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Top Photography Contests for 2024: Your Ultimate Guide to Enter and Showcase Your Skills

Posted on December 16, 2023 - By Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
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Top Photography Contests for 2024: Your Ultimate Guide to Enter and Showcase Your Skills
Top Photography Contests for 2024: Your Ultimate Guide to Enter and Showcase Your Skills
Embarking on a photographic challenge is a great way to enhance your skills, and participating in photography competitions provides an excellent avenue for this. Fortunately, the realm of photography offers a plethora of competitions, catering to diverse genres, styles, and skill levels.

Navigating through the extensive array of available awards may seem overwhelming, prompting us to curate a selection of noteworthy highlights for the upcoming year. In this guide, we present key details for each competition, encompassing entry dates, submission platforms, and entry fees. It's essential to note that some details may undergo changes, so we recommend verifying deadlines on the respective competition websites to avoid any oversights.

Discovering opportunities for recognition and rewards, now is an opportune moment to showcase your work. With enticing prizes, accolades, and monetary benefits at stake, seize the chance to submit your entries and get the exposure your talent deserves

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Priyo Widdi

Photographer of the Year 2023 All About Photo Awards - The Winning Shoot © Priyo Widdi


All about Photo Awards 2024
Organizer: All About Photo
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Awards
Categories: Open theme . The competition may include various categories, such as portrait, landscape, street photography, fine art, documentary, and more.
Eligibility:International, open to photographers worldwide, both amateur and professional.
Submission Requirements: Participants are usually required to submit digital images according to the specifications outlined in the competition guidelines. Up to 50 images.
Judging: A panel of experienced photographers and industry experts are involved in judging the entries.
Prizes: Winners will receive $10,000 in cash awards, extensive press coverage and global recognition. The grand prize is $5,000, the 2nd prize is $2,000, the 3rd prize is $1,500, the 4th prize is $1,000, and the 5th prize is $500!
All winners will have their work published or showcased in the All About Photo Winners Gallery, newsletter, social media, and will be featured in the printed issue of AAP Magazine Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2024.
In addition, a selection of entrants of particular merit will be invited to display their portfolio on the website www.all-about-photo.com.
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: $30/3 images $5/each additional image
Important Dates:December 16, 2023 - January 30, 2024

The All About Photo Awards stands as a pinnacle in the world of photography competitions, attracting global recognition and participation for several compelling reasons. With a remarkable $10,000 cash prize at stake, it not only acknowledges outstanding talent but also offers substantial support to fuel your creative pursuits. Renowned for assembling a panel of top-notch jurors, the competition ensures a meticulous and discerning evaluation of submitted works, providing an unparalleled platform for exposure.

What sets this award apart is the extensive international press coverage that accompanies the announcement of winners. Your achievement is not confined to the competition; it resonates across the global photography community, amplifying your reach and impact. By submitting your work to the All About Photo Awards, you not only compete for substantial financial rewards but also position yourself among the elite in the industry, gaining visibility that extends far beyond the competition itself. Seize the opportunity to elevate your career and showcase your art on a truly international stage.
More information about All About Photo Awards 2024



Edgar Martins

2023 Professional competition Winner Sony World Photography Awards © Edgar Martins


Sony World Photography Awards
Organizer: World Photography Organisation
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Awards
Categories: The competition includes a wide range of categories such as Professional, Open, Youth, Student, and National Awards. Each category have specific themes or criteria.
Eligibility:International, open to photographers worldwide, both amateur and professional.
Submission Requirements: In the Professional competition, you can enter a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 images per category. You may enter as many categories as you wish. In the Open and Youth competitions, you can enter up to 3 images in total for free.
Judging: A panel of experienced photographers and industry experts are involved in judging the entries.
Prizes: A total prize fund of $30,000 (USD) plus Sony digital imaging equipment, exhibition and more
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: No
Important Dates:Youth competition and Open competition closes 5 January 2024, Professional competition closes 12 January 2024

The Sony World Photography Awards stands as the primary initiative of the World Photography Organization. Launched in 2007, this competition has evolved into one of the largest and most esteemed events in the realm of photography. It honors the contributions of both established and emerging photographers, drawing tens of thousands of attendees to its global exhibitions each year. The World Photography Organization operates within Creo, overseeing various initiatives and programs in three key sectors: photography, film, and contemporary art. Established as a platform for creative expression, it continues to play a vital role in fostering talent and showcasing the diversity of artistic endeavors.
More information about Sony World Photography Awards



Evgeniy Maloletka

2023 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year © Evgeniy Maloletka


World Press Photo
Organizer: World Press Photo Foundation
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Awards
Categories: Photojournalism.
Eligibility:International, open to professional photographers, photojournalists, and documentary photographers worldwide.
Submission Requirements: Participants are typically required to submit photographs that have been taken or published within the previous year. Entries are judged based on their visual storytelling and journalistic significance.
Judging: The contest is judged by a panel of international experts in the fields of photojournalism and documentary photography.br> Prizes: As a winner, your work will be: Included in our annual traveling exhibition seen by over 4 million visitors, shown around the world in over 80 cities, Published on their website and social platforms with over 2 million followers, Included in their yearbook
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: No
Important Dates:Closes January 11, 2024

The annual World Press Photo Contest recognizes and celebrates the best photojournalism and documentary photography produced over the last year, selected by an international independent jury. Entering is free and prizes include up to €6,000, inclusion in our annual traveling exhibition, and more.
More information about the World Press Photo


Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris ( PX3 ) 2024
Organizer: PX3
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Awards
Categories: Several categories
Eligibility:International
Judging: The contest is judged by a panel of international experts in the fields of photojournalism and documentary photography.
Prizes: PX3 Photographer of the Year (Professional)—$5,000 cash prize
PX3 Best New Talent (Non-Professionals and Students)—$2,000 cash prize
First Place Category Winners (Professionals) - $500 cash prize
First Place Category Winners (Non-Professionals and Students) - $250 cash prize
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees:$30/single $50/series
Important Dates:Closes January 15, 2024

Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris (PX3) is a prestigious international photography competition held annually in Paris, France.


2024 Monovisions Photography Awards
Organizer: MonoVisions
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Awards
Categories: The competition typically covers various categories within black and white photography, including but not limited to portrait, landscape, fine art, architecture, and street photography.
Eligibility: Open to photographers of all levels, ranging from amateurs to professionals, and from around the world
Submission Requirements:
Judging:
Prizes: $3,000 cash prize for Black and White Series of the Year. $2,000 cash prize for Black and White Photo of the Year.
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: Between $20 and $25
Important Dates:Closes January 21, 2024

MonoVisions Photography Awards aim to celebrate and promote black and white photography as a distinctive and powerful form of visual expression.
More information about 2024 Monovisions Photography Awards



Julia Fullerton-Batten

Fine Art Photographer Of the Year 2023 IPA © Julia Fullerton-Batten


IPA Photography Competition 2024
Organizer: Lucie Foundation
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Awards
Categories: Open. Several categories.
Eligibility: Open to photographers of all levels, ranging from amateurs to professionals, and from around the world
Submission Requirements:
Judging:
Prizes: The top award in the Professional Categories includes The Lucie Trophy and a $12,000 cash prize
The top award in the Non-Professional Categories includes The Lucie Trophy and $6,000 cash prize.
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: Between $20 and $65
Important Dates:Closes January 31, 2024

The International Photography Awards™ conducts an annual competition for professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive photo competitions in the photography world today.
More information about IPA Photography Competition 2024


Fine Art Photography Awards 2023-2024
Organizer:Fine Art Photography Awards
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Awards
Categories: 20 categories divided for professional and amateur level of expertise: Abstract, Architecture, Experimental, Conceptual, Fashion, Fine Art, Landscape, Nature, Night Photography, Nudes, Mobile, Open Theme, People, Photojournalism, Portrait, Seascape, Street Photography, Travel, Wildlife/Animals.
Eligibility: International
Submission Requirements: Online
Judging: Judged by industry professionals
Prizes: Total prizes : $5000
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: $20 Amateur - $25 Professional
Important Dates:Closes February 11, 2024
More information about Fine Art Photography Awards 2023-2024


Nikon Small World Competition 2024
Organizer:Nikon
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Awards
Categories: Anyone over the age of 18 interested in digital or film photography through the microscope.
Eligibility: International
Submission Requirements: Online
Judging: Judged by industry professionals
Prizes: The first three prize are $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 (US) respectively.
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: No
Important Dates:Closes April 30, 2024
More information about Nikon Small World Competition 2024



Sergey Kozlov

Photo of the Year 2023 & Single News 1st Prize Istanbul Photo Awards 2023 © Sergey Kozlov


Istanbul Photo Awards 2024
Organizer:Anadolu Agency
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Awards
Categories: Several categories
Eligibility: International
Submission Requirements: Submitted photos must be taken in 2023 (between 1 Jan. 2023- 31 Dec. 2023).
Judging: Judged by industry professionals
Prizes: The Photo of the Year award will be given to the photograph that is first in the Single News category, and the photographer will be awarded $6,000.
The first place winners in each category will be awarded $3,000, the second place winners $1,500, and the third place winners $1,000. The Story Daily Life and Story Portrait categories will have first place winners exclusively.
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees:
Important Dates:Closes January 17, 2024
More information about Istanbul Photo Awards 2024


Belfast Photo Festival: Open Submission 2024
Organizer:Belfast Photo Festival
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Festival
Categories: Open
Eligibility: International
Submission Requirements: Individuals and collectives are welcome to apply; individuals should select and enter between 1-15 photographs from a particular project/series or body of work AND/OR submit their Photo-book for exhibition by uploading a single PDF (no image limit)
Judging: Judged by industry professionals
Prizes: The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £2,000 (est $2,712 / €2,321).
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: 29 Euros
Important Dates:Closes February 23, 2024
Having helped to launch so many photographers careers, the Open Submission of the international Belfast Photo Festival is back with more opportunities than ever before. Being described as “One of the best photography festivals in the world,” (Capture Magazine) the biennial Belfast Photo Festival provides a perfect platform for gaining exposure to an international audience, with previous editions having welcomed over 150,000 visitors from all over the world.
More information about Belfast Photo Festival: Open Submission 2024



Douglas Gimesy

Nose to Nose” by Douglas Gimesy Human/Nature Winner Big Picture Natural World 2023


Big Picture Natural World 2024
Organizer:California Academy of Sciences
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Award
Categories: Natural World
Eligibility: International
Submission Requirements:See online
Judging: Judged by industry professionals
Prizes: $5,000 grand prize.
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: $25 for up to 10 single image submissions in any category
Important Dates:Closes March 1, 2024
Now in its 11th year, BigPicture encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to this competition that both celebrates and illustrates the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspires action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. Chaired by award-winning conservation photographer Suzi Eszterhas, BigPicture welcomes high-quality nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers around the world. Enter your work for a chance to win cash prizes and be exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences.
More information about Big Picture Natural World 2024


ND Awards 2024
Organizer:ND Awards
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Award
Categories: Several Categories
Eligibility: International
Submission Requirements:See online
Judging: Judged by industry professionals
Prizes: 2023 professional grand prize $3,500 - 2023 non-professional grand prize $2,400
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: Between $19 and $34
Important Dates:Closes September 22, 2024
ND Awards aims to promote photography and photographers. Our idea is to create new opportunities to present valuable work to audiences all over the world. We aim to build a place where photographers can show different points of view and thrive through competition.
More information about ND Awards 2024


Nature Photographer of the Year contest NPOTY 2024
Organizer:Nature Talks Photo Festival
Frequency: Annual
Competition Type: Photography Award
Categories: Nature
Eligibility: International
Submission Requirements:See online
Judging: Judged by industry professionals
Prizes: This year the total prize will amount to €25,000, of which many large cash prizes.
Submission Process: Online.
Entry Fees: € 16 / € 44
Important Dates:Closes April 7, 2024
We have founded the Nature Talks Foundation (Stichting Nature Talks) to work with and support nature conservation organizations like Photographer Against Wildlife Crime. Help us to take care of nature.
More information about Nature Photographer of the Year contest NPOTY 2024


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