One Shot: Creative Travel

Journeys and adventures, visions and perspectives and in this category you are encouraged to be creative, including digital manipulation. Travel is both a journey and an adventure. The skill of the travel photographer is to capture and interpret what we see and find in images which create impact and transport the viewer to another place. The photographers’ creativity and vision – their perspective on travel – can be shown in camera but also in postproduction, within the parameters permitted in the rules.

What subjects can you include?

Any travel-related subject orientated around a journey or an adventure.

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 2022.

How many images?

One image per entry.

What are the judges looking for?

Your interpretation of travel, a journey or an adventure. The judges aren’t looking for picture postcard images but ones which show creativity and vision with your own interpretation and style.

Am I eligible?

This category is open to all photographers.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter this category as many times as you want to.

What is the category entry fee?

£12 for each single image entry. Or submit a ‘Two Plus Two’ 10-image combination of 2 One Shot/Smart Shot entries and 2 four-image portfolios entered at the same time for £50 (full price £60). Or submit an ‘Eight Image Combination’ of 8 One Shot/Smart Shot images (full price £96) OR 4 One Shot/Smart Shot images plus 1 four-image portfolio entered at the same time for £60 (full price £72).

EARLYBIRD ENTRY DISCOUNTS:

We are offering an automatic entry fee discount as follows:

April/ May = 40% off the above entry fees

June/July = 30% off the above entry fees

August/ Sept 20th = 20% off the above entry fees

21st Sept to 25th Oct = No discount on the above entry fees

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

Contemporary photography shot in recent years. As always, ‘travel starts when you leave your home’ and never has this been more important than in a time of global pandemic, so if you can travel to distant lands shoot something closer to home.

Entries close on 25th October, so there is time 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.

Digital Manipulation

Please see the information on digital manipulation, and note that entrants who are shortlisted as finalists will be required to provide the original image files (RAW or jpeg as shot).

Prize

The winner of this category will receive £500, membership of The Royal Photographic Society plus a copy of Tonic magazine.

Image © PALLY LEARMOND

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