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Travel Photographer of the Year 2016
The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) photo competition is run by photographers for photographers. Wherever you live in the world and whether you are amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old – TPOTY is for you!
2016 is TPOTY’s 14th annual award. The competition is open for entries with new category themes.
A new book – Journey Eight – will be published this summer 2016, featuring all the latest winners from the 2015 competition. You can view these extraordinary images in the 2015 Winners Gallery, or see them large and close up at our new exhibition venue in London – at Greenwich University – or one of our touring exhibitions.
Why enter TPOTY?
TPOTY is about more than prizes – it offers massive exposure for your work through our media activities, photographer profiles and exhibitions.
During the last five years our UK exhibition has welcomed over 200,000 visitors and in 2015 alone the exhibition welcomed 51,231 visitors over the six week run. Our touring exhibitions will see these audiences grow worldwide.
TPOTY Journey Seven
The latest portfolio book of winning images: Journey Seven – the perfect gift for anyone who loves inspiring photography and travel. NEW Journey Eight coming soon
TPOTY winning photographers have had their work showcased around the world: established photographic careers have received a huge boost, new careers have been kick-started, and people who never thought they’d see their photographs in print have had a happy surprise!
What it means to be a winner?
The awards are judged by leading photographers and experts in the field, whose distinction and integrity add greatly to the prestige that comes with being one of our winners – or even being shortlisted. Ask one of our previous winners what this award has meant to them both personally and professionally.
But whether you’re a winner or not, it’s also about fun – the fun of challenging yourself to shoot to a theme, to look at your images with fresh eyes, to be a part of the TPOTY experience. To be part of the adventure!
Contest Prize & TERMS
Fujifilm is sponsoring all three portfolio categories: Journeys & Adventures; Land, Sea, Sky, and Mankind, and the top entrant in each of these categories receives a Fujifilm X-Series camera and lens of their choice. Entrants submitting two or more portfolios will also automatically be eligible for overall top prize and the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2016. The winner of the Best Single Image award in each portfolio category receives a giclée exhibition print from Genesis Imaging.
Hurtigruten and Páramo are sponsoring the three single image categories: Shaped by Light; Wildlife & Nature, and Cities - Architecture and Spaces. The winner of each category will enjoy a five or six-day winter or summer voyage for two people along Norway’s stunning coastline with Hurtigruten, including flights from the UK, and receive a Torres Insulator Jacket from Páramo.
StaaG, Plastic Sandwich, Photo Iconic and Páramo are supporting the New Talent award. Open to amateur and semi-professional photographers only, this year New Talent has the theme ‘Eye to Eye’. The winner receives a set of luxury leather travel goods from StaaG, a personalized leather portfolio case from Plastic Sandwich, Photo Iconic tuition and a Páramo Halcon Traveller jacket.
TPOTY is always keen to encourage the next generation, and over the years has seen former young winners go on to enjoy successful photographic careers when they leave school or college. Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 has two age groups – 14 years and under and 15-18 years – and the overall young winner will be chosen from the highest-placed entrants in each group. This year’s theme is Places & Experiences, and the Young TPOTY winner receives £500, Photo Iconic photography tuition and a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio case. Each age group winner receives £250 plus Photo Iconic photography tuition.
TPOTY’s ‘Smart Shot’ category for images taken on mobile phones/tablets was an instant hit when introduced last year. For 2016 this category has the title ‘iTravelled, iCaptured’, and a prize of £500, a Páramo Halcon Traveller jacket and a Plastic Sandwich portfolio case.
The HD video category, Travel Shorts challenges entrants to create a two-minute travel film. The winner receives £500 plus a Plastic Sandwich portfolio case and a Páramo Halcon Traveller jacket. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: TPOTY does not make any claim whatsoever on the copyright of YOUR images. The copyright will, at all times, be respected by TPOTY and retained by the photographer. USAGE RIGHTS: Where an image or images are reproduced by TPOTY, the photographer will be credited. The organisers and sponsors reserve the right to free reproduction and exhibition of entered images in all media, but only in connection with these awards. A selection of the winning and other best images may be chosen for reproduction in TPOTY portfolio books, exhibition catalogue and TPOTY app. For compilation and retrospective books, TPOTY will seek the permission and agreement from photographers before inclusion of any image entered more than four years previously. We do not claim unlimited licence for TPOTY or its sponsors to reproduce your images outside of the terms set out above. Images included in all other TPOTY Collection of merchandise (cards, calendars, prints etc.) will subject to separate agreement with the photographer and a royalty will be paid. Where image reproduction is unrelated to the awards then permission and a fee will be agreed with the photographer in advance.
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