An exhibition of images from the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards are to go on show in an outdoor exhibition for the first time at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, the birthplace of photography.
These award-winning photographs, submitted by amateur and professional photographers who beat entrants from almost a one hundred countries in 2013, drew some 37,000 visitors when they were displayed in London last summer, giving visitors who may have missed the London exhibition a chance to enjoy them now.
The photographs in the exhibition offer a glimpse into our magnificent and poignant world. From sweeping landscapes to bustling city scenes, from a lion on the hunt to a 'snow monkey' having a relaxed bath in Japan and some fascinating moments of human life, these images will take people on a journey around the world.
Running from 5 June to 12 July, Travel Photographer of the Year at Lacock Abbey gives photography fans the chance to view these images in the unrivalled and highly appropriate setting of the National Trust property which is considered the birth place of modern photography where Henry Talbot captured the first photographic negative.
The exhibition will be on show in the abbey’s Tudor courtyard, an historic part of the building’s 800 year history. It was also a location Talbot often used to take pictures and many of his famous photographs, including ‘The Open Door’, were taken there. This year the National Trust team at Lacock closed the courtyard to vehicles, making it a more relaxing and enjoyable space for visitors. TPOTY will be the first event held here.
Travel Photographer of the Year founder Chris Coe said: ‘This year the TPOTY exhibition will be going on tour for the first time and we are absolutely delighted that first venue will be the spiritual home of photography, Lacock Abbey, with all its historic connection to William Henry Fox Talbot and the very earliest days of photography. This exhibition will act as a perfect curtain raiser for the first showing of the very latest TPOTY winners, at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London in July, August and September.’
Travel Photographer of the Year, 5 June to 12 July, daily from 10.30am to 5.30pm, in the Tudor courtyard at Lacock Abbey. National Trust members and under 5s go free. For more information please call 01249 730459 or visit nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock.
Image: Japanese Macaque © Jasper Doest/tpoty.com