I know a lot of readers who fancy entering a photo competition and either don’t know what’s open or don’t get around to it (I suffer from both). So here’s a list to get you started. Please let me know of any others you are aware of in the comments below and I’ll keep the page up-to-date.
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, $2000 in cash prizes, and feedback. Varying costs to enter, but $80 for 12 months membership gives most entries and feedback.
At the end of the year winners are exhibited in shows in New York, Paris, Rome and Tokyo.
JULY – The Face of the Earth
AUGUST – Human Body
SEPTEMBER – Open Call
NOVEMBER – Street Life
DECEMBER – World Travellers
JANUARY – Night Life
FEBRUARY – Colours
Sony World Photography Award 2019 – Open Competition
All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student competitions will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 will be presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 to the Open Photographer of the Year. In addition, there are prizes for monthly winners.
Student: November 30, 2018
Open / Youth: January 4, 2019
Professional: January 11, 2019
Wanderlust Photo of the Year
Closes 15 November 2018
Open to amateur photographers only. Entry is free. There are four categories: People; Wildlife; Landscape; Travel Icons.
You may enter up to four photos in total, split across the categories in any manner. One submission per individual; multiple entries will be disqualified.
The 4 winning photographers receive a photo commission to Hong Kong and Macao.
The Big Picture
The Telegraph’s weekly travel photography competition, with a straightforward single theme of Travel.
Gives the chance to win a £500 camera.
Readers’ Travel Photo Competition
The Guardian’s monthly and annual travel photo competition, no theme other than Travel.
Monthly winners receive a £200 voucher.
All monthly winners move through to the annual competition, and the grand winner in 2018 will be awarded a photography holiday to West Greenland.
Each month’s competition closes on 25th of the month, but December closes on 17th.
Wex Mondays 2018
Wex Photographic runs a weekly competition – simply tweet your photo on a Monday with hashtag #WexMondays and you’ll be considered for the weekly selection. The only rule is that it must be a photo taken in the past week. The weekly winners are well publicised and move into the competition for the annual winner and inclusion in the exhibition at their Whitechapel store.
Travel Photographer of the Year
Closes 1 October 2018
There are a number of categories under which you can submit your entries. There two 4-image portfolio this of Faces, People, Culture and Natural World; one 8-image portfolio of Travel; a New Talent category of Festivals and Events; three 1-image themes of Beauty & Light, Hot & Cold, and Tranquility; and, a Smart Shot topic of iTravelled.
The entry fee for each 4-image portfolio category is £15; £30 for the 8-image portfolio category; £20 for New Talent; £10 for 1 Shot categories; £8 for Smart Shot.
Countryfile Photographic Competition 2018
CLOSED 20 July 2018
CLOSED 14 July 2018
Landscape Photographer of the Year
CLOSED 7 July 2018; results due in November 2018
Art Photography Awards
Awards include $22,000 in grant awards and appearance in magazines and galleries. An important element available to entrants is a written review of your submission.
CLOSED 3 July 2018