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Travel Photographer of the Year 2010

Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 - Challenging categories, great prizes, and new awards and support for young and emerging photographers.

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The 2010 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) are now open for entry. Open to amateur and professional photographers from across the globe, TPOTY 2010 sees new categories, new sponsors and new judges, a great range of photographic and travel prizes, and a special focus on young and emerging talent.

“We are very excited about this year’s awards,” said TPOTY founder, Chris Coe. “The 2010 categories have been designed to challenge entrants’ creativity and to offer something for all levels of photographic experience. Whether you’ve only recently started taking images, or have been working as a pro photographer for many years, there will be a TPOTY category for you.

“We know that entrants really appreciate not just the excellent prizes that TPOTY always offers, the prestige of winning a TPOTY title and the international exposure that comes with it, but also the challenge of editing their work and the opportunity to have their images judged by well-respected experts. This year we have one of our strongest-ever judging panels and, with our partnership with Young Photographers Alliance, can ensure that the New Talent, Emerging Talent and Young TPOTY winners receive invaluable guidance to further develop their skills.”

Sponsors, partners and prizes
Genesis Imaging and Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) have joined Adobe Systems, Intrepid Travel, LEE Filters, Lexar Media, Photo Iconic, Plastic Sandwich and Wacom in supporting the awards which have become a firm favourite with travelling photographers worldwide - the 2009 awards received entries from over 70 countries.

The 2010 prize package includes trips to South East Asia, Botswana, India and Nepal with Intrepid Travel, TPOTY cash bursaries, Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software, a Wacom Cintiq 12WX interactive pen display and Intuos4 and Bamboo Fun pen tablets, the latest Lexar® Professional  CompactFlash memory cards and card readers, LEE filters, customised leather portfolio books from Plastic Sandwich, fine art Giclée exhibition prints from Genesis Imaging and copies of the latest TPOTY book, Journey Three. Prizes for new and emerging photographers include Young Photographers Alliance portfolio reviews and places on the YPA mentoring programme, the chance of representation from Axiom Photographic Agency, and Photo Iconic photography tuition and image critiques.

Judges
TPOTY 2010 will be judged by a panel of imaging experts from the UK, USA, Germany, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, including travel and wildlife photographer Steve Bloom; Caroline Metcalfe, Director of Photography for Conde Nast Traveller; Sophie Batterbury, Picture Editor of Independent on Sunday and Foto8: Mary Robert, Head of Photography for American International University; Simon Bainbridge, Editor of British Journal of Photography; Andrew James, Editor of  Practical Photography; Manfred Zollner, Editor of Fotomagazin (Germany); Debbie Ireland, former head of the AA Photo Library;  Erin Moroney, head of Axiom Photographic Agency; Marni Brownlees, Art Buyer for interactive marketing agency Dare Digital; travel photographer and publisher Juliet Coombe; photographer and TV cameraman Jeremy Hoare; landscape and panoramic photographer Nick Meers; wildlife photographer Chris Weston, digital imaging expert Terry Steeley of Iridius and TPOTY founder, travel photographer Chris Coe.

Awards and categories
TPOTY 2010 features three portfolio categories for amateur and professional photographers aged 19 and over. The category titles are Encounters, Amazing Places and World in Motion. In addition to portfolio winners, awards will be given for the best individual images in each of these categories. The overall winner of TPOTY 2010 - the Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 - will be the entrant who is judged to have submitted the strongest two portfolios.

There are two single image categories - One Shot (theme: Adventures), which is for experienced amateurs and professional photographers, and First Shot (theme: Festival of Colour), which is aimed at adult beginners.

The New Talent award (theme: Sell It!) is for aspiring professional photographers, and the Young Travel Photographer of the Year is divided into two age groups for the first time - 14 and under and 15-18. Entrants in New Talent and Young TPOTY will also be eligible for the YPA Emerging Talent award.

Deadlines and entry fees
Print entries are now being accepted for the 2010 awards, and online image submissions can be made from July 1. Each portfolio category costs £15 per entry, One Shot and First Shot cost £10 to enter, and New Talent £20. Young TPOTY is free to enter. Entries close on October 9th 2010 and the results will be announced in December.

All the previous winners of the TPOTY awards can be seen in the Winners’ Gallery on the Travel Photographer of the Year website, and in the ‘Journey’ series of books from Travel Photographer. The most recent of these, Journey Three, was published in March, and contains the winning images from the 2007, 2008 and 2009 awards. Priced £25, it is available at bookshops and from Travel Photographer of the Year website.

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