Two months ago I made a whirlwind trip to London to receive my award and attend the opening of the exhibition for the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year competition. I was named a winner in the Wildlife and Nature category for my image of an alligator and its reflection in a Louisiana bayou. TPOTY is considered by many in the industry to be the premier international travel photography competition. A panel of highly regarded judges considered tens of thousands of entrants from 123 countries.
The experience attending the exhibition opening was exhilarating. I had the amazing opportunity to meet the competition’s organizers, many of the esteemed judges, and several fellow winning photographers. I was interviewed on-camera for British news outlets. The quality of the show is first-rate. Until the opening, I’d never seen my winning image displayed as a photograph should be: printed at museum quality to a large size, and properly lit. The TPOTY exhibition started in July at the UK City of Culture festival in Hull, ran in London through September 3, and then moves on to several international venues.
Check out this brief 3-minute video recently published by Travel Photographer of the Year, featuring the London exhibition opening from this past August. My dear friends Patty and David Sanders, who attended with me, appear in the feature frame on TPOTY’s home page. I am honored to have been interviewed as a winner, and an excerpt appears in the video beginning at 1:50. Watch the video here: TPOTY Exhibition Opening Video.
My winning image may be purchased on TPOTY’s website in formats ranging from a postcard for less than one British pound up through a large framed museum-quality print. The retrospective book featuring all winning images can also be purchased on this site: Travel Photographer of the Year online store.
Feeling very honored and humbled by this major validation of my recent career change.
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