One Shot: As Shot

Camera-craft is the basis of all photography and of turning a photographer’s vision into a striking image. Only very limited digital manipulation is permitted in this particular category; we want to see your image – on any travel-related theme – as close as possible to how you visualised it and shot it in-camera with only minimal adjustments..

What subjects can you include?

Any subject you capture on your travels.

How many images?

One (1) image per entry.

What are the judges looking for?

A superb travel image, on any subject – as shot in-camera – showng your skill with a camera rather than with digital manipulation.

Am I eligible?

This category is open to all photographers.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter this category more than once.

What is the category entry fee?

£10 for each single-image entry. 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.

This category is a standalone award and entries are not considered in selecting the winner of the overall title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2021.

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

The only manipulation permitted in this ‘As Shot’ category :

  • Cropping
  • Brightness, contrast, colour balance.
  • Dust spots and minor elements etc. can be retouched.

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 a cash prizes, a LEE Filters LEE85 Discovery Kit 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.

Image © Paul Sansome

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