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Photography Competitions

By July 12, 2021October 6th, 2021Competitions

Our pick of the best UK & international photography competitions in 2021–2022 with dates, deadlines, prizes and entry fees…

If you’ve been scanning our UK Art Competitions list for photography prizes then scroll no more, here’s your new home on MoMa. Featuring UK photography competitions and a selection of the best international photography awards.

Our art competitions page lists several photography friendly competitions but every contest here is specifically aimed at photographers.

For those aged 17 and under our Children’s Art Competitions page also includes some photography competitions. Now go win some photography prizes!

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International Photography Exhibition

RPS International Photography Exhibition

The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol holds its 163rd edition of their historic photographic exhibition with a £4,000 prize fund.

Deadline:April 2022 awaiting entry
Shortlist:June 2022
  • IPE Award: £1,500 (and 1-year membership to the RPS)
  • Under 30s Award: £1,000 (and 1-year membership to the RPS)
  • RPS Photographic Commission: £1,250 (commission to create new work)
  • Visitor Prize: £250 (voted for by visitors to the Bristol exhibition)
  • Solo Exhibition (2-week solo exhibition in the RPS Gallery)
Exhibition:RPS Gallery, Bristol (TBA)
Medium:All subjects and photographic approaches are eligible
Eligibility:UK & International artists (no age restrictions)
Entry Fee:£1 free single image, £30 for 4 images (£, RPS Members: £24 for 4, Under 30s: £18 for 4)

Earth Photo

Earth Photo

Competition and exhibition from Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society to enable a better understanding of the world around us.

Deadline:May 2022 awaiting entry
Shortlist:May 2022
  • Category Winners: £250 (best image in each category will be awarded £250 each)
Exhibition:Royal Geographic Society, London (28 Jun – 30 Aug)
Medium:Photography categories are People, Place, Nature, Changing Forests and A Climate of Change. There is also a prize for short films between 5 seconds and 5 minutes long.
Eligibility:UK & international photographers.
Entry Fee:£15 entry fee for each entrant up to 10 works.

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D31 Photography Prize

D31 International Photography Prize

Call for entries for lovers of photography worldwide on theme “Black and White Visual Arts Photography”. 30 finalists to show at Doncaster based gallery.

Deadline:May 2022 awaiting entry
  • First Prize: £500
  • Second Prize: £250
  • Third Prize: £100
  • Member’s Prize: £250 (gallery artists only)
  • Under 16s 1st Prize: £100
  • Under 16s 2nd Prize: £50
  • Under 16s 3rd Prize: £20
Exhibition:D31 Gallery, Doncaster (27 Jun – 27 Jul 2021)
Theme:“Black and White Visual Arts Photography”
Eligibility:UK and international artists
Entry Fee:Free to enter (max 2 photographs, £20 exhibition fee if longlisted, £10 for young photographers)

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

International contemporary portrait photography competition hosted by the National Portrait Gallery with a first prize of £15,000.

Deadline:June 2022 awaiting entry
Shortlist:July 2022
  • First Prize: £15,000 (plus cash prizes to one or more shortlisted photographers)
Exhibition:Exhibition at the NPG, Cromwell Place, London (Dates TBC)
Eligibility:UK & International residents 18+
Entry Fee:£20 per photo (max 6)

RSA Morton Award

The RSA Morton Award

Monetary award to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a lens-based medium with an exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy.

Deadline:June 2022 awaiting entry
Shortlist:August 2022
  • First Prize: £5,000
Exhibition:Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2023 dates TBC)
Medium:Digital & analogue photography, film and video.
Eligibility:Artists must have been born in Scotland or have studied at a Scottish art school or have been resident in Scotland for at least 3 years. (undergraduate or postgraduate students not eligible)
Entry Fee:No entry fee

International Photography Awards

International Photography Awards

One of the biggest photography competitions in the world with a prize fund of $47,000 for professional, amateur, and student photographers.

Deadline:July 2022eawaiting entry
Shortlist:September 2022
  • International Photographer of the Year: $10,000
  • Discovery of the Year: $5,000
  • 13 Category Winners Professional: $1,000
  • 13 Category Winners Non-Professional: $500
Categories:Advertising, Analog/film, Architecture, Book, Deeper Perspective, Editorial/press, Event, Fine Art, Moving Images/video, Nature, People, Special, Sports
Eligibility:All Photographers: Amateur and Professional from all over the world (18+)
Entry Fee:Non-Professional – Single image: $25, Series (2-9 images): $50. Professional – Single image: $35, Series (2-9 images): $60. Student – Single image: $15, Series (2-9 images): $30 (30% off for selected countries)


Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris (PX3)

Founded in 2007 to discover emerging talent and introduce photographers from around the world to Paris in an exhibition & book.

Deadline:July 2022awaiting entry
  • Photographer of the Year (Pro): $5,000
  • Best New Talent (Non-Pros and Students): $2,000
  • 13 Category Winners (Pros): $500
  • 13 Category Winners (Non Pros): $250
Categories:Advertising, Book, Fine Art, Nature, Portraiture, Press/Editorial, Architecture, Special
Exhibition:Espace Beaurepaire, Paris (Oct 2022)
Eligibility:All Photographers: Amateur and Professional from all over the world (18+)
Entry Fee:Non-Professional & Students – Single image: $20, Series (2-9 images): $40. Professional – Single image: $30, Series (2-9 images): $50. (20% off for additional categories)

Richard Coward SPA Photography Award

Scottish Portrait Awards

Anyone living, studying or born in Scotland can enter these photography awards with touring shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Kirkcudbright.

Deadline:July 2022awaiting entry
Longlist:August 2022 (30 photographers)
  • Photography First Prize: £3000
  • Second Prize: £500
  • Third Prize: £150
  • Young Photographer (16-25): £500
Theme:“The subject may involve one or more people and self-portraits are also permitted.”
Medium:Black and white photography only (enter the SPA Fine Art competition if in colour)
Eligibility:Anyone born, living or studying in Scotland (16+)
Entry Fee:£10 per work (max 6)

what3birds? Photography Competition

what3birds? Photography Competition

Contest encouraging photographers to capture images of at-risk British songbirds to help raise awareness of 50% decline in UK songbirds in 50 years.

Deadline:August 2022 awaiting entry
Shortlist:August 2022
Theme:Entry open to any photographs of song and other small birds from the UK
Categories:Best Female Bird, Best Male Bird, New Acts (best fledgling), Best Bird in Flight, Children’s Prize
Eligibility:UK & International residents (any age)
Entry Fee:Free to enter (contributions welcome, no limit on entries)

Environmental Photographer of the Year Award

Environmental Photographer of the Year Award

Free to enter for all ages, showcasing the most inspirational environmental photography from around the world ofr the 14th year running.

Deadline:August 2022 eawaiting entry
  • First Prize: £10,000 (+ spread and interview in The Environment magazine)
  • Young Photographer Prize: Nikon Z Camera + 3 lenses (+ interview in The Environment magazine)
  • Category Awards: (no prizes listed at moment)
Categories:Main Award, Under 21 Award, The Resilient Award, Environments of the Future, Sustainable Cities, Climate action, Water and Security, People’s Choice
Eligibility:UK & International artists (Anyone born on or after 31/07/2001 can enter the Under 21 category)
Entry Fee:No entry fee (10 images max)

Ultimate Sea View 2021

Ultimate Sea View 2022

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society charity launches its annual maritime photography competition searching for the UK’s ultimate sea view.

Deadline:TBA opens Spring 2022
  • First Prize: £500 (photographic equipment voucher)
Theme:Submit images that capture the UK’s unique relationship with the sea, including its merchant ships, fishermen, coasts, harbours and ports.
Eligibility:Residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland (16 & over)
Entry Fee:Free to enter (no limit on entries)

Anthology Photo Competition

Anthology Photographer of the Year 2022

Open to practitioners working at any level, the Photographer of the Year Award celebrates outstanding standalone images and publication in the magazine.

Deadline:TBA opens Spring 2022
Shortlist:All entrants will be notified of the result by email (date TBA)
  • First Prize: €500 (plus editorial coverage in Anthology Magazine and 1 year subscription)
Themes:To enter, submit a previously unpublished image on the theme of ‘Food’
Eligibility:UK & International photographers (any age)
Entry Fee:€15 per entry (no limit on entries)

ND Awards

ND Awards

Started in 2014 by ND Magazine the Neutral Density Photography Awards aims to set new trends in the world of photography for professionals and non-pros.

Deadline:TBAopens Summer 2022
  • Professional Grand Prize: $2,500
  • Non-Professional Grand Prize: $1,300
  • 6 Professional Category Winners: $500
  • 5 Non-Professional Category Winners: $300
Categories:Architecture, Editorial, Fine Art, Nature, People, Special
Eligibility:All Photographers: Amateur and Professional from all over the world (18+)
Entry Fee:Non-Professional – Single image: $20, Series (2-5 images): $25. Professional – Single image: $25, Series (2-5 images): $30 (+$10 fee for multiple category entries)

TDM Magazine Awards

TDM Magazine Awards

Not-for-profit street photography award with $3,500 of prizes for your creative stories from around the world or the local streets you photograph in.

Deadline:TBAopens Spring 2022
  • 1st Prize: $1,500 (Winners & finalists published in Photo Book)
  • 2nd Prize: $1,000
  • 3rd Prize: $500
  • 4th Prize: $300
  • 5th Prize: $200
Categories:Unobtrusive, Intrusive, Black & White, Mobile Photography, Analog, Fine Art, Conceptual, Portrait, Urban, Geography, Street Art, Architecture, Abstract, Modern, Smart
Eligibility:All Photographers: Amateur and Professional from all over the world (18+)
Entry Fee:Single image: $15, Multiple images: $25 (max 5)

ROSL Photography Competition

ROSL Photography Competition 2022

The 2021 theme of the Royal Over-Seas League Photography Competition was ‘International Friendship’ with a prize fund of £3,500 and exhibition.

Deadline:TBAopens Spring 2022
Shortlist:29th October 2021
  • Camera winner: £2,000 (and a trip to the clubhouse exhibition opening, a day of professional tutoring and image published in Overseas magazine)
  • Mobile Phone winner: £1,000 (and image published in Overseas magazine.)
  • Young Photographer winner: £500 (for a ‘young photographer of promise’)
Categories:Advertising, Analog/film, Architecture, Book, Deeper Perspective, Editorial/press, Event, Fine Art, Moving Images/video, Nature, People, Special, Sports
Theme:‘Interantional friendship’ (To capture contemporary culture in the Commonwealth all images submitted must be taken in the past year (from 7 September 2020), relate to the chosen theme and have a link to current countries of the Commonwealth.)
Eligibility:Photographers from all over the world (18+)
Entry Fee:No entry fee (5 images max)

PhotoX Awards

PhotoX Awards

An international open call for photographers with an impressive judging panel brought to you by the folk behind the Art Gemini Prize.

Deadline:TBA opens Spring 2022
  • Open Photographer of the Year: £1,000 (and online exhibition)
  • Food & Beverage category: £600
  • Young Photographer Prize: £200 (under 18)
  • Public Choice Prize: £200
  • Winner’s solo show and finalists’ virtual exhibition (up to 20 shortlisted works) TBC
Medium:All genres and styles of photography.
Eligibility:UK & International artists (no age limits)
Entry Fee:Under 18s free, 1 entry £15, 3 entries £30, 6 entries £50, 8 entries £60

Amateur Photographer of the Year

Amatuer Photographer of the Year 2022

Now in its 41st year, each round sets a different photography theme for monthly prizes and an overall prize fund of £11,000 worth of MPB vouchers.

Deadline:TBC opens Summer 2022
  • First Prize: £1,000 (for overall winner, all prize amounts are vouchers to spend at MPB)
  • Young Photographer Winner: £500 (for overall winner, category winners receive £250, ages 13-21)
  • Camera Club Award: £500 (for camera club with the most points overall)
  • Monthly Awards: (1st prize: £50, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £50)
Themes:Black & White, Natural World, Home, Landscapes, Architecture, Movement, Portraits, Travel, Street, Close up
Eligibility:UK & International photographers (who earn 10% or less of their annual income from photography)
Entry Fee:1 image: £8, 3 images: £21, 9 images £36, 24 images: £66 (or get 4 issues with 4 free entries for £4 – 1 free entry voucher in each magazine)

Jerwood Photoworks

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Biennial awards of £32,000 value, major commissioning opportunity for two early-career artists exploring new approaches to photography.

Deadline:May 2023 awaiting entry
Shortlist:June 2023
  • 2 Awards of: £15,000+ (£10,000 artist fee, £5,000 production budget, £5,000 printing budget, Mentoring support, London exhibition)
Exhibition:Jerwood Space, London (Dates TBC)
Eligibility:Work mainly in photography for 1 – 10 years, have the legal right to work in the UK, and plan to live the UK for next 2 years.
Entry Fee:No Entry Fee

The End!

And so ends our UK & International Photography Competitions list. I’ll keep adding more photo competitions as I hear about them. Good luck if you decide to enter and let me know if you win anything!

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