Entries are now open for the 2006 Travel Photographer of the Year
competition (TPOTY). This international challenge for amateur
and professional photographers is now in its fourth year, and once
again features superb prizes along with a new selection of categories
and a special competition for young photographers.
Audley Travel, Genesis Imaging and Lee Filters have joined the sponsor
line-up of Adobe, Fujifilm, G.A.P Adventures, Guerba, Hasselblad,
Hewlett Packard, Independent Traveller, Iridius, Islands of the
Bahamas, Land Rover, Mamiya, Plastic Sandwich and Wacom, further
strengthening TPOTYs unique combination of travel and
The stunning winning images from previous TPOTY competitions can be
seen in the Winners Galleries at www.tpoty.com
Categories and prizes
TPOTY 2006 features four portfolio categories, designed to stretch the
entrants creativity, plus a single image category, with
generous prizes for each category winner, and runner-up, Highly
Commended and Commended entries. The four portfolio categories are
Streetlife, Iconic, North of 30 Degrees and Wild, while the Single
Image competition theme for 2006 is Festival.
The photographer who scores the highest number of points across two
different portfolio categories will be awarded the title of Travel
Photographer of the Year 2006 and a fantastic prize:
- a 14-day adventure to Mozambique and South Africa with
G.A.P Adventures, combining big game watching with experiencing
glorious Indian Ocean beaches.
- A Hewlett Packard Designjet 90gp printer, complete with
network kit, roll feed kit, stand and bin, Gretag Macbeth
technology plus a generous supply of A1, A2 and A3 paper and
fade-resistant HP dye-based inks
- Adobe CS2 Premium Collection software
- A Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book, made in their
own choice of size and format and personalised with their name
Streetlife anywhere where people live, whether
thats a big city or a small village. Entrants must submit
four images that show a place and its people. Prize: a
journey to Thailand for two people with Guerba; a superb Hasselblad H2
kit; Adobe Photoshop CS2 software.
Iconic this category is for the icons of travel; dream
destinations, timeless images. These can be places, landscapes,
experiences, but its more than picture postcard photography;
the judges want to see creativity, not clich. Prize: a
private two-week tour of Sri Lanka, with car and chauffeur guide, with
Audley Travel; the latest Fujifilm Pro digital SLR camera and lens,
plus 2 x 4GB memory cards; Adobe Photoshop CS2 software.
North of 30 Degrees after three years of too many Buddhist
monks, Maasai warriors and South American market traders this category
is to give the judges a break! Its effectively an open
travel theme, but only images taken in places north of 30 degrees
latitude are eligible for this portfolio. Prize: a tour of the
fascinating Himachal Pradesh region of India with The Independent
Traveller; Mamiya 7II rangefinder camera plus choice of two lenses;
Adobe Photoshop CS2 software.
Wild wildlife, landscape, adventure, extreme sports
all shot within a travel context. Now
theres a challenge. Prize: an adventurous journey
to Brazil, courtesy of Land Rover; a custom-built website from Iridius;
Adobe Photoshop CS2 software.
Other portfolio category prizes...
Entrants who finish second in the four portfolio categories each win an
HP Photosmart Pro B9180 A3+ Photo Printer, designed specifically for
professional photographers, plus a superb Intuos3 A5 Wide graphics
tablet, ideal for use with widescreen displays, HDTV monitors or
Highly Commended entrants receive a Lee Filters Starter Kit plus
Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet paper, while Commended entrants win a hardback
copy of Travel Photographer of the Year - Journey Two - plus Fujifilm
Multijet Inkjet Paper.
Single image category
Photographers are challenged to capture the colour, movement, culture,
eccentricity, history, sounds and smell of a Festival to win this
category. In just one, incredibly strong, image.
Prize: 7 day trip to the Islands of the Bahamas; Plastic
Sandwich Leather Portfolio book; Adobe Photoshop CS2 software.
The runner-up in this category wins an HP Photosmart Pro B9180 A3+
Photo Printer and copies of the TPOTY books Journey One and Journey Two
in hardback. The Highly Commended entrant wins a Lee Filters Starter
Kit plus Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet paper, while the Commended entrant
wins a hardback copy of Travel Photographer of the Year - Journey Two -
plus Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet Paper.
Young travel photographer of the year 2006
Open to photographers aged 16 and under, Young TPOTY invites youngsters
to submit four images on the theme Wish You Were
Here. The entrant whose work most impresses the
panel of judges will win a bundle of prizes to help them take their
photography to the next level:
Entry dates and entry fees
- An HP Photosmart 8450 printer and HPScanjet 4890 photo
- Wacom Graphire 4 Classic pen tablet
- Adobe Creative Suite Premium software
- A beautiful leather portfolio book from Plastic Sandwich
Entries are now open, and close on September 9, 2006. Entry
costs from 5 for one portfolio category or the Single Image
category. Entry is free for photographers aged 16 and under.
Full information and entry forms are available from www.tpoty.com
or by writing to TPOTY, 23A The Business Centre, Earl Soham,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 7SA.