AFAR Travel Photo Awards


In partnership with United Airlines and LensCulture, a leading authoritative source for contemporary photography, this competition seeks the best travel photographers from around the world to share their personal journeys with an international audience, AFAR hosted two travel photo competitions and awards. See the winners from each year’s competition below.

We asked to see the world through your lens—and you showed us. Here are the winners and jurors’ picks of the 2019 AFAR Photo Awards presented by United MileagePlus.
In partnership with United Airlines and LensCulture, this global photography competition opened the gateway for travel photographers to share their unique perspectives.

Submission and selection process

Image submissions AFAR Travel Photography Awards spanned a range of genres and were inspired by many themes, including portraiture, street scenes, the journey, landscapes, wildlife, and abstract imagery. Participants had their photographs reviewed by an esteemed jury of travel photographers, photo editors, and directors of design and photography from such industry-recognized institutions as the New York Times, GEO France, the Guardian, and AFAR.

Participants anywhere in the world were welcome to submit photos as either single images or as a series and will have the opportunity to receive a professional submission review from LensCulture’s photo industry experts, including a meaningful critique and personalized recommendations and tips.

Winner awards, supported by LensCulture and United Airlines, included two United Polaris international business-class tickets to anywhere United flies, a photography master class led by professional photographers Joel Meyerowitz or Steve McCurry, and publication in AFAR’s acclaimed travel magazine and on


This competition is now closed.