Photography has always been used as a way to make sometimes difficult and complex stories more impactful and easy to understand. In this category, the judges will be looking for a coherent train of thought in the images which, taken as a portfolio, tells a specific story. The story can be anything travel related, from people and cultures to environment and the natural world.
In a portfolio of four images (monochrome or black & white only) we would like you to tell us a story, visually, using four images. Each image should tell a different part of the same story. You can choose the subject of your story but it must be travel-related.
ALL finalists in the portfolio categories will be considered for one of two special judges’ awards. The two selected finalists (who can come from any of the four portfolio categories) will have a portfolio review by a leading New York photographer’s agent.
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 2023.
What subjects can you include?
Any travel-related subject.
How many images?
Four images per portfolio.
What are the judges looking for?
A portfolio of four images that show the power of monochrome images in a world of colour.
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 as many times as you want.
What is the category entry fee?
- £20 for one four-image portfolio entry
- £30 for two four-image portfolios.
- ‘Two Plus Four’ 12-image combination of 4 MPB One Shot entries and 2 four-image portfolios entered at the same time for £50 (full price £70 if entered individually).
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’. So it’s your choice. you can travel local or travel further afield. Entries close on 1st October.
Please see the information on digital manipulation in our rules, and note that entrants who are shortlisted as finalists will be required to provide the original image files (RAW or jpeg as shot).
No AI generated images will be allowed and any entered will be disqualified.
The winner of this category will receive £1000, membership of The Royal Photographic Society, Radiant Photo imaging software, plus copies of Tonic magazine.
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.
Special portfolio category award: ALL finalists in the portfolio categories will be considered for one of two special judges’ awards. The two selected finalists (who can come from any of the four portfolio categories) will have a portfolio review by a leading New York photographer’s agent.
Image © Lorenzo Berna