Print entries


How to enter prints:

Please follow these instructions carefully when preparing your prints. It is very important that we can quickly and easily identify them as belonging to you.

Original image file size:

For all categories except Smart Shot, the ORIGINAL image files must be ideally high enough resolution to be printed at at least 45cm x 30cm (a minimum of 5000 pixels along longest length) at 300dpi. If your original image is much smaller than this please check with us first. Please do NOT submit prints that are this large – see the acceptable print size below.

Eligible prints:  

We can only accept prints up 30cm (or 12 inches) on the longest side. IMPORTANT: Prints should be unmounted so please don’t stick them onto card! Mounted and oversized prints will be disqualified.

Good quality prints produced on an inkjet, or similar printer, are acceptable. You can produce your own prints or submit prints which have been printed professionally. Please note, if you are shortlisted for the final round of judging you will be required to provide the original/RAW image files plus highest resolution files for printing.

Labelling prints:

    Prints must be clearly labelled on the back. They must all carry the following information:
  • your name
  • your nationality
  • your address and your email address
  • the location of the shot and what it shows
  • the type of camera used, lens focal length data, aperture and shutter speed

You do not need to write this information by hand onto the back of the prints – you can print out captions and stick them onto the back if you prefer. If you are having prints produced by a lab, and they are sending them direct to us, you will need to mail or email the captions to us, if the lab cannot caption the prints on the back as required.

Packaging prints:
Each separate Portfolio or Young TPOTY portfolio, One Shot or Smart Shot entry must be sealed in a separate envelope. Please write the category name and your name and address clearly on each envelope. Please do not mix portfolios within the same sealed envelope. Mixed entries will be disqualified.

TPOTY Exhibitions & Journey books: 

If you wish your images to be considered for TPOTY exhibitions or for inclusion in the latest TPOTY portfolio book Journey or any TPOTY app, please also supply a CD, DVD or USB drive of your images (high resolution 300dpi), together with your print entry. These disks/USB drives will not be returned, but will be destroyed after publication. We will notify you in advance if your images are selected.

Travel Shorts (HD video) entries:

If not providing a video download link, please send your video, with an entry form, by post on a DVD or USB drive to the TPOTY office address given below. Payment can be made online if you have used our online entry form to register your entry. Please clearly label your DVD or USB drive with your name and email address.

Entry fees: 

  • Young Travel Photographer of the Year – entry is FREE
  • Portfolio Categories (4 images) – £18 per portfolio entry  (Landscapes & Earth Elements; Nature, Sealife, Wildlife; People of the World)
  • Portfolio Category (8 images) £30 per portfolio entry  (Travel Folio)
  • One Shot Categories  – £10 per single image entry. (Colours of Life; Islands; Solitude; Close to Home)
  • Smart Shot – £8 per single image entry  (iTravelled)
  • Travel Shorts (HD video) – £30 per video entry

All categories can be entered multiple times. Each entry in a category will require a separate entry fee.

Calculate your entry fees and either send a cheque from a UK bank, made in GBP (£), with your prints or contact us and we will send you a PayPal invoice so you can pay your fees online. We also accept international bank transfers. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact us for details.

Entry form:

You can download an entry form for your print or video entry here. Please print it out, complete it, and submit it with your prints.

Sending in your images:

Your sealed, labelled envelopes should be mailed together in one package, together with your entry form, an appropriate entry fee or proof of online payment and return envelope (if required). Please write your name and return address clearly on the back of the package. (Please also see the sections on Return of Prints and Sending by International Courier, below).

Entries should be sent to:

Travel Photographer of the Year Ltd
Broadway Barn
Monk Soham
IP13 7HB

Closing date

We will accept entries postmarked or sent by courier on or before 2nd November 2020 and which arrive with us no later than 9th November 2020. Please don’t leave sending your entry until the last minute! 90% of entries arrive in the last week before the closing date so the earlier you send your entry, the easier and quicker it is to administer and prepare for judging. Any entries that come earlier really help us prepare for the judging quicker and also avoid a huge administrative task.

Sending prints, CD, DVD or USB Drive by international courier:

If you wish to send your entries by international courier, please follow these instructions:

VERY IMPORTANT: Please either give NO commercial value for the package, or declare a very low nominal value e.g. £5. If you must put a commercial value on the package, you must tick the box on the airway bill indicating that you will be responsible for any import duties due when the package is delivered in the UK. If you do not do this, we will refuse to accept the package, as TPOTY cannot be responsible for paying import duties and your package will be returned to you by the courier company.

Please include the TPOTY telephone number for your courier’s airway bill: Tel: +44 (0)7594 820182. This will allow your courier to contact us if they have any problems with your delivery.

Return of prints:

Prints will be returned by the end of March 2021, and earlier if possible. Returning images is a time-consuming administrative task and one that can’t be rushed. We do, however, always try to respond to requests from photographers who need their images back quickly. Any prints which entrants do not want returned will be destroyed by the end of April 2021. When you send in your prints please also supply a strong envelope of a suitable size, addressed to yourself. You can supply just one return envelope for all your entries, provided it’s large enough to take them all. Please make sure it’s strong and reinforced as necessary to protect your images on their way back to you. We will contact you early in 2021 to confirm that you want your prints returned, tell you the postal cost of doing so, and send you a PayPal invoice to cover this cost.

UK entrants – Please either put ‘real’ stamps on your return envelope or add the cost of your return postage to your entry fee. Please do not use computer-generated postage or Post Office printed labels, as these expire the day after they are printed, and will not be accepted by Royal Mail some months later, when the images are returned to you.

International entrants – If you want your images returned, and you do not have access to British stamps, you should weigh your total package and determine the postage cost from the UK by visiting Please add the cost of the return postage to your entry fee and tell us how much your return postage will cost. If you choose an option such as ‘Air Mail Small Packet’ (cheaper than usual Air Mail), or want a service such as ‘International Signed For’, please write this on your envelope and make sure you pay the appropriate postage costs. We will then add this postage to your envelope before returning your images to you. Please make sure that you include a suitably sized envelope (large enough to contain ALL your prints) for return. We cannot provide this for you.

Returning prints by international courier If you want your images returned by international courier, you must provide an airway bill for the return journey, clearly marked with the level of service that you require and clearly signed to show that you are responsible for the courier fees and for any import duties that may be payable when the package is received back into your country. If you do not do this we cannot return the package by courier.

Keeping YOU informed:

If you provide us with a current email address when you enter your prints, we’ll keep you informed by acknowledging receipt of your entry and confirming return of your images. Please print your email address clearly – every year we have entrants who we’re unable to email because their email address has been badly written! All entrants will be automatically subscribed to receive our newsletters by email. This allows us to keep you informed about the results of the awards. You are of course, welcome to unsubscribe at any time. Your details will not be passed on to third parties.

Keeping US informed:

Please remember to keep us informed of any change to your contact details or email address. If your address changes and you do not inform us, any prizes and/or your prints will be sent to the address previously supplied. We also ask that you sign up for our newsletter as this is how we communicate with our entrants. We take data protection very seriously. Your data is stored securely and we never sell your data on or pass on to third parties, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Any problems with your entry?

If you experience any problems, please contact us by email. We will reply to your message as soon as we can, but please be patient as the office is very busy at certain times of the year and especially around the closing date.