Travel Photo Award FAQ
Thank you for your interest in our travel photo award.
Winners for our 2018-2019 Photo Award: Click here
Below we list common questions we receive about the award which may help you in submitting your entry.
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE SUBMITTING YOUR PHOTO: It is likely TOO LARGE of a file. Use a photo size approximately 1024 pixels or less.
1) I sent my photo in two weeks ago. Why isn’t it published?
Please join the newsletter to have the most up-to-date information on our awards. It can take many months to get all of the amazing entries published on our site. You will receive a confirmation email that your entry was received and another one that lets you know when it will be live and online. As of Jan 2018, all of the entries from the 2018 award have been scheduled. Everyone should have received an email with the expected date of publication.
2) What is in a good title?
Include the name of the country where your photo was taken in the title. Something catchy about why this picture caught your eye is also good for the title.
3) Where should my photo be taken?
A great photo can be from any destination. You can travel far in your own backyard depending on your perspective. For our writing award, we have published over 2300 writers and photographers from 75 countries so anywhere you go is interesting to someone in our community! Click here to see the entries from the 2017 photo award. And here for the 2018 entries.
4) What are you looking for in a photo?
Our site is G-rated and does not publish references to alcohol, drugs or other R-rated subjects. A good photo takes us into the destination. What do you smell, taste, hear and feel.
For our writing award we say that instead of “telling” the reader about a place, take them there instead. Your photo is worth 1000 words.
Only use your own personal photo. Travelers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. You may submit a maximum of three photos for our photo competition.
5) What should my photo be about?
We are looking for an inspiring travel-oriented image that shows us your experience in the world with great subject, composition, lighting, perspective and storytelling. It must be your original photo that shares the people, places or cultures you have encountered. Do not submit studio or commercial photos.
6) Does my entry need to have a story?
Yes, every photo needs to have information about exactly where it was taken and how you took it. We have had many questions on social media about where different photos were taken. WSGT may add more destination information to some of the entries to help people travel more!
7) Can you give me personal feedback on my photo?
Please see our photo resources page for information on courses, classes and workshops. We will be publishing a series of articles on how to take a better photo.
8) Can I have a link to my photos in my entry?
Yes. In your entry, there is a section to list where to find more of your work. Please link to your website, social media pages, smug mug or wherever we can find more of your photography.
9) When do you announce the winners?
Please check the monthly newsletter for updates on when the photo winners will be announced. Photo Award Winners will not be announced until after all the entries are published on the site. We are currently publishing the 2018 award entries and will continue until they are all live on the site in July 2018. We expect to announce the winners in September 2018.
The 2018 award opened August 1, 2018.
Finalists from the 2018 Photo Award:
2018-19 Photo Award Finalists announced July 2019.
2018-19 Photo Award Winners will be announced in Sept 2019
10) How much does it cost to enter the award?
There is no fee.
Article about our Summer 2017 Photo Award.
Article about our 2018 Photo Award with 4 judge bios.