This opportunity to photograph the daily life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is part of an unforgettable visit to India organised by High & Wild, much of which will be spent in and around Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan Government in exile, allowing the winner time to capture a superb photo essay. In addition, the Travel Photographer of the Year 2007 will receive an Apple MacBook with Aperture 1.5 software, Adobe CS3 Web Premium software, a £2,500 TPOTY bursary, and a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book.
TPOTY organiser, Chris Coe, said, "We are honoured to be able to offer such a magnificent prize for the overall winner of this year's competition. The High & Wild trip to Dharamsala offers everything a serious travel photographer could wish for; incredible mountain and forest scenery, historical architecture, fascinating Tibetan, Buddhist and Indian cultures, the Tibetan Children's Village, amazing people photography and, of course, a priceless opportunity - the chance to document a day in the life of the Dalai Lama."
"This trip, together with the other elements of the prize, provide a once in a lifetime experience and one that travel photographers across the world would want to win. We very much look forward to seeing the entries submitted for this year's competition. In order to give people as much time as possible, we are extending our closing date to October 3rd."
TPOTY 2007 also offers splendid prizes for the winners of the three Portfolio categories and the One Shot category, including trips to Tanzania, the Swiss and French Alps and China, the latest professional-level photographic equipment and software, TPOTY cash bursaries and an exhibition at a central London gallery. In addition, TPOTY 2007 has a New Talent category, designed to kick-start or to give a major boost to a new career in photography, and a Young Travel Photographer of the Year category, for those aged 16 and under.
Entries for TPOTY 2007 are now open and close on October 3rd. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers, and full information and entry forms can be obtained from www.tpoty.com.