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How To Enter

PLEASE NOTE: The 2012 awards are now closed for entry. Check the TPOTY blog or join our e-newsletter update for news of the 2013 awards.

Use this section to guide you through the entry process. The links below will take you directly to the information about each stage of the entry process. Once you are ready to enter, use the left hand drop down menu to look through the categories, prizes, sponsors, rules and to enter online or by post.

  1. Choose your categories
  2. Read the rules & check your eligibility
  3. Select your images
  4. Complete an entry form and pay your entry fee
  5. Enter online or submit prints
  6. Make sure you enter before the deadline
  7. Submit high-res entry images for TPOTY exhibitions/books (optional)

How to enter:

  1. Choose your categories:

      TPOTY 2012 has three Portfolio categories (People Watching, Wild Planet, and Journeys); two single image categories, - One Shot and First Shot; the New Talent category; the Young Travel Photographer of the Year award (with two different age groups) and the Cutty Sark Award for the overall winner and Travel Photographer of the Year 2012. There are also two new categories; the Condé Nast Traveller award and HD Video category, Travel Shorts.

      Choose the category or categories you want to enter and are eligible for. You can enter these categories as many times as you like, apart from New Talent, which can only be entered once. If you enter New Talent you can also enter any of the other categories which you are eligible for.

      To be considered for the overall title of Travel Photographer of the Year you need to enter at least two of the three Portfolio categories. If you fulfil this criteria then you will automatically be considered for the top award and don't need to do anything else to qualify.

  2. Read the rules & check your eligibility:

      The rules contain vital information on eligibility, and it's your responsibility to ensure that your images qualify for TPOTY.

  3. Select which images:

      Photographers don't always choose their best images over their favourite images. You'll find lots of useful information to help you through the editing process and guide you on what the judges look for on the Selecting Your Images page.

  4. Complete an entry form and pay your entry fee:

      Entry fees can be paid by PayPal (with a PayPal account or a credit or debit card), by bank transfer or by cheque in GB £ only. Payment in other currencies will not be accepted. When you submit images online your online registration acts as your entry form. If you submit prints you can download an entry form from this site.

  5. Enter online or submit prints:

      ONLINE ENTRIES - You can upload your images, complete an entry form and make your payment online by clicking the 'Online Entries' button. Entry to Young TPOTY is free of charge. All other categories require an entry fee, and this is shown on the Entry Fees page. PLEASE NOTE: The final round of judging is done with prints so all shortlisted entrants will be required to provide prints by 19th October. If you are shortlisted you will be notified, and you can organise your own printing or use the printing service which TPOTY has set up with Genesis Imaging.

      PRINT ENTRIES - If you would like to submit your images as prints only, please click the 'Print Entries' button for details of how to present and submit your prints, and a link to a downloadable entry form which you can print out and send with your prints and entry fee. Entry to Young TPOTY is free of charge. All other categories require an entry fee, and this is shown on the Entry Fees page.

  6. Make sure you enter before the deadline:

      Submit your entry online or by post by the closing date of 17th September, 2012.

      TPOTY is open for entry for almost six months. There will not be a deadline extension!

  7. Submit high-res entry images for TPOTY exhibitions/books (optional):

      If you would like the images you enter to be considered for future TPOTY books or exhibitions, please include a CD or DVD of print-resolution versions of the images you enter. Details of how to do this appear in the Online Entries and Print Entries pages.

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