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.

Street Photography Awards 2020
Closes 22 April
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.

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.
At the end of the year winners are exhibited in shows in New York, Paris, Rome and Tokyo.
closes 30 April: Colours
closes 31 May: Youthhood

SheClicks Community
Monthly themed competition.
April theme:

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
Closes 10 May 2020
British landscapes in all their forms, including outdoor urban and suburban. Images to be taken in the 5 years preceding the close date.
£9.99 single image, £24.99 up to 8 images, £34.99 up to 20 images.

Nature Photographer of the Year
Closes 10 May 2020
Themes: Birds; Mammals; Other animals; Plants and Fungi; Landscapes; Underwater; Natural Art; Man and Nature; Black & White; Animal portraits; Animals of “De Lage Landen”
Entrance fee of €27,50 – upload max 20 images in above themes (other options and prices available)

Close-up Photographer of the Year
Closes 17 May 2020
Themes: Insects; Animals; Plants & Fungi; Intimate landscape; Manmade world; Micro; Young CUPOTY.

LIP Annual Exhibition
Dates for submission TBA but probably June 2020
LIP members only – submission of images, phonebooks and zines. To have been created since January 2018.

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.

Monochrome Awards
Closes 15 Nov 2020
Monochrome images under a wide range of themes. Amateur winner receives $1000 and publication in the annual awards book.

Travel Photographer of the Year
Opens 7 April 2020

Sony Community
Monthly(ish) themed competition.
Current theme: Environment, closed 23 Feb 2020, awaiting new theme


Amateur Photographer of the Year
Opens Mar 2020, Closes Nov 2020
Free entry per round, £2 thereafter

Hariban Award
Opens 15 April 2020, closes 30 June 2020.

Sony World Photography Award 2020 – Open Competition
Sony 2021 opens 1 June 2020.
Enter up to 3 images for free. Enter into any combination of the following categories: Architecture; Culture; Creative; Motion; Landscape; Natural World and Wildlife; Portraiture; Still Life; Street Photography; Travel.
All images must have been taken during 2019.

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.

Sony α Instagram Competition –  Animal Portrait 

2019 Women Photographers’ Grant
Closed 10 October 2019

International Landscape Photographer of the Year
Closed 15 October 2019

British Photography Awards
Closed 31 October 2019.

Fujiholics Photographer of the Year

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.

PhMuseum 2020
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)

AAP Magazine:Portrait
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