Travel Photographer of the Year

How does becoming Nat Geo Travel Photographer of the Year + receiving $10,000 sound?

Every year the editorial giant runs its Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Anyone can enter for a chance to win the prestigious title plus a prize fund of $10,000.

Entry is now open for 2018 so if you feel like giving it a go, and are up for the challenge, then try your luck and submit your best work.

You’ll be up against thousands of the world’s most talented travel photographers but if you think you have what it takes, the deadline for entering the competition is 31st May at 12pm EST.

Traditionally the competition is split into different categories and this year there are 3 categories: Nature, Cities and People. 

The grand prize winner takes home $10,000 plus bragging rights to call themselves the official National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. But it’s not all over if you don’t take home the main prize, two other winners will be selected and each will receive $2500.

So how can I be in with a chance of winning?

As much as everyone here at WTP would love someone from our community to win, it’s not going to be an easy task.

The best thing you can do is really try to understand what National Geographic photography is all about. Every image they publish isn’t simply a stunning photo, it tells a story.

Try to tell a story in your image, capture a moment of daily life, a snapshot of your environment that can’t be replicated.

Check out what other Nat Geo photographers are doing, you can even check out the competition and see what other people are entering into the contest.

Don’t be afraid to be different, you’re better of taking a risk than conforming to what has become expected of travel photographers.

Grand prize winner 2015. This photo might not be technically perfect but it tells a story and can never be replicated in the same way again, which makes for the perfect Nat Geo image. (Credit: Anuar Patjane Floriuk)

You do have to pay a $15 entry fee but apart from that the only other main rules are:

  • You must have reached the age of maturity in your jurisdiction
  • Photos must be digital
  • Photos must have been taken in the last two years
  • Your entry must not have previously won a Nat Geo award

For a full list of rules click here.

If you’re going to enter good luck! Let us know either in the comments below on or social media, we would love to see what our community is submitting.

Let’s make sure one of us is the next National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year!

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