Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition
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Winning entries from the 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) are going on display at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London from June 22nd to August 19th 2012. The free-to-view exhibition - open daily (including bank holidays) - offers a visual journey around the globe, through the eyes of the hugely talented amateur and professional photographers who beat entrants from over 90 countries to take the top places in the awards. Visitors will also be the first to have the opportunity to buy the beautiful new Travel Photographer of the Year portfolio book (£25), Journey Four. This will contain not just the TPOTY-winning images on show at this year’s exhibition, but also the 2010-winning images.
TPOTY Press Release
PUTTING THE WORLD ON SHOW
Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
A scuba diver swims alongside a friendly Beluga whale, as the gentle giant ‘smiles’ straight at the camera. An orangutan emerges from the early morning mists in a Borneo rainforest. Mysterious figures stalk the streets of a Mexican town celebrating the Day of the Dead. A man dances in front of an electric ‘sun’ at Tate Modern. And a lone adventurer makes a jaw-dropping descent as he abseils a thundering 225m high waterfall.
These are just a few of the glorious and engaging images that can be seen at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London when the winning entries from the 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) make their public debut in a magnificent, free-to-view, exhibition running from June 22nd to August 19th 2012.
The exhibition offers a chance to step away from the hustle and bustle as London prepares for – and then plays host to – the Olympic Games. Visitors can take a visual journey around the globe, through the eyes of the hugely talented amateur and professional photographers who beat entrants from over 90 countries to take the top places in the awards. Just a few minutes walk along Exhibition Road from the Natural History, Victoria & Albert and Science Museums, it’s the latest ‘must-do’ London attraction!
The exhibition will also showcase a number of archive images from the Society’s own collection, giving visitors a chance to view pictures dating back to the pioneer days of photography – such as a wonderful historic shot of Papua New Guinean tribesmen quizzically examining an old gramophone. These images have all been specially selected to tie-in with the contemporary photographs on display.
And the exhibition features a showcase of work by the 2011 awards’ overall winner, the American photographer Louis Montrose, together with photographs taken in India by Stuart Dunn, when, as part of his prize from last year’s TPOTY awards, he was sent by Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky to document the work of the Elephant Family charity. Finally, there will also be images shot earlier this year by the 2007 winner Cat Vinton, when Travel Photographer of the Year took her to photograph His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Rita Gardner CBE, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) said: “Photography has a unique power to instantly inspire and inform us in equal measure about the landscapes, people and places of our world. As an avid photographer, I welcome this opportunity for the Society’s historic collection to be linked with some of the very best contemporary images, reflecting our long-term commitment to the photographic image as both a means of visual record and also as a source of pleasure and inspiration.”
Last year’s Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition broke all attendance records for the Society’s exhibitions, bringing in thousands of Londoners and British and international tourists, all keen to see world-class travel photography in an impressive setting. This year’s exhibition should provide the perfect inspiration for those considering entering the 2012 TPOTY awards, which are now open for entry.
Visitors will also be the first to have the opportunity to buy the beautiful new Travel Photographer of the Year portfolio book, Journey Four. This will contain not just the TPOTY-winning images on show at this year’s exhibition, but also the 2010-winning images. The latest in a highly collectable series, it goes on sale for the first time ever at the exhibition on June 22nd, price £25.
The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) runs from Friday, June 22nd to Wednesday August 19th. It will be open daily (including bank holidays) from 9.30am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sundays.
For more information on the exhibition and awards, please visit http://www.tpoty.com
Photo: Malin Palm, Sweden - Special Mention, Cultures & Traditions, Travel Photographer of the Year 2011