The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) competition has opened for entries, offering a top prize worth u00a35,000 and introducing an HD video category for the first time.

Franco Banfi

Picture credit: Franco Banfi

The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) 2012 competition has opened for entries, offering a top prize worth £5,000 and introducing an HD video category for the first time.

Open to amateur and professional photographers the contest boasts prizes including Fujifilm X-Pro1, X100 and X-S1 cameras.

The winner will scoop £2,500 cash, plus an expenses-paid international photography commission worth a further £2,500.

They will also be given the chance to blend their own whiskey, courtesy of Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whiskey, one of the sponsors.

This year?s portfolio categories are People Watching, Wild Planet and Journeys.

The winner of the HD video category, Travel Shorts, will pocket £1,000.

The closing date is 17 September.

Entry fees, for the adult categories, start at £10.

For full details visit www.tpoty.com