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AFAR
Travel Photography Awards

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Travel the World with AFAR & United | Printed Publication | $15K Cash Awards | Global Recognition
We want to highlight the diverse and creative ways in which photographers like you are celebrating the world, with the first-ever AFAR Travel Photography Awards. We’re joining forces with LensCulture and United Airlines 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. Winners will receive international exposure, publication in AFAR, cash awards, free business class air, and more.
Open for Entries in All Genres of Travel Photography
Submissions can represent all genres of travel photography shot on any device.
Abstract | Adventure | Architecture | Black & White | Journeys | Landscape | Nature | People | Photo Essays | Roadtrip | Street Scenes | Wildlife
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Deadline For Entries: September 18, 2018
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
AFAR Travel Photography Awards 2018 Jury
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Magdalena Herrera
Director of Photography
GEO France
Paris, France
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Brian Finke
Award Winning Documentary Photographer
New York City, United States
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Tara Guertin
Director of Photography
AFAR
San Francisco, United States
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Stacey Baker
Photo Editor
The New York Times Magazine
New York City, United States
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Caroline Hunter
Picture Editor
Guardian Weekend
London, United Kingdom
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Ami Vitale
Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer
Missoula, United States
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Jason Seldon
Design Director
AFAR
San Francisco, United States
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Carolyn Drake
Magnum Photographer
Magnum Photos
Vallejo, United States
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The most powerful stories are the ones that unite us, not divide us.
-Ami Vitale
Travel Awards
Awards & Benefits
6 Winners 8 Jurors' Picks 25 Finalists Editor's Picks** Every Entrant
$15,000 in Grant Awards
Publication in AFAR magazine
United Polaris International Business Class Tickets***
Online Class with Masters of Photography
AFAR Travel Photography Awards Online Exhibition
Opportunities for Immediate Exposure
Professional Review by a Photo Industry Expert*
*Submission Review: Available for all Series entries and 5+ Single entries
**Editors’ Picks: During the competition, our editors will curate hundreds of entries for immediate exposure to our global audience through the competition gallery and on our Facebook page.
** Two United Airlines international business class tickets will be offered to the 1st place winners for both singles and series categories.
Cash & Recognition Awards
Series Award Winners
1st Place: $4,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000
Single Image Winners
1st Place: $2,500
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500
Jurors' Picks
Each Juror will personally select one photographer to be awarded this special distinction and receive $500.
Finalists
25 Finalists will be selected.
Online Exhibition
Publication in 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.
United Polaris International Business Class Tickets
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. Each First Place Winner (Series and Single) will receive two 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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Photography Masterclass
Photography Masterclass
A Photography Masterclass with Joel Meyerowitz or Steve McCurry
Masters of Photography online photography masterclasses aim to help you take better pictures with guidance from the world’s best photographers. All selected Winners and Jurors’ Picks will receive an online masterclass with one of the masters: Joel Meyerowitz or Steve McCurry . This masterclass is offered as a series of informative videos that will help you improve your practice. A $170 USD value.
Online Exhibition
An Online Exhibition for the World to Experience
The selected Winners’ and Finalists’ work will be featured in a permanent exhibition in an online gallery on AFAR.com. It will be accessible all over the world, meaning the work of every photographer can be browsed by millions of viewers long after the competition closes.
Other Awards & Benefits Include:
A FREE Submission Review:
Enter the AFAR Travel Photography Awards 2018 with 5 or more images and get a free Submission Review of your work. This is an opportunity for you to receive critical and constructive feedback on your photography from top photo editors, curators, publishers, gallerists, educators, critics, consultants, and other industry professionals.
Opportunities for Immediate Exposure:
Just by entering, your work will be reviewed by our editors for immediate exposure in our Competition Gallery and across all our online channels. Don't wait until the deadline to enter! Note that while our team reviews entries on a daily basis, they can only share a limited number of them as featured entries.
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Receive a Free Professional Submission Review
For the AFAR Travel Photography Awards 2018 we are proud to be working in partnership with LensCulture, innovators in online education and feedback for photographers. Each series or 5+ singles submission you make includes an optional free Submission Review.
LensCulture believes that every photographer deserves thoughtful feedback on their work. These submission reviews deliver insightful, critical feedback plus recommendations for improving your practice and preparing your work for such opportunities as competitions, grants, juried exhibitions, editorial publication, and other calls for entries. LensCulture has over 100 trusted and qualified educators, photo editors, curators, publishers, gallerists, and other industry professionals who provide meaningful critiques and actionable feedback on your photography. By entering the AFAR Travel Photography Awards, you will have an opportunity to receive a free submission review. LensCulture’s reviewers will provide you with: Meaningful critique of your photos – what worked well and what can be improved; Personalized recommendations for improving your photography; Tips and strategies for getting your work seen in more places and more often.
Read what LensCulture’s community of photographers is saying about Submission Reviews:
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“Wow! Thank you so much for the review on my submission. I wasn’t sure if submitting my work would be worth the price since I’m an amateur, but to receive the high quality feedback that I did is really a great surprise. It is the kind of honest review that is difficult to find, but it gave me both praise and critique and was very helpful. Thank you to your entire team for delivering a superior experience!”
– STEPHEN HOPPE
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My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.
-Steve McCurry
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AFAR Travel Photography Awards Submission Categories
Abstract | Adventure | Architecture | Black & White | Journeys | Landscape | Nature | People | Photo Essays | Roadtrip | Street Scenes | Wildlife
single
Free
The first image is free, and each additional image is $10
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5+ singles
$40 USD
For 5, reviewed individually, $10 for each add’l image, qualifies for a submission review
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series
$50 USD
Up to 10 images reviewed as one album, qualifies for a submission review
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Deadline For Entries: September 18, 2018
We Respect Artists’ Rights
Winners, Jurors’ Picks, and Finalists grant AFAR, LensCulture and their partners limited, restricted use of winning photos only to promote the photographers themselves and in connection with marketing the Awards competition itself. Details can be found in the Competition rules and the FAQs .

AFAR
Travel Photography Awards

No longer accepting entries