Research – Photography print competitions


Research – Photography print competitions

I see international print competitions as an excellent way to share my work to a wider audience. It is also an exellent promotional opportunity for myself as a professional photographer and a potential way to make some money. Some competitions also offer the winners the opportunity to exhibit at a prestigious art gallery in the future. I have listed below some competitions that I could possibly enter. Some require only a single image while others require a series of pictures. Of course the standard will be exceptionally high so I have to be realistic about my chances of winning. If I persevere though and continue to improve and keep entering competitions in the future who knows what can happen! While researching different competitions it was frustrating to find age restrictions for many of them. As a mature student this is very annoying.

Looking for ‘weird and wonderful’ moments captured on the street. Cash prize as well as an opportunity to exhibit in New York.

Prize: Between $1000 and $5000

Entry fee: Single image is free, 5 single images cost $50 ($10 for each additional photograph) and $60 for a series.

Multiple categories including student, photojournalism and fine art. Winners image featured in print publication and website.

Prize: Between $2,000 and $10,000

Entry fee: $45 for a single entry, $55 for a series and $25 for students

Four different categories: Professionals, Open, Youth and Student. Winners work exhibited at Somerset House in London.

Prize: £5,000

Entry fee: None

Portrait photography prize. Winner exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and published in the accompanying catalogue.

Prize: £15,000

Entry Fee: £28 per entry

Categories for professionals, amateurs and students. Winners work heavily promoted in a book and a travelling exhibition.

Prize: Between $5,000 and $10,000 for different categories

Entry fee: Professionals: Single Image $35, Series (2-9 images): $60; Non-professionals: Single image: $25, Series (2-9 images): $50; Students: Single Image $15, Series $30

Documentary and photojournalism award. Winners work featured in a book and included in a touring exhibition.

Prize: €10,000

Entry Fee: None

Open to BA and MA undergraduates and graduates. Completion aimed specifically at emerging talent. Winners work included in print publication and on the website. Also winners get many other opportunities like portfolio reviews and opportunities to network and sell images.

Prize: Exhibition in London and publication in the BJP

Entry Fee: £10 for a single image, £30 for one series, £40 for two series

Aimed at photographers new to the industry (less than 3 years). No age limit but must have finished full-time education. Winners work showcased at D&AD festival and included in book.




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