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Photography Competitions

Our pick of the best UK & international photography competitions in 2024 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!

MPB Scottish Portrait Awards in Photography

Scottish Portrait Awards

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

Close:2nd May 2024enter now!
News:Finalists notified by: 29th May 2023 (50 photographic submissions, 30 in colour and 20 in black and white, will be awarded a place in the Scottish Portrait Awards travelling exhibition).
Prize:
  • 1st Prize (Colour Award): £2,000
  • 1st Prize (Black & White): £2,000
  • Albert Watson Portrait Prize: £1,000
  • 2nd Prize: £500
  • 3rd Prize: £250
  • Young Photographer (age 16-25): £500 (£500 plus an MPB voucher worth £250)
  • Phone Portrait Photography Prize: £500 (free to enter here)
Show:
What:Any photographic process may be used to create the work. Photographs may have been digitally manipulated. Photographs selected for the exhibition must be delivered framed and mounted, behind glass with D-rings attached. In general, photographs submitted to the exhibition should be no smaller than 28cm x 31cm (without frame) and no larger than 65cm x 65cm (with frame).
Who:Anyone born, living or studying in Scotland (over 16 years old on 1 Sep 2023)
Past:Previous winners
Fees:£10 per work (Max 6. Free entry is available to anyone receiving universal credit or any form of income support. Phone Portrait Award is free.)
Site:Enter here

Photo Paris Prize 2024

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.

Close:6th May 2024enter now!
News:Early Bird Deadline: January 31st, 2023. Last closed: 8th May 2023.
Prize:
  • 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
What:Advertising, Book, Fine Art, Nature, Portraiture, Press/Editorial, Architecture, Special
Show:Espace Beaurepaire, Paris (TBA)
Who:All Photographers: Amateur and Professional from all over the world (18+)
Fees: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)
Site:Enter here

IPP 166

RPS International Photography Exhibition 165

The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol holds the 166th edition of their historic photographic exhibition with a £2,000+ prize fund.

Close:21st May 2024 enter now!
News:Early-bird prize draw deadline to win a signed photobook: 26th March.
Prize:
  • IPE Award: £1,000 (and 1-year membership to the RPS)
  • Under 30s Award: £1,000 (and 1-year membership to the RPS)
  • Visitor Prize: £250 (voted for by visitors to the Bristol exhibition)
Show:RPS Gallery, Bristol (Dates TBA)
Who:UK & International photographers (no age restrictions)
Past:IPE 165 exhibition
Fees:1 free single image, £30 for 4 images (RPS Members: £24 for 4, Under 30s: £18 for 4)
Site:Enter here

Black and White Photography Awards

Black and White Photography Awards

International photography competition celebrating the best of monochrome art with a first prize of €1,000 and various category awards.

Close:15th June 2024 enter now!
News:Shortlist date TBA.
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: €1,000
  • 5 x 1st Category Photo: €150
  • 5 x 2nd Category Photo: €100
What:Black and white photographs. Categories: Architecture, Street, Fauna and Flora, Portrait, Landscape.
Who:UK & International photographers (over 18)
Past:2023 winners
Fees:€15 per category. Allows 5 pictures for the chosen category.
Site:Enter here

Anthology Photography Competition

Anthology Photo Competition

Celebrating outstanding standalone images and providing a platform for photographers to showcase their work through publication.

Close:31st October 2024 enter now!
News:All entrants will be notified of the result by email.
Prize:
  • First Prize: €500 (and editorial coverage in a future issue of Anthology)
What:Images submitted must be on the theme of ‘Everyday Wonders’. Submissions will be judged on quality, creativity, originality, and visual/emotional impact. Photography styles can include street photography, landscapes, natural world & wildlife, macro photography, lifestyle, object and still life and architectural. Technically manipulated images such as abstract, panoramic, stitched and composite are also permitted. Extra merit will be awarded to creative interpretation of the brief.
Who:UK & International photographers
Past:2022 winner
Fees:Very Early Bird: €10 – to 31 March 2024, Early Bird: €12 – April–June 2024, Standard: €18 – July–October 2024
Site:Enter here

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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.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:TBA
Prize:
  • Open Photographer of the Year: £1,000 (and online exhibition)
  • Food & Beverage category: £600
  • Young Photographer Prize: £200 (under 18)
  • Public Choice Prize: £200
Show:
  • Winner’s solo show and finalists’ virtual exhibition (up to 20 shortlisted works) TBC
Who:UK & International artists (no age limits)
Fees:Under 18s free, 1 entry £15, 3 entries £30, 6 entries £50, 8 entries £60
Site:Enter here

Lensculture Summer Open Awards

LensCulture Summer Open 2022

New competition to discover and reward 20 photographers — with a $20,000 prize fund, London exhibition, publication, global media exposure.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:20 finalists will be selected. Last closed: 24th August 2022
Prize:
  • 20 Winners: $500 (20 photographers will receive $500 grants each)
Show:Exhibition in London during Photo London 2023
What“Work that is fresh, impactful, surprising, profound, intense, visionary. Classic or eclectic, candid or constructed, artfully poetic or hard-edged realism, we are open to all. All photographers. All ages. All topics. All genres.”
Who:UK and international photographers (18+)
Fees:Single entry: Free, 5+ Singles: $35, Series: $45 (max 10)
Site:Enter here

Ultimate Sea View

Ultimate Sea View

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

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Last closed: 28th August 2023
Prize:
  • First Prize: £500 (photographic equipment voucher)
What:Submit images that capture the UK’s unique relationship with the sea, including its merchant ships, fishermen, coasts, harbours and ports.
Who:Residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland (16 & over)
Fees:Free to enter (no limit on entries)
Site:Enter here

D31 PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 2022

D31 Photography Prize

Open international exhibition from the Doncaster based gallery featuring black and white photography on the theme ‘Nostalgia’.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Shortlist: before 15th July 2022. Last closed: 5th September 2022
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £300
  • 2nd Prize: £200
  • 3rd Prize: £100
Show:D31 Art Gallery, Doncaster and online exhibition (20 Sep – 15 Dec 2022)
What:This year’s theme is “NOSTALGIA”. All photographs must be in “BLACK and WHITE”
Who:UK & international photographers.
Fees:No entry fee. You can submit 3 works only. Participation fee of £25 if selected.
Site:Visit Website

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.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:TBA
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: $1,500 (Winners & finalists published in Photo Book)
  • 2nd Prize: $1,000
  • 3rd Prize: $500
  • 4th Prize: $300
  • 5th Prize: $200
What:Unobtrusive, Intrusive, Black & White, Mobile Photography, Analog, Fine Art, Conceptual, Portrait, Urban, Geography, Street Art, Architecture, Abstract, Modern, Smart
Who:All Photographers: Amateur and Professional from all over the world (18+)
Fees:Single image: $15, Multiple images: $25 (max 5)
Site:Enter here

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.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:TBA
Prize:
What:Entry open to any photographs of song and other small birds from the UK
What:Best Female Bird, Best Male Bird, New Acts (best fledgling), Best Bird in Flight, Children’s Prize
Who:UK & International residents (any age)
Fees:Free to enter (contributions welcome, no limit on entries)
Site:Enter here

Black & white photography Awards

LensCulture Black & White Photography Awards

International black and white photography competition with a cash prize of £10,000, London show & feature at international photo festivals.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:20 finalists will be selected. Last closed: 24th October 2022.
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: $10,000
Show:Exhibition at Photo London 2023
What“We want to discover remarkable B&W photographers from all cultures and all experience levels”
Who:UK and international photographers (18+)
Fees:Single entry: Free, 5+ Singles: $35, Series: $45 (max 10)
Site:Enter here

Travel Photo of the Year

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year

The UK’s largest amateur travel photography competition is asking you to gather your soul-stirring photos to send them in for their judges to ponder.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Shortlisted photographers will be contacted in January 2023. Last closed: 15th Nov 2022.
Prize:
  • First Prize: Photography trip to Singapore (The four category winners will win a photography-based experience to Singapore supported by Singapore Tourism Board. Prize includes return flights from UK and 5 nights accomm)
What:Categories: People, Wildlife, Landscape and Travel Icons – the latter recognising shots of people, landscapes or events that have achieved a landmark status in the travel world.
Who:UK & International photographers (Amateur photographers only. Entrants must be 18 years old or over and in possession of a valid passport to travel to Singapore.)
Fees:Free to enter
Site:Enter here

National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition 2023

National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition 2023

Among the most coveted travel photography prizes in the country, the free to enter competition is accepting submissions in up to six categories.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Winner will be notified by email within 60 days of the competition closing. Last closed: 27th November 2022
Prize:
  • Grand Prize: Trip for 2 to Jordan (Grand Prize winner will receive a week-long adventure for two on one of Exodus Travels’ small-group trips to Jordan. Packed full of unforgettable highlights, the itinerary offers travellers unique experiences in the vast desert at Wadi Rum, camping like the Bedouin at an exclusive Exodus Travels camp; the opportunity to snorkel in the Red Sea; and guided tours of the ancient cities of Petra and Jerash.)
  • Runners-up: 1 year subscription (to National Geographic Traveller and tickets to a full suite of Masterclasses travel photography panel discussions in 2023.)
What:Categories: Food & travel, People, Urban environments, Landscape, Wildlife, Portfolio
Who:UK or Ireland residents (age 18 and over)
Fees:Free to enter
Site:Enter here

RWA Photo Open Exhibition

RWA Photo Open Exhibition

A unique opportunity to show – and sell – your work in one of the UK’s most prestigious and beautiful art galleries.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:Selection results available online on 14th December 2022. Last closed: 5th December 2022
Prize:
  • Teresa Knowles Bursary Award: £1,500 (towards a photography trip to Italy PLUS the opportunity of exhibiting your work at the RWA)
  • MPB Sponsor Awards: £1000 voucher (to spend on photographic kit at MPB; plus two runner up awards of £500 vouchers)
  • Niche Award: £500 (cash prize of £250 plus voucher of £250 towards printing or framing)
  • Student Award: £250
Show:RWA, Bristol (28 Jan – 1 May 2023)
What:The exhibition is a celebration of the full range of contemporary photographic practice. There is no theme, but selectors will have a particular eye for images that say something about the world today. Entries can be single images or limited series; they can be simple photographs or artworks that include a photographic element, including 3-D works. They can be any size. Those who use photography to inform their sculpture, installation, architecture or other artistic practice are also encouraged to enter. The work must be available for sale at the exhibition, and selected work will need to be framed or presented in an exhibitable format.
Who:UK & International artists and photographers
Fees:£21 per work, Students £15.90 per work; Friends of the RWA £15.90 per work; Artist Network Members £10.50 per work; Academicians: free
Site:Enter here

RBSA Photography Prize

RBSA Photography Prize

The fifth RBSA Photography Prize exhibition invites artists creating working with photographic processes to enter work.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Selected artists announced: 10th February 2023. Last closed: 31st January 2023.
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: £1,000
  • 2nd Prize: £500
  • 3rd Prize: £250
  • Solo Show Prize
Show:RBSA Gallery, Birmingham (2 Mar – 8 Apr 2023)
Who:UK & International photographers.
Fees:1 entry: £19, 2 entries: £32, 3 entries: £40, 4 entries: £48 (under 35s can pay over phone for 50% discount, free for RBSA Graduate Artists)
Site:Visit Website

Photo Competition 2023: Beautiful Britain

Reader’s Digest Photo Competition

Capture a photo that sums up the beauty of Britain for a chance to win a £400 Amazon voucher and feature on the back cover of Reader’s Digest.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:All entrants will be notified of the result by email. Last closed: 12th May 2023.
Prize:
  • First Prize: £400 (£400 Amazon voucher and chance to feature on the back of a future issue of the magazine.)
  • Second Prize: £250 (£250 Camera World voucher)
  • Third Prize: Voucher (An Experience or Workshop & Course voucher from Jessops)
What:‘What encapsulates the beauty of Britain for you? Is it rolling green hills and hidden valleys of the countryside? Or cobbled medieval streets and grand cathedrals? Take a compelling picture that sums up the beauty of Britain for you, and send it to Readers Digest. We’re looking for a unique and unusual approach, so let your creative juices flow! The competition will be judged by professional photographer James Eckersley, and the winning entries will be published in the July issue, with the top winner gracing the back cover.’
Who:Residents of the UK, Eire and BFPOs (aged 18 or over)
Fees:Free to enter
Site:Enter here

Photo Portrait Prize 2023

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

International contemporary portrait photography competition hosted by the National Portrait Gallery with prizes ranging from £2,000 to £15,000.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Entrants will be notified if their work has been selected for the second round of judging by 22 June 2023. Last closed: 22nd May 2023.
Prize:
  • First Prize: £15,000 (more cash prizes will be awarded to shortlisted artists)
Show:Exhibition at the NPG, Cromwell Place, London (9 Nov 2023 – 25 Feb 2024)
Who:UK & International photographers (18+)
Fees:£21 per photo, max 6 (Students, under 25 year olds and those on disability allowance will receive a 50% discount and both universal credit and pension credit users will be able to enter for free)
Site:Enter here

AOP Student Awards 2023

2023 AOP Student Awards

Established in the early 1980s, to recognise and highlight emerging photographic talent in further education institutions across the UK.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:Winners will be announced on 23rd June. Last closed: 24th May 2023.
Prize:
  • First Prize: £2,500 (The winner will receive a cash grant of £2,500, access to Fujifilm kit to support with their next project and support from Fujifilm ambassador and AOP member Kristina Varaksina. Fujifilm will also support and create the creation of a short marketing video to promote their ‘Print to Prove It’ Campaign. The winner will work closely with a Fujifilm approved Professional Lab who will advise and print a series of images for their portfolio. The prize in total is worth around £8,000)
  • Gold & Silver winners: Exhibition & Book (may appear in a final showcase event and feature in The AOP Photography Awards book)
Show:Exhibition at the The Truman Brewery, London (23 June – 2 July 2023)
What:Stills and Moving Image. Categories: People, Places, Things.
Who:UK based students studying photography in the UK at FE level or higher.
Fees:Members: Single: £6, Series: £10, Moving: £6 (Non Members: Single: £10, Series: £14, Moving: £10)
Site:Enter here

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Adult & Youth competitions that celebrate the magic and wonder of the British landscape and showcases the work of talented photographers.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:Shortlisted entries contacted: 10 July. Last closed: 31st May 2023.
Prize:
  • Overall Winner: £10,000
  • Youth Winner: £1,000 (under 18)
  • Category Winners: £1,000
What:Categories: Classic View Cityscapes, Black and White, Intimate View (macro and detail), Expression/Impressions of the Landscape, Bird’s Eye View (Drone), Change in the Landscape, My Railway Adventure, Coast
Who:Images must be of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands but you do not have to be a UK resident to enter – entries are also welcome from overseas entrants.
Fees:A single image entry costs £9.99, 8 entries: £24.99, 20 entries: £34.99 (Youth Competition is free for everyone aged 18 and under in 2023)
Site:Enter here

Photometria Awards

Photometria Awards 2023

Documentary photographer Martin Parr judges this year’s awards on the theme ‘Emerging Roots’ culminating in a group show in Ioannina, Greece.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:The results of the best 25 photos will be announced in June. Last closed: 31st May 2023.
Prize:
  • First Prize: €500 (in addition, one of the top 3 winners gets a solo exhibition at next year’s festival)
Show:Exhibition of the top 25 photos in Ioannina, Greece.
What:This year’s theme of Photometria International Photography Festival, “Emerging Roots”, invites you to learn from your past, your roots and your memories. Highlight it, remember it and create a better present and an even better future. Let our emerging roots become levers for a better world.
Who:UK & international photographers.
Fees:Free to enter
Site:Enter here

Open Call: TPG New Talent 23

TPG New Talent 23

Open call from The Photographer’s Gallery showcasing the most exciting and relevant UK-based emerging artists working in photography today.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Successful applicants will hear by 1st August 2023. Last closed: 4th June 2023.
Prize:
  • 6 Awards of: £1,500 (six finalists will each receive a bursary of £1,500, a year-long mentorship with a photographer or industry professional, the chance to work with the creative team at An Endless Supply on a bespoke exhibition website, and see your work at large-scale on a billboard in London and your hometown)
Show:Exhibition website and outdoor display
What:Open to all forms of photographic / artistic practices and there is no specific theme.
Who:UK-based photographers, collectives, artists or artist duo whose practice has a focus on photography, who does not have gallery representation, or has not had a significant solo exhibition, or published a monograph by a third-party publisher.
Fees:Free to enter
Site:Enter here

street photography awards

LensCulture Street Photography Awards

LensCulture are searching the globe to find the street photographers creating the world’s most iconic and memorable photographs in the genre today.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:25 Finalists will be selected. Last closed: 21st June 2023.
Prize:
  • Series Winner: $3,500
  • Series 2nd: $2,000
  • Series 3rd:$1,000
  • Single Image Winner: $2,000
  • Single 2nd: $1,000
  • Single 3rd: $500
Show:New York City exhibition.
WhatShow your unique perspective from the street, however you frame it. Open to all types of photography: black & white, mobile photography, analog, conceptual, street portraits, urban, street fashion, road trips, street art, travel, architecture, abstract, poetic.
Who:UK and international artists
Fees:Single entry: Free, 5+ Singles: $35, Series: $45 (max 10, 30% student discount)
Site:Enter here

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.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Winner announced by end of September 2023. Last closed: 25th June 2023.
Prize:
  • First Prize: £5,000 (and 2024 exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy)
Show:Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2024 dates TBC)
What:Digital & analogue photography, film and video.
Who: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)
Fees:No entry fee
Site:Enter here

World Nature Photography Awards

World Nature Photography Awards

Celebrating the world’s best nature photographers, as they highlight the wonders of our planet. A tree is planted with every entry.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Winners will be announced in February 2024. Last closed: 30th June 2023.
Prize:
  • Winner: $1,000
What:14 Categories: Animals in their habitat, Animal portraits, Behaviour – Amphibians and reptiles, Behaviour – Birds, Behaviour – Invertebrates, Behaviour – Mammals, Plants and fungi, Urban wildlife, Planet Earth’s landscapes and environments, Underwater, Black and white, Nature art, Nature photojournalism, People and nature.
Who:UK & international photographers (over 18)
Fees:£30 entry fee allows max 6 images & 1 tree planted (Annual membership of £55 allows 2 free entries, max 12 images and 20 trees planted)
Site:Enter here

Close-up Photographer of the Year

Close-up Photographer of the Year

The fifth Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) is now open for entries with a £7,600+ prize fund and Young Photographer prize.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:Early bird deadline of May 31st
Prize:
  • First Prize: £2,500 (and Universal License for all three Affinity apps, NiSi macro focusing rail NM-200S + macro 77mm close up lens, Trophy, Digital certificate and badge)
  • Category Winners: £250 (and Universal License for all three Affinity apps, NiSi macro focusing rail NM-180 (for the Plants winner), Digital certificate and badge)
  • Young CUPOTY: Sigma Lens (age 17 and under winner: SIGMA 105mm F2.8 DG DN MACRO Art lens, Universal License for all three Affinity apps, Trophy, Digital certificate and badge)
What:Categories – Animals, Insects, Butterflies & Dragonflies, Invertebrate Portrait, Underwater, Plants, Fungi & Slime Moulds, Intimate Landscape, Human Made, Micro, Young
Who:UK & International photographers (aged 18 or over on July 9th 2023. Entrants aged 17 or under on July 9th 2023 should enter Young CUPOTY)
Fees:£10 – 1 image, £20 – Up to 6 images, £30 – Up to 15 images, £40 – Up to 30 imagess (£5 for Young CUPOTY entrants – Up to 15 images)
Site:Enter here

Head On Photo Awards

Head On Photo Awards

A global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across in three categories: Portrait, Landscape & Environmental.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:Award-winners will be announced in Sydney, Australia at the Launch of Head On Photo Festival 2023 and will be notified as soon as possible after the announcement. Last closed: 16th July 2023.
Prize:
  • Category Winners: AUD$10,000 (approx £5,300 each to winners of each category, plus AUD$300 book pack & magazine subscriptions)
  • Runners up: AUD$300 book pack & magazine subscriptions
Show:Head On Photo Festival, location TBA (dates TBA)
What:Categories: Portrait, Landscape & Environmental.
Who:UK & International photographers
Fees:AUD$30 entry fee per photo (Approx £16 per photo)
Site:photoawards.com

OD Photo Prize

OD Photo Prize 2023

Annual open call is for artists working within the first ten years of their practice, founded by Open Doors Gallery, London, UK.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:Selection notification: Mid September 2023. Last closed: 30th July 2023.
Prize:
  • Grand Prize: £2,000 (Includes £500 cash from Open Doors Gallery, £500 print credit from Metro Imaging, £500 print credit from Hahnemuhle & £500 credit from MPB. OD mentorship, OD Artist page & Artsy listing.)
  • 2 x Runners-Up: (OD mentorship, OD Artist page & Artsy listing.)
Show:25 shortlisted artists will be invited to participate in an online exhibition through Open Doors Gallery in November. Each artist will be invited to have a print on display at the Photo Book Cafe exhibition in December 2023.
What:Open theme. We greatly encourage submission from artists working across all forms of photographic art: this includes, but is not limited to, storytelling, narrative, social documentary, construction, archival, conceptual or theoretical practices. Submissions must be photographic or lens-based but can incorporate other art forms (i.e. performance, collage, painting, sculpture, music, literature etc), and may result in unique artworks.
Who:Photographers from around the world within the first ten years of their practice.
Fees:£15 entry (6-15 images per project submission)
Site:photoawards.com

IPA 2023

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.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:Winners will be notfied by email 6 weeks after closing date. Last closed: 14th August 2023.
Prize:
  • International Photographer of the Year: $12,000
  • Discovery of the Year: $6,000
  • 13 Category Winners Professional: $1,200
  • 13 Category Winners Non-Professional: $600
What:Advertising, Analog/film, Architecture, Book, Deeper Perspective, Editorial/press, Event, Fine Art, Moving Images/video, Nature, People, Special, Sports
Who:All Photographers: Amateur and Professional from all over the world (18+)
Fees:Non-Professional – Single image: $30, Series (2-9 images): $55. Professional – Single image: $40, Series (2-9 images): $65. Student – Single image: $15, Series (2-9 images): $30 (30% off for selected countries)
Site:Enter here

LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards

LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards

25 photographers who have not yet received exposure at an international level will be selected for New York exhibition and 8 cash grants of $1,500.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:25 finalists will be selected. Last closed: 23rd August 2023.
Prize:
  • Grants: $1,500 (8 photographers will each receive a cash grant of $1,500)
Show:Group exhibition in New York.
What“No limitations on genre. Fine art, portrait, landscape, architecture, interiors, alternative process, photojournalism, documentary, conceptual, still life, b & w, nature, street photography, abstract, experimental, staged.”
Who:UK and international photographers (18+)
Fees:Mini Series (up to 5): $35, Series (up to 15): $50 (30% student discount)
Site:Enter here

Environmental Photographer of the Year

Environmental Photographer of the Year Award

Free to enter for all ages, showcasing the most inspirational environmental photography from around the world for the 16th year running.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Winners will be announced in November 2023. Last closed: 30th August 2023.
Prize:
  • First Prize: £5,000 (+ spread and interview in The Environment magazine)
  • Young Photographer Prize: Nikon Z Camera + 2 lenses (+ interview in The Environment magazine)
  • Category Awards: £1,000
What:Environmental Photographer of the Year, Nikon’s Young Environmental Photographer of the Year, MPB Vision of the Future, Recovering Nature, Keeping 1.5 Alive, Adapting for Tomorrow.
Who:UK & International artists (Anyone born on or after 31/07/2003 can enter the Under 21 category)
Fees:No entry fee (10 images max)
Past:2022 gallery and winners
Site:Enter here

ROSL Photography Competition

ROSL Photography Competition

The 2023 theme of the Royal Over-Seas League Photography Competition was ‘Viewpoint’ with a prize fund of £3,500 and London exhibition.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:The 20 images selected for exhibition and overall prize-winners will be announced on Friday 6 October 2023. Last closed: 1st September 2023.
Prize:
  • 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’)
Show:Over-Seas House, London (9 Dec 2023 – 4 Feb 2024)
What:Theme – ‘Viewpoint’.
Who:Photographers from all over the world (18+)
Fees:No entry fee (5 images max)
Site:photoawards.com

ND Awards 2023

ND Awards 2023

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.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:Early Bird: 23rd April 2023. Winners announced: 19th November 2023. Last closed: 17th September 2023.
Prize:
  • Professional Grand Prize: $3,500
  • Non-Professional Grand Prize: $2,400
  • 6 Professional Category Winners: $500
  • 5 Non-Professional Category Winners: $400
What:Architecture, Editorial, Fine Art, Nature, People, Special
Who:All Photographers: Amateur and Professional from all over the world (18+)
Fees:Non-Professional – Single image: $19, Series (2-5 images): $24. Professional – Single image: $24, Series (2-5 images): $29 (+$10 fee for multiple category entries)
Site:Enter here

Passepartout Photo Prize

Passepartout Photo Prize

Supporting the development of talented photographers from all over the world with an exhibition in a fine art gallery in the heart of Rome.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Winners announcement Autumn 2023. Last closed: 10th October 2023.
Prize:
  • First Prize: €500
Show:28 Piazza di Pietra Art Gallery, Rome (Autumn 2024)
What:Welcomes various artistic languages applied to the photographic image, including, but not limited to, experimentation and fusion of different genres.
Who:UK & International (no age limit)
Fees:€25 (allows the submission of up to 3 images)
Site:Enter here

Gomma Grant

Gomma Photography Grant

An independent, ethical photo grant contest launched in 2014 to spot fresh, emerging talent and give it the spotlight it deserves.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Winners announcemd February 2024. Last closed: 8th November 2023.
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: €1,000
  • 2nd Prize: €300
  • 3rd Prize: €200
What:“Gomma, even though being an established name within the photography community, has stayed true to its intention of awarding unconventional and daring works of artists, that show their unique take on photography and penetrate the viewer emotionally on a profound level. Working with artists across the genres of black and white, colour, portrait, documentary, photojournalism and many more, Gomma is known for selecting works of exceptional quality. Keeping the international reputation of being ethical and inclusive, Gomma welcomes photographers of all nationalities, religions, sexual orientation and gender identity as well as all skill levels and mediums (analogue, digital). Gomma funds and supports emerging talents as well as established photographers.”
Who:UK & International photographers.
Fees:Early bird: €9.99 to 8 Sep, €19.99 to 30 Sep, €35.00 to 8 Nov.
Site:Visit Website

Amateur Photographer of the Year 2023

Amatuer Photographer of the Year

Now in its 43rd year, each round sets a different photography theme for monthly prizes and an overall prize fund of £11,000 worth of MPB vouchers.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:The opening date of Round 1 is 8th February, 2023. Last closed: 13th November 2023.
Prize:
  • First Prize: £1,000 (for overall winner, all listed prizes 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)
What:Categories: Low Light, Black & White, Travel, Landscapes, Best of British, Close Ups, People, Wildlife, Street, Action
Who:UK & International photographers (who earn 10% or less of their annual income from photography)
Fees:1 image: £8, 4 images: £20, 12 images £36, 40 images: £80 (or get 4 issues with 4 free entries for £4 – 1 free entry voucher in each magazine)
Site:Enter here

The Nature Photography Contest

The Nature Photography Contest

Recognising and rewarding the talent and creativity of photographers from around the world who share the vision of caring for our planet.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Winners announcement dates TBA. Last closed: 15th November 2023.
Prize:
  • Photography of the Year Award: €1,000
  • Photographer of the Year Award: Trophy
  • Category winners: €100
What:Categories: Natural Landscapes, Wildlife, Macrophotography, Underwater, Birds, Plant life, Night world, Environmental impact, Sharing the planet, Funny nature
Who:UK & International (over 18)
Fees:€10 for each photograph (no limit on entries)
Site:Enter here

LensCulture Art Photography Awards

LensCulture Art Photography Awards

Celebrating visionary photographers from around the globe with cash awards and a New York exhibition during The Photography Show.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:25 Finalists will be selected. Last closed: 20th December 2023.
Prize:
  • Series Winner: $3,500
  • Series 2nd: $2,000
  • Series 3rd:$1,000
  • Single Image Winner: $2,000
  • Single 2nd: $1,000
  • Single 3rd: $500
Show:New York exhibition during The Photography Show.
WhatConceptual, experimental, landscape, alternative, process, cameraless, narrative, cinematic, portraiture, environmental, fashion, abstract, still life, analog, found imagery
Who:UK and international artists
Past:2023 winners & finalists
Fees:Single entry: Free, 5+ Singles: $35, Series: $45 (30% discount for students)
Site:Enter here

Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards

Made up of four competitions (Professional, Open, Student and Youth), all entries are free and the top prize is $25,000.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Competition closing dates: Student: 30th Nov 2023, Youth/Open: 5th Jan 2024, Pro: 12th Jan 2024. Last closed: 12th January 2024.
Prize:
  • 1st Prize (Pro): $25,000
  • Open Prize: $5,000
  • Sustainability Prize: $5,000
  • Student Prize: Sony Gear
  • Youth Prize: Sony Gear
  • Alpha Female Award: Sony Gear
What:Categories for open competition: Architecture, Creative, Motion, Landscape, Lifestyle, Natural World & Wildlife, Object, Portraiture, Street Photography, Travel
Who:UK and international photographers (all ages)
Fees:Free to enter
Site:Enter here

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year

Open to professional and non-professional, old and young, the Awards celebrate the very best in food photography and film from around the world.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Shortlisted entrants will be contacted approximately 8 weeks after the closing date. Last closed: 4th February 2024.
Prize:
  • Food Photographer of the Year: £5,000
  • Pink Lady Moments of Joy: £1,500
  • Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year: £1,000
  • MPB Award for Innovation: £1,000
  • MPB Food Film Shorts: £1,000
Show:Mall Galleries, London (June 2024)
Who:UK & International photographers
Fees:£35 for 5 images, free for under 18s
Site:Enter here

Fine Art Photography Awards

Fine Art Photography Awards

10th edition of the international awards to find the Professional and Amateur Fine Art Photographers of the Year with a combined $5000 in cash prizes.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:Early bird deadline 8th October 2023. Winners announcement – April 8th 2024. Last closed: 11th February 2024.
Prize:
  • Professional Winner: $3,000
  • Amateur Winner: $2,000
What:Abstract, Architecture, Cityscape, Conceptual, Fashion Fine Art, Landscape, Nature, Night Photography, Nudes Open Theme, Panoramic, People, Photojournalism, Photomanipulation Portrait, Seascape, Street Photography, Travel, Wildlife / Animals.
Who:All Photographers: Amateur and Professional from all over the world (18+)
Fees:Non-Professional – Single image: $20, Series: $25. Professional – Single image: $25, Series: $30 ($5 per image discount for entries before 8th October. Additional category fee: 10$/category)
Site:Enter here

LensCulture Portrait Awards

LensCulture Portrait Awards

Looking to discover and recognize more than 35 talented photographers creating extraordinary new photographic portraits.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:35 Finalists will be selected. Last closed: 14th February 2024.
Prize:
  • Series Winner: $3,500
  • Series 2nd: $2,000
  • Series 3rd:$1,000
  • Single Image Winner: $2,000
  • Single 2nd: $1,000
  • Single 3rd: $500
Show:The winners of this year’s awards will be featured at the LensCulture exhibition in London.
WhatPhotographic portraits.
Who:UK and international artists
Fees:Single entry: Free, 5+ Singles: $35, Series: $45 (max 10)
Site:Enter here

Earth Photo

Earth Photo

Competition from Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society drawing attention to the challenges facing the natural world and our planet.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Shortlist notification by 31st March 2024. Last closed: 22nd February 2024.
Prize:
  • Earth Photo Award: £1,000 (for outstanding photo project telling a compelling story about life on our planet)
  • Climate of Change: £500 (for a submission that explores the impacts of climate change upon people, environments, and wildlife or showing resilience and innovative adaptations resulting in positive actions)
  • Forest Ecosystem: £500 (for an extraordinary submission relating to trees, forest ecosystems, ecologies, workers, inhabitants, guardians of the forest, forest biodiversity, resilience, climate impacts and communities)
  • Moving Image Award: £500 (for the strongest short film that tells a compelling story about life on our planet )
  • David Wolf Kaye Future Potential Awards: £250 (Awarded to two practitioners 25yrs old or under – one for stills photography and one for moving image. Winners will each receive £250 towards their next project, mentoring by a leading photographer or filmmaker, and work exhibited at locations across England)
  • Sidney Nolan Trust Residency Prize: Residency (new residency prize for UK based practitioner. The two-week residency at Nolan’s former home The Rodd with access to the artist’s photographic archives – awarded for internationally relevant storytelling and innovation)
Show:Royal Geographic Society, London (20 Jun – 23 Aug 2024)
What:“Work that communicates about the world around us and makes us think differently, capturing nature, people, place, forests, the environment, lands and seascapes, and the varied impacts of, and adaptations to, climate change. Submissions can consist of any genre of photography and moving image but must tell powerful stories about our planet: its inhabitants and lands, the dynamic link between environmental and social issues, its exquisite beauty and power, and also its fragility. All approaches and ideas are welcome — from documentary, photojournalism, contemporary, artistic and conceptual projects. All image-based genres – moving image, photographic series, single images; long-term researched documentary; multimedia; participatory and mobile.”
Who:Open to all international photographers, both amateur and professional, and of all ages.
Past:2023 shortlist & exhibition
Fees:£15 entry fee for each entrant up to 10 works.
Site:Enter here

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Showcases the world’s best space photography, from spectacular skyscapes to mind-blowing images of distant planets and galaxies.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Winners will be announced on 12th of September 2024 and will be notified by email ahead of this date. Last closed: 5th March 2024.
Prize:
  • Overall Winner: £10,000
  • Category Winners: £1,500
  • Category Runner-Ups: £1,000
  • Category Highly Commended: £250
  • Special Prize Winners: £750
  • Young Winner: £1,500
  • Young Runner-Up: £500
  • Young Highly Commended: £250
  • Young Special Prize Winners: £750
Show:National Maritime Museum, London (dates TBA)
Who:UK & International photographers
Past:2023 overall winners
Fees:£10 for up to £10 images, free Free for Young Entrants aged 15 or under.
Site:Enter here

AAP Women

AAP Magazine 38 – Women

The 38th printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best photography projects showcasing the theme “Women”.

Close:TBA currently closed
News:Winners will be notified by email around 1st May, 2024. Last closed: 12th March 2024.
Prize:
  • 1st Prize: $500 (winners will be interviewed and have their work featured in AAP Magazine of which they will receive a copy)
  • 2nd Prize: $300
  • 3rd Prize:$200
What“Send in a cohesive body of work or portfolio – capturing the essence, hard-work, beauty, resilience, kindness… of women! The subject is completely open, it can be fashion, nude, documentary, portrait, sports, fine art, commercial. Any capture method or process, whether digital or analog, including monochromatic toning, is welcome.”
Who:UK and international photographers, 18+
Fees:$30 for 3 images
Site:Enter here

IPPA 2024

iPhone Photography Awards

The 17th Annual Awards rewarding creativity with the iPhone camera giving the winning photographers worldwide exposure, gold bars & other prizes.

Close:TBAcurrently closed
News:All winners will be announced online 12-14 weeks after the submission deadline. Last closed: 31st March 2024.
Prize:
  • Grand Prize Winner: Prizes TBA (All entries compete for the prestigious IPPA Photographer of the Year Award title and the top 3 winners will receive a prize to be announced later)
  • 14 Category Winners: Gold Bars (The 1st place winner in each of the 14 categories will win a Gold Bar from the most recognizable private gold mint in the world.)
  • 14 Category Runners-Up: Platinum Bars (2nd and 3rd places in each category will win a Platinum Bar)
What:Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Citylife/Cityscape, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, People, Portrait, Series (3 images), Still Life, Travel, Other.
What:iPhone photos should not be altered in any desktop image processing program such as Photoshop. It is OK to use any IOS apps. The use of any iPhone is permissible. iPhone add-on lenses can be used.
Who:Photographers from all over the world (using an iPhone or iPad)
Fees:1 image: $5.50, 3 images: $12.50, 5 images: $18.50, 10 images: $37.50, 15 images: $55.50, 20 images: $67.00, 25 images: $75.50
Site:Enter here

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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