Entries for this year’s awards close on 19th October, so you have just two weeks left to submit your images and short videos! We wonder who will follow in the footsteps of the 2020 Travel Photographer of the Year, Vladimir Alekseev (one of who’s winning images appears above) and the other 2020 winners?!

The winning photographers will see their work showcased at TPOTY exhibitions in 2022 and featured in a Travel Photographer of the Year book. And, with support from Fujifilm, Chris Weston Photography, LEE Filters, Plastic Sandwich, JRNY travel magazine, Photo Iconic, Genesis Imaging and the Royal Photographic Society, there are fantastic prizes for successful entrants, as well as the international exposure that comes from winning Travel Photographer of the Year. 

The range of categories reflects the broad spectrum of subjects and genres covered by travel photography. The Overall Winner (the Travel Photographer of the Year 2021) will be the entrant who submits the best eight images across the four portfolio categories. There are three four-image portfolio categories: Landscapes & Adventure, Living World and People & their Stories. There is also an eight-image portfolio – Best 8 in which entrants are invited to showcase the diversity of their work by covering a range of travel subjects in their submission.

The ‘One Shot’ single image categories also focus on different aspects of travel imagery. Icons of Travel looks at the classic subjects but asks entrants to avoid the clichés when photographing them. Green Planet looks at endangered species, sustainable travel and conservation. And As Shot requires entrants to submit images exactly as they were shot in camera, with only the most minor editing permitted. 

iTravelled is a single image award for images shot on smartphones and tablets, while Travel Shorts is an HD video category for short travel films of up to two minutes in length.

There is also a special award for photographers aged 18 and under – Young Travel Photographer of the Year. This is divided into two age groups, 14 and under and 15-18. Last year’s Young Travel Photographer of the Year, Indigo Larmour, was just 12 years old.

Entry fees start at £8 for the iTravelled single image category, and there is a special entry fee ‘bundle’ which allows photographers to submit ten images (comprising any combination of single images and portfolios) for just £40.

You can make further savings if you subscribe to our new membership area and online magazine Eye for the Light. A resource for photographers and travellers, it offers engaging and exclusive podcasts, articles, advice, opinions and interviews with talented photographers, insightful travellers, competition judges and people with an in-depth knowledge of the worlds of photography and travel. Three subscription levels are available, starting at just £6 a month. Members receive one free entry into the TPOTY awards plus discounts on additional entries, as well as free TPOTY merchandise and webinars, plus discounts on cameras, accessories, workshops, printing and other goodies. 

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