Travel photography live in London

Travel photography live in London

A timid Gurunsi boy peeks from behind a large painted wall in southern Burkina Faso. Ghoulish costumed figures walk the streets of a Mexican town on the Day of the Dead. Three children wrapped in furs huddle under a pastel sky. A scuba diver swims beneath sheets of ice alongside a smiling beluga whale.

The winning entries from the prestigious 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards made an arresting display at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Those who think they can do better can still enter their best travel photographs at this year’s TPOTY competition, which closes 17 September 2012.

In addition, TPOTY will return to the Royal Geographical Society this autumn for their second annual festival Travel Photography Live!

The three-day event brings some of the biggest names in travel photography together under one roof. Keen photographers and travellers can attend a series of lectures and talks by leading experts, including Conde Nast Traveller’s own Director of Photography, Caroline Metcalfe. Topics range across all aspects of photography, from how to produce more adept holiday snaps, to turning a hobby into a profession.

A range of interactive workshops will give amateur photographers the chance to have one-to-one sessions with a professional, for advice and feedback on their work.

An evening of drinks, followed by two keynote lectures by world-renowned photojournalist Nick Danziger and travel and wildlife photographer Steve Bloom will kick off the event on 5 October, in the Society’s Ondaatje Theatre.

Festival-goers will also be able to buy books, prints and cards featuring images from the Travel Photographer of the Year 2011 exhibition, and books by event speakers at a pop-up book shop.

Travel Photography Live! will run from 5-7 October 2012 at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington. Tickets are priced at ?25 for the opening evening; Saturday and Sunday tickets cost ?65 each; and a Festival Pass, covering all three days, is available from ?130. In addition, book before 10 September for an early bird discount.

For more information or to book a ticket visit

Pictured: a winning entry from the 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year awards by Louis Montrose

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