In Focus: People and Cultures Portfolio

Welcome to the second in a series of posts focusing on individual categories in this year’s Travel Photographer of the Year awards. 


Meeting people and experiencing their cultures is one of the main reasons why we travel. Cultures vary around the world and, with this, so do people’s traditions, customs and dress.

As old cultures evolve or even disappear, new ones emerge and, within many cultures, there are vibrant and interesting sub-cultures, often grounded in music, dance, food, physical endeavours or the creative arts.

The winner of this category will receive a Fujifilm XT-3 camera with 18-55mm lens, a jacket and trousers from Páramo and membership of The Royal Photographic Society. The judges will also select their favourite image from all the entered portfolios. The winner of the best single image award will receive a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print.

Show us the people, the cultures – old or new – which you encounter on your travels around the world and celebrate them in a portfolio of four colour or B&W images.

You can include portraits or candid shots of people, their expressions, encounters, interactions, communication. And show us their cultures – gatherings, festivals, traditions, music, dance, food, events, colour, movement, sports.

By entering this category twice, or entering this category once plus one of the other portfolio categories, you will automatically be considered for the top award and the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2019.

This category is for all photographers aged 19 years and over. Entries close on October 15th.

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