Extra prizes added for this year – plus, Royal Photographic Society exhibition to showcase the winning images

Entries for the 2022 international Travel Photographer of the Year competition (TPOTY) close on 25th October, so amateur and professional photographers of all ages and from all countries have less than three weeks left to submit their images and short videos to this global contest, which celebrates its 20th award this year. As well as receiving some excellent prizes, the winning entrants will see their work showcased in a superb exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, England, throughout May 2023.

TPOTY has a range of portfolio and single-image categories plus an HD video category, all reflecting the breadth and diversity of travel photography. There are four portfolio categories: ‘Cultures’; ‘Deserts to Rainforests’, ‘Green Planet, Blue Planet’ and ‘The Art of Monochrome’ and three single-image categories: ‘Creative Travel’; ‘Mark of Mankind’ and ‘Water’. There is also a ‘Smart Shot’ category for images taken on a mobile phone or tablet, and HD video category, with the theme ‘Sense of Place or Person’. In addition, there is Young Travel Photographer of the Year, which is open to photographers aged 18 and under. The Overall Winner – the Travel Photographer of the Year 2022 – will be the entrant who submits the best eight images across the four portfolio categories.

Submissions must be made online at, and entries close on 25 October. Entry fees are amongst the lowest for any international competition, starting at £10 and entry to Young Travel Photographer of the Year is free.

With support from Fujifilm, Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation co-founder, Chris Rainier, Genesis Imaging, Photo Iconic, Plastic Sandwich, Radiant Imaging Labs, the Royal Photographic Society and Tonic magazine, the awards offer some excellent prizes include cash bursaries, new Fujifilm cameras, magnificent prints, photo tuition, leather portfolio books or iFolios, membership of the Royal Photographic Society and copies of Tonic magazine. 

Radiant Photo image editing software – developed by Radiant Imaging Labs, whose CEO is TPOTY judge Elia Locardi – has been added to the prize line-up and the overall winner, young winner, portfolio winners and One Shot winners will all receive a copy of this fabulous new image optimisation software.

In addition, the winners receive a huge amount of international media exposure for their work plus further exposure through the TPOTY exhibitions, including the new showcase at the Royal Photographic Society in May 2023.

Our sponsors and 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 logo to learn more about each of Travel Photographer of the Year’s sponsor and partners.