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Best Photo Contests of September 2020

Posted on August 27, 2020 - By Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
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Photography contests are a good way to show your work and of course to obtain the recognition every photographer is looking for. But photo contests are also a way to gain exposure and sometimes to win money. So what are the best photo contests worth entering this month of September? Check out our top 10!
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Prix Picto de la Mode
Prix Picto de la Mode
Prix Picto de la Mode
Prix Picto de la Mode
Deadline September 6, 2020
A reference distinction for emerging talents in the fashion photography field, the Prix Picto de la Mode is delighted to welcome photographer Bettina Rheims as president of the jury for this edition.This year 2020 will also be marked by stimulating innovations. Thus, in addition to the production of exhibition printsand the displayofthe winner's images in advertising spaces in Paris, the 1st Prize will receive a Leica camera worth € 4,990. This year we also launch the Prix Filippo Roversi as part of the Prix Picto de la Mode, with the support of photographer Paolo Roversi. It will highlight the originality of a photographer (photographic process, black and white / color / light treatments, etc.). Finally, the 3rd Prize will seek to identify an emerging photographer whose proposal deserves to be particularly encouraged.The award ceremony for the Prix Picto de la Mode 2020 will take place on September at the Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, freshly renovated after a year of construction. Partner of the Prize since 2017, the Palais Galliera allows award-winning photographers to enter a large public collection.The Prix Picto de la Mode aims to introduce new talents. This program is part of Picto Foundation which supports the activity of emerging photographers
AAP Solo Juried Exhibition
AAP Solo Juried Exhibition
AAP Solo Juried Exhibition
AAP Solo Juried Exhibition
Deadline September 8, 2020
We want to showcase incredible work. Photography that awakens our imagination, transforms our way of thinking, or simply resonates with who we are.

The Solo Exhibition enables you to reach a wider audience through our independent magazine that has become one of the most vibrant portals of photography on the web.

The Solo Exhibition competition is open to any category of photography or subject matter. Photojournalism, street photography, artistic photography, portrait, nudes, landscapes, nature, wildlife, urban, architecture, fashion, fine art, or documentary photography, the subject doesn't matter, unleash your creativity!

Whether you are a professional photographer or a photography enthusiast, please send us a cohesive body of work or portfolio.
Only a unified group of photos will be published as a solo exhibition.
Make your online photo gallery stand out. Submit one project or a body of work that showcases unity.
You can submit between 6 and 16 images for a flat fee of $45!

The Solo Exhibition is an amazing promotional tool designed to showcase your work worldwide!
Why should you enter the Solo Exhibition Competition? Because you will receive the following benefits:

Featured Solo Online Exhibition from October 1st to October 31st, 2020
Your Solo Exhibition will be featured in our Competition Gallery and in the New Showroom pages, the Home Page, our 'Top Stories', as well as in our 'Featured Photographer', 'Photo Exhibitions' and 'Article' pages.

Sell your work online with no commission fees!
Want to sell your work? No problem! In today's economy, almost 50% of sales come online! Don't miss this opportunity and skip the middleman, All About Photo won't charge any commissions if you make a sale. We will just put you directly in contact with the buyer.

Permanent Exhibition on All About Photo Online Gallery
Your solo exhibition will be permanently accessible in our past exhibitions as well as in our Article directory. You will also have a permanent page showcasing 20 images of your work in our Photographers Directory.

Your work Showcased to our Social Media Community
Gain International Visibility and Press Coverage by publishing your work across all of our online channels.
The winning photographer will be profiled via our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Solo Exhibition will also be featured in our Newsletter!

International Visibility and Press exposure
The winning photographer will receive press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world. Past winners from All About Photo Competitions have been featured in major publications including The Times UK, National Geographic Espana, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Eye of Photography, Digital Camera, and Competences Photo.
The Solo Exhibition will also be promoted on Art.Base.Co, Private Photo Review, and Visura.

All About Photo connects you directly with industry experts from around the world.
Seek this new opportunity to reach a broader audience on a global scale!

The Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
The Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
The Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
The Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
Deadline September 11, 2020
Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook's contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. In this unprecedented year, it is all the more critical to be able to highlight excellence in book making and the creative output of the global photobook community. We look forward to sharing the shortlisted books in exhibition and in an expanded online presentation — and to announcing the winners in November.

What winners receive

The First PhotoBook Prize
A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) whose first finished, publicly available photobook is judged to be the best of the year. Twenty books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the Jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

The PhotoBook of the Year Prize
This prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s), and publisher responsible, for the photobook judged to be the best of the year. Ten books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the Jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

The Photography Catalogue of the Year Prize Awarded to the publication, publisher, and/or organizing institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of the year. Five books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the Jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

The shortlisted books, accompanied by the jury's comments, will be featured in the fall 2020 edition of The PhotoBook Review issue 018 (published by Aperture Foundation), to be released at Paris Photo and mailed to Aperture magazine subscribers. Additional content and features for the shortlisted books will appear on aperture.org.
Circulation(s) Festival Open Call
Circulation(s) Festival Open Call
Circulation(s) Festival Open Call
Circulation(s) Festival Open Call
Deadline September 13, 2020
Circulation(s), the festival dedicated to emerging photography in Europe, is calling all European photographers or photographers living in Europe to submit work for exhibitions at next year's festival which is set to take place between 6 March and 2 May. Each year, at the Centquatre-Paris and satellite sites in France and abroad, Circulation(s) reveals the vitality of young creation and speaks for the diversity of photographic expressions through unique events. A stepping-stone for artists, and a prospective and innovative laboratory of contemporary creativity, the festival has become, over the past 10 years, a must-attend event on the photography calendar and a trendsetter.

Applicants should submit a maximum of 15 images, a short biography, and a short descriptive text about the series. Around 20 photographers will be selected by an independent jury which will convene at the end of September to make their choices.

The call for applications is open to all European photographers or photographers living in Europe, without any age limit.
2020 CPA International Juried Exhibition
2020 CPA International Juried Exhibition
2020 CPA International Juried Exhibition
2020 CPA International Juried Exhibition
Deadline September 15, 2020
The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) is excited to announce the 2020 International Juried Exhibition with $5,000 in awards! Forty-five juror-selected photographs will be exhibited from November 14 through December 20 in our historic gallery in Carmel, California, and vie for eight cash awards totaling $5,000.

These photographs will also be featured in an online gallery on the CPA website along with an additional forty-five juror selected images. An exhibition catalog of the entire gallery and online exhibition will be available for purchase. An entry discount is available for new and current CPA members.

The juror will grant the following awards:
First Place: $2500
Second Place: $1000
Third Place: $500
Four awards of merit: $250 each

This year our juror is Aline Smithson, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch (only one of her amazing qualifications!).
AAP Magazine#13: SHAPES
AAP Magazine#13: SHAPES
AAP Magazine#13: SHAPES
AAP Magazine#13: SHAPES
Deadline September 18, 2020
Reveal us the elements that abstract into light, texture, shape and shadow.

The rhythm of surfaces, lines, and values is for me the essence of photography; composition should be a constant of preoccupation... an organic coordination of visual elements.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Send us your images - preferably a cohesive body of work or portfolio - both where shapes may not just influence the pictures, but where it may also be the subject solely.
Whether in portrait, landscape, nude, street or any other form of photography - classic or experimental: we're open to all genres and we want to discover the best and most interesting photography from all over the world.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning image(s) or full portfolio published in AAP Magazine #13, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the 13th printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of www.all-about-photo.com.

Why enter All About Photo Competitions?

Elevate your career!
All it takes is one industry insider to change the course of your career. Share your work with our audience of editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, creative directors, curators, and online media publishers!

Permanent Exhibition on All About Photo online gallery
All About Photo is a leading platform in the photography industry showcasing the work of famous photographers as well as new talents. Don't miss the opportunity to be featured in our online gallery

International Press Exposure
Share your work with the world and catch the attention of diverse media outlets. We will promote each selected photographer on our website and on our social profiles.

Applications will be assessed on three criteria: creativity, originality, and the visual/emotional impact of the image.
The winners will be announced on All About Photo and social media.
Images that were previously published in AAP Magazine cannot be submitted again
1st Place winner
Cash Prize: $500 (US Dollars).
Exclusive interview and winning image(s) or portfolio published in AAP Magazine, Volume 13: Shapes
One free copy of AAP Magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Blurb.com
Winning work showcased on the online Winners Gallery of All About Photo

2nd Place Winner
Cash Prize: $300 (US Dollars).
Winning image(s) or portfolio in AAP Magazine, Volume 13: Shapes
One free copy of AAP Magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Blurb.com
Winning work showcased on the online Winners Gallery of All About Photo

3rd Place Winner
Cash Prize: $200 (US Dollars).
Winning image(s) or portfolio published in AAP Magazine, Volume 13: Shapes
One free copy of AAP Magazine that will be for sale and distributed on Blurb.com
Winning work showcased on the online Winners Gallery of All About Photo

Particular Merit Mention
The next 17th winners (ranked from 4 to 20) will have their best image(s) or portfolio published in AAP Magazine Vol.13.
ND Awards 2020
ND Awards 2020
ND Awards 2020
ND Awards 2020
Deadline September 20, 2020
The highly acclaimed ND AWARDS is a melting pot of some of the world's most outstanding and talented souls in the field of photography where recognition, prestige and publicity are instantaneously gained by the winning entry. This is an open invitation. Join us and take part in the competition!

The past couple of years have been an evident testament of the success of ND AWARDS on its journey towards becoming one of the most sought-after professional competitions among photographers. Our trademark is modern approach to photography coupled with respect towards tradition. In the spirit of reciprocity, at ND AWARDS, our participants are the center of the competition as this award-giving body cannot exist without its participants. The latter are just as equally important for us as we are for them. In the same vein, we illuminate the path to development as we continue to discover, inspire and find out track promotion for the best artists.

Unconventional approach and strong vision of development direction in photography are the reasons why ND AWARDS gained such enormous popularity. Aimed at all types of photography, ND AWARDS is the perfect platform where professionals compete in six main categories: Architecture, Editorial, Fine Art, Nature, People and Special. Amateurs can also vie for the title as they compete in five categories: Architecture, Fine Art, Nature, People and Special.

Our jury is a group of highly respected industry professionals, including gallery owners, publishers, editors and acclaimed photographers. Do not miss this rare opportunity to take part in one of the most prestigious annual photo contests. Choose your best work, upload photos and give yourself a chance to compete for prestige, fame and more than $ 7,500 in monetary award!
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020
Deadline September 22, 2020
With a first prize of £15,000, the Prize has established a reputation for creativity and excellence, with works submitted by a range of photographers, from leading professionals to talented amateurs and the most exciting emerging artists.

This year the exhibition will be displayed online, from Tuesday 24 November 2020, in a virtual gallery that replicates the rooms of the NPG. This virtual exhibition will allow us to reach a wide international audience and ensure that the competition is able to continue as planned during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Online visitors will be able to view the portraits collectively, as well as exploring each individual work in more detail.
2020 Burtynsky Grant
2020 Burtynsky Grant
2020 Burtynsky Grant
2020 Burtynsky Grant
Deadline September 28, 2020
Photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT are requesting submissions for the 2020 Burtynsky Grant a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook.
Established in 2016, this grant is intended for photo-based artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form. The jury is looking for submissions from those that have created a book dummy and who have had little to no prior opportunity to self-publish or work with a publisher. You must be a Canadian citizen or resident to be eligible.
Please submit the following as a PDF by a file hosting service (eg. WeTransfer or Dropbox) to photobook@scotiabankcontactphoto.com. Hardcopy submissions are also welcome in person or by mail at the applicant’s expense; please deliver to our office at the address below. You must be a Canadian citizen or resident to be eligible.

Minimum ten (10) spreads of your book dummy that best communicate your project and vision for publication
Project statement about your photobook and how you would use the grant funding (ie. rough budget details)
Expressions of interest from publishers, and/or other publishing grants, if available CV and/or artist statement

For questions, please email photobook@scotiabankcontactphoto.com.
International Landscape Photographer of the Year
International Landscape Photographer of the Year
International Landscape Photographer of the Year
International Landscape Photographer of the Year
Deadline September 30, 2020
Now in its seventh year, the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards is allowing all landscape photographers to share a total of 10,000 USD in cash prizes.

Digital image files should measure between 4000 and 5000 pixels on the longest side, 300 dpi, be saved as a JPEG (recommended setting 9 or 10), in AdobeRGB colour space.

There are no limits on post-production, but entries presented for judging must be photographic in origin (taken with a camera). Your entry must have been photographed on or after January 1, 2019.

There's no limit to the number of images you can enter.

Prize

First Prize:
Cash prize of 5,000 USD, trophy, inclusion and feature in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards Book.

Second Prize:
Cash prize of 1,000 USD, trophy, inclusion in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards Book.

Third Prize:
Cash prize of 500 USD, trophy, inclusion in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards Book.
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