The UK's biggest travel photography competition!

With several amateur categories and a portfolio category open to all, this is the UK's biggest and best travel photography competition. Look out for its launch at the end of July each year, and check out the Photo of the Year website.

The competition is sponsored each year by a tourist board, along with a number of other partners. Winners of the amateur categories travel to the sponsor destination on a photo assignment, and the results are published in Wanderlust,, The Independent, and many other outlets. Coverage of the competition extends from its launch in July, through to the prize-giving at the Destinations Holiday and Travel Show in London in early February, and on past the winners taking their prize commissions. This is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to millions of people through print, online, social media and various events. 

  • The UK's largest travel photography competition
  • Eighteen-month campaign across a range of channels
  • Coverage in Wanderlust,, The Independent and a host of other media
  • Photo assignment results and other content in Wanderlust and on
  • Destination sponsor has use of a selection of photos from the winner's assignments to promote their destination
  • See the testimonials on this page for an idea of how it has worked for our partners

There are a number of ways to be involved, from being destination sponsor to other partnership opportunities: contact the Wanderlust team.


"When I took on Papua New Guinea, I knew the one thing I wanted to do to raise its profile with UK travellers - the Wanderlust Photo of the Year Competition! It achieved everything we hoped for and more."

Chris Lee, Papua New Guinea Tourism Board

"The competition was brilliant - I wish we could sponsor it every year!"

Juan Guillermo Perez, Proexport Colombia

 "We consider the Wanderlust Photo of the Year one of the most successful campaigns we have ever undertaken. We were delighted with everything it delivered."

Fleur Burrows, Tourism Northern Territory