There are literally hundreds of new photography contests advertised around the world each day. There are contests for every photographic style and skill level, and prizes can include cash, vacations, photographic equipment, exhibitions, and publication.
On this page, we list some of these opportunities as they become available. We only include contests that have prizes that we feel have some actual value to travel photographers (exposure is nice, but does not qualify here unless we feel it’s an amazing opportunity!) We do not list contests that come down to a “popular vote” at the end. We also try to avoid obvious scams, but advise you to read the rules carefully before entering! We are not affiliated with the sponsors, the judges, or the contests in any way.
Contest: Audubon Photography Awards
Description: You love birds, and you love taking photos of them. Now show us your best work by entering the Audubon Photography Awards! Entrants to submit photographs that depict birdlife in any form. Entrants may only participate in one (1) of the following divisions: 1) Professional: Individuals 18 years of age or older currently earning more than $5,000 per year selling photography; 2) Amateur: Individuals 18 years of age or older currently earning between $0 and $4,999.99 a year selling photography; 3) Fine Art: Individuals 18 years of age or older who prefer to submit photographs that take a conceptual approach to bird photography, one that emphasizes the artistic process as much or more than the literal, documentary representation of individual birds or groups of birds. While anything more than basic enhancement through Photoshop and other means is not allowed in the Contest’s other divisions, the use of any and all such tools is permitted in the Fine Art division.; or 4) Youth: Individuals 13 to 17 years of age (each a “Division” or collectively, the “Divisions”). All Entrants’ ages are to be determined as of January 5, 2015.
Entry Fee: In the Professional, Amateur, and Fine Art categories, the entry fee is $15 for the first image and $10 for each additional image (up to a limit of 10 images). There is also a free-entry option. There is no entry fee in the Youth category. Please note that for the last week of the contest, from February 16 through February 23, the entry price increases.
Prize: One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded of a five (5) nights’ trip to Saint Lucia for winner and one (1) guest and one (1) Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack (Black). Trip includes five (5) nights’ double occupancy accommodations at Anse Chastanet with breakfast and dinner daily, round-trip airfare for winner, and guest, guided visits to the Anse Mamin Plantation, the Millet Bird Sanctuary, the Des Cartier Trail, the Gros Piton Trail and Dolphin and Whale watching, and excursions to Diamond Falls and Botanical Gardens, the Sulphur Springs volcano and the Tet Paul Nature Trail. Further prizes awarded in other categories include trips, workshops, gear bags, etc.
Eligibility: Open to all legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 13 years of age or older as of January 5, 2015 (“Entrants”). Employees, officers, and directors of National Audubon Society, Inc. (the “Sponsor” or “Audubon”) or Nature’s Best Photography, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, divisions, trustees, franchisees, Contest prize providers and distributors, advertising and promotion agencies associated with the Contest, and any and all entities directly associated with the Contest, including immediate family members and members of the same household, are not eligible to participate (collectively with Sponsor, the “Contest Entities”). Submitted Photograph should not have won any previous awards or competitions.
Copyright: Photographer retains rights.
Usage Rights: By entering the Photo Awards, you grant Audubon and Nature’s Best Photography a non-exclusive license to your photos ONLY for uses related to the Photo Awards. (For a more complete explanation, see the Official Rules.) If you choose to allow Audubon to use your photos in support of its mission, you will still remain the owner of your photos.
Deadline: February 23, 2015