The reason to enter photo contests, besides the money, recognition, showing off your talent, and learning the right composition after all these years, IS you really have to concentrate on the photography you take, and study it out in your mind, how you can create a winning photo. So many people learn from entering a photo contest.
Now, if you win any of the prizes or recognition from winning, then that is just a bonus. There isn’t anyone who has entered a photo contest that didn’t come out of it with the thought: “I learned more taking these photos, than I would have ever imagined”.
We are approaching the end of the year, and here are some photo contests you can enter or think about right now:
Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s leading photography competition. Held by the World Photography Organisation, in association with Sony, it is one of the most coveted competitions in the global photography space. It was started with the mission to support photographers worldwide so that photographers of all ages and abilities can celebrate and show their work and be a part of the global voice for photography. Entries for the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 are now open. The contest is divided into four competitions, listed below, with sub-divided categories that photographers can choose from, based on what suits them.
Professional Competition – Entry: Free. Ten diverse categories to enter, with a series of 5 to 10 images per category
Submission dates: January 14, 2022 at 13.00 GMT
Enter the Professional Competition
Open Competition – Entry: Free. Ten diverse categories to enter, by submitting single images taken in 2021
Submission dates: January 7, 2022, at 13.00 GMT
Enter the Open Competition
Youth Competition – Entry: Free. Open to all 12-19 year-olds submitting single images taken in 2021
Monthly competitions with a changing theme running from 1 June to 31 December 2021
Enter the Youth Competition
Student Competition – Entry: Free. Open to 18 to 30 year-olds undertaking a full-time photography prgramme
Submission dates: 30 November 2021 at 13.00 GMT
Enter the Student Competition
For the Sony World Photography Awards, Pixpa has partnered with World Photography Organization to celebrate the best imagery and photographers from all over the world.
Open to young photojournalists ages 18-33, this photo contest from Russia honors the memory of Andrei Stenin, a photojournalist who died while on an assignment. This photo competition aims to be a platform through which talented photojournalists make a name for themselves. In 2019, the competition saw 6000 entries from 80 countries.
The categories in this competition are Top News, Sport, My Planet, and Portrait. There are also yearly additions to the categories.
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: 700,000 rubles (equal to $12,383)
Submission Dates: December 22nd- February 29th
The BigPicture photography competition aims to showcase the rich diversity of life on Earth with the hope that these images will be a channel of inspiration to protect the environment. Award-winning photographer Suzi Eszterhas is the Jury Chair of this competition. This photography competition calls for high-quality nature, wildlife, and conservation images from around the world. The winning shots will be exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences.
The seven categories for the BigPicture Photography Competition are:
- Art of Nature
- Aquatic Life
- Winged Life
- Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora
- Terrestrial Wildlife
- Photo Story: Pushing the Limits
Entry Fee: $25 for up to 10 single images; $10 for one photo series.
Prize: $5,000 and $1000 cash will be awarded to the winners of the seven categories
Submission Dates: December 1st – March 1st
Compete for the IPPA Photographer of the Year Award in 18 categories. Photographers must use an iPhone or an iPad.
The categories for this iPad and iPhone photography contest are Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Floral, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News and Events, Panorama, People, Portrait, Series (3 images), Still Life, Sunset, Travel, Trees, Other.
Entry Fee: $3.50 for one image and there are no limits on the no. of images you submit.
Prize: A Gold Bar from the most recognizable private gold mint in the world for the first prize winners in the 18 categories. 2nd and 3rd prize winners in the 18 categories will receive a palladium bar.
Submission Date: By March 31st
There are usually close to 50 to 100 photo contests going at any one time. Click through Google to find out which one you would like to enter.