All About Photo has selected the best photo contests, photography competitions and call for entries. This list of international photo competitions and photo contests is thoroughly curated to help photographers find their next creative breakthrough and keep up with all the current opportunities to gain exposure. Exhibition, cash prize, publication... find the photo contest that is right for you. So what are the best photo contests worth entering this month of November? Check out our top 10!
AAP Solo Exhibition Dec 2020
Deadline November 13, 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 December 1 to December 31, 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!
Monochrome Photography Awards 2020
Deadline November 15, 2020
Monochrome Photography Awards 2020 conducts an annual competition for professional and amateur photographers. Our mission is to celebrate monochrome visions and discover the most amazing photographers from around the world.
We're accepting single images from the following categories: Architecture, Abstract, Conceptual, Beauty/ Fashion, Fine Art, Landscapes, Nude, Nature, People, Photomanipulation, Photojournalism, Portrait, Wildlife.
The winners of the Professional and Amateur categories will receive the titles: Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2020 and Monochrome Discovery of the Year 2020 along with cash prizes. We are open to all points of view, all levels of expertise, and all ideas of black and white photography.
- Monochrome Photographer of the Year: $2000 cash
- Monochrome Discovery of the Year: $1000 cash
- The work of the first, second and third place winners (together with further entries that the judges feel are worthy of commendation) from both the professional and amateur categories will be published in the Monochrome Photography Awards annual book. All names of the Honorable Mention winners will also be included in the book.
The Biennial's Grant
Deadline November 22, 2020
The Biennial's Grant is open for applications every two years, and it is aimed to fund photography project expenses through 24 months with a monthly stipend.
The Biennial Grant has been conceived to fund and support photographers working on a documentary or fine art projects.
The 4th edition is now open to receive applications.
The Grant amount has been raised to $12,000.
Lucie Photobook Prize
Deadline November 30, 2020
The Lucie Foundation is dedicated to celebrating all forms of photography, in print and online and is pleased to introduce the Lucie Photo Book Prize. This program is a juried competition open to a diversity of book submissions- from traditionally published to prototypes, hand-made books to zines. The awards are presented to photographers, editors, curators or publishers. The Lucie Foundation is proud to offer two cash prizes to the top two finalists for their outstanding work – one Traditional $3,000 cash prize and one Independent $2,000 cash prize. The Lucie Photo Book Prize will coincide with the Lucie Foundation's programming in New York City this fall, which includes the prestigious 17th Annual Lucie Awards, the 5th annual Lucie Technical Awards and our sister-effort, the International Photography Awards Best of Show. The top 30 finalists will have their work displayed in New York City in October 2019.
Smithsonian Photo Contest 2020
Deadline November 30, 2020
Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors. Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place. People: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals. The American Experience: Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in this country. Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.). Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet). You may submit no more than 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions. Online submission of digital photographs via the website.
COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists
Deadline November 15, 2020
On the most difficult of times, journalism can play several roles in supporting communities around the globe. It can disseminate critical information to keep people safe and informed, it can illuminate stories that bring us hope and remind us of our shared human experience, and it can help us find and share solutions to wicked problems.
As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. This fund will place particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. We are interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models. This fund is designed to quickly deliver support so that both individual stories and longer series of content may be created.
The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000-8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, we especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues. Narratives around the Pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper-telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.
We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding. Journalists should seek placement of this work within their local media ecosystems and must attribute their support to the National Geographic Society's Emergency Fund for Journalists. However, you do not need to submit any formal commitments of publication or letters of support from editors or publishers. National Geographic Society or National Geographic Partners may also choose to publish some of this work as part of its global coverage.
Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to:
Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity-such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education.
Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale.
Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis.
Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools.
Priority communities include: Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children.
Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time. We ask that applicants estimate their standard fee for reporting on or creating such content.
We also ask that recipients of this funding prioritize the health of yourselves and the communities in which you work. Many journalists are accustomed to putting themselves in harm's way in pursuit of a story. We ask that you not only consider all precautions to protect yourself, but that of the people you are covering as well. Please follow local, regional, and national guidelines in terms of access for accredited journalists in your region. This guide provides advice for visual and other journalists.
The Prix Roger Pic 2021
Deadline November 30, 2020
LaScam rewards each year, in memory of Roger Pic,great French photographer director and dedicated defender of copyright, the author of a portfolio documenting reality and questioning our humanity with singularity. The jury, inspired by Roger Pic’s humanistic and generous approach, behind this Award, will consider the sensibility and originality of the authors. With The Prix Roger Pic, LaScam wishes to encourage photographers whose talent has not yet received appropriate recognition.
The prize amount is 5.000 €, paid directly to the winner by the Scam Velasquez association. The award winner will also benefit from an exhibition of his/her photographs, organized and financed by LaScam, at LaScam gallery. After the exhibition, the award winner will keep the prints made for the exhibition.
Accompanying texts must be written or translated in French
The Aftermath Project - 2021 Conflict Photography Grant
Deadline November 30, 2020
It's always a pleasure to announce the opening of a new grant cycle for The Aftermath Project. This year it's a special privilege as we open for applications for our new granting focus, which begins with our 2021 grant: '1492/1619 American Aftermaths'
As always, we will name one winner of our $25,000 grant, and four finalists.
The 1492/1619 grant is open to wide interpretation of America's original sins – the 1492 "discovery" of this land by Christopher Columbus and the assault on indigenous peoples and their cultures which followed; and the 1619 arrival of the first enslaved Africans and the legacy of more than two centuries of a system of slavery based on white supremacy and the treatment of Blacks as chattel.
The Aftermath Project is grounded in the understanding that unresolved conflicts – including those where actual conflict itself has stopped (ie, the Civil War) - continue to have an impact across generations. We welcome proposals that explore the contemporary aftermaths of these historical events, which continue to shape our society today. Proposals may include historical or archival elements; they may be portrait projects; they may be landscapes; they may be surveys or family histories; they may be fine art, conceptual, or documentary projects. Most proposals will focus on 1492 or 1619, but the judges will consider proposals that combine them as well.
As always, the grant is open to working photographers worldwide. However, the judges will be most interested in creating opportunities for photographers from under-represented communities to tell their own stories. They will also be interested in proposals from white photographers who want to interrogate the role of white privilege in creating and sustaining these injustices; a descendant of slave owners, for example, may suggest an examination of their own family history. They will be interested in proposals from African photographers who may want to propose a project that examines the roots of the slave trade and its impact in their countries.
Lucie Scholarship Program
Deadline November 15, 2020
Photographers make images. Visionaries teach you how to see. The Lucie Foundation is proud to support emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels. Our support of photography is broad, from Fine Art to Documentary and Photojournalism, to digital and film-based works. Our concern is to support emerging photographers producing work that is at once gripping, and original. The Lucie Foundation is proud to offer four cash grants to support the work of emerging and established photographers.
Empty Places: Abandoned Spaces
Deadline November 30, 2020
Through the visual representation of abandoned spaces, artifacts of history are at once fresh and new, ancient and decayed. The past continues to live in these forsaken, ruined, or empty spaces and we ask - Who were the people who lived and worked here? What were their lives like? What were their stories? What happened to them in these spaces? Praxis Gallery seeks the submission of photographic art that explores the visual and social significance of abandoned space - where derelict factories, churches, private houses or other empty places serve as the basis for creative investigation. All genres, capture types, color and black & white, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission
Juror: Layne Kennedy
Layne Kennedy is known for his editorial photography that conveys a strong sense of place. His images are featured in magazines worldwide on subjects as varied as the streets of Havana to the Pink Dolphins of the Amazon River. Layne has published numerous books of his photography and his work is featured in Smithsonian, LIFE, Audubon, Islands, Sports Illustrated, Terre Sauvage, Nature Conservancy, Newsweek , National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Outdoor Explorer, and other magazines. A frequent speaker at events and workshops, Layne has been teaching photography for more than 25 years. He currently teaches with the Worldwide Mentor Treks, North House Folk School, Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge and his own worldwide photo tours - including tours to Italy, Iceland and Kenya.
Fifty images will be selected by the juror for exhibition at Praxis Gallery. A Juror's Choice, three Honorable Mentions, and a Directors Choice will be awarded and featured in the exhibition, the printed show catalog, and the online exhibit gallery. Juror's Choice will receive free entry into three juried calls for entry of their choice and a complimentary exhibit book. Directors Choice will receive free entry into two juried calls for entry of their choice.