Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year


Wanderlust Magazine’s annual Travel Photo of the Year competition is largest of its kind in the UK. The competition includes entries in four categories: People, Wildlife, Landscape and Travel Icons. 2018 saw an incredibly high calibre of entrant, with one image from each category being chosen after much deliberation.

The finalists, whittled down from over 8,000 entries, will be on display in a stunning gallery exhibition here at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show. Make sure you take some time out from researching your next trip to appreciate these stunning images.


2019 Entries:

Browse through the entries and winners here.

2019 Prizes:

Win a photo commission tour to Hong Kong and Macao

Wanderlust has teamed up with the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Macao Government Tourism Office, to spirit away the four winning photographers to their amazing destinations on what promises to be the commission (and journey) of a lifetime.

Nikon camera prizes for the runners-up

All our Runners Up photographers will win a Nikon camera and lens kit. They can gather new perspectives with the Nikon D7500 and AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm VR lens, which combine to produce crisp images and 4K UHD video. Its versatility – with 7.7x zoom lens – lends itself to snapping everything from sweeping landscapes to distant icons, meaning it’s ideal for perfectly capturing your next travel adventure, wherever that may be. It’s backed up by an in-camera Picture Control system, so you can add your own creative style to your images as well. Create lasting, immersive images of your travels – exactly as you experience them. www.nikon.co.uk

Plus prizes from SanDisk

The four winners each win a suite of SanDisk products to use on their trips including the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive - ideal for freeing up space on your phone, plus portable SSD backup drive, high-speed USB type-C memory sticks and high speed memory cards. Perfect for super-charging your photo or video shooting. 

Four runners-up each win an iXpand Flash Drive and high-speed USB type-C memory stick. Finally, the four Highly Commended will win a SanDisk iXpand Flash drive.


Feel Inspired

If you would like to try your hand at travel photography why not book into one of our Travel Photography Masterclasses with Steve Davey and Paul Goldstein. These two-hour masterclasses will help sharpen your skills, iron out bad habits and give you a better understanding of your camera’s functions to enhance your travel images. Book here today.



Wanderlust, the UK’s leading magazine for people with a passion for travel, was launched in 1993 by Paul Morrison and Lyn Hughes, who schemed the project on a flight to Ecuador.

Frustrated by the absence of a publication combining the right mix of wildlife, activities and cultural insight – not to mention inspirational writing and photography – the couple decided to produce a magazine packed with truly impartial information and fresh ideas.

“There simply isn’t a better magazine for the serious traveller.” – Bill Bryson

So Wanderlust was conceived in the mid-Atlantic, and the business plan was written during a tour of the Galápagos Islands. The magazine’s beginning was modest: the spare bedroom was converted into an office and a single Apple Mac was bought to put it all together.

An initial print run of 5,000 soared to over 50,000 as keen travellers discovered the new magazine that spoke to and for them.

“Wanderlust is the one travel magazine I read each issue… always at the forefront, getting to the destinations the rest of us will arrive at next year and unearthing the unexpected in familiar places.” – Mark Ellingham, founder, Rough Guides

Years on, Wanderlust leads the way in the production of intelligent and inspirational travel publishing, picking up awards and accolades along the way with its blend of quirky features, practical reviews and tips, and insights and ideas.

“Wanderlust has established itself as the best practical magazine for adventurous travellers.” – The Travellers Handbook (Wexas)

The magazine has grown a lot since those humble beginning, with subscribers in 112 countries and over 100,000 readers enjoying ten issues a year. We’ve long since outgrown the spare bedroom, and our dedicated team works from an office in central Windsor. We have also expanded into editorial and media services for other travel companies.