Over almost ten years, LensCulture has become one of the world’s most authoritative entities in photography. They are committed to the discovery and promotion of the best photographers and seek exciting work with various photographic disciplines (documentary, fine art, nature, photojournalism, activism, street photography, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human). Their contests offer significant benefits besides cash prizes.
Photo by Fernando Puente on Unsplash
Recently established, the World Photographic Cup was born as a cooperative effort by two industry heavyweights, the Federation of European Photographers and the Professional Photographers of America. The WPC’s singular purpose is to “Unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation.” For them, the brotherhood and sisterhood of photography is a bond that transcends language, culture, and geography. There are lots of other contests out there, but there is just one World Photographic Cup.
World Press Photo
The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting the work of visual journalists through a range of activities and initiatives that span the globe. World Press Photo’s contest is, without question, the most prestigious photojournalism contest out there. The winner gets a lot of exposure, thanks to World Press Photo’s involvement in breaking news. Their prize is €10,000, and they have no entry fee, but their standards are extremely high. They work to develop and promote the quality photojournalism that people deserve around the globe.
The 500px platform is very popular, and they constantly launch a series of
quests that offer impressive prizes and help us better understand how contests work. Prizes run from cash to cool gadgets like camera bags and other stuff. Getting to experience the dynamics of contests is pretty risk-free with them, and it can also be fun because it is not a traditional “likes” contest. One of its most valuable assets is that they set up a gallery called “Inspiration” where you can get a better grasp of what curators and judges look for in submissions. Photo by Jonathan Simcoe on Unsplash
Everywhere you can find many contests that respond to the spirit of photography, and it’s worth visiting
this website to become aware of them. The guys at Format made a decent selection of good contests to consider for people who want to participate in this sort of thing.
The participation in photography contests is for photographers who are committed to the discipline and who have had some degree of growth, too. This should not discourage newer photographers, and participation as such can work as a goal. We can aim to participate in the coming year, for example, and to have images with a certain quality that will make our participation nurturing, even if we do not win.