7 Of The Best Photography Contests In 2020 | Light Stalking

7 Of The Best Photography Contests In 2020

By JasenkaG / January 25, 2020

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.

If you’re interested in taking part in these contests in 2020, check out the following 7!

1. Sony World Photography Awards

This is a serious photography contest geared towards professional photographers and it is held annually. Sony World Photography competition is looking to showcase the most outstanding bodies of work in various genres of photography, such as architecture, creative, documentary, landscape, wildlife, portraiture, still life and so on.

The overall winner is chosen each year by the expert jury and given the award of $25,000. There are many other awards too, such as 2nd and 3rd place, being published in winners’ book or included in the annual exhibition at Somerset House in London, UK.

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The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions at various levels. Here are the opening dates for the competitions in 2020.

  • Professional (Opens 1 June 2020) – for outstanding bodies of work
  • Open (Opens 1 June 2020) – for exceptional standalone images
  • Youth (Opens 1 June 2020) – for emerging photographers aged between 12-19 years-old
  • Student (Opens 1 June 2020)  – for photography students worldwide

You can check out their website here.

2. Monochrome Photography Award

This photography competition is ideal for those who are the masters of black and white photography. You can choose if you want to enter the competition as an amateur or as a professional photographer and there are 13 categories to choose from, such as landscapes, portraits, fashion or abstract photography.

Both professional and amateur photographers can win a cash prize along with a certificate. Also, all winners and honourable mentions are included in the Monochrome Photography Awards Annual book.

Here is how to enter for the Monochrome Photography Awards 2020.

You can check out their website here.

3. ND Awards

ND Awards is another popular international photography contest 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.

The winner of the professional section receives the title Photographer Of The Year and $7500 in cash prize, while the winner of the amateur section receives the title Discovery Of The Year and equal prize money.

You can submit your entries here for the Neutral Density Photography Awards 2020.

You can check out their website here.

4. CPA International Juried Exhibition

The Center For Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, CA is already well-known for its annual photo contest.  Under the 2020 Members’ Juried Exhibition, this year, forty-five juror-selected photographs will be exhibited from April 11 – May 10 in the historic gallery in Carmel, California. The winning photographs will be featured in an online gallery on the CPA website along with an additional forty-five juror selected images.

The juror will also grant the cash awards to first ($1000), second ($500) and third ($250) place as well as five honourable mentions ($50).

Deadline:  February 21, 2020

CPA also conducts an International Exhibition towards the end of the year. Check the website for updates on the dates.

You can check out their website here.

5. Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award

This prestigious annual photography contest is geared towards professional photojournalists.  It is hosted by Athens Photo World, with the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. This year, Athens Photo World will award a 15,000€ cash prize to a completed project of documentary photography, created within the last 3 years. This contest is an amazing opportunity for talented photojournalists around the world!

Those who wish to participate should send a small portfolio with up to 24 photographs, with captions and a supporting story.

The winning project will be exhibited at the next Athens Photo World festival, in 2021.

Keep an eye on their website for 2020 entries that will open later in the year,

You can check out their website here.

6. F-Stop Magazine – Past/Future 2020

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 10-20 photographs from a single body of work along with your project statement.

 The current contest explores the theme of Past/Future and the winning artist will be featured in issue #99 of F-Stop Magazine, in April 2020. Even though this contest doesn’t grant any cash awards, it can help younger photographers gain exposure.

Deadline: March 15, 2020

You can check out their website here.

7. Photo Stories Contest For CINE-BOOKS

This is a rather unique photography contest for photographers and filmmakers who are particularly good at storytelling. You can enter this competition with a photo story or a cinematic story.

Photo story should be a photo series which represents a plot and its recommended length is 30-60 photos, while cinematic story should be in video format and represents the same story in two modes: jpg and mp4. Your stories must be unpredictable and out of the ordinary – this contest is looking for exceptionally creative minds.

The overall prize fund for this competition is $3,000.

The entries for 2020 are not yet open and they should open in a few weeks time for this year. Keep an eye on their website for entries and deadlines.

You can check out their website here for information on last year's competitions.

If you want to learn more about photography contests, check out the following links!

Further Resources:

  1. Things You Should Know About Photography Competitions
  2. What You Need to Know About Photo Contests Before You Enter
  3. These Photo Contests Will Help You Grow As a Photographer
  4. The Best Photography Contests To Enter In 2020
  5. Photo Contest Deadlines
  6. 30+ Best Photography Competitions to Elevate Your Craft

About the author


Jasenka is a passionate photographer with a background in design. You can find out more about her on her website, see some of her stock images at Shutterstock or get to know her better here.

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