Photography Competitions

When I was trying to figure out what photography competitions to enter, I’ve put together this overview. To avoid missing to submit photos, I’ve also included imminent deadlines.

I’m looking to update this page from time to time.

Upcoming Deadlines

Free Competitions:

SONY World Photography Awards

  • Categories: Architecture, Culture, Enhanced, Motion, Landscape & Nature, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, Travel, Wildlife
  • Who: All Photographers (Professional, Open, Students)
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes, Exposure
  • When: Opens in June and runs until early January.
  • Deadlines 2017/2018:
    Professional: January 11, 2018 / Open: January 4, 2018 / National Awards: January 4, 2018 / Student Focus: December 4, 2017

Istanbul Photo Awards

  • Categories: News, Sports, Portrait, Nature & Environment (single or series in each category)
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prize
  • When: every year Nov 1 to Jan 31
  • Deadline 2018: 31 January 2018

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

  • Categories: Wildlife
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: until September
  • Deadline: 30 September 2017

World Press Photo Contest

  • Categories: Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, General News, Long-Term Project, Nature, People, Sports, Spot News
  • Who: Professional Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes, Exposure
  • When: December to Early January
  • Deadline: 11 January 2017

Alexia Foundation Grants

  • Categories: Photojournalism
  • Who: Students, Professionals
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Grant
  • When: until January/February
  • Deadline: Student Grant 14 Feb 2017 / Professional Grant 31 January 2017

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • Categories: Astronomy
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prize, Exposure
  • When: February to early May
  • Deadline: 7 April 2017

Cortona On The Move

  • Categories: Documentary Series (New Visions and Happiness on the Move, project of max 15 pictures) / Call for Dummies (Book)
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: February – March (New Visions) / April – May (Happiness on the Move, entry EUR 10) / May – June (Call for Dummies)
  • Deadline: 31st March 2017 / 15th June 2017

Leica Oskar Barnack Awards

  • Categories:
  • Who: Professional Photographers / Aspiring Professional Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: March – April

Nikon Small World Competition

  • Categories: Microscopy
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes & Exposure
  • When: Until April
  • Deadline 30 Apr 2018

The Print Space Competitions

  • Categories: Various Open Photography Competitions on the Hub
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes, Exposure, Workshops
  • When: Visit website for details
  • Deadline: Visit site for details

National Geography your shot Assignments

  • Categories: Abstract, Adventure, Animals, Architecture, Black and White, Culture, Fashion, Food, Landscapes, Music, Nature, People, Places, Portraits, Space, Sports, Style, Travel, Underwater, Weather
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Exposure, Feedback
  • When: check link for details
  • Deadline: check link for details

Paid Entry:

Magnum Photography Awards

  • Categories: Documentary, Portrait, Street, Fine Art, Photojournalism, Open
  • Cost: $60 USD for a series of max 10 photos reviewed as one entry / $50 USD for 5 single photos reviewed as separate entries / $20 USD for 1 single photo and $10 for each additional photo
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes, Exposure, Free Submission Review
  • When: Opens in June and runs until early January.
  • Deadline: 16 May 2017. View Lukas Hauser’s Submission in 2017

Lensculture Street Photography Awards

  • Categories: Street Photography: Street Portraits, Urban Culture, Street Fashion, Road Trip, Street Art, Travel, Architecture, Black & White, Iphone, Abstract, Graphic
  • Cost: Free for Single, $50 for 5+ Singles, $60 for Series
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes, Exposure, Submission Review (for 5+ Singles/Series)
  • When: June to August
  • Deadline: 1st August 2017

Px3 – The Prix de la Photographie Paris

  • Categories: Advertising, Press, Book, Fine Art, Nature, Portraiture,
  • Cost: Professional: $30 per photo or $50 for a series of 2-5 images / otherwise $20 per photo or $40 for a series
  • Who: Professional, Non-Professionla and Student Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes & Exposure
  • When: Until April

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

  • Categories: Nature, People, and Cities
  • Cost: $15 per photo
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: until June
  • Deadline: 30 June 2017

Travel Photographer of the Year

  • Categories: Travel
  • When: from May to September
  • Deadline: 25th September 2017

Smithsonian

  • Categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, Mobile
  • Cost: tbc
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: March to November
  • Deadline: 30 November 2017

Epson International Pano Awards

  • Categories: Nature&Landscapes / Built Environments&Architecture / VR&360
  • Cost: $22 per image / $16 for VR&360
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: Until July
  • Deadline: Early Bird 9 July 2017 / Late entry 23 July 2017

IPPAWARDS – iPhone Photography Awards

  • Categories: The America I Know, Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Floral, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News and Events, Panorama, People, Portrait, Series (3 images), Still Life, Sunset, Travel, Trees, Other.
  • Cost: 1 image:$3.50, 3 images:$7.50, 5 images:$15.50, 10 images:$27.50, 15 images:$35.50, 20 images:$50.00, 25 images:$57.50.
  • Who: All Photographers (on iPhone or iPad)
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: tbc

BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition

  • Categories: Art of Nature, Aquatic Life, Winged Life, Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora, Terrestrial Wildlife, Human/Nature, Photo Series: Aerial Photography
  • Cost: $25 for up to 10 single image submissions in any category / $15 for 1 Photo Series submission (3–5 images)
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes/Exposure
  • When: January to March

Kuala Lumpur International Photography Awards

  • Categories: tbc
  • Cost: tbc
  • Who: tbc
  • Where: tbc
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: tbc

PDN Photo Annual

  • Categories: Advertising/Corporate Work, Magazine/Editorial, Photo Books, Photojournalism/Documentary, Sports, Self-Promo/Websites, Personal Work, Stock Photography, Video/Multimedia, Student Work
  • Cost: tbc
  • Who: All Photogaphers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: Until February

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • Categories: Animals in their Environment, Animal Portraits, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles, Behaviour: Birds, Behaviour: Invertebrates, Behaviour: Mammals, Plants and Fungi, Under Water, Urban Wildlife, Earth’s Environments, Black and White, Creative Visions, Wildlife Photojournalist: Single Image, Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Photo Story,
  • Cost:
  • Who: All Photographers (Adult and Young Categories)
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: Until December

GDT EUROPEAN Wildlife Award

  • Categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Young Photographers, Plants & Fungi, Man and Nature, Landscape, Nature‘s Studio, The Underwater World
  • Cost: EUR 30 / Young Photographers Free
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: January to March

International Photography AwardS

  • Categories: Various Sub-Categories under Advertising, Architecture, Book, Deeper Perspective, Editorial, Event, Fine Art, Moving Images, Nature, People, Special, Sports
  • Cost: Professionals: Single Image: $35.00 USD, Series (2 to 5 images): $60.00 USD, Each Additional Category: $25.00 USD / Non-Professionals: $25/50/15 / Students: $15/30/10
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes, Exposure (Lucie Awards)
  • When: Until June
  • Deadline: 31 August 2017

WPPI Awards

  • Categories: Wedding, Portraiture, Photojournalism,
  • Cost: $18-25 per entry depending on deadline, quantity discounts also available
  • Who: WPPI Members
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes
  • When: March to May (First Half Comp)

Life Framer Photography Competition

  • Categories: Various Monthly Themes
  • Cost: Single image $20, Three $30, 6 $40, Membership $80
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prices, Exposure, Exhibitions
  • When: Visit website for details
  • Deadline: Visit website for details

FOAM Talent Call

  • Categories: Open
  • Cost: EUR 35
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Exposure
  • When: Until March

Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

  • Categories: All (fine art, landscape, documentary, portraits, still life, etc.)
  • Cost: $35 for up to 5 images.
  • Who: All Photographers
  • Where: Worldwide
  • Why: Prizes / Exposure
  • When: until End of January
  • Deadline: 31 January 2017

Is there any photography competitions that I missed? What contests did you participate and what was your experience? I’m happy to hear from you!

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Thank you,

Lukas

www.thisishauser.com

Social Media: @thisishauser

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