Contests

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: Happy Chinese New Year 2023

Description:Sharing China 2023 is calling for submissions of photos and videos from all over the world. Regardless of whether you are a professional or an amateur, who you are or where you are from, you are welcome to send us photos and videos of memorable moments from Chinese New Year celebrations.

Entry Fee: An entry fee is not listed.

Prize: The contest will select 50 photos (single or group). 5 first place photos, 15 second place photos and 30 third place photos will win cash prizes.

Eligibility: All entries must be real and not doctored or photo edited. The tone and color of the image may be slightly adjusted. Composition and clipping are allowed. Entries should be in JPG or JPEG format with a resolution of 300 dpi, no less than 2 MB for each, with the length no less than 3,000 pixels. Entries can be single photos or a series of photos. A series of photos counts as one entry and each series may contain four to ten photos.

Copyright and Usage Rights: Copyright and usage rights are not listed.

Deadline: February 12, 2023


Contest: Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023

Description: The Nikon Photo Contest is an international photo contest that has been held since 1969 to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike. This year’s theme is “Beloved.”

Entry Fee: There is no fee to participate.

Prize: Grand Prize Winner awarded Prize money of 500,000 yen (Japanese yen), Z9, NIKKOR Z lens. Other cameras and lenses also awarded as prizes.

Eligibility: In both the single photo category and the photo story (two to five images), any equipment can be used. The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian. Entry is limited to original works that have not formerly been released as any printed, web-based, or other medium (including advertising and stock photos) and for which the entrant holds all applicable rights. Both color and monochrome images will be accepted. The contest is not open to employees of Nikon (the “organizer”) or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

Copyright and Usage Rights: Nikon will publish the winning photos to its social media and at venues managed by Nikon. Although entrants retain the copyright and other equivalent rights to their entries, the organizer retains the entry rights listed under “Organizer’s Rights”.

Deadline: February 13, 2023


Contest: Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest

Description: The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest is open to Russian and foreign nationals aged 18 to 33. It aims to promote young photographers and support them in their strive for professional perfection. There are four categories open for entries: top news, my planet, sports and portrait (a hero of our time). Contest Participants can submit single Photo Images or a Series. The maximum number of Photo Images in a Series is twelve.

Entry Fee: Entry to the contest is free.

Prize: The Grand Prize winner will receive RUB 700,000. The first place winner in each category for an individual photo or series of photos will receive RUB 125,000. The second place winner in each category for an individual photo or series of photos will receive RUB 100,000. The third place winner in each category for an individual photo or series of photos will receive RUB 75,000.

Eligibility: The Contest is open to Russian and foreign nationals who are professional photographers. The age limits for Contest Participants: at least 18 and no more than 33 years old at the time of the Contestant’s submission of Photo Image(s) to the Contest. Photo Images accepted for the Contest must be created on or after January 1, 2022. As an exception, a Series may be accepted that was started in the previous years; however, the last Photo Image must have been created in 2022−2023.

Copyright and Usage Rights: Contestant grants the organizer the non-exclusive right to use the images for the purposes of the contest until the end of the contest. In some cases, the Organizer may request that the Contest Participant (including Winners and Runners-up) additionally sign documents confirming their agreement to grant a license to the Organizer.

Deadline: February 28, 2023


Contest: 7th Annual Southern Delaware Tourism Photo Contest

Description:Enter our 2023 Photo Contest and share your love for Southern Delaware with the world – and maybe even win some awesome prizes! The categories are: Southern Delaware Watersports, Southern Delaware Farmer & Foodie, and Southern Delaware Boardwalk Scenes.

Entry Fee: Entry fee is not listed.

Prize: This year’s grand prize-winning photographer will receive two nights at The Inn at Canal Square in Lewes, a gift certificate for dinner for two at the incredible Grain on the Rocks, Lewes, a dolphin-watching tour for two from Cape Water Tours & Taxi, and an annual Delaware State Parks Pass. Hotel stay may be subject to restrictions. The winner must contact prize partners for restrictions and details. There are individual category prizes that include cash and hotel stays.

Eligibility: Both locals and visitors are being invited and encouraged to enter. Entries must include photo locations and must be taken in Sussex County. Please read requirements for model releases if your photo contains recognizable likenesses of individuals. Eligible photos must be at least 1200 x 1800 pixels. There is no limit to the number of entries permitted, but each photo must be uploaded individually. Photos with watermarks of any kind are ineligible.

Copyright and Usage Rights: All eligible photo entries will be featured by Southern Delaware Tourism on their Instagram feed (@VisitSouthDel) with the hashtag #SoDelPhotoContest2023. By sending Southern Delaware Tourism your photograph(s) you acknowledge and grant permission for it/them to be used in a wide variety of promotional materials including newsletters, flyers, posters, brochures, advertisements, correspondence, press kits, media submissions, websites, social networking sites, and other print and digital communications.

Deadline: March 10, 2023


Contest: The Mono Awards 2023

Description:Now in its fifth year, The Mono Awards, presented by SanDisk, is the only photography competition in Australia dedicated to black and white photography. The competition is hosted by Australian Photography and Capture. There are three categories in The Mono Awards: People, Places, Animals. You can enter one or more categories as many times as you like. Images entered in The Mono Awards competition must be black and white or monochrome. For the purposes of this competition a black and white image is defined as one that only includes shades of black, white and grey. A monochrome image may only include shades of one color, such as a sepia image. Images with more than one hue, such as split-toned, spot-colour, or color images are not eligible. Images may be converted from color to black and white or monochrome in post-production. Images may be captured digitally or on film.

Entry Fee: Early bird (1 February to 19 March 2023) $20; Standard (20 March to 30 April 2023) $25; Last minute (1 May to 28 May 2023) $30

Prize: Winners, Runners-Up and People’s Choice will share in a total prize pool of $13,500, including $10,000 cash.

Eligibility: The Mono Awards is open to citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand. In order to receive a prize, winners must supply an Australian or New Zealand mailing address. Images must be in black and white or monochrome. Images must have been taken on or after 1 January 2021.An entrant may enter multiple times in one or more categories. Employees of Yaffa Media Pty Ltd (the competition organiser) and the sponsors of The Mono Awards 2023 are not permitted to enter the competition. Freelance writers and photographers who have been paid to contribute to Australian Photography or Capture since 1 January 2022 are not permitted to enter the competition.

Copyright and Usage Rights: Entrants retain copyright of their images. The entrant provides The Mono Awards, Australian Photography, and Capture a limited-use authorisation to publish and distribute their photographs for the sole purpose of promoting The Mono Awards. Images will be credited with the name of the photographer if used by The Mono Awards, Australian Photography, or Capture in any promotion.

Deadline: May 28, 2023


Contest: Amazing Vietnam

Description: The contest is being organised by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to promote the country’s tourism industry, as well as to attract more domestic and international tourists. Contestants are encouraged to capture images of tourism activities. Entries should be sent to www.anhnghethuatdulich.com.

Entry Fee: Free to enter.

Prize: One first, two second, three third and five consolation prizes will be presented to the most outstanding entries. Prizes are not specified. The award ceremony and photo exhibition are scheduled for July 2023 in Hanoi on the occasion of the 63rd founding anniversary of the Vietnamese tourism sector (July 9, 1960).

Eligibility: Open to professional and amateur photographers who are Vietnamese citizens living at home or abroad, as well as expats living or working in the country.

Copyright and Usage Rights: Copyright, compensation, and usage rights are not specified.

Deadline: June 6, 2023


Contest: Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests Through the Seasons

Description: All photos must have been taken in a Pennsylvania state park or state forest. The contest’s seven categories are: Mirror Images, Meditation, What Parks and Forests Mean to Me, Conversations, Celebrations and Young Photographers (ages 12 to 17).

Entry Fee: Free to enter.

Prize: Both Best in Show winners (People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice) receive a $75 state park gift card. The People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners in each category receive a $50 state park gift card. The runner-up in each category receives a $25 state park gift card.

Eligibility: All photos must have been taken in a Pennsylvania state park or state forest. Open to any photographer. Submitted photos should be original and previously unpublished in a commercial endeavor. Photographs that do not depict behavior in accordance with Leave No Trace principles will not be accepted. Photos must be assigned to a category by the contestant and can only be entered into one category. A maximum of 3 photos per entrant will be accepted in any one category.

Deadline: September 30, 2023


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