Open to amateur and professional photographers, it features four portfolio categories covering every aspect of travel photography, a Single Image category, and a special Young Travel Photographer competition for those aged 16 and under.
In addition to receiving superb prizes, the winners will see their images showcased in Journey Two, the second TPOTY portfolio book, which will be published in December 2005, and at TPOTY exhibitions during 2006.
In 2004, photographers from 40 countries rose to the TPOTY challenge. The overall winner was Pang Piow Kan, an amateur photographer and retired lecturer from Malaysia, and the young winner was Anna Scott, a very talented 13 year old from the UK. Entrants from Australia, Canada, France, Malaysia, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK and USA also won prizes.
TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2005
The photographer who demonstrates the greatest skill, diversity and creativity in two different portfolio categories will earn the prestigious title of Travel Photographer of the Year and the satisfaction of being judged the very best travel photographer in 2005.
The winner and a companion will be able to take the photographic trip of a lifetime with a pair of round the world air tickets from the Star Alliance network, the global network that brings together 16 of the worlds finest airlines. Added to this is a superb Hewlett Packard Designjet 130 printer, complete with network kit, roll feed kit, stand and bin, Gretag Macbeth Eye One Display plus a generous supply of A1, A2 and A3 paper and fade-resistant HP dye-based inks, so that they can produce stunning, long-lasting prints. They also win Adobe Photoshop CS and Video Collection so that they can optimize the images they take on their travels, and a beautiful leather portfolio book from Plastic Sandwich made in their own choice of size and format and personalised with their name, allowing them to present their images in the most impressive and professional way.
YOUNG TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Photographers aged 16 and under can submit four images on the theme World Through My Lens to demonstrate what travel means to them. Its free to enter and the prizes are fantastic: a top of the range HP Media Center Photosmart PC, a top-spec HP Photosmart digital camera, photo centric scanner and photo printer, a photography masterclass in the Lake District with Light & Land for the winner plus an accompanying adult, and Adobe Creative Suite Premium.
This years portfolio category themes are: Human Spirit, Travellers Tales, Go Beyond and Natural World. Entrants must submit four shots in each of the portfolio categories they choose to enter. Those who enter two or more different categories become eligible to win the overall title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2005.
Human Spirit - four images celebrating every aspect of the worlds many and diverse cultures, and the richness that people bring to the travel experience.
Prize: the new Fujifilm S3 Pro plus lens - the very top of Fujifilm's outstanding range of digital cameras, and the camera that confirmed Fujifilm's status as one of the top three digital SLR makers - and two Fujifilm 4GB memory cards, and a Cultural Odyssey to Nepal for two with The Independent Traveller, plus Adobe Creative Suite Standard . The tour has been entirely designed for photographers, offering an insight into the day to day lives of Nepalese families and incorporating some of the best landscape and wildlife photographic opportunities.
Travellers Tales documentary and travel photography are intertwined, so the photographer must tell a story in four images.
Prize: a superb Hasselblad H1 Kit an H1 camera body, complete with HC 2.8/80mm lens and roll-film magazine - and a two-week trip to Mali on a Journey to Timbuctoo with Guerba. Mali is without doubt the jewel of West Africa, home to a wide range of vibrant cultures, customs, music, historic empires and ancient civilisations. The winner also receives Adobe Creative Suite Standard.
Go Beyond - four images taken off the beaten track. Not just adventure travel, but travel away from and beyond the usual urban or rural tourist destinations.
Prize: a custom-built website from TPOTY web builders and design experts Iridius, plus an adventure with a purpose an expedition to work alongside scientists at the forefront of conservation with one of Land Rovers conservation partners, Biosphere Expeditions. The winner will also receive a full-days off-road driving training from Land Rover, to help them access those hard-to-reach locations, plus Adobe Creative Suite Standard
Natural World four landscape and wildlife images that really capture the natural world.
Prize: a Mamiya 7 II medium format rangefinder camera - the worlds smallest and lightest 6x7cm camera - with 80mm lens, and a Sekonic L-558 light meter, plus an Amazon Heartland expedition for two aboard G.A.P Adventures legendary Expedition ship The Explorer. The Amazon Basin is the most ecologically diverse region on earth, home to 20 percent of the worlds birds, 20 percent of all plants, 10 percent of mammals and thousands of undiscovered species. The winner also receives Adobe Creative Suite Standard.
Runners-up in the four portfolio categories will win a Wacom Intuos3 graphics tablet and a personalized Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book. Aimed at digital media professionals and high-level pro-sumers, the Intuos3 range combines style with the highest efficiency and features Wacoms patented Penabled technology.
Highly Commended entrants receive either a Billingham Packington camera bag or a Peli 1510 travel case, courtesy of Johnsons Photopia, plus Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet paper. Commended entrants win a hardback copy of Travel Photographer of the Year - Journey Two - plus Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet Paper.
A Moment of Freedom
This years Single Image category is looking for an image that shouts Freedom. Prize a trip to the highly photogenic Islands of the Bahamas, and Adobe Creative Suite Standard. The seven night holiday for two will be based on Nassau/Paradise Island and include a one day exploration to one of the Out Islands and the opportunity to swim with dolphins.
The runner-up receives a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book, while Highly Commended entrants win Journey One and Two (hardback editions) and Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet Paper, and Commended Entrants win a hardback copy of Journey Two plus Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet Paper.
Entry dates and entry fees
Entries are now open and close on September 9th. Entry costs from 5 to enter one portfolio category or four images in Single Image, up to 15 to enter every category. There are significant discounts for students and for those aged 65 and over, while entry is completely free for children aged 16 and under.
Full information and entry forms are available from www.tpoty.com or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to PO Box 2716, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7ZN, England.
A chance to give something back
Entrants have the option to make a 1 charitable donation with their entry fee. The 2004 TPOTY entrants raised 500 for charity. This year money will be raised in aid of Sight Savers International and The Tribes Foundation.
Take a Journey
Journey One, the first portfolio book of images from the Travel Photographer of the Year competition (TPOTY), is now available. This beautiful book features over 320 images taken by 164 of the photographers who entered the international competition. It includes all the winning entries, the judges favourite shots and a stunning selection of the best of the rest.