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Image: Eric Kruszewski - TPOTY 2010

The 2011 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) offer fantastic rewards for successful entrants. Prizes include trips to Marrakech, Oman, Botswana and Cambodia, cash bursaries, photographic equipment and tuition - and a paid photographic commission in England and Scotland; the first such prize in the awards’ history.

All winning photographers will also see their prizewinning shots published in the next TPOTY book, Journey Four, and displayed at a major TPOTY exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London during the Olympic games. And for the Overall Winner there’s a further, unique opportunity within that exhibition. With entries open until October 9th, and the awards open to photographers of all levels and all ages (including children), there’s plenty of time to for all the family to pick up their cameras and get shooting…

The Overall Winner of the awards – the 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year - will be given a unique personal showcase within the TPOTY exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in the summer of 2012. The showcase will contain not just their eight TPOTY-winning images but also a selection of their other, non-TPOTY work. This will give them an outstanding opportunity to demonstrate their talents to the large numbers of visitors expected to attend the exhibition in London’s cultural quarter at a time when the Olympic Games will make the city a focus for millions of visitors from around the world. In addition they’ll receive a £1,000 TPOTY cash bursary, plus Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium 5.5 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software, a Plastic Sandwich personalised leather iPad portfolio case, complete with Apple iPad2, and a Lexar Professional 600x 32GB CompactFlash memory card + Lexar Professional Dual-Slot card reader.

The winner of the Spirit of Adventure portfolio category will be awarded an exclusive commission from Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky to shoot a number of photographs in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Cutty Sark will use up to 20 of the commissioned images for internal brand education and the winning photographer will be paid a fee of £4,000, with accommodation and transport for the trip being organised and paid for separately by Cutty Sark. The commissioned images will be used under license only and will be credited to the winning photographer, who will retain the copyright.

Cultures & Traditions – the winner of this portfolio category will travel to Cambodia on a 13-day tailor-made trip with Explore, the adventure travel experts. During their time in this atmospheric country they will see the temples at Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, the caves at Takeo, take a tour of Phnom Penhn and visit the ‘Killing Fields’.

The winner of the Exotic portfolio category will journey to Botswana with Tselana Travel, the luxury tailor-made travel specialists. They will experience a superb safari in the heart of Africa, discovering the Okavango Delta and its breathtaking wildlife. They will go on game drives in open vehicles, enjoy water activities like safaris in Mokoro, and have the chance of some wonderful bird watching. This trip is for two people, so they can take a guest!

The Oman Ministry of Tourism and Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, have teamed up to provide a fantastic holiday prize for the winner of the Natural Elements portfolio category. The Oman Ministry of Tourism will host the winner for seven nights in Oman. They will stay in Muscat, Nizwa, Wahiba Sands and the Jebel Akhtar mountains. The prize also includes a city tour of Muscat.

The winners of all four portfolio categories also receive Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software plus a Lexar Professional 600x 16GB CompactFlash card + Lexar Professional Dual-Slot card reader. And the winners of the Best Single Image award in each of the four portfolio categories will receive a beautiful 24” exhibition print of their winning entry from Genesis Digital, who make the TPOTY exhibition prints, along with a print of one of the fascinating historic images from the archive of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

The 2011 New Talent winner will travel to Marrakech with award-winning tailor-made sustainable travel specialists Tribes Travel and stay in a riad (traditional townhouse) in this colourful and highly photogenic town. They will also receive Adobe, Photoshop Lightroom 3 software, plus a Lexar Professional 600x 16GB CompactFlash card + Lexar Professional Dual-Slot card reader, a personalised Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio case or iPad cover and two TPOTY/Photo Iconic image critiques – one before their prize trip and one afterwards.

The winner of the One Shot, Wild Moments single image category receives £500, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software and a Lexar Professional 600x 16GB CompactFlash card + Lexar Professional Dual-Slot card reader.

There will be two winners of the beginners’ single image category, First Shot - Work, Rest, Play. They will each receive Adobe Photoshop Lightroom3 software and a Photo Iconic photography course, or an online image critique. The two Runners-Up and four Commended entrants each receive critiques.

The Young Travel Photographer of the Year will receive £500, plus Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, Lexar Professional 600x 16GB CompactFlash card + Lexar Professional Dual-Slot card reader, personalised Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio case or iPad cover and an image critique session. The winner of Young TPOTY 14 & Under and the winner of Young TPOTY 15-18 each receive a Lexar Professional 400x 8GB CompactFlash card plus an online critique, while the runners-up receive a Lexar Professional 400x 8GB CompactFlash card.

Finally, the winner of the Young Photographers’ Alliance Emerging Talent Award, for the most interesting entry submitted by a photographer aged 25 or under in the New Talent or Young TPOTY categories will be given a place on the YPA mentoring programme.

The TPOTY awards are open to amateur and professional photographers from all countries and images can be submitted as prints or uploaded online. Entries for the 2011 TPOTY awards close on October 9th. Entry fees start at £10 and Young TPOTY is free to enter. Images can be submitted online or as prints. Full details on how to enter can be found at www.tpoty.com.

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For any media info. please contact Karen Coe at Travel Photographer of the Year on 01728 669185 or email press@tpoty.com. Further images from the 2010 awards are available to accompany this story – please visit the Winners Galleries on www.tpoty.com to choose the images you would like, and we will provide them in high-res or as files for web galleries, along with captions. Please note, the images must only be used to accompany news stories or features on the TPOTY awards, and the photographers MUST be credited. Thank you.

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