Travel Photographer of the Year

Let's discuss some of the key dates and facts of TPOTY

Travel Photographer of the Year


Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) is a universal travel photography contest for a beginner, expert and young photographers. This prestigious award was first introduced by photo artist Chris Coe in 2003.

The judging panel for each year is comprised of an international board of specialists which includes renowned and popular photographers, editors and picture buyers around the world. The winning photographs from the contest are featured in Journey portfolio books since 2011 and showed in a major exhibition held at the Royal Geographical Society.


The 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) contest is currently open for entry of any age beginner, semi-expert and professional photographers from all countries. The contest is in its sixteenth version this year and has eight-picture portfolio class that photographers can compete for the accolade.

This year's winner will be granted £4,000, in addition to a few other non-moneys related prizes. Winners will be declared in all other contest classifications and distinctive prizes will be granted for each of them.

The categories are following 

  • Two Portfolio classes (4 pictures for every portfolio)
  • A unique Travel Portfolio classification (8 pictures for every portfolio)
  • Three One Shot classes
  • Shrewd Shot class
  • New Talent class
  • Youthful Travel Photographer of the Year grant (with two distinctive age gatherings)


The Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 will win a special prize, which will be exhibited to the photographers and judged to have presented the best pictures over the portfolio classes - 'Faces, People, Cultures', 'Normal World' or 'Travel’. Photographers are automatically fallen into this category when they enter the eight-picture "Travel" portfolio classification or submit two entries in the four-picture portfolio classes.

The Travel Photographer of the Year award is a highly honourable award which provides huge global recognition and media coverage. The winner receives a handsome prize, but - most importantly - has the validity of winning the most competitive contest. It changes the photographer’s life. There are other criteria’s that you can compete in such as My Adventures, Festival and Travels for young photographer’s class. This is similarly rewarding for a young photographer going to fame.

Around more than 20000 images were submitted by photographers in the last year competition from 129 countries. The entry process will take direct information on the staging process which is used in the process use the grey, left hand down categories on the prizes, rules submit online or by the post. 

  • Choosing the categories 
  • Check the rules & eligibility 
  • Select the images
  • Complete entry form & pay entry fee
  • Enter online & submit prints
  • Make sure the enter before the deadline
  • Submit high res entry images for TPOTY exhibitions/books (optional) 

Winners gallery:

The last year’s winners on different categories

Travel Photographer of the Year 2017                                 Alain Schroeder - Belgium

Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2017                   Morgan Wolters - USA Age-11

Young Travel Photographer - 15 to 18 yrs.                         Josiah Huddleston - USA


As a prestigious photography contest, TPOTY is sponsored every year by famous companies. This year was no different. The name of the sponsors speaks for themselves. The Sponsors of TPOTY 2018 Awards are following -           

  • Fujifilm
  • Genesis Imaging
  • Hurtigruten
  • Páramo
  • Photo Iconic
  • Plastic Sandwich
  • Royal Photographic Society


Let's discuss some of the key dates and facts of TPOTY 2018

  • 2018 Award has opened 30th March 2018 and it will be closed for entries on 1st October 2018. The nominated shortlisted photos will be announced at the beginning of November and Final results will be publicly available in early December this year.
  • You have to pay a minimum entry fee for your submission as there are extensive costs involving the contest. Sponsors pay a portion of it, but it does not cover all the expenses.
  • When you submit the Photos to the contest, it only grants TPOTY use of the Photographs. The photographers hold the copyright to the images that they sent.
  • All kinds of photographs including Black and White photographs are allowed in the contest.

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