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Love photography? Love travel? Then head to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London this Sunday, September 25th, for the ‘Exploring Photography and Travel Day’, the first event in the Travel Photographer of the Year Festival featuring a fantastic line-up of speakers from the worlds of photography, TV, travel and exploration.

To learn ‘how to’ or ‘how did they do that’ from the leading experts, improve your own photography, look back at the early days of travel, get a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of TV programmes that explore the wonders of this planet, get advice on photographic equipment & technique from a pro photographer, the Festival is the place to be.

The Festival takes place on September 25th (Exploring Photography and Travel Day), October 2nd (Wild Day) and October 16th (People & Cultures Day). Priced at just £55 per day or £140 for all three days, or £40 per day/£108 for all three days for for RGS 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. Tickets also make great gifts!

EXPLORING PHOTOGRAPHY AND TRAVEL – Sunday, 25th September 09.30 - 16.30

• River Deep, Mountain High – BBC video journalist Michelle Jana Chan talks about filming some of her more intrepid adventures
• Breaking News - Dave Rotchelle & Jeremy Hoare discuss press & street photography
• You Should Have Been Here Yesterday! - Advertising & travel photographer, Philip Lee Harvey, explores the world of travel photography in stills & HD video
• Travelling Wild – Award-winning photographer, Steve Bloom, talks about his work as a travel & wildlife photographer
• The Antarctic Experience - explorer Julian Paren talks about photography in this amazing continent
• Stretch - Panoramic photographer, Nick Meers, takes you on a tour of the world of panoramic photography which will change the way you think about time & light
• Hiram Bingham & the Camera: The Rediscovery of Machu Picchu - Charles Chadwyck-Healey celebrates the centenary of that epic expedition
• Women in Travel - panel discussion on the achievements of contemporary women travellers
• Sustainable Travel: Why It Matters - Amanda Marks, founder of sustainable travel specialists Tribes Travel, on travel, people & environment

WILD DAY – Sunday, 2nd October 09.30 - 16.30

• Adventure & Extreme Photography - one of the world's leading expedition photographers Martin Hartley talks about the challenges of photography in the harshest places
• Being There; Right Place, Right Time - David Noton talks about the craft of photography & how he gets his travel & stock shots
• Wild & Natural - Craig Churchill on photographing wildlife & nature
• On The Edge Of Danger - BBC Human Planet photographer Timothy Allen talks about his hardest shots & riskiest moments
• The World of Pinhole Photography - film maker Nick Livesey explores one of the earliest & most intriguing ways to capture an image
• From Above - Britain From The Air photographer Jason Hawkes talks about shooting aerial images
• Shooting for Stock & Publication - Stock photography expert Colin Finlay, & Conde Nast Director of Photography Caroline Metcalfe join TPOTY founder Chris Coe for a panel discussion
• Wild Photography - panel discussion on photographing everything from wildlife to the most extreme adventures
• Chasing The Light - David Noton explores the essentials of location photography, location finding, previsualisation, understanding natural light, composition & colour

PEOPLE & CULTURES DAY Sunday 16th October 09.30 - 16.30

• Focus on the Human Planet - Series producer, Dale Templar, talks about the BBC's Human Planet & how the project came to fruition.
• A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Bazaar - Mary Robert tells how a trip to Turkey and a chance encounter turned into a fascinating photographic project
• Real People in Real places - Craig Easton looks at approaches to photographing people, and his involvement in photography for the 2012 London Olympic Games
• A Cultural Journey Through Africa – Steve Bloom talks about his travels & photography in Africa
• Evolution of Travel Photography - Nick Meers takes a fascinating look back over time & the role of the camera in travel
• Light Fantastic - TPOTY founder, Chris Coe, looks at light, the camera & composition
• John Thomson: Photographic Pioneer - James Ryan explores the photography of one of its early exponents from the days of the lantern slide
• Human Wildlife Interactions - panel discussion on the impact of growing human populations on wildlife habitat & migration routes

Tickets and programme information are available from


Notes to editors:

IMPORTANT NOTE RE. IMAGE TO ACCOMPANY STORY - Please note, the image accompanying this press release must ONLY be used to illustrate a news item or feature on the TPOTY Festival. Steve Bloom must be credited.

For any media enquires please contact Karen Coe at Travel Photographer of the Year on 01728 669185/email

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.

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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