Travel Photographer of the Year 2024 opens its 22nd award for entries

The search is on once again to find and showcase truly exceptional travel photographers – entries are now open for the 2024 edition of the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY). Amateur and professional photographers of all ages and from anywhere in the world are invited to submit their very best work in one of the world’s leading photographic competitions. Entries close on 6 October.

TPOTY 2024 has a range of categories, reflecting the breadth and diversity of travel photography, and entrants will be competing not only for a fine selection of prizes but also for the international exposure and acclaim that comes from achieving success in the awards. TPOTY winners gain tremendous media exposure and feature in UK and international exhibitions. Already confirmed for 2024 and 2025 are Travel Photographer of the Year exhibitions at Foto Festival Manzana 1 in Bolivia (20 – 24 November 2024), Xposure Festival of Photography in Sharjah, UAE (20 – 26 February 2025) and Banbury Museum & Gallery in Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK (29 March – 6 July 2025)… with more to come!

The awards are judged by an enormously respected international panel of imaging experts, who give their time and expertise freely to judge the awards. This year TPOTY welcomes a new judge to the panel, the internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning nature and wildlife photographer Ellie Rothnie. 

Categories and prizes

TPOTY 2024 has four portfolio categories: ‘Faces, People, Cultures’, ‘Planet Earth – Landscapes, Climate & Water’, ‘Travel in Monochrome’ and ‘Wildlife, Nature & Underwater’. There are also four One Shot single-image categories: ‘Cities, Towns & Streets’, ‘Escape’, ‘Festivals & Celebrations’ and ‘Women in World Cultures’. In addition, there is Young Travel Photographer of the Year, which is open to photographers aged 18 and under and has awards in two different age groups. The Young TPOTY theme is ‘Travel Experiences’. The Overall Winner – the Travel Photographer of the Year 2024 – will be the entrant who submits the best two portfolios across any of the four portfolio categories.

This year TPOTY is introducing a new Rising Talent award. This is for amateur or semi-professional photographers, or photographers who have only been professional for up to two years. 10 winners will be chosen here, and each receives a cash prize, a portfolio review from a TPOTY judge, imaging software and online photography training plus membership of the Royal Photographic Society. In addition, two of the 10 winners will be chosen to receive an additional portfolio review – from leading New York photographers’ agent Frank Meo. A number of the Rising Talent winners will also be granted a place on TPOTY’s upcoming mentoring scheme in 2025.

TPOTY is delighted to welcome SheClicks – the community for women photographers – and Eye for the Light as awards sponsors.  With support also coming from Radiant Imaging LabsGenesis Imaging, the PhotoCloser and the Royal Photographic Society, the awards offer some excellent prizes including £10,000 in cash bursaries, photographic equipment, magnificent prints, portfolio reviews, photo tuition and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. 

Inspiration and information

A vast array of award-winning travel photography can be found on the previous Winners’ Galleries on and further source of inspiration and information is Eye for the Light, the free online creative photography, adventure and travel magazine with features and podcasts by Newton & Coe. It’s a fabulous resource and source of knowledge and includes interviews with renowned photographers, travellers and adventurers such as marine and conservation photographer Cristina Mittermeier, wildlife photographer and filmmaker Karim Iliya, motorcycle adventurer Tiffany Coates and former Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic, Kathy Moran. And those who want to explore some of the themes of this year’s awards can do so in a series of photography workshops run by TPOTY founder, Chris Coe, in Yorkshire, UK, on 8 and 9 June. ‘Gannets & Owls’ and ‘Crazy Red Squirrels’ are a must for would-be wildlife photographers, while ‘Quiet Nature’ looks at the more peaceful side of photography.

Since Travel Photographer of the Year was founded in 2003 entries have been received from 154 countries to date, and over 50 nationalities are represented amongst the winners. Overall winners have come from Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain the UK and USA. 

Entry fees start at £12, and entry is FREE for young photographers aged 18 and under. In addition, TPOTY is offering a number of entry ‘packages’ which offer substantial savings of as much as 50% over individual category fees. Submissions must be made online at

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