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. To help, here’s a list to get you started. 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, $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.
closes 31 March – Colours
closes 30 April – Urban Stories
closes 31 May – Youthhood
Street Photography Awards 2019
Entries close 24 April 2019
Open to all types of street photography. Prizes include monetary award, exhibition in New York, publication in book, online display, other exhibitions. Entry of 5 single images or a series receive professional review.
CEWE Photo Award 2019
Closes: 31 May 2019
Prizes include holiday and photographic equipment.
You may enter up to 100 images, within any of ten categories: Landscapes; People; Nature; Sports; Architecture & Infrastructure; Food; Travel & Culture; Animals; Hobby & Leisure; Humour.
The Big Picture
The Telegraph’s weekly travel photography competition, with a straightforward single theme of Travel.
Gives the chance to win a £250 Trailfinders voucher.
Lens Culture Black & White Awards
CLOSED Tuesday 30 October 2018
Wanderlust Photo of the Year
CLOSED 15 November 2018
Smithsonian Photo Contest 2018
CLOSED 30 November 2018
Emerging Talent Awards
CLOSED 10 September 2018
Open Walls Arles
CLOSED 13 September 2018
Countryfile Photographic Competition 2018
CLOSED 20 July 2018
CLOSED 14 July 2018
Landscape Photographer of the Year
CLOSED 7 July 2018
Art Photography Awards
Wex Mondays 2018
Sony World Photography Award 2019 – Open Competition
Closed 4 January 2019
Portrait of Humanity
Closed 8 January 2019
Urban Photographer of the Year
Closed 31 January 2019