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
Contest: Belfast Photo Festival 2015
Description: Belfast Photo Festival is offering artist’s/photographer’s the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field, with a number also having the opportunity to be featured in the arts magazine Abridged. The theme has been left open to remove any restrictions; submissions must be photographic or lens-based but can include incorporations of other art forms with the photographic medium (i.e. performance, painting, sculpture, music, literature etc).
Entry Fee: £15
Prize: IdeasTap Award – £1,000 ($1,568 / €1,260); Blow Editorial Award – A full editorial presentation in an upcoming issue of Blow photography magazine (Lucie Award Nominee); Abridged Editorial Award – Presentation in a special Festival issue of the arts magazine Abridged
Eligibility: Individuals and collectives are welcome to apply; individuals should select and enter between two and six photographs from a particular series or body of work AND/OR submit their Photo-book for exhibition by uploading a single PDF (no image limit). Collectives are also welcome to apply; as a collective, you can submit up to 10 photographs (a £15 submission fee will apply for every 10 images submitted)
Copyright: Does not specify.
Usage Rights: Does not specify.
Deadline: March 6, 2015
Description: A maximum of 50 photographs will be included in the Camera USA 2015 exhibition. The $5,000 National Photography Award will be presented to one photographer. The award winner will receive two-nights hotel accommodations in Naples, Florida to attend a preview reception and award presentation scheduled for Friday, June 12, 2015. Round-trip economy class airfare for one will be provided to a winning photographer who lives outside the State of Florida. A winning photographer residing in Florida will receive a $300 travel stipend. Maximum overall dimensions (including frame, if a frame is used) not to exceed 40 x 40 inches.
Entry Fee: $32.00/$27.00 for Naples Art Association members
Prize: A bricks and mortar exhibition on view in The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida from June 15 through July 17, 2015. One cash award of $5,000.
Eligibility: Photographers residing in any of the fifty States in the United States of America are cordially invited to enter one photograph taken in the United States after January 1, 2011 and not previously exhibited at The von Liebig Art Center. Accepted photographs must remain on display for the duration of the Camera USA 2015 exhibition.
Copyright: Photographer retains copyright.
Usage Rights: Photographs exhibited in the Camera USA 2015 exhibition may be available for purchase or listed as NFS (not for sale). Once stated, neither the price nor title of the photograph may be changed. The NAA processes sales and will retain a 30% commission on all photographs sold during the exhibition. Proceeds from sales support the NAA’s exhibition programs.
Deadline: March 18, 2015
Contest: The Humanity Photo Awards 2015
Description: We call upon responsible photographers who respect and love life to take their cameras, in the form of feature photography to explore and rescue the endangered folk cultures of nationalities worldwide, to record the changes and evolution of various folk cultures in a genuine, vivid and profound way, to record, spread and share the multi-cultures of the world with the aim of enhancing mutual understanding and exchanges of human beings and promoting the world peace and development and to contribute to the World Folklore Photo Museum with world culture records. Entrants are required to submit photo stories/portfolios (8 to 14 photos for each set) according to the following categories: Portrait & Costume, Architecture, Living Custom, Production & Commerce, Festivities, and Traditional Rites. Portfolios must be 8-14 photos.
Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.
Prize: 6 Grand Prize Awards (for each category) of $2,000. Some travel allowance and accommodation for prize-winning photographers.
Eligibility: There are no restrictions on entrants in terms of profession, gender, age, nationality, country or region. Photos that have won prizes in previous HPA contests are excluded from the HPA 2015; prize-winning photos in other contests or exhibitions are eligible for HPA 2015. There is no limit on shooting time. Entries can be taken on one occasion or over a period of time.
Copyright: Photographer retains copyright.
Usage Rights: Organizer has the right to repeatedly use the entries in related non-commercial activities for free, including publications, exhibitions, TV programs, Internet displays, electronic media, etc. The Organizer reserves the right to do probable editing of the entries.
Deadline: April 15th, 2015