Entries are now open for the 2022 international Travel Photographer of the Year competition (TPOTY), which celebrates its 20th award this year. With a range of portfolio and single-image categories plus an HD video category, all reflecting the breadth and diversity of travel photography, the awards are open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, and this global contest is open to photographers from all countries. 

There are four portfolio categories: ‘Cultures’; ‘Deserts to Rainforests’, ‘Green Planet, Blue Planet’ and ‘The Art of Monochrome’. The themes for the three single-image categories are: ‘Creative Travel’; ‘Mark of Mankind’ and ‘Water’. There is also a single-image ‘Smart Shot’ category for images taken on a mobile phone or tablet, and HD video category, with the theme ‘Sense of Place or Person’. In addition, there is Young Travel Photographer of the Year, which is open to photographers aged 18 and under. The Overall Winner – the Travel Photographer of the Year 2022 – will be the entrant who submits the best eight images across the four portfolio categories.

Entry fees start at £10, but TPOTY is offering discounts for early entries, starting with 40% off until 31 May. Entry to Young Travel Photographer of the Year is free. Submissions must be made online at, and entries close on 25 October.

With support from Fujifilm, Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation co-founder, Chris Rainier, Genesis Imaging, Photo Iconic, Plastic Sandwich, the Royal Photographic Society and Tonic magazine, the awards offer some excellent prizes include cash bursaries, new Fujifilm cameras, magnificent prints, photo tuition, leather portfolio books or iFolios, membership of the Royal Photographic Society and copies of Tonic magazine. In addition, the winners receive a huge amount of international media exposure for their work.

Since Travel Photographer of the Year was founded in 2003 entries have been received from more than countries, and more than 50 nationalities are represented amongst the category winners. Overall winners have come from Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain the UK and USA. 

The awards are judged by international panel of imaging experts, who give their time and expertise freely to judge the awards. This year TPOTY welcomes three new judges: Chris Rainier – National Geographic explorer and photographer – Elia Locardi – travel photographer, digital imaging expert & educator – and Megan McCubbin – zoologist, conservationist, wildlife TV presenter & photographer.
Prospective entrants looking for inspiration can find it in the TPOTY exhibition of the 2021 winning images, which is running at Granary Square, King’s Cross, London until 31 May, or on the past winners’ galleries on the TPOTY website.

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