I received some exciting news yesterday morning that I have again been selected as a finalist with five photographs across two seperate categories in the 2020 Travel Photographer of the Year competition. This was actually quite a surprise to me as I have no recollection of actually entering this year. I took a hiatus from the competition last year as I was focusing all my efforts on local print competition only. This year I had thought to do the same as last and keep my focus solely on local printing, but as It happens must have entered at some point (no old age comments!). As final judging has not yet taken place I am unable to share the photographs at this point, but will do so once judging is complete.
This is the first year in many I believe that the final round of judging for TPOTY will not be via prints; but instead will be of digital images. I assume this is as a result of the continual COVID mess across Europe (thankfully Australia is now COVID free as of late November 2020).
Travel Photographer of the Year competition has been one of the few photographic competitions remaining today that still judge the ‘print’ (in the finals) rather than a compressed jpeg. I wrote quite some years ago now of my disillusionment with so many of the photography competitions that make their judgements solely on a jpeg file. The craft of producing a beautiful fine art print is one of the most enjoyable aspects of photography for me and is how I prefer to have my work viewed. Hopefully 2021 will see a return to print judging.