March 30 2018 - The 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year awards are now open for entry. Amateur and professional photographers from across the globe and of all ages have until October 1st to submit their images.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the competition this year’s awards include a brand-new, eight-image portfolio category. There are some fantastic prizes to be won, including cash bursaries, the latest professional cameras and lenses from Fujifilm, Norwegian voyages with Hurtigruten, jackets from Páramo, personalised leather portfolio books or iFolios from Plastic Sandwich, Photo Iconic photo tuition, Genesis Imaging exhibition prints and membership of the Royal Photographic Society.

This year’s portfolio categories are ‘Travel’ (eight images), ‘Faces, People, Cultures’ (four images) and ‘Natural World’ (four images), and there are three single image One Shot categories, ‘Beauty of Light’, ‘Hot, Cold’ and ‘Tranquility’. The theme for the Young Travel Photographer of the Year award is ‘My Adventures’, while the New Talent theme is ‘Festivals & Events’. Finally, for pictures taken on a smartphone or tablet, there is ‘itravelled’.

The overall winner of the awards - the Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 - will be the photographer judged to have submitted the best eight images, either as an entry to the eight-image 'Travel' portfolio or as two portfolios in one or both of the four-image categories.

In addition to receiving the worldwide exposure that follows with this success, and seeing their images exhibited at TPOTY exhibitions in the UK and overseas, the Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 will receive £4,000, a personalized leather portfolio case or iFolio case from Plastic Sandwich, £750 worth of Páramo outdoor clothing and membership of the Royal Photographic Society.

Travel Photographer of the Year entry fees start at £8 and entry for Young TPOTY is free of charge. The awards are now open for entry and close on October 1st. The shortlisted photographers will be announced in November and the winners in December.