10th August 2012, London, UK: Global digital camera brand Fujifilm is proud to announce its sponsorship of Travel Photographer of the Year 2012. The annual photography competition showcases the very best in travel photography worldwide.
Travel Photographer of the Year has a wide range of categories, giving entrants the maximum opportunity to expose their work to a global audience. There are three portfolio categories: People Watching, Wild Planet and Journeys; two single shot categories, One Shot and First Shot, the latter aimed at beginners and those looking for a first break in photography. The New Talent and Young Photographer of the Year categories are also hoping to encourage submissions from exciting new photographers. What’s more, 2012 also sees the launch of a Travel Shorts HD video category and a Condé Nast Traveller award, with the winner securing a commission with the best-selling UK travel magazine. Fujifilm will also be providing prizes for the majority of the categories, rewarding winners for their remarkable efforts.
The closing date for 2012 entries is 17 September, with competitors able to upload their images online via www.tpoty.com or send prints through the post (see www.tpoty.com for full details). Those looking for inspiration can head down to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London to see the free to view exhibition, where the winning images from Travel Photographer of the Year 2011 are being displayed both in the gallery and in the Society’s garden. Due to overwhelming demand, the show will now run until 2 September, with doors open daily to 8pm until 11 August. After that date, visitors can see the exhibition from 9:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
Katie Teesdale, PR Manager at Fujifilm UK commented, “We are delighted to be sponsoring Travel Photographer of the Year 2012, continuing Fujifilm’s involvement with this prestigious competition. The event consistently showcases the world’s very best travel photos and it’s fantastic that it is open to all, with a real chance for beginners to get their rung onto the ladder of professional photography, and have their work showcased alongside that of hardened pros. A visit to the exhibition of last year’s winners and runners-up at the Royal Geographical Society will give a great idea of the incredibly high standard that this contest always inspires. We expect 2012’s entries to be just as inspiring and can’t wait to see the winning images.”
Chris Coe, Director of Travel Photographer of the Year, said, “Fujifilm was one of our founding sponsors almost a decade ago, and have been with us to one level or another for most years of the awards. We are thrilled that they have chosen to become involved to such a significant extent this year; the Fujifilm range of cameras – particularly with the introduction of the X-Pro1 and X100 – is perfect for travel photography and a joy to shoot with, as they are lightweight and portable but produce professional-quality images.”
Travel Photographer of the Year has recently launched its Journey Four picture book, a collection of winning images from the 2010 and 2011 awards, with Fujifilm giving away copies of the gorgeous book via its