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Following on from the hugely successful Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition which drew large crowds to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London in May and June, TPOTY has launched its Festival of Photography & World Travel at the Society - three days of photography and travel events this autumn featuring a fantastic line-up of speakers from the worlds of photography, film and TV, travel and exploration.

To learn ‘how to’ or ‘how did they do that’ from the leading experts, improve your imagery, look back at the early days of travel, or get a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of TV programmes that explore the wonders of this planet, the history and geography-steeped surroundings of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) are definitely the place to be this autumn.

Priced at just £55 per day or £140 for all three (with discounts for Society members and students), whether you’re an avid traveller or an armchair traveller, an experienced photographer or looking to develop your skills, these are not-to-be-missed events.

EXPLORING TRAVEL & PHOTOGRAPHY DAY – Sunday, 25th September 09.30 - 16.30
• Travel, Antarctic, panoramic and street photography lectures & workshops
• Travel lecture - Machu Picchu
• 'How to do' photographic technique workshops
• Equipment & photography advice centre
• Image manipulation workshops
Speakers include:
• Steve Bloom - award winning travel & wildlife photographer
• Hugh Thomson - explorer & writer
• Nick Meers - panoramic photographer & author
• Dave Rotchelle - press & news photographer
• Julian Paren - photographer & former member of British Antarctic Survey
• Chris Coe - photographer & founder of Travel Photographer of the Year
• Jeremy Hoare – photographer and television lighting cameraman

WILD DAY – Sunday, 2nd October 09.30 - 16.30
• Wildlife, aerial, landscape, pinhole and adventure photography lectures
• Stock photography and images for publication workshops
• Equipment & photography advice centre
• Image manipulation workshops
Speakers include:
• David Noton - Travel, landscape & stock photographer
• Jason Hawkes - aerial photographer, ‘Britain From The Air’
• Caroline Metcalfe - Director of Photography, Condé Nast
• Nick Livesey - photographer & film maker
• Timothy Allen - stills photographer on the BBC ‘Human Planet’ series
• Martin Hartley - adventure & expedition photographer
• Craig Churchill – wildlife photographer

PEOPLE & CULTURES DAY - Sunday 16th October 09.30 - 16.30
• Photographers @ work lectures
• People, street & reportage photography lectures
• Equipment & photography advice centre
• Image manipulation workshops
Speakers include:
• Steve Bloom - award winning travel & wildlife photographer
• Philip Lee Harvey - travel & advertising photographer
• Dale Templar – Series Producer, BBC’s ‘Human Planet’
• Michelle Jana Chan - BBC travel presenter & video journalist (to be confirmed)
• Mary Robert - Head of Photography, Richmond, the American International University in London
• Alexander Maitland - writer & biographer
• Amanda Marks - founder of Tribes Travel, award-winning Fair Trade travel company

Tickets and programme information are available from:

Notes to editors:
1. For any media enquires please contact Karen Coe at Travel Photographer of the Year on 01728 669185/email

2. Formed in 2003, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) rapidly became one of the world's most prestigious photography awards. Open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, and from all countries, TPOTY regularly attracts entries from over 70 countries each year. To date, the oldest TPOTY entrant has been aged 88, and the youngest just five years old. Photographers from 35 countries have so far won awards and enjoyed international exposure for their work. The TPOTY winning images are showcased in the TPOTY 'Journey' series of books and at Travel Photographer of the Year exhibitions. In 2011 TPOTY announced a collaborative partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to take the awards into a new era, with a major annual exhibition of images at the Society's headquarters in Kensington, London.

3. The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography. Formed in 1830, our Royal Charter of 1859 is for 'the advancement of geographical science'. Today, we deliver this objective by developing, supporting and promoting geography through research, expeditions and fieldwork, education, and public engagement, while also providing geographical input to policy. We aim to foster an understanding and informed enjoyment of our world. We hold the world's largest private geographical collection and provide public access to it. We have a thriving Fellowship and membership and offer the professional accreditation 'Chartered Geographer'

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