The Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society (The RPS) is an educational charity with an international membership. Founded in 1853, when photography was in its infancy, the objective of the RPS is to make the art and science of photography more widely available and is committed to bringing photography to everyone. Today, the RPS is a world-leading photographic community, based in Bristol, UK, with a membership of over 10,000 photographers. The RPS aims to inspire people through its innovative exhibitions, its award-winning RPS Journal, and its highly respected awards and events. The RPS helps photographers create images through its educational programmes, qualifications, and its public initiatives; and it seeks to connect photographers through its UK and international regional hubs, and specialist groups which include Landscape, Travel and Natural History. Membership is open to everyone. The RPS Gallery is situated in the photography hub at Paintworks, Bristol, UK.


The RPS has members in over 80 countries across six continents with 22 Chapters in countries including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Switzerland, Australia amongst others. Each Chapter arranges events and activities for local members and acts as a point of contact for headquarters. Our Chapters welcome visiting members from elsewhere in the world.

Prizes in detail

The winners of all four portfolio categories  will each receive a year’s membership of the Royal Photographic Society.

Our sponsors and partners

It would not be possible to run Travel Photographer of the Year without the support of our sponsors and partners, and we are hugely grateful for their involvement each year. Click the logo to learn more about each of Travel Photographer of the Year’s sponsor and partners.