One Shot – Colours of Life

A celebration of the colourful planet we live on, whether that be people, places, festivals or anything else you discover on the journey or at the destination. And, in today’s most extraordinary times, it could be something colourful you find as you stay close to home.

What subjects can you include?

Any subject but all about colour.

How many images?

One image per entry.

What are the judges looking for?

A fabulous image that makes the best use of colour, whether it’s vibrant and brilliant, or soft and subtle.

Am I eligible?

This category is open to all photographers.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter this category more than once.

What is the category entry fee?

£10 for each single-image entry. Entry during May and June 2020 – £5 with EARLY_BIRD discount code.

This category is a standalone award and entries are not considered in selecting the winner of the overall title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2020.

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 a jacket and trousers from Páramo and membership of The Royal Photographic Society.

Header Image © Paul Sansome