There are many challenges to the natural world and its incredible biodiversity. This category is for images of wildlife, birdlife and smaller living creatures on land or in the air; the biodiversity of the oceans, seas, rivers and other underwater environments; conservation and the impact of humans on the living natural world. 

  • TPOTY People's Choice Image -
  • TPOTY People's Choice Image -

In a portfolio of four images (colour or black & white) we would like you to show us the incredible life (non-human) of our planet. Show us 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. Although your images may also feature landscapes or seascapes, they should not be the primary focus of the images – such images can be entered in the Deserts to Rainforests category instead.

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 2022.


The winner of this category will receive the new Fujifilm X100V, membership of The Royal Photographic Society, Radiant Photo imaging software plus a copy of Tonic magazine.

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.

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