2021 categories and prizes

Travel Photographer of the Year has a range of categories to challenge entrants and reflect the diversity of subjects and genres encompassed under the ‘travel photography’ banner.

The 2021 categories are:

Overall winner – the Travel Photographer of the Year 2021. This is the big one! The Travel Photographer of the Year 2021 will be the photographer who submits the best eight images across the portfolio categories. The Overall Winner will receive a cash prize plus a Fujifilm X-T4 camera and lens, a LEE Filters LEE85 Discovery Kit, a personalised Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book, membership of the Royal Photographic Society – and the international exposure that goes with winning TPOTY. LEARN MORE

Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2021. For photographers aged 18 and under, this year’s theme is ‘My Travels’. Awards will be given in the 14 &Under and 15-18 age groups, and an overall winner. Prizes include £500, a personalised Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book, a place on a Photo Iconic photography workshop and Royal Photographic Society membership. LEARN MORE

Best 8 portfolio. Give us eight incredible and diverse travel images, a real variety of subjects and locations, which showcase your skills as a photographer and your vision of our world. The category winner receives a Fujifilm X-T4 camera and lens plus membership of the Royal Photographic Society. The recipient of the Best Single Image award receives a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print. LEARN MORE

Landscapes & Adventure portfolio. Take us on an adventure, a journey across some of this planet’s beautiful and breath-taking landscapes – from the highest peak to the lowest valley, or vast expanses of ocean from above or below, and to the most challenging or remote areas. The category winner will receive a Fujifilm X-T4 camera and lens and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. The recipient of the Best Single Image award receives a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print. LEARN MORE

Living World portfolio. Give us a glimpse into the worlds of the non-human residents of this planet and the environments in which they live – from plankton to whales, from insects to elephants and from the smallest green shoots to giant forests. The category winner will receive a Fujifilm X-T4 camera and lens and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. The recipient of the Best Single Image award receives a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print. LEARN MORE

People and their Stories portfolio. The people, their lives and their cultures… all have stories to tell. Share these stories of the people and cultures you encounter on your travels. The category winner will  take part in a Chris Weston – Life Changing Photography – International workshop and receive  membership of the Royal Photographic Society. The recipient of the Best Single Image award receives a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print.  LEARN MORE

One Shot: As Shot. Only very limited digital manipulation is permitted in this category; we want to see your image – on any travel-related theme – as you shot it in-camera with only minimal adjustments. The winner receives a cash prize, a LEE Filters LEE85 Discovery Kit and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. LEARN MORE

One Shot: Green Planet. Photographers play a vital role in documenting the threats to our planet and photography can make a huge impact on conserving and changing our planet for future generations. The winner receives a cash prize, a limited edition Animals on the Edge signed and framed print by Chris Weston and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. LEARN MORE

One Shot: Icons of Travel. The classics! Whether it’s a famous landmark, an iconic mode of travel or celebration of life, show your view and vision, avoiding the picture postcard clichés. The winner receives a cash prize, a LEE Filters LEE85 Discovery Kit and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. LEARN MORE

Smart Shot – iTravelled. Mobile phone and tablet photography is hugely popular among travellers. It is immediate and reactive – all about capturing a moment. The winner receives £250. LEARN MORE

Travel Shorts. Our HD video category for short travel-related films up to two minutes (120 seconds) in length. The winner receives a cash prize. LEARN MORE

The People’s Choice award. Our judges will choose a selection of images from the 2021 finalists, and these will be displayed on our website for public vote. The winner receives a prize to be announced when voting starts. 

TPOTY sponsors & partners

It would not be possible to run Travel Photographer of the Year without the support of our sponsors and partners, and we are hugely grateful for their involvement each year.

Click the link to logo to learn more about each of Travel Photographer of the Year’s sponsor and partners: