incredible amount of varied and remarkable landscapes and seascapes, shaped by weather and climate and formed from the elements.

This category is about the planet itself rather than the creatures which inhabit it.

In a portfolio of four images (colour or black & white) we would like you to show us environments, landscapes, seascapes, weather as great expanses or in small detail (perhaps even something you have captured from your own home – with travel so restricted for so many of us in 2020, creativity is key!). Capture the elements which make up the landscape or shape the landscape or show us the great landscape itself.

By entering this category twice, or entering this category once plus one of the other four-image portfolio categories once, you will automatically be considered for the top award and the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2020.

What subjects can you include?

Landscapes, seascapes, earth, air, fire, water, weather, storms etc.

How many images?

Four images per portfolio.

What are the judges looking for?

A portfolio of four related images that focus on one or more elements of this planet’s natural landscapes.

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 more than once.

What is the category entry fee?

£18 for each portfolio entry. Entry during May and June 2020 – £9 with EARLY_BIRD discount code.

Do I need to shoot new material to be able to enter this category?

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.


The winner of this category will receive the new Fujifilm X-T4 with 16 to 80mm lens.

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.

Header Image © Marco Grassi