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© Poras Chaudary, India

TPOTY 2009

People Watching

Meeting people from another country is one of the major motivations for travel, and people watching, especially in a different culture, is a fascinating way to spend travel time. This portfolio is all about the people we see and meet on our travels, but it is far more than observational. It's about the people themselves, their lives, their cultures, their values and their personalities.

What subjects can you include?

The judges are looking for images which give us an insight into the lives of the people you photograph.

You can photograph people in any way, from simple portraits to more dynamic images in which people are an important part of the scene. But we're not looking for dull, observational shots here, but rather for ones which give us an indication of the personality of your subject or the cultural aspects of their lives. We want to see how you engage with these people or how they engage with their environment and surroundings.

How many images?

4 related images which tell the story of the portfolio theme.

What are the judges looking for?

Interaction, communication, behavior, cultural values, consistency between images, a link between the images in your portfolio, creativity, originality.

Am I eligible?

This category is for all photographers aged 19 years and over.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter this category as often as you wish.


People Watching Portfolio


  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 Collection* more...

Runner Up

  • Digimarc Professional subscription more...
  • Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio or iFolio more...
  • Adobe Lightroom 4 more...
  • TPOTY Journey One, Two, Three & Four portfolio books more...

Highly Commended

  • Photo Iconic Photo Critique more...
  • TPOTY Journey Four portfolio book more...


  • TPOTY Journey Four portfolio book more...

Best Single Image in a Portfolio


  • 24" Giclee exhibition print of winning image from Genesis Digital Imaging more...
  • Print of an historic image from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) archive more...
  • Adobe Lightroom 4 more...

*prize changed and subject to confirmation


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