People & Cultures Portfolio

Cultures vary around the world and, with this, so do people's traditions, customs and dress. As old cultures evolve or even disappear, new ones emerge and, within many cultures, there are vibrant and interesting sub-cultures, often grounded in music, dance, food, physical endeavours or the creative arts. Meeting people and experiencing their cultures is one of the main reasons why we travel. Show us  the people, the cultures – old or new - which you encounter on your travels around the world and celebrate them in a portfolio of four images.

You can enter B&W or colour images.

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 2019.

What subjects can you include?

People - portraits or candid, expressions, encounters, interactions, communication. Cultures - gatherings, festivals, traditions, music, dance, food, events, colour, movement, sports.

How many images?

A portfolio of four (4) images.

What are the judges looking for?

The people and cultures that you encounter on your travels, from portraits to people in general and their customs. Consistency between images, a link between the images in your portfolio, creativity, originality.

Am I eligible?

This category is for all photographers aged 19 years and over.

How many times can I enter?

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

What is the category entry fee?

£18 for each 4-image portfolio entry.

Image © Nick Ng Yeow Kee


The winner of this category will receive a Fujifilm XT-3 camera with 18-55mm lens, a jacket and trousers from Páramo and membership of the Royal Photographic Society.

The judges will also select their favourite image from all the entered portfolios. The winner will receive a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print.