Travel Photographer of the Year ( TPOTY ) is among the biggest and most prestigious photography contests to enter. It’s a long-running and diverse competition with categories for scenery and portrait photographers as well as fanatic travel photographers.
Tim Bird, a European artist who is currently based in Finland, has been entering the competition for some time, but he has performed particularly well in the most recent judging, being named the runner-up for the famous and fiercely competitive Environment &, Environment group.
Tim explains that his photos from Japan were taken on the hoof, demonstrating that you do n’t always need to carefully plan out images before entering them into competitions. Instead, trust your instincts because it’s always worth a shot!
How Tim made it to the year’s go artist finals
How many times have you entered TPOTY? Evidently, patience paid out. I believe I’ve participated in at least 19 of the 21 times that” Go Photographer in the Year” has been in existence. This is the first time an entire profile has almost come out on top, which is very satisfying, especially when you consider how many entries that are and the higher quality of entries. I’ve previously had one solitary image runner-up, as well as several commended and specific mentions.
What draws people to this competitors? I do n’t participate in many competitions, but I always give TPOTY my all. The practice of being extremely self-critical and comparing my comments with those by another entrants who have succeeded before is something I find to be very helpful in the process of choosing the entries. I believe TPOTY to be the gold standard for travel photo. And by going to its activities throughout the year, I’ve made a lot of new friends and associates.
Please elaborate.” Yes, there was no study, no planning for my runner-up portfolio. We understand your successful portfolio was quite unexpected. The marvelous fusion of the traditional Asian gardens, the snow flurry, and the fog from the hot spring caught my attention as I was working on an essay for the Finnair inflight publication Blue Wings in that region of Japan.
It seemed like a fleeting picture, so I had to move quickly to get the pictures, which is exactly how it turned out.
How do you modify your pictures? Adobe Classic is like a modern lab for me when editing RAW files, but I try to get the most out of the shot more than overdo it and end up with an overly exaggerated edition of what I was trying to capture. The processing on these four pictures was extremely minimal. Depending on the shot, but nothing overly complex, I typically slide down on highlights and perhaps add some clearness.
What advice do you have for visitors who want to enter the year’s travel artist competition? Constantly read the guidelines and suggestions before entering the contest. TPOTY’s are particularly beneficial. Each picture in a portfolio must be of the same caliber, but it must stand together as an integrated set. Spend some time selecting your entries, and do n’t rush things; what seems like a great shot right now might not be for another week or two.
Visit Tim’s website at Instagram @tim_bird_photo for more of his job. both timbirdphotography .com and. www.photoshelter.com
Continue reading to see how Amazing Pictures triumph in the 2024 edition of Travel Photographer, the YearBest photo-editing program.
I am the deputy director of Amateur Photographer, and I collaborate strongly with the staff to improve the site and magazine. I’ve been producing newspapers since 1995, and when the time is right, I also enjoy traveling and taking portraits. I won the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition in 2015 and received my Certificates from the Royal Photographic Society the previous year. I also continue to practice my wedding pictures by attending a few ceremonies each year. I’m especially curious about how pictures can aid people in better expressing their creativity or overcoming problems with their mental health.
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