Travel Photographer of the Year

Things to do, Exhibitions Free

Explore the world without getting on a plane at this free exhibition of awe-inspiring images. The winning entries of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 are on display at the University of Greenwich. What began in Chris and Karen Coe’s kitchen in 2003 has grown to become a highly regarded photography prize receiving entries from over 100 countries. See fiery lava flows, a magical, snow-swirled New York street scene and get face-to-face with an elusive, endangered Iberian lynx. Often the images are the result of both extreme luck and extreme skill, not only do you have to be in the right place at the right time, you need to be ready to press the button and have remembered to take off the lens cap.

You’re guaranteed to leave feeling inspired to snap and shoot so it’s worth flagging up the closing date for the 2017 edition: September 25. For details visit

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Love the new venue - 10 Stockwell Street is a superb place to exhibit these amazing images.  It's a really peaceful location and the photographs are mind-blowing. There were quite a few families there when I visited and the children seemed to love it - I'd say it's great for all ages. And it's free! What more do you want?


I’m about to make a big call. The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition is one of the best FREE photographer galleries in London.

It’s such a shame that it’s a temporary exhibition that only comes round once a year towards the end of summer. It’s informative, clearly describing the story behind the inception competition (trust me, it’s interesting) and some of the images are absolutely stunning from wildlife to people. My jaw literally hit the floor when I learned that some of the images on show were taken by photographers in their early teens. 

For the budding photographer, you’ll love the fact that the curators have included the image details such as shutter speed, lens used and f stop so you can really learn how these shots were produced. I also loved the anecdotes from the photographer themselves as to how they went about capturing the stunning images they captured.

There’s an element of interaction too. You can vote for your favourite image, you are encouraged to leave your message about the gallery, and you’re encouraged to share your travel stories on a label and hang it on a hand rail for all to read. It’s super cool to read everyone’s experience. Your neighbours have been and seen some truly incredible things. 

No, it’s not as good as the Natural History Museum’s Photographer of the Year exhibition and the venue might be atmospheric like the NHM, but this is free and the images on exhibit are right up there with the very best. It’s a pretty big gallery too, spread over two floors.

The only bad thing about this exhibition? The Instagram you’ve been carefully curating is about to feel wholly inadequate.

Another great exhibition which has reached new heights since leaving the RGS, I missed it last year but the photography seems to get better with every year and the new gallery space is a great place to show the pictures off - I love how it is one of the best things to do in London in the Summer and it is free!!! So hard to pick a favourite image but as someone wrote on their message wall it's AWESOME!

Another year of stunning photographs from TPOTY.  MY children particularly enjoyed the animal shots, the visitors' map of dream destinations was a favourite again, and they were very taken with the video entries.  I loved the additional retrospective exhibition and want a print of Les Sappers by Johnny Haglund!  Looking forward to next year :)

Went yesterday and going on the TPOTY workshop and Photowalk this weekend. The exhibition is amazing and truly inspiring. Spent several hours there and unbelievably it's FREE. Highly recommended but not long left until it closes.


I like wandering around London and some of the places that I enjoy visiting most are those that you happen to notice whilst passing by and wander in just to have a look.

I chanced upon this photography exhibition last weekend whilst walking through Greenwich, looking to see if there was a photography shop there (I didn't find one). It is free entry, with a suggestion donation of £1.  I thought that the exhibition was as good as any paid for one, such as the wildlife photographer of the year.  There were some brilliant photgraphs there, with little stories by each one.  It really inspired me to make a bit more effort with my camera.

You get a chance to vote for your favourite and if you also make a donation, you get entered into a competition to win a trip to visit the Northern Lights.

This is the fourth year I have visited the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) exhibition and the first time in Greenwich.  This year was exceptional and the new exhibition space even better that the Royal Geographic Society.  The quality is very high but the exhibition is inspiring not intimidating.  The under 18 entries are also very good.  I chatted with Chris Coe and only realised afterwards that he is in fact the founder of TPOTY - a great guy!  It's easy to get to , only about a 5 minute walk from the Cutty Sark DLR station. Don't miss it - last day on the 4th of September.

It will make you want to travel... a really wonderful way to spend a few hours, immerse yourself in fabulous photography of amazing places, and it's all free. Terrific. 


I was very happy to return to Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition. We all see similar pictures online but nothing beats physically being across from a great picture and being genuinely captivated by it while reading the insightful comments of how it was taken– this was for me the case for the young monk from Ladhakh and the children carelessly running with their kites in Vietnam. There is a variety of themes and techniques – sometimes I wondered if some pictures would be better suited for Nature Photographer of the Year awards for instance. A lovely (and free) way to be inspired.. although you will be highly tempted to have a rest in the gardens and sip some coffee and also buy some posters and postcards of the wonderful pictures :)

We chose the Enchanted Evening visit and it was worth every penny. The photos were beautifully lit at dusk and we thoroughly enjoyed them and our complimentary drinks. Even better, Chris -one of the judges - spent time with us talking about individual photos and the judging process. The free entry during the day is a wonderful opportunity to view the awe-inspiring photos, but consider splashing out for the Enchanted Evening for an even better experience.

So many amazing photographs - and all free to look at??? I was simply blown away. In addition to the excellent photography, the photos were on display in the garden - which was perfect on a sunny day. Highly recommend it to anyone - whether they are into photography or not. 

A very nice travel around the edges the world. The main exhibition is at the back garden and it is great place to enjoy next to the all these photos.

A very inspiring exhibition, which I highly recommend a visit. Definitely makes me want to go traveling and see more of this amazing beautiful world. 


The exhibition is beyond amazing. Very inspiring pictures that will make you dream about travelling the world. The staff is incredibly friendly as well! I will definitely go again!

Spotted this on TimeOut and went on trip to London. What an amazing exhibition in a lovely setting! Great photos and stories behind them are fascinating. Kids loved it too along with the elephants and the cup cakes! Made we want to travel with my camera. Not to be missed

Great free exhibition - worth making a trip to visit when in town I hope it goes from strength to strength next year

Free entry, friendly staff and above all brilliantly inspiring photos make this a wonderfully worthwhile exhibition. They even have complimentary tea and coffee!! Should come with a warning: will make you want to quit your job and travel the world.

Great images and of such high standard. Well worth a visit.