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2020 'Travel Photographer Of The Year' Awards Now Open For Entries

At a time when travel is so restricted, the awards’ organisers are inviting amateur and professional photographers from all countries and of all ages to look through their archives of travel images to submit into the 18th edition of this global contest.

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 Marsel van Oosten, Netherlands Award: Special Mention , Mankind, TPOTY 2016

 Marsel van Oosten, NetherlandsAward: Special Mention, Mankind, TPOTY 2016


The 'Travel Photographer of the Year' (TPOTY) competition is now accepting entries for the 2020 instalment of this world-famous and very popular photography contest. 

TPOTY is keen to convey the message that, in these extraordinary times, entrants should not make unnecessary journeys or break any lockdown that may be in force in their country of residence in order to take photographs to submit. The competition has always allowed entrants to submit images from their archives - i.e. contemporary photography shot in recent years - and has always said that ‘travel starts when you leave your home’ (past winners have included images shot from people’s kitchen windows!). Never has this been more important than in 2020.

The Overall Winner (the Travel Photographer of the Year 2020) will be the entrant who submits the best eight images across the portfolio categories ‘Landscapes & Earth Elements’, ‘Nature, Sealife, Wildlife’, ‘People of the World’ and ‘Travel Folio’, and there is a special award for photographers aged 18 and under - Young Travel Photographer of the Year - which is divided into two age groups. There are also three One-Shot single image categories - ‘Colours of Life’, ‘Islands’ and ‘Solitude’ - and a Smart Shot category, ‘iTravelled’, for images shot on a mobile phone or tablet.

Prizes include cash bursaries, the latest Fujifilm X-T4 camera and lens, a Chris Weston - Life-Changing Photography - International workshop, clothing from Páramo, Photo Iconic photo tuition, Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition prints and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. Further prizes will be announced in due course. In addition, the winning photographers will see their work showcased at TPOTY exhibitions in London and elsewhere in 2021 and featured in a 'Travel Photographer of the Year' book. 


Flamingos in Aruba

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Entry Fee Discount

Entry fees start at £8 for iTravelled but, in recognition of the financial impact COVID-19 has had on so many people, entrants submitting their images before 30th June will receive a 50% discount on all fees when they use code EARLY_BIRD at the competition checkout. Entry to Young TPOTY is free of charge and all entries must be submitted by 2 November 2020. 

For more information, visit the TPOTY website. To see who won last year's competition, have a read of our TPOTY 2019 news story.

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