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For the second annual AFAR Photo Awards, we want to continue highlighting the diverse and creative ways in which photographers like you celebrate the world. This year, we’re joining forces with United MileagePlus to seek out and honor the world’s best contemporary travel photography—by both amateurs and professionals.
Since its launch in 2009, AFAR has been recognized for its vibrant and authentic travel photography. We believe that every photographer deserves the opportunity for exposure and recognition without restriction. So, we’re asking you to show us the world through your lens once more. Winners will receive publication in AFAR and on AFAR.com, cash awards, and more. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will go to our nonprofit, Learning AFAR.
AFAR Photo Awards Submission Categories
Cities
Food
Outdoors
People
Style & Design
Sponsored by illy caffè
Entry Fee: $10 for first 3 images
25% of entry proceeds go to Learning AFAR

Deadline For Entries: September 18, 2019
LEFT TO RIGHT: © GRANT HARDER; MARCO ARGUELLO; ROBIN HAMMOND; KARI MEDIG; JOAO CANZIANI
About AFAR
AFAR is the world’s leading travel media brand that inspires and guides travelers to have deeper, richer, and more meaningful experiences. We value a deep sense of cultural immersion and exploration and have been recognized for our vibrant and authentic travel photography. We don’t shy away from presenting places as they really are and we celebrate global diversity in all forms. Our brand platforms include the award-winning AFAR Magazine, AFAR.com; our nonprofit Learning AFAR, and our immersive travel series, AFAR Experiences.
About AFAR
About Learning AFAR
Learning AFAR is a travel scholarship program for students from low-income backgrounds and for those with mixed abilities. Driven by the belief that travel is the best education, its goal is to make it possible that all youth have the opportunity to explore their world, realize their potential, and transform their communities through their experiences. Since Learning AFAR was founded, we have sent more than 1,300 young people on transformative trips to places like Cambodia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru.
Photograph the world as it is. Nothing’s more interesting than reality.
-Mary Ellen Mark
Travel Awards
Awards
Grand Prize Winners
  • 2 Roundtrip United Polaris Business Class Tickets
  • $5,000 cash prize
  • illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine in black and a year of coffee*
  • Mention in one issue of AFAR
  • Winning photograph will be on display at a gallery space in San Francisco
  • AFAR Photography Guide E-booklet
  • Showcased in a gallery on AFAR.com
Category Winners
  • $2,000 cash prize
  • 1 case of illy Ground Drip Classico Coffee
  • Mention in one issue of AFAR
  • Winning photographs will be on display at a gallery space in San Francisco
  • AFAR Photography Guide E-booklet
  • Showcased in a gallery on AFAR.com
All Entrants
  • Opportunities for immediate exposure
  • Opportunity for a judge’s pick photograph to be on display at a gallery space in San Francisco
  • AFAR Photography Guide E-booklet
* Defined as 12 cases of iperEspresso capsules (a case per month)
Entry Fee: $10 for first 3 images
25% of entry proceeds go to Learning AFAR

Deadline For Entries: September 18, 2019
More About the Awards
United Polaris
United Polaris Business Class Tickets for Two
United Polaris® business class service is designed to bring a new level of quality to every aspect of premium cabin travel - from lounge to landing - and provide the best sleep in the sky. The Grand Prize Winner will receive two United Polaris Business Class tickets for the winner and a friend to fly between any two destinations that United flies [direct (not StarAlliance). Flights must be booked at least 60 days prior to departure, and no changes thereafter].

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illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine and iperEspresso Classico Capsules
Coffee of the highest order, coffee that delights: this is illy’s mission, passion and obsession. Since our beginnings in Trieste, Italy in 1933, we’ve spent eight decades refining our signature blend, celebrated the world over as the pinnacle of what coffee can be. To create the perfect cup, we select from only the top 1% of Arabica beans grown around the globe. Coffee is our art. It’s the medium we use to create something extraordinary. Sip. Savor. Be Inspired. The Grand Prize Winner will receive an illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine in black and a year of coffee. Category Winners will receive 1 case of illy Ground Drip Classico Coffee.
Illy Machine
AFAR Magazine
Printed publication in world renowned AFAR magazine
Selected winners will be featured in print on the pages of AFAR Magazine where your travel photography will live on forever in one of the world's most celebrated travel photography publications.
Exposure in a Gallery Space in San Francisco
For the first time, winning and commended images from the AFAR Photo Awards will be on display in a gallery space in San Francisco starting with a winner reveal event in November 2019. This event will kick-off the exhibit with refreshments and entertainment provided by illy.
Gallery Event
AFAR Magazine
An Online Exhibition for the World to Experience
All selected work—including Winners and Finalists—will be featured in an online exhibition hosted by AFAR. It will be accessible all over the world, meaning the work of every photographer can be discovered by viewers long after the competition closes.
AFAR Photography Guide
All participating entrants will receive an online AFAR Photography Guide that contains a series of tips from highly-esteemed photographers on how to perfect capturing those special moments.
Travel Photography Guide
Entry Fee: $10 for first 3 images
25% of entry proceeds go to Learning AFAR

Deadline For Entries: September 18, 2019
Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.
-Marc Riboud
We Respect Your Rights
All entrants grant AFAR, United Airlines, and illy the right to use the photos submitted to promote the photographers, the competition and our association with the competition, provided that there is credit given to the respective photographers. Details can be found in the Competition Rules .