One Shot: Solitude

Capture the places and experiences which have a solitary quality, their uniqueness and the feeling of being away from everyone else – something many of us have been experiencing,  perhaps for the first time, in 2020.

What subjects can you include?

Anything that shows solitude, remoteness, isolation whether it be a place or any experience.

How many images?

One image per entry.

What are the judges looking for?

A single image that captures a sense of solitude.

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 © Geoff Shoults