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Need some focus on your photography. Need inspiration, impetus or just a topic idea? Then a competition could be the answer.

So for all of you who fancy giving it a go, and either don’t know what’s open or don’t get around to it, here is a list .  To help, here’s a list to get you started, in order of closing date.
Please let me know of any others you are aware of in the comments below as I update the page regularly. I must just add, that many of them provide feedback on your entered images and they are worth entering just to receive that.

Life Framer
Monthly calls for entries, each month with its own topic, each overseen by a world-renowned photographer or industry professional.
Monthly winners receive online exposure and $2000 in cash prizes.  Varying costs to enter, but $100 for 12 months membership gives 10 entries to each month’s topic.
Entered images should be less than 6mb in size, .jpg format, around 2500px longest dimension.
At the end of the year winners are exhibited in shows in New York, Paris, Rome and Tokyo.
closed 28 February: Night Life
closes 31 March: Urban Life
closes 30 April: Home Sweet Home

SheClicks Community
Monthly themed competition.
January theme: Small details

Lens Culture Portrait Awards 2021
Closes 17 February 2021.

Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOTY) 2021
Round 1 (Black and White) closes 1 March 2021.

Malta International Photo Award (MIPA) 2020/21
Closes 5 March 2021.
Theme: any aspect of travel photography.

Women Street Photographers Virtual Exhibition
Closes 8 March 2021.
Theme: street photography.
$5 per entry, max 20 entries

Landscape Photographer of the Year
Closes 14 April 2021.

Open Walls Arles 2021
Open now
Theme: Then and Now.
Enter single images, stories and /or film

British Photographic Awards 2020
CLOSED (2021 competition due to open in May)
2020 competition results will be announced in online event 30 March 2021

B&W Minimalist Photography Award
CLOSED 3 February 2021. Results due late February 2021.

All About Photo (AAP) 2021 Award
CLOSED 5 February 2021. Results due 30 April 2021.
Enter between 3 and 50 images, all to be judged separately not as a portfolio. Entry fee of $30 for 3 entries. Cash prizes plus publicity.

Monochrome Awards 2020
2020 winners announced – see my winning entry in Street Photography

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