Living World portfolio

The natural world is teeming with plant and animal life, from the smallest living organism to the largest mammal, both on land and in the oceans. Capture their world, however small or large. It may be something spectacular that you have seen on a journey to a destination far away or a creature or plant that you have found in your home country – even your garden! Give us a glimpse into the worlds of the non-human residents of this planet and the environments in which they live – from plankton to whales, from insects to elephants and from the smallest green shoots to giant forests.

TPOTY 2020 Winners

You can enter B&W or colour images.

By entering this category twice, or entering this category once plus one of the other four-image portfolio categories once, you will automatically be considered for the top award and the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2021.

What subjects can you include?

Animals, birds, insects, flora and fauna, fish and other sealife. Subjects may be photographed as portraits or close ups, or within their environment, including aspects of behaviour and conservation.

How many images?

Four images per portfolio.

What are the judges looking for?

A portfolio of four related images that tell the story of an adventure or multiple adventures, capture landscapes and their interplay with light.

Am I eligible?

This category is open to all photographers aged 19 and above.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter this category as many times as you like.

What is the category entry fee?

£18 for each portfolio entry or £30 for two four-image portfolios. Or submit any 10 images – in single image categories, portfolios or a combination of both (for example two four-image portfolios and two single image categories) entered at the same time for £40. You can also get free entries and 10% discount on additional entries if you choose to join Eye for the Light.

Do I need to shoot new material to be able to enter this category?

No! We have always allowed entrants to submit images from their archives – i.e. contemporary photography shot in recent years – and have always said that ‘travel starts when you leave your home’ and never has this been more important than in a time of global pandemic. Entries close on 19th October, so, depending on when travel restrictions are lifted, there may also be time for you to shoot new material before the closing date. But we want to stress that, in these extraordinary times, entrants should not make unnecessary journeys or break any lockdown that may be in force in their country of residence in order to take photographs to submit, and archive images are always welcome in TPOTY.

Digital Manipulation

Please see the information on digital manipulation, and note that entrants who are shortlisted as finalists will be required to provide the original image files (RAW or jpeg as shot).


The winner of this category will receive the new Fujifilm X-T4 camera with 16-80mm lens and membership of The Royal Photographic Society.

The Winner and Runner-up will also receive both a print and digital copy of JRNY travel magazine. Highly Commended and Commended will receive a digital copy of JRNY.

The judges will also select their favourite image from all the submitted portfolios. The winner of the Best Single Image award for each portfolio category receives a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print.

Header Image © Wenming Tang

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