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The Awards


Travel Photographer of the Year was founded by professional photographer Chris Coe and Karen Coe in 2003.

We wanted to show the world that travel photography can be much, much more than pretty postcard images in the media or holiday company brochure shots. That travel photography encompasses many different subjects, from landscape to food, from architecture to people and from reportage to wildlife. And that travel photographers need to be able to take many differing types of images and work in vastly diverse light.

The response was fantastic from the very first year, and TPOTY quickly grew into one of the world's most prestigious photography awards, thanks to the standard of imagery, the great respect in which our panel of expert judges is held, and the fantastic prizes offered by our sponsors. Each year photographers from naerly 90 countries take part – it is truly a global event.

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

The introduction of the TPOTY 'Journey' books took the contest to a new level and gave travel and photography lovers alike a beautiful new series of books to collect. And the introduction of our Photo Iconic photography courses gave those who want to go further with their photography access to tuition from award-winning photographers. And in 2011 we started a new journey, with our association with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), which sees TPOTY images displayed each year at a major exhibition in London, allowing our entrants to reach an even bigger audience.

We're growing!

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

Today, TPOTY is run from an office in the Suffolk countryside, and from our windows the TPOTY team has a view that rivals some of those shown in the images we receive. Although the travel photography competition has grown, we have tried to keep a friendly, personal touch to everything. The pleasure we get in receiving some amazing images from photographers around the world is as great as ever.

Over the years we've seen the work of many entrants evolve, and it gives us a particular thrill to see how entrants take on the challenge each year. 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 your involvement has given to us and many others on this particular journey.

We are always happy to answer questions about the competition and look forward to seeing your images in 2012.

Competition sponsors

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