Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year

Enter the Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year Competition 2020

Wanderlust, the UK’s leading specialist travel magazine, has just launched its 24th Travel Photo of the Year competition, and is inviting their readers to share their experiences with them.
The competition is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, attracting thousands of entries each year, with this year expecting to being no different than previous years.
Open to amateur photographers only; photos must fit one of the four categories: landscape, wildlife, people or travel icon.
The latter category, in particular, recognises classic shots of places, events and people that have achieved an iconic visual status in the world of travel which sums up the essence of that destination.
For this year’s competition, Wanderlust has teamed up with Travel Texas – together with the cities of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston, where winners will have the opportunity to explore and ‘The Lone Star State’.

Destinations | 16-19 January 2020 | Holiday & Travel Show | Manchester EventCity | Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year


2020 Entries

Browse through the entries here.

So far, Wanderlust have received just under 2,500 entries, and counting. So don't be deterred, 'Click' and submit your photographs.

Closing date for entries is 15 November 2019.

Click here for more information about the competition, including full terms and conditions.

2020 Prizes

The winners of each the four categories will be flown to Texas, USA, where they will experience an unforgettable trip to the heart of America. From mountains and prairies, to beaches and forests, Texas encapsulates the best of America – a photographer’s dream.


The runners-up of the four categories will win a Nikon D3500 camera and an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm VR lens. This premium camera captures outstanding images and full HD movies, delivering pin sharp visuals – the perfect kit to gain new perspectives.

The winning photographs, plus a selection of shortlisted shots, will be printed in the Wanderlust magazine and featured on the Wanderlust website early next year. In addition to this, shots taken by the finalist will be displayed here at the Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show 2020.
Previous winners have been; Viv Leese’s ‘Shining Pilots’, showing a pod of pilot whales submitted for the Wildlife category, a notoriously tricky shot to get; Alexander Metcalfe won the 2017 Active category with the very chilly looking ‘Welcome to Scotland’ taken in the Cairngorms National Park.
Make sure you take some time out from researching your next trip to appreciate these stunning images.

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. 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.
For more information, please click here


Destinations | 16-19 January 2020 | Holiday & Travel Show | Manchester EventCity | Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year

Credit: Somenath Mukhopadhyay (2016)


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.