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.
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.
closes 31 October: Open
closes 31 November: Animal kingdom
Monthly themed competition.
October theme: ICM
International Garden Photographer of the Year
Closes Oct 2020
Entry fee is £12 for 4 single images, or £25 for a portfolio of 6 images.
There are many themes (too many to list) plus some projects which run for a shorter time within the main competition. The current project (closes end March) is Black & White.
Travel Photographer of the Year
Closes 2 November 2020
Old images are allowed given the current travel restrictions.
Closes 15 Nov 2020 (early deadline 5 July)
Monochrome images under a wide range of themes: Abstract; Architecture; Conceptual; Fashion / Beauty; Fine Art; Landscapes; Nature; Nude; Photojournalism; Photomanipulation; Portrait; Street; Wildlife
Amateur winner receives $1000 and publication in the annual awards book. Enter by 5 July for cheaper entry fee: $15 per single entry for amateurs ($20 if enter after 5 July)
Sony World Photography Open Award 2021
Closes 7 January 2021
Enter up to 3 images for free. Enter into any combination of the following categories: Architecture; Creative; Motion; Landscape; Lifestyle; Natural World and Wildlife; Object; Portraiture; Street Photography; Travel.
All images submitted must be taken during 2020.
PREVIOUS COMPETITIONS THAT ARE LIKELY TO RETURN:
Europe security photos
Due again May-July 2020
Countryfile Photographic Competition 2019
No info for 2020 yet
Open Walls Arles
Closed 1 August 2019 – results update due April 2020.
2019 Women Photographers’ Grant
Closed 10 October 2019
Street Photography Awards 2020
CLOSED 27 April 2020
Images to be minimum of 1200 pixels on the longest side but up to 2000 pixels is even better. Maximum size is 10MB. The file name should be under 50 characters.
Cost: 1 entry for free; 5 single images for $35 USD; series of 10 images for $45 USD; if you submit5 or more images you can add a submission review for $15 USD.
International Landscape Photographer of the Year
Closed 15 October 2019
British Photography Awards
Closed 31 October 2019.
Monochrome Awards 2019
Closed 17 November 2019. Awards to be announced 12 January 2020
Wanderlust Photo of the Year
Closes 30 November 2019.
You may enter up to four photos in TOTAL, spread across the four categories, as you wish: People; Wildlife; Landscape; Travel Icons.
Entry is open to amateur photographers only and is free to enter. Entries must be A3 proportion.
The prizes include a photographic trip to Texas.
Smithsonian Photo Contest 2019
Closes 30 November 2019
Enter up to 15 images in each category, to a total of 90 submissions. The categories are: The American Experience; Natural World; People; Travel; Altered Images; Mobile.
Wellcome Photography Prize 2020
Closed 16 December 2019
Free to enter. There are five categories: Social Perspectives (single image); Hidden Worlds (single image); Medicine in Focus (single image); Mental Health (single image); Mental Health (series of up to five images).
Portrait of Humanity
Closes 21 Jan 2020
All About Photo Awards 2020
Closed 8 February 2020
Open to all types of photography. Enter up to 40 images. Entry costs $30 for the 3 first images, then $5 for each additional image. Prizes include $5000 grand prize, other monetary prizes, appearance in Daylighted’s digital traveling exhibition worldwide and feature in AAP Magazine.
Pink Lady Food Photographer 2020
Closed 9 February 2020
There is a wide range of categories to enter (e.g. Street Food; Politics of Food; Food in the Field; …) and no limit on the number of entries you make.
Closed 20 Feb 2020
£30 entry fee for 8-20 photos from one or more projects (early bird fee of £20 closes 30 January)
International Women Photographer’s Award
Closed 29 Feb 2020
Free entry of portfolio and supporting document.
Portrait Awards 2020
Closes 19 Feb 2020 (free entry of single image closes 29 Jan)
Closed 22 March 2020
Fee: $30 for 3 images forming cohesive portfolio
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Closes: 29 March 2020
Theme: Broken Reality
iPhone Photography Awards
Closed 31 March
All About Photos – Travel
Closed 30 April 2020
Invites travel photos of any type, with submissions judged on 3 criteria: creativity, originality and the visual / emotional impact of the image. Entries cost $30 for the first 3 images, and $5 for each further image (max of 40 images total)
EISA Maestro 2020
Closes 1 May 2020
Theme is Movement
One entry only, of a portfolio of 5-8 images.
Landscape Photographer of the Year
Closed 10 May 2020; Results to be announced 18 October 2020
Nature Photographer of the Year
Closed 10 May 2020
Close-up Photographer of the Year
Closed 17 May 2020
AAP Magazine: Black & White
Closes 9 June
Enter a portfolio of up to 40 images. Applications will be assessed on three criteria: creativity, originality and the visual / emotional impact of the image.
Sony α Instagram Competition – Pet Portrait
Closes 14 June
LIP Annual Exhibition
Delayed to October 2021.
Extended to 15 July 2020.
Amateur Photographer of the Year
Currently Round 5, City Life, closing 24 July
One free entry per round, £2 for others (max 4). Extra free entry for readers of Amateur Photographer.
Countryfile Calendar 2021
Closes 31 July 2020.
Theme: Bright and Beautiful – UK landscape and wildlife
LIP Lockdown Exhibition
Closes 14 Aug 2020.
LIP members only – submission of images taken 23 March to 14 Aug 2020, for online display and book.