The Best Photography Contests In 2022

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There are plenty of photography contests nowadays – no matter if you’re a professional or amateur photographer, you can easily find a contest that will fit your skill level and your interests. By taking part in photography competitions, you can brush up your skills or even win big – some contests offer cash prizes, camera equipment, or having your work exhibited. Many of these contests have a modest entry fee and they are available to anyone.

If you’re interested in taking part in these contests in 2022, check out the following!

1. Monochrome Photography Awards

Do you shoot mostly in b&w? This is definitely the most suitable competition for you!

This is a platform where professionals and amateurs can enter their shots amongst a sea of the ambitious and creative community of photographers from around the world for a chance to win a cash award and an opportunity to show their work to an international audience.

At Monochrome Awards, professional entries can count on a prize of $2000 while winners for the amateur category can get a total of $1000.

When it comes to categories, these are your options:

  • Abstract
  • Architecture
  • Conceptual
  • Fashion / Beauty
  • Fine Art
  • Landscapes
  • Nature
  • Nude
  • Photojournalism
  • Photomanipulation
  • Portrait
  • Street
  • Wildlife

The deadline is July 3rd, 2022. Visit the website here.

monochrome awards photo contest

2. Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

The deadline for this photo contest is very soon, so hurry up in case you don't want to miss it. If you specialize in portraiture, this competition might be worth checking out.

National Portrait Gallery calls for entries to its annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The international competition, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography, is inviting submissions from 9am on 6 April until 5pm on 31 May 2022 via a brand new digital platform, specially developed for this year’s Prize.

The winner of the competition will receive £15,000, with the second prize receiving £3,000 and the third prize £2,000.

Check out their website here.

taylor wessing photography portrait prize

3. ND Awards

The ND Awards is another popular international photography competition available to any photographer. It also has many categories available, including fine art and nudes which aren’t too common when it comes to public photo contests.

Categories are in two sections: Professional and Non-Professional.

There is no limit to the number of individual images or image series each photographer may submit. The winner of the professional section receives the title “ND Photographer Of The Year”.

You can check out their website here.

If you want to enter this competition, you still have enough time:

  • Final Deadline – 18 September 2022
  • Professional Grand Prize – $2,500, Magazine Feature, Press & Publication
  • Non-Professional Grand Prize – $1,300, Magazine Feature, Press & Publication
  • 6 Professional Category Winners – $500, Magazine Feature, Press & Publication
  • 5 Non-Professional Category Winners – $300, Magazine Feature, Press & Publication
nd photo awards photo contest

4. International Landscape Photographer Of The Year

If you prefer landscapes to portraits, we've also got you covered!

This contest was founded 6 years ago and it's still pretty popular.

Each contestant can submit up to 4 images. The jury rates the images between 1 and 100 and they choose the top 101 images and move to the second round of judging.

The deadline for 2022 is yet to be announced and these are the awards:

  • Photographer 1st Prize – $5,000, trophy & book
  • Photographer 2nd Prize – $1,000, trophy & book
  • Photographer 3rd Prize – $500, trophy & book
  • Photography 1st Prize – $2,000, trophy & book
  • Photography 2nd Prize – $1,000, trophy & book
  • Photography 3rd Prize – $500, trophy & book

You can check out their website here.

the international landscape photographer of the year

5. Amateur Photographer Of The Year

This content is great for those who are still new to the world of photography.

Amateur Photographer magazine invites amateur photographers from around the world to enter its annual competition for the chance to win monthly prizes, exposure in the magazine, and the title of ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2022’.

There are 10 monthly rounds to enter, and what's really great is that there is even a young APOY competition for 13-21-year-olds!

You can check out their website here

apoy 2022 photo contest

6. F-Stop Magazine

F-Stop Magazine is an online photography magazine that features contemporary artworks from established and emerging photographers. The magazine organizes photo contests that are available to anyone – you simply need to submit up to 12 photographs from a single body of work along with your project statement.

The current contests explore the themes below:

  • Issue #113: Open Theme 2022 – June/July
  • Deadline: May 15, 2022
  • Issue #114: The Portrait 2022 – August/September
  • Deadline: July 15, 2022

Even though this contest doesn’t grant any cash awards, it can help younger photographers gain exposure. Another good one for fine art photographers to join.

You can check out their website here.

f-stop magazine photo awards

7. Life Framer Photography Prize

Life Framer is a famous platform for exhibiting contemporary photography.

Currently, they have 3 open contests:

  • Youthhood

Judge: Holly Andres
Deadline: 31 May 2022

Portraiture, studio, candid, conceptual, documentary, street photography

  • The human body

Judge: Pixy Liao
Deadline: 30 June 2022

Portraiture, candid, studio, conceptual, documentary photography

  • World Travelers

Judge: Steve McCurry
Deadline: 31 July 2022

Landscape, travel, portraiture, reportage, street, aerial photography

More information about the competition can be found on their website.

life framer photography prize

8. Lens Culture Street Photography Awards

This is a perfect occasion for street photographers to showcase their work! You can enter a series or 5+ single images, and you can add a professional written review of your submission for an additional $15. This is a unique opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your work from experienced professionals.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

More information about the competition can be found on their website here.

lens culture street photography awards

9. Annual Photography Awards

Annual Photography Awards invites participants to the fourth edition of this international photography contest.

The Annual Photography Awards offer generous cash prizes, trophies, and acclaimed awards for participating winners. Certificates and awards are available as digital downloads endorsed by the Annual Photography Awards.

  • Grand Prize: $2.500 in cash for the overall winner
  • Category Winners: $500 for each of the 5 categories winners

There are 5 categories to choose from – architecture, fine art, nature, people, and special.

Learn more about this contest here.

annual photography awards

A Few Photo Contest Tips

Get Some Feedback On Your Photos First

This one is pretty obvious, but in any photo competition, you need to pull out the big guns with your best photo entry if you have any chance of winning. For that, it is worth putting your work in front of other photographers who can give you an honest critique. For that, we recommend the Light Stalking Shark Tank, but any place you can get quality critique from experienced photographers is a great start.

Check The Prizes

Any photography contest worth its salt will address what the winners will be getting in terms of prizes. Sometimes the kudos is enough if the photography contest is a well-known one, but other times the best photo might just win some valuable prizes.

Read The Terms

This follows from the previous point, but you really need to carefully read the terms of entry. You should make specific reference to the copyrights claimed by the organizer – you don’t want to be giving your images away for free and “rights grabs” are a bit of a problem among the less scrupulous competitions. Entry fee-free competitions tend to be worse but even paid competitions need to be checked carefully.

How To Win A Photography Competition

Winning photo prizes is a huge topic in itself and is obviously going to require some of your best photography, but one approach that we have seen reap major rewards from is analyzing photos of contest winners from past years. One individual who has won a lot of photo prizes over the years is a member of the Australian photography community, and fine art photographer, Adam Williams, and he has done it with both color and black and white images.

Adam has won Landscape Photographer of the Year, Professional Photographer of the year, and Emerging Photographer of the Year in his native Australia.

He has also spent a lot of time analyzing past photo competitions to see what types of images tend to win (not to mention doing a lot of travel in nature for his amazing landscape photographs). His subsequent results are amazing with more competition wins than anyone else we know of. Moreover, the people he teaches tend to have a win-to-submission ratio that is very impressive.

Adam’s course on how to win photo contests is well worth the read and might net you a few prizes of your own. It’s not free, but his students’ results speak for themselves.

Take a look here.

A Note On The Entry Fee And Prizes In Comps

There is a huge temptation among cash-strapped photographers to look for entry fee-free competitions that is fine – we all have a budget. But remember, that an entry fee-free competition is totally inundated with entries that are not great for the judges and tend to impact the quality of the prizes (not to mention prestige) of a competition. While entry fee free might be the extent your wallet can handle, do not ignore the others. As they say, free can be expensive. 

Further Resources:

  1. Things You Should Know About Photography Contests
  2. What You Need to Know About Photo Contests Before You Enter
  3. These Photo Contests Will Help You Grow As a Photographer
  4. Photo Contest Deadlines
  5. 30+ Best Photography Competitions to Elevate Your Craft

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