One Shot – Festivals & Celebrations

Passion for life and celebrating or commemorating moments is a vital part of life. Festivals and celebrations take many forms, from the marking of the end of someone’s life or an important part of the religious calendar to the achievements of winning, conquering a challenge, joining two lives in marriage or welcoming a child. Some festivals or celebrations are steeped in history, culture and religion. Others are much more spontaneous, unplanned moments of joy and love. Festivals cover every aspect of human life often, with music, dance and celebrations bringing out the positive side of human existence. 

A single image which captures the excitement, vibrance, intensity, dynamism, joy, exuberance, reverence or mood of a festival, carnival, pageant, event, commemoration or celebration.

© Karaoke Lewis
© Karoki Lewis

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 2024.

Any festival, pageant, fair or celebration, whether cultural, religious or just showing the joy of life around a celebration. It should show the emotions of the participants.

One (1) image per entry.

This category is open to all photographers.

You can enter this category as many times as you want to.

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’. So it’s your choice. You can travel locally or travel further afield. Entries close on 6th October.

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).

No AI generated images will be allowed and any entered will be disqualified.

The winner of this category will receive £750 plus Radiant Photo imaging software.

Image © poras chaudhary

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