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The Awards


Travel Photographer of the Year awards were founded by professional photographer Chris Coe and his wife and business partner, Karen, in 2003.

We wanted to show that travel photography is much, much more than holiday brochure shots and pretty postcards. Travel photography encompasses a mass of subjects, from landscape to food, from architecture to people and from reportage to wildlife. Travel photographers must be able to take many differing types of images and work in vastly diverse light.

TPOTY has quickly grown into one of the world's most prestigious photography awards and is truly global, receiving entries from over 90 countries each year.

Thanks to the consistently high standard of imagery, the great respect in which our panel of expert judges is held, our fantastic sponsor prizes and not to mention the fantastic response from YOU, since its start, our dream continues to be a reality.

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James Morgan, UK ©. Free diver with sting ray, Antigua. TPOTY 2010

The beautiful Journey series of portfolio books helped take the awards to a new level, and take the winning and other highly placed images to an even wider audience, with the books being bought by travel and photography lovers around the world.

And proud association with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) sees TPOTY images displayed each summer at a major exhibition in London, allowing entrants to reach an even bigger audience, giving them fantastic exposure for their work and giving an enormous amount of pleasure to exhibition visitors.

We're growing!

In the early days, TPOTY was run from our home, which, each year was flooded by thousands and thousands of prints from around the world.

Today, TPOTY is run from an office in the Suffolk countryside which boasts a view to rival some of those shown in the images we receive. Despite this growth we try to keep our friendly, personal touch. Our pleasure in receiving amazing images from photographers around the world is as great as ever.

Over the years we've seen the work of many of our entrants evolve. Seeing this and seeing how photographers take on the challenge each year gives us a particular thrill.

TPOTY is about images and we would like to thank our judges, our sponsors and, above all, everyone who has entered, or will enter, over the years for the pleasure that their involvement has given to us and many others on this particular journey.

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