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.
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 August: Open call
closes 30 September: Colours
closes 31 October: Street life
Monthly themed competition.
World Photography Week exhibition
Closed 1 August 2022, results by 4 August 2022.
Exhibition on 12 large digital screens, 15-19 August 2022 at the newly built Glasgow Campus on the banks of the River Clyde. Submission is free, with a participation fee of £30 if one of your images is chosen.
BBA Photography Prize 2022
Closed 2 August 2022
Enter up to 15 images, any theme, for €49
Prizes include display at Berlin Photo Week, 2-9 September 2022.
Closed 6 August 2022.
Curated by Glasgow Gallery of Photography. An open call for photographers to submit up to 10 images for free. If one of your images is chosen you will pay a £28 participation fee. The exhibition will take place at the Rogart Street Campus 19 – 30 August.
NYC4PA – Your best shot
Closed 7 August 2022
Lauderdale House Photographic Competition 2022
Deliver printed entries 8-14 August 2022
Enter for inclusion in the exhibition at Lauderdale House 31 August – 26 September. In addition the overall winner will get a solo exhibition at Lauderdale House.
Themes are Open and Freedom, cost per entry £3. Entries must be printed and mounted, no larger than 60cm x 60cm when framed.
Closes 20 August 2022.
Entry is free, with a participation fee of £35 payable if any of your images are selected.
Winning images will be displayed in the Pandemic Exhibition at the Glasgow Gallery of Photography, 3-24 September 2022.
All About Photo: Shapes
Closes 23 August 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.
Lens Culture Summer Open
Closes 24 August 2022
Prizes include cash and exhibition at international photo exhibitions
If you enter more than 5 images, single or series, you can pay an extra $25 for a written review of your work.
The Independent Photographer Travel Award 2022
Closes 31 August 2022
Judged by Steve McCurry
Picture Blue London
Closes 2 September 2022
Enter up to 3 images for free in the categories: Community and conservation; Nature and wildlife; In motion
Dow’s Black and White Photography Competition
Closes 16 September 2022 – enter on Instagram.
Prizes include a Leica voucher and a bottle of vintage port
Enter 1 image only
Travel photographer of the year 2022
Closes 25 October 2022
Portfolio categories are: Cultures; Deserts to rainforests; Green planet, blue planet; The art of monochrome.
Single image categories are: Creative travel; Mark of mankind; Water.
There is also a video category and iPhone category.
Monochrome Awards 2022
Closes 13 November 2022 (early deadline for cheaper entry is 3 July 2022)
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.
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:
Out of the Frame exhibition at RogArt Street Campus in Glasgow, 4-30 August 2022;
World Photography Week exhibition at Glasgow Riverside Campus 15-19 August 2022;
Urban Landscapes at the RogArt Street Campus in Glasgow, 19-30 August 2022.
Exhibited at the International Open Call Exhibition at The Glasgow Gallery for Photography, 20 May-4 June 2022
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