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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 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 some 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.
closes 30 November: Black and white
closes 31 December: Humans of the world

SheClicks Community
Monthly themed competition.

Monochrome Awards 2022
Closes 13 November 2022 (early deadline for cheaper entry is 3 July 2022)

All About Photo: Streets
Closes 15 November 2022
Prizes include cash and publication in AAP Magazine
Enter a portfolio of up to 40 images, $30 for first 3, then 5$ per additional image.

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year
Closes 15 November 2022
Four categories: People; Wildlife; Landscape; Travel Icons (this latter recognising shots of people, landscapes or events that have achieved a landmark status in the travel world)
Free to enter, maximum of four photos. 

The Art of Building 2022
Closes 27 November 2022
Three categories: Architecture; Conservation and heritage; Human interaction.
Enter three photos across any / all categories.

Getxophoto’s Open Call 2022
Closes 28 November 2022
Theme: Pause. Entree fee: 20€ per project
Prize includes: exhibition at Getxophoto Festival, Pain, June 2023

Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest 2022
Closes 30 November 2022
Themes: Natural World; Travel; People; American experience; Drone/aerial; Artistic.
Grand prize: $2,500

Empty Places: Abandoned Spaces
Closes 30 November 2022
Prizes include: Up to seventy-four images will be selected by the juror for exhibition at Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis.
$35.00 for submission set of 5 images. $5.00 for each additional image.

Annual Photography Awards
Closes 11 December 2022
Themes: Architecture; Fine art; Nature; People; Special.
$30 for single photo / $40 for series (up to 8 photos)

L’Oeil de la Photographie portfolio publication
Closes 31 December 2022
Submit for publication: A series of 12 to 15 photographs (jpg, 72dpi 1024 pixels) – A text about the series (English and French would be appreciated) – A Short Biography – Your portrait or self-portrait.

Sony World Photography Awards 2023
Open Competition closes 6 January 2023; Professional closes 13 January 2023.
The Open competition is for single images taken in 2022, Enter 3 images for free or buy image bundles to enter as many as you wish.

Belfast photo Festival 2023
Closes 3 February 2023.
Open theme, enter 1-15 images from a series / project and/or a photo book. Entry fee 22€ per project.

Fine Art Photography Awards 2023
Closes 15 February 2023.
Several categories, both amateur and professional. Cheaper entry fees before 9 October 2022.

Cewe Photo Award 2023
Closes 31 May 2023

Some recent personal successes

Current and forthcoming exhibitions:

Past exhibitions:
Re:Framed at the Barbican Library, October 2022
Urban Landscapes at the RogArt Street Campus in Glasgow, 19-30 August 2022
World Photography Week exhibition at Glasgow Riverside Campus 15-19 August 2022
Out of the Frame exhibition at RogArt Street Campus in Glasgow, 4-30 August 2022
International Open Call Exhibition at The Glasgow Gallery for Photography, 20 May-4 June 2022

Portfolio published in AAP Magazine Issue 20 – Travel
– see one of my chosen images

British Photography Awards 2020 – winner of Best Architectural Photographer 2020
– see my winning entry 2020

Monochrome Awards 2020 – winner of Best Amateur Street Photographer 2020
– see my winning entry

Finalist in Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) 2020

Shortlisted in Landscape Photographer of the Year (LPOTY) 2020

Exhibited in the She Clicks exhibition, After Nyne Gallery, London, September 2019

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