Travel Photographer of the Year has been an internationally-recognized travel photography prize, founded and promoted by award-winning travel photographer Chris Coe. The competition runs every year and is open to entries by photographers of all ages, skills and backgrounds. There are different categories to choose from: wildlife, nature, travel, weddings and travel photography, special effects, portraits, nature photography and sports. As it's a category-based award, the judges will base their final decision on the photographs that you submitted, as well as your portfolio of work.
To submit your photograph, you need to send it as a file attachment to the magazine. To increase your chances of winning, be sure to add as much information as possible to your image such as dates, places, events, persons or objects, the name of the photo, the photographer's name, and your contact details.
If you've been nominated for the prize, you may need to submit further photographs in order to gain more votes. The judging panel will check your portfolio against other photographs that were submitted and will then make a shortlist of the photographs, after which they will hand out the prize. So you can't just win this trophy and expect to walk away with a bag full of cash. You should take a look at your portfolio and see if there are any areas where you could have improved upon.
Of course, you should not be too quick to accept the prize, as it can still come with some fine print. There are a number of rules and regulations regarding this prize, so ensure that you read through the entire guidelines carefully before submitting your photograph. If you think that you've submitted a photograph that does not meet the criteria set out by the judges, do not forget that you still have a right to challenge the decision. The prize could still go to another winning photograph.
The Travel Photographer of the year title has been awarded by the British Photography Awards since 1963. You can see how many times it has been won and see how the photograph ranks among others. You can also compare your photograph against others in order to improve your chances of winning the prize.
As you can see, it takes hard work, creativity and dedication to winning the prize, but if your work is good enough, it could really make you some money. So, if you're a good traveller, take a look at your own photograph and see what improvements you can make to it. It's certainly worth taking the time and effort to get it right!