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: 2021 National Park Photo Contest
Description: Pick your best shots taken in America’s national parks and submit them to our National Park Photography Contest presented by Tamron. Photos should portray an American national park, national monument or other location managed by the National Park Service such as a national historic park or national seashore. Up to (3) three photos may be entered into each of (3) three categories: Landscape, Wildlife, and Night Skies.
Entry Fee: Free to enter.
Prize: There will be a grand prize winner in each of the three categories, Landscape, Wildlife, and Night Skies. Prize winners will get their choice of one Tamron camera lens listed.
Eligibility: Open to Citizens of the 50 United States, age 21 or older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible. Entrants must have valid email address and it is the entrant’s responsibility to update Sponsor of any change in email address.
Copyright and Usage Rights: Submission of a photo entry grants the Sponsor(s) royalty-free license to publish the entered photo image in any medium without compensation to entrant and to use entrant’s submitted information for any purpose, including marketing and promotion. Photographers retain ownership of their images and may grant additional non-exclusive image licensing rights to other parties.
Deadline: August 31, 2021
Contest: Monochrome Photography Awards 2021
Description: With Monochrome Awards, you can show your skills in traditional photography relying on plates and papers, or in the technique of wet collodion, as well as in digital technology. Professionals and amateurs can enter their shots for a chance to win $3000 and an opportunity to show their work to an international audience. Toned images (like sepia, selenium, etc.) will be accepted. Over a dozen categories allow entrants to specify definitions of photographic specializations and their large diversity allows adequate representation of photographers in several key areas.
Entry Fee: Professional: 20 USD/Single Entry; Amateur: 15 USD/Single Entry (early deadline. +$5 each category for final deadline)
Prize: The winners of the Professional and Amateur sections will receive the titles: Monochrome Photographer of the Year and Monochrome Discovery of the Year and cash prizes. Professional entries can count on a prize of $2000 while winners for the amateur category compete for $1000.
Eligibility: Monochrome Awards competition is open to professional and amateur photographers using all forms of black and white photography. Anyone over 18 years of age can enter the competition with the exception of employees of the Monochrome Awards, their associated companies and employees of any company chosen to sponsor prizes for the competition.
Copyright and Usage Rights: Monochrome Awards may publish any material you submit, post, upload, email or otherwise transmit to it or to the website at its sole discretion and it shall be entitled to make additions or deletions to any such material prior to publication. Any image submitted to the competition may be used by the Monochrome Awards, and its media partners, for marketing and promotional purposes of the competition only. You hereby grant the Monochrome Awards a non-exclusive, irrevocable license in each Entry throughout the world in all media for any use in connection with the competition.
Deadline: Early deadline July 4, 2021; Final deadline November 14, 2021.