People of the World portfolio

Meeting people and experiencing their cultures is one of the main reasons why we travel. Cultures vary around the world, as do people’s traditions, customs and dress. As old cultures evolve or even disappear, new ones emerge and, within many cultures, there are vibrant and interesting sub-cultures, often grounded in music, dance, food, physical endeavours or the creative arts.

Show us the people, the cultures – old or new – which you encounter on your travels around the world, or find in your own home country (or even home town/village!) and celebrate them in a portfolio of four colour or B&W images. You can include portraits or candid shots of people, their expressions, encounters, interactions, communication. And show us their cultures – gatherings, festivals, traditions, music, dance, food, events, colour, movement, sports.

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

What subjects can you include?

People – portraits or candid, expressions, encounters, interactions, communication. Cultures – gatherings, festivals, traditions, music, dance, food, events, colour, movement, sports.

How many images?

Four images per portfolio.

What are the judges looking for?

A portfolio of four images that captures the spirit and culture of the people you meet on your travels.

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 camera with 16-80mm lens and membership of The Royal Photographic Society.

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 © Pavel Stranak