Part of being a professional photographer is also learning to seize opportunities. When you’ve got such a rich portfolio of work and your hard drive is flooding with excellent pictures that didn’t make the cut, know that there is a time and a place for them.

International photography projects are aimed at people just like you. The treasure hunt for new talent is in constant motion throughout the year which is why you should consider applying. Photography contests are healthy competition and give you a chance at the exposure you deserve.

Please  not that each contest has its own theme and brief so do visit the individual contest websites for more details.

ZEISS Photography Award 2017

Deadline: 7 February 2017

Fees: Free

Prizes: The winning photographer will receive a ZEISS lenses worth €12,000 and will be sponsored to travel and shoot a photography project in a location of their choice. The travel expenses cover up to €3,000.


Last year’s winner:


Tamina-Florentine Zuch

Siena International Photo Awards 2017

Deadline: 15 February 2017

Fees: From €15,00 to €30,00

Prizes: The main prize is € 1.500, 2 overnight stays in Sienna, international press and publication in the online gallery. Additional prizes mentioned on the website.


Last year’s winner:


Greg Lecoeur

Fine Art Photography Awards 2017

Deadline: 19 February 2017

Fees: 15USD Amateur / 20USD Professional

Prizes: Winners of the fine art photography awards will be able to titles of Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year and Amateur Fine Art Photography of the Year with $5000 cash prizes.


Last year’s winner:

Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year


Jaime Travezan

Amateur Fine art Photographer of the Year


Florian Ruiz

RHS Photographic Competition 2017

Deadline:  28 February 2017

Fees: Free

Prizes: RHS Photographer of the Year 2017 – £5,000. Additional prizes mentioned on the website.


One of the finalists from previous competitions:



Monovisions Photography Awards 2017

Deadline:  17 March 2017

Fees: Single image: $15, series of images: $20.

Prizes: Grand Prize winners will receive $3,000 cash prize for Black and White Series of the Year and $2,000 cash prize for Black and White Photo of the Year. In addition, winners will recieve certificates, a digital statue and significant press coverage.


10th Annual iPhone Photography Awards 2017

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Fees: From $3.50/1 image – $57.50/25 images (depending on the amount of entries)

Prizes: All entries are competing for the title of IPPA Photographer of the Year and the main prizes will be announced later.


Last year’s winner:


Siyuan Niu

ND Awards 2017

Deadline: 14 May 2017

Fees: $15 Amateur / $20 Professional

Prizes: Photographer of the year – $2,500. Discover of the year – $1,300. Other prizes with a total cash prize of $7,500.


Last year’s winner:

ND Photographer of the Year 2016


Brooke Shaden

ND Discovery of the Year 2016


Rosario Civello

Monochrome Awards 2017

Deadline: 9 July 2017

Fees: Professional – 20 USD, Amateur – 15 USD

Prizes: Monochrome Photographer of the Year – $2,000. Discovery of the Year – $1,000. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in amateur and professional categories will all be published in the Monochrome Photography Awards book.


Last year’s winner:

Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2016 (professional)


Michel Kirch

Monochrome Discovery of the Year 2016 (amateur)


Mikhail Shestakov

When the opportunities are laid out in front of you, don’t glance through – apply! If you know of any other competitions that will be useful for fellow photographers, do let us know in the comments section below.

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