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Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2012

TPOTY at the Royal Geographical Society in London

One of the joys of doing well in TPOTY is having your images displayed at the TPOTY exhibitions and being seen by thousands, sometimes millions, of people.

The home of the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibitions is the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The Society’s gallery is situated close to Hyde Park on the corner of Kensington Gore and Exhibition Road, and adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall, in the heart of London’s museum area.

Next exhibition – 22nd June to 19th August 2012

2012 is TPOTY’s 10th years so in addition to showing all the best images from the 2011 awards, along with the historical of travel photography from the Royal Geographical Society’s amazing archive, we’re planning additional exhibits to celebrate.

The 2011 exhibition received over 16,000 visitors. In 2012 the exhibition will be extended to eight weeks and run both before and during the London Olympic Games. This area is a cultural centre and is being pedestrianised in preparation for the high visitors numbers expected in London during 2012.

And there’s more… at the beginning of October this year we’re staging TPOTY Live! – three days of photography talks and workshops at the Society, giving you the chance to learn from some of the world’s leading photographers, writers and travellers. Click here to learn more.

When to visit TPOTY at the Royal Geographic Society:

Exhibition runs:

22nd June to 19th August 2012

1 Kensington Gore,
SW7 2AR,

Opening Times

The 2012 exhibition opens to the public on daily (including weekends and public holidays) from 22nd June until the 19th August. Admission is FREE. The exhibition is open from 9.30am-5pm (Monday to Friday) and from 10am-5pm (Saturday & Sunday). We will be announcing special evening events and judges’ tours of the exhibition nearer the time.

You can view all the winners from the previous 9 years here

Here are some from 2011

All ©Louis Montrose


Winner, Louis Montrose

Louis Montrose was born in London, grew up in New York City, and has lived in the San Diego area of southern California for many years. His engagement as a visual artist springs from a passion for creating and viewing images that began in childhood. During a successful academic career in the humanities, he also wrote and taught about the history and cultural power of images.

Formerly an Elizabethan scholar and professor at The University of California, he now pursues his calling as a photographer full time.  He works in a number of photographic genres, including cityscape, environmental portrait, travel and night photography. As someone with a compelling interest in the power of photographs to capture the vibrancy and diversity of human cultures, he values color as an essential expressive and communicative medium. At the same time, he remains deeply drawn to the formal power and tonal richness of black and white, and to the challenge of creating strong black and white images through digital capture and digital inkjet printing. His work has been exhibited in shows in London, Madrid, Copenhagen, and Buenos Aires as well as in California, Colorado, and Ohio; and has been published in LensWork, Black & White, COLOR, and other fine art photography publications.

Britain From the Air at The Oxford Castle

Britain from the Air is a stunning collection of over 100 large scale images by Britain’s foremost aerial photographers, developed jointly by Wecommunic8 and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

This exhibition is now in the grounds of The Oxford Castle and is free to visit.

From coastal erosion and abandoned villages to transport networks and the growth of our cities, Britain from the Air, combines the beauty and abstract contours of these landscapes with their stories; inviting the viewer to explore their local, regional and national environment from a completely different perspective.

Supported by text captions devised and written by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and additional pictures which reveal the stories behind the image, Britain from the Air represents an unmissable opportunity to learn about Britain as you’ve never seen it before.

Spectacular saw-toothed coastlines, glittering city silhouettes and the luminous trajectories of waterways are just some of the fascinating forms and shapes that will be revealed as the audience is lifted from street level to sky high while exploring Britain’s wondrous and varied landscapes. There is a website where you can view online images and purchase cards and prints, if you want to see more here is the link

Travel Photographer of the Year Award

TPOTY is the photo contest that’s run by photographers for photographers. It’s open to photographers from all countries; amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old, we have categories to suit you all! And it’s judged by leading photography experts and offers fantastic prizes from our very supportive sponsors, including travel adventures, photographic equipment and photography tuition.

But it’s not just about prizes – TPOTY is about getting amazing international exposure for your work. Winning and other highly-placed images appear in the beautiful TPOTY ‘Journey’ series of books and are exhibited at our exhibitions at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). There is a BBC video with winning images including this from Luke Duggleby

The winning images from the 2011 will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) in London during June and July 2012 as London prepares to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The Society gallery is situated close to Hyde Park on the newly pedestriaised Exhibition Road, adjacent the Science, Victoria & Albert and Natural History museums. It will provide a fabulous, high profile international showcase for the winning photographers. More information is available here

Remember we run a Travel Photography course starting 9th June, this might be just what you need to be one of the  winners of this fantastic competion

Photography Internship at Earthwatch

Long term friend of the Photographers Workshop and OSP Crispin Zeeman, who works for Earthwatch, asked if we knew someone who might benefit working at Earthwatch for a bit in a photography related capacity. Here is what he said

The opportunity:

To work with Earthwatch, one of the world’s leading environmental charities, helping develop a new image library for their global research programmes. Earthwatch is a pioneer of ‘citizen science’, bringing scientists and volunteer individuals together to resolve pressing issues affecting ecosystems worldwide. The intern will be joining the international Marketing and Communications team, working out of the Oxford office in Summertown, North Oxford. This is an excellent chance to learn how an organisation like Earhwartch works, how the power of photographs can be used to promote a wider understanding of issues such as climate change, and help communicate the action needed for a sustainable environment. An internship position with Earthwatch is an invaluable career-development experience for individuals.  Here is the full specification of the opportunity




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