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Are You Up To the Travel Photographer of the Year 2023 Portfolio Challenge?

- 7 months ago

Categories and awards for all ages are now open in this prestigious photography program. Get involved and seize the opportunity to showcase your talent on a global stage. Read on for details.

Crafting a single exceptional photograph is a challenge that demands dedication and skill. Yet, to create a collection of four stunning frames that collectively embody a specific theme is an even more demanding endeavour.

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OVERALL WINNER – THE TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 202 1 Fortunato Gatto, Italy

The esteemed Travel Photographer of the Year Awards [TPOTY] presents an opportunity for photographers, both professionals and enthusiasts, to demonstrate their prowess across a variety of portfolio categories. These categories encompass a diverse array of themes including people, landscapes, wildlife, and visual storytelling, each requiring a submission of just four images.

The coveted title of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2023, the Overall Winner, will be bestowed upon the individual who presents the most compelling eight-image portfolio across any of the four portfolio categories: ‘People & Cultures‘, ‘Landscape & Environment‘, ‘Nature, Wildlife & Conservation‘, and ‘Visual Stories‘. These categories are open to photographers aged 19 and above.

TPOTY extends its platform to young talents as well. Aspiring photographers aged 18 and under are welcomed to participate in the Young Travel Photographer of the Year award, with no entry fee.

CULTURES' WINNER 2022: Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic
‘CULTURES’ WINNER 2022: Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic

This year, TPOTY introduces various entry fee packages aimed at making multi-category submissions more accessible. Additionally, an exclusive opportunity awaits two finalists from the main portfolio categories. These finalists, not necessarily the category winners, will have their work reviewed by esteemed photographer’s agent Frank Meo, a special recognition that holds immense value regardless of whether participants intend to commercialise their work.

WINNER, YOUNG TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2022: Cal Cole, U K [age 18]
WINNER, YOUNG TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2022: Cal Cole, U K [age 18]

Portfolio Categories

People & Cultures
This category seeks sets of four images that illuminate indigenous cultures, both traditional and emerging, from around the globe. It is a chance to spotlight the richness of human diversity. The winner of this category will be awarded a signed print by renowned National Geographic explorer and photographer, Chris Rainier, along with Radiant Photo imaging software and membership in the Royal Photographic Society.

ART OF MONOCHROME WINNER 2022: Roie Galitz, Israel
ART OF MONOCHROME WINNER 2022: Roie Galitz, Israel.

Landscape & Environment
From breathtaking natural landscapes to urban vistas, this category encapsulates the beauty and challenges our world presents. It also celebrates human efforts to safeguard our planet. The winner will receive £1000, Radiant Photo imaging software, copies of Tonic magazine, and membership in the Royal Photographic Society.

Nature, Wildlife & Conservation
Focusing on the splendid biodiversity of our natural world, this category underscores the importance of conservation. It’s an opportunity to capture the essence of our environment’s delicate balance. The winner will receive £1000, Radiant Photo imaging software, copies of Tonic magazine, and membership in the Royal Photographic Society.

Visual Stories
Photography’s unique power to narrate complex stories concisely is celebrated here. Entrants are free to choose any subject, aiming to weave a coherent tale within four images. This category calls for a cohesive narrative within the portfolio. The winner will receive £1000, Radiant Photo imaging software, copies of Tonic magazine, and membership in the Royal Photographic Society.

For young photographers eager to showcase their talents, Young TPOTY offers an exceptional platform. The theme for 2023 is My Adventures, inviting entrants to convey the excitement of places and experiences they’ve encountered through four compelling images. Divided into two age groups (15-18 years old and 14 years & under), Young TPOTY offers enticing rewards including cash prizes, imaging software, and Royal Photographic Society memberships.

2021 PEOPLE & THEIR STORIES PORTFOLIO WINNER: Beniamino Pisati, Italy
2021 PEOPLE & THEIR STORIES PORTFOLIO WINNER: Beniamino Pisati, Italy.

In addition to portfolio categories, TPOTY also welcomes single-image entries. For those who excel in capturing the essence of a moment in a single frame, the MPB One Shot categories offer opportunities to compete in themes like ‘Above, Eye Level, Below’, ‘A Quieter Life’, and ‘Leisure & Adventure’. For those with a flair for motion, the MPB HD Video category ‘World in Motion’ awaits.

Entries for TPOTY 2023 are open until October 1, 2023. Since its inception in 2003, TPOTY has witnessed participation from 154 countries and celebrated winners from diverse nationalities. The awards are evaluated by an international panel of imaging experts, and this year, TPOTY is delighted to introduce new judges including photographer’s agent Frank Meo, National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards, and Royal Photographic Society President Simon Hill.

Capture the essence of your experiences and narratives through the lens, and be a part of the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year Awards. Visit www.tpoty.com to submit your entries and seize the opportunity to showcase your talent on a global stage.

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Read Are You Up To the Travel Photographer of the Year 2023 Portfolio Challenge?

Josh Lewis

Josh has been working as a filmmaker for a number of years, now, managing to convert his passion into a profession in 2015. Used to working as a solo shooter, Josh has become accustomed to working with ‘run & gun’ set ups and has become an expert in filmmaking equipment through his experience of working on hundreds of projects in varying capacities. This experience, coupled with Josh’s curious mind and ability to deliver casual-yet-knowledgeable opinion, makes him the perfect for his role within PhotoBite.