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.
Submit .jpg or .png images of less than 2Mb.
NOVEMBER: Human Body – closed
DECEMBER: An Instant (open)
JANUARY: Colours (open)
FEBRUARY: After Dark (open)
MARCH: Faces of Life
Sony World Photography Award – Open Competition
Closes 4 January 2018
Ten categories: Architecture; Culture; Enhanced; Motion; Landscape & nature; Portraiture; Still Life; Street photography; Wildlife.
Can enter 3 images in any category(ies) – they must be taken in 2017.
For each category there will be 1 winner, up to 10 shortlisted photographers, and up to 40 commended photographers.
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 2017 will be awarded a holiday to Costa Rica.
Final entries for this year close on 18 December.
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.
The 2018 competition starts on Monday 8 January
Black & White Photographer of the Year
Three categories: The World of People; The World Around Us; The Creative World
Closes midnight 30 November 2017 – closed
Urban Photographer of the Year
Closes 30 November 2017 – closed
Open to amateur and professional photographers to enter they photos that celebrate the richness and diversity of city life.
Prizes include a photo trip and a variety of photographic equipment.
Wanderlust Photo of the Year
Closes 15 November 2017 – closed
Amateur entries to be under categories: People, Wildlife, Landscape, or Active Travel.
Both amateur and professional entries re invited for the Portfolio section: five photos that tell a tale.
The winner of each amateur category wins a Wanderlust photo commission to Costa Rica, plus £500 worth of vouchers.
The winner of the Portfolio competition, wins a cash prize of £3,000.
And for another list of ongoing competitions, click here