Call for Entries: Photography Competitions from Around the World


Photography competitions are a great way to put your photography skills to test. Apart from a chance at winning the prizes on offer, they also present a great learning opportunity. But more often than not, you don't come to know about the competitions in time to submit your entry. To help you stay updated with ongoing or upcoming photography competitions from around the world, we will bring out a post at least once a month to keep you informed of such competitions. Here is a list of competitions that are currently open for entries. 

1. Photo Competition by Survival International

The competition invites amateur and professional photographers to submit their photographs of tribal and indigenous people from around the world. 
Categories: Lands, Human Diversity, Ways of Life
Prize: Olympus PEN E-PM2 Mirrorless Camera
Deadline: 31 March
Entry Fee: Free

2. Environmental Photographer of the Year

The competition's overall theme is social and natural issues of the environment which include – innovation, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change, human rights, culture, natural disasters and population growth. Presented by Atkins-CIWEM. 
Categories: Still Photography and Film
Prizes: the Environmental Photographer of the Year will receive £5000 (approx. $8286), the Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (Under 18) will receive £1000 (approx. $1657), the Environmental Film of the Year will receive £1000, and there is also a Cityscape Prize of £1000
Deadline: 31 March 2014
Entry Fee: Free

3. Photomicrography Competition – Nikon's Small World

The main theme is about capturing beauty and complexity of life through photomicrography – photos captured through a light microscope. 
Categories: Still photographs as well as video
Prizes: Grand prize – $3000 worth of Nikon equipment
Deadline: 30 April
Entry Fee: Free

4. Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astrophotographers from around the world are invited to submit their astrophotography images in this competition. Presented by Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Categories: Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space, and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Prizes: Overall winner – the Astronomy Photographer of the Year – will receive £1500 (approx. $2485). Also, prizes in each category. 
Deadline: 24 April
Entry Fee: Free

5. Photo Competition by Forests Asia Summit

The competition invites forest images from South East Asia. They can include photos of forest products, people and communities living in and around forests. 
Prize: Winning photographer gets a $500 grant for photography equipment or field trips
Deadline: 15 April (Online voting begins on 21 March)
Entry Fee: Free

6. Natural World Photography Competition

The competition, BigPicture encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it. It's presented by the California Academy of Sciences. 
Theme: Overall theme of nature, wildlife and conservation
Prizes: Grand prize – $5000 cash + $2000 worth photography gear
Deadline: 31 March
Entry Fee: $25

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Ritesh has been photographing since 2010 and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

Here are a couple you missed, Digital Photo Mag’s, Portrait Contest, it has a May 14th, 2014 deadline, or Digital Photo Pro Mag’s, Black and White World Contest, with a May 22nd, 2014 deadline.

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