Best 8 portfolio

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Eight striking and diverse travel images, a variety of subjects and locations, which showcase your skills as a photographer and your vision of our world. We want to see your very best work, your style and ability to photograph different elements of travel photography, not eight images showing small variations on the same theme – and we want to see them in a balanced portfolio.

TPOTY 2020 Winners

You can enter B&W or colour images but you are advised to show balance and consistency within your portfolio.

By entering this category you will automatically be eligible for consideration for the title of Travel Photographer of the Year.

What subjects can you include?

Anything and everything related to travel – the possibilities are endless!

How many images?

Eight (8) images per portfolio.

What are the judges looking for?

A real sense of you as a travel photographer – your ability to capture different elements of the genre, in your own style.

Am I eligible?

This category is open to all photographers aged 19 and above.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter this category as many times as you want.

What is the category entry fee?

£30 for each portfolio entry. Or submit any 10 images – in single image categories, portfolios or a combination of both (for example one eight image portfolio and two single image categories) entered at the same time for £40.

Do I need to shoot new material to be able to enter this category?

No! We have always allowed entrants to submit images from their archives – i.e. contemporary photography shot in recent years – and have always said that ‘travel starts when you leave your home’ and never has this been more important than in a time of global pandemic. Entries close on 19th October, so, depending on when travel restrictions are lifted, there may also be time for you to shoot new material before the closing date. But we want to stress that, in these extraordinary times, entrants should not make unnecessary journeys or break any lockdown that may be in force in their country of residence in order to take photographs to submit, and archive images are always welcome in TPOTY.

Digital Manipulation

Please see the information on digital manipulation, and note that entrants who are shortlisted as finalists will be required to provide the original image files (RAW or jpeg as shot).


The winner of this category will receive a Fujifilm X-T4 with 16-80mm lens, and membership of The Royal Photographic Society.

The Winner and Runner-up will also receive both a print and digital copy of JRNY travel magazine. Highly Commended and Commended will receive a digital copy of JRNY.

The judges will also select their favourite image from all the submitted portfolios. The winner of the Best Single Image award for each portfolio category receives a Genesis Imaging giclée exhibition print.

Header Image © Jordi Cohen

Our sponsors

It would not be possible to run Travel Photographer of the Year without the support of our sponsors and partners, and we are hugely grateful for their involvement each year.