Contests

International Women Photographers Award 2019 - Call for entries

Laureate 2018,    Constanza Portnoy   ,  “Life force”

Laureate 2018, Constanza Portnoy, “Life force”

The International Women Photographers Award (IWPA) is announcing its open call for women photographers to submit their entries for the 2019 edition of the awards. The competition is open to women photographers from all over the world. A specially selected international jury comprising of eminent figures from the art and photography community will shortlist 11 candidates whose work will be on display in one of its partner’s city, which will house the opening exhibition.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on March 8th, 2019 to coincide with International Women’s Day. From the 11 finalists, one laureate will be announced as the official winner.

IWPA’s goal is to provide a platform for women photographers to exhibit their work to a wide and diverse audience. IWPA aim to help women photographer to gain global recognition in order for them to move forward creatively and professionally.

The IWPA is a photography award organized by the International Women Photographers Association, Antidote Art and Design, Myartspy in collaboration with Alliance Française Dubai.

The Deadline for your submission is the 1st December 2018. For further information click here.

Magnum Foundation | Photography in Collaboration: Migration and Religion

© Tanya Habjouqa

© Tanya Habjouqa

Magnum Foundation is accepting proposals for Photography in Collaboration: Migration and Religion, an initiative for photographers to expand upon their practice by working with creative partners from other disciplines. They will support up to five projects that further understanding of the politically significant and vastly complex intersections of migration and religion. Selected projects will receive project development support and production grants of up to $25,000.

Magnum Foundation is seeking proposals for projects that are careful interdisciplinary explorations at the intersection of migration and religion, broadly defined, and that explore how forms of social organization transform under the pressures and processes of migration. Applicants are encouraged to explore a range of stories that illuminate this theme and to challenge familiar representational tropes. Proposals are due by July 13, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information click here.

LUCIE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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The Lucie Foundation is proud to support emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels. The support of photography is broad, from Fine Art to Documentary and Photojournalism, to digital and film-based works. The concern is to support emerging photographers producing work that is at once gripping, and original.

The Lucie Foundation offers three cash grants to support the work of emerging photographers – one $2,500 scholarship with an open theme and two $1000 scholarships for photographers working in the fields of Fine Art or Documentary/Photojournalism.

WHO CAN APPLY:

The Lucie Emerging Scholarships are open to emerging photographers 18 years and older, worldwide. For more information and the requests click here. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 30 July 2018.

London Street Photography Festival - Open for submissions

Photo by Guille Ibanez

Photo by Guille Ibanez

Submit your photos for this year London Street Photography Festival (LSPF). There are four categories :

  • Single Photograph
  • Photo Series
  • London Photograph
  • Under 21s

It's such a great opportunity to win cash prizes and get a solo exhibition at the London Street Photography Festival 2019. All finalists will be exhibited at LSPH 2018. 

For more information click here. The deadline is the 17th of June.

Taylor Messing photographic Portrait Prize 2018 - Call for entries

Mykie, Skinhead, Hackney, London . from the series  Skins & Suedes  by Owen Harvey, 2017 © Owen Harvey

Mykie, Skinhead, Hackney, London. from the series Skins & Suedes by Owen Harvey, 2017 © Owen Harvey

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading international photographic portrait competition, celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography. 

The Prize has established a reputation for creativity and excellence, with works submitted by a range of photographers, from leading professionals to talented amateurs and the most exciting emerging artists.

The winner of the competition will receive £15,000. In addition the judges, at their discretion, will award cash prizes to one or more shortlisted photographers.

The prize winners and exhibition selection is judged on an equal and anonymous basis. In 2017 the exhibition featured over fifty works and was seen by over 40,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery, London. 

More information and the full competition rules can be found by clicking here. The deadline for your submission is Tuesday 12 June 2018.

Singapore International Photography Festival 2018 OPEN CALL

The 6th Singapore International Photography Festival 2018 - Open Call is here!

All passionate photographers, curators and publishers are invited to be a part of the Singapore International Photography Festival in 2018. With a brand-new photobook category in the Open Call, the festival aims to expand the reach of art photography and uncover new talents for the photography world.

Selected works will be exhibited in Singapore. The submission is open to all nationalities and can be based on any subject in these categories:

The deadline for your submissions has been extended to 30 April 2018. For more information click here.

 

The Independent Photographer Competition Awards - Call for entries

© Reuben Wu

© Reuben Wu

The Independent Photographer Competition Awards welcomes submissions from all photographers. The aim is to bring exposure to talented and unique photographers from all over the world. Whether in aesthetic, narrative, technical or formal terms, we at The Independent Photographer want to highlight photographer's creative research and share their best work.

Theme: Color

In the middle of the 20th century our lives forever changed with the advent of living color in photography: Cool or warm, soft or vivid, how can subtle shades of colors affect mood and our perception of a scene? 

The Independent Photographer Competition Awards invites all photographers driven by their artistic eye and passion for color to join the award and celebrate the beauty and diversity of color photography.

Whether in portrait, landscape, fashion, street or any other form of photography - classic or experimental. For more information click here. Deadline for submitting your work is 31 March 2018.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2018 | Call for entries

© TERJE ABUSDAL, Winner Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017 

© TERJE ABUSDAL, Winner Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017 

The prestigious international photographic competition staged by Leica Camera AG enters the next round. From 1 March to 5 April 2018, professional photographers and up-and-coming photographers aged up to 25 will be able to submit entries for the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Award online.

The awards for the winners in both categories of the 38th Leica Oskar Barnack Award will be presented in the course of a formal prizegiving ceremony in Berlin. With prizes amounting to a total cash value of 80,000 euros, the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ is one of the segment’s most prestigious photographic competitions. The winner in the main category will be honoured with a cash prize of 25,000 euros and Leica M-System equipment (a camera and lens) valued at an additional 10,000 euros. The winner of the Newcomer Award will be honoured with a cash prize of 10,000 euros and will also receive a Leica rangefinder camera and lens. In addition to the two main categories, ten further submissions to the competition will each be honoured with prizes of 2,500 euros.

Submit your application now! Deadline is April 5, 2018. For more information click here.

Italian Street Photo Festival Awards 2018 - Contest

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The Italian Street Photo Festival (ISPF) is the first international festival of street photography in Italy. The goal of the ISPF is to promote and show the street photography through some currently influential street photographers. Professionals, enthusiasts and amateurs, are going to get together to live and investigate the contemporary identity of street photography by partecipating in talks, workshops, photowalks, exhibitions, contests and much more.

Beside the festival you can take part of the first ISPF contest! Submit your best street photography pictures. Pictures can be taken anywhere in the world. Each picture will be judged individually as a separate entry. 

The Festival will take place in ROME from 13 till 15 APRIL 2018. The contest deadline is the 15. FEBRUARY. You can find more information about the ISPF by clicking here.

Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards | Call for entries

Sandra Chen-Weinstein, 1st place Open Category 2017

Sandra Chen-Weinstein, 1st place Open Category 2017

The Kuala Lumpur International Photoaward (KLPA) is continue to seek fresh and innovative photography from new, emerging and established photographers from around the world. For 2018, they are focussing on the photo-story or project within the practice of portraiture.

Recognising the efforts of serious photographers all over the world who are creating stories and projects about important and deserving issues, KLPA2018 seeks to reward project-based portrait submissions by awarding a prize money of USD$5,000 to one photographer, along with an amazing trophy - a specially commissioned piece by Kong Wee Pang, an award winning designer and artist based in Memphis, USA.

All submissions are OPEN themed, with no restrictions or criteria to limit creativity, except that they must be portraits of people and their environment. As an advocate for strong and individualistic content in photography, the KLPA2018 would ask for portraits that are unmanipulated and have only minimal post-processing. 

They like to see photographers push the boundaries of creativity in making visually exciting portraits telling individualistic, personal stories with strong narratives as their content, challenging normalcy.

For more information click here. The Deadline for your submission is 30. April 2018.

Open Call for the 2018 Annual Emerging Lens Mentorship Program

Photo: Isadora Kosofsky, 2017 Emerging Lens Mentorship Program winner      

Photo: Isadora Kosofsky, 2017 Emerging Lens Mentorship Program winner      

ART WORKS Projects (AWP) is pleased to announce its Open Call for the 2018 Annual Emerging Lens Mentorship Program. The 2018 competition is open to young photographers currently working on a human rights, social justice or humanitarian issue related to women and/or girls. Although the entrant must be a resident of the United States, the project may focus on international issues. The winning entrant will have an opportunity to receive a stipend to expand and/or finish their project and to exhibit the final project in May 2018 at the ART WORKS Projects Studio Gallery in Chicago.

AWP is accepting submissions until January 31, 2018. Please click here for more information.

Lensculture Portrait Awards 2018 | Call for entries

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Lensculture is seeking the new photographic portrait from all the corners of the world! For the first time Lensculture offers two exceptional exhibition opportunities: the winners, jurors’ picks, and finalists will show their work at Photo London in May and during the opening week in Arles this July. These are two of the world’s most important photo events—don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be seen alongside the biggest names in photography!

The Deadline for your submission is Tuesday, February 27, 2018. For more information click here.

World Press Photo Contest - Enter now!

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The world press photo contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism.

Whether entered as singles or stories, these pictures are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights about our world.

The contest is organized into categories, and judged by a jury comprising leading photojournalism professionals. The 2018 Contest is now open for entries. Click here to find out more about  how to enter and about contest categories. Read about entry rules and code of ethics, as well as information about the judging process and verification process.

Good luck for all your submissions - the deadline is Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 12:00 (noon) CET.

Monochrome Photography Awards - Call for entries

© Vertical Horizon by  Michel Kirch,  Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2016

© Vertical Horizon by Michel Kirch, Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2016

The Monochrome Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional and amateur photographers. The mission is to celebrate monochrome visions and discover the most amazing photographers from around the world. 

The winners of the Professional and Amateur categories will receive the titles: Monochrome Photographer of the Year and Monochrome Discovery of the Year along with cash prizes. You can submit photos to all point of view, all levels of expertise, and all ideas of black and white photography. 

The deadline is November 19, 2017. You can get more information by clicking here.

ZEISS Photography Award 2018 "Seeing Beyond - Untold Stories" | Call for entries

Føroyar - Photo by ©Kevin Faingnaert, Winner 2017

Føroyar - Photo by ©Kevin Faingnaert, Winner 2017

The ZEISS Photography Award is in its third year and calling on ambitious photographers across the globe. This year's theme is called “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories”. The focus of the photo series should be on stories that have not yet been told (or have not yet been told to the end). 

"Seeing Beyond - Untold Stories" requires photographers to present a strong series of 5-10 images that look beyond the ordinary and every day.  “Untold Stories” is intended to be understood in its broadest sense - the work could explore a familiar theme told from a different perspective or it could address an issue that has previously had little attention. All forms of photography are welcome and judges are specifically looking for series of works that have a strong narrative. The "Untold Story" that the photographer presents must be visually clear in the submitted images.

Last year, around 4,700 photographers from 132 countries submitted their work. The deadline for your submissions is February 6, 2018. You can get more information about the Zeiss Photography Award 2016 by clicking here. 

Philip Jones Griffiths Award - Call for Entries

Winner 2016: Pablo e Piovano   The Human Cost of Agrotoxin     © Photo by Pablo e Piovano

Winner 2016: Pablo e Piovano  The Human Cost of Agrotoxin 
© Photo by Pablo e Piovano

The Philip Jones Griffiths Award highlights and supports talent in photojournalism. 

When Philip found out that he had cancer in 2000, one of his first actions was to set up The Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation. The purpose of his Foundation was to preserve his work to inspire future generations, but his goals for the Foundation went far beyond just inspiration. Philip wanted his Foundation to actually help photojournalists cover the stories that need to be told.

With the political, economic, social and environmental concerns raging in today’s world, the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation believes this mission has never been so vital. Through this award, they seek to uphold the true spirit of photojournalism.

The award is for documentary photography and is £10,000. The prize must be used to complete a body of work, regardless of what stage the project is in. The subject matter must be related to issues of social and political importance. They do not welcome work that has been digitally manipulated or modified.

Deadline is October 10th. You can find more information about the award by clicking here

IX PILAR CITOLER INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL PRIZE FOR CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY | Call for entries

Isabel Muñoz, "OMO River" (2005). Platinotipia color.

Isabel Muñoz, "OMO River" (2005). Platinotipia color.

The IX PILAR CITOLER INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL PRIZE FOR CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY call for entries. This contest is promoted since 2006 by the University of Cordoba (Andalusia, Spain) and has become one of the most prestigious awards in Spain in this field.

This edition is presented with outstanding updates, including the election of a new curator, Sema D'Acosta, with a strong determination to project the prize abroad, thus encouraging greater participation of international artists.

Also, an important effort has been made this year to strengthen the role of women in this award, by counting with a majority of prestigious female representatives of contemporary art in Spain as a part of the jury.

Pilar Citoler (art collector and founder of the CIRCA XX Collection), Lorena Martinez de Corral (Independent curator and director of Coca-Cola Foundation Contemporary Art Collection), Blanca Berlin (gallerist), Erica Nyholm (winner of the Pilar Citoler 2015 Award) and Isabel Muñoz, last awarded with the Spanish National Photography Award 2016, whose work "Rio OMO" (2005) will be the image of the IX edition. They will be joined by Vicente Todoli (former director of the Tate Modern London and currently head of Hangar Bicocca in Milan), Pablo Rabasco (director of UCO Culture and professor of History of Photography and Latest trends in Art) and Sema D'Acosta (curator of the current edition of the contest).

A single prize will be awarded comprising three elements:

- Fifteen thousand euros
- Solo exhibition
- Monograph (Colection Nº9 in the El ojo que ves series)


The submissions of entries run from 20th September to 20th October 2017. For more details click here.

Sony World Photography Awards | Call for entries

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Don't miss the chance to enter the Sony World Photography Award 2018! Sony and the World Photography Organisation celebrated this year its 10th anniversary and call now for entries for the next year competition. The Awards' are an authoritative voice in the photographic industry, with the power to shape the careers of its winning, shortlisted and commended photographers.

The Sony World Photography Awards 2018 has four competitions:

  • Professional
  • Open
  • Youth
  • Student focus

For more information click here.

Miami Street Photography Festival - Call for entries

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Don't miss the chance to take part at the Miami Street Photography Festival.

The Miami Street Photography Festival (MSPF) gives photographers from all over the world the opportunity to be exhibited at a major gallery for a period of two months and significant exposure and recognition of their work during Art Basel Miami, one of the most important art events in the world.

Each year MSPF showcases the best contemporary street photography in the world selected by the most qualified jury panel in street photography today in a two tier system. 

In the first round of the competition, all submissions will be judged in a blind juried process by a panel of internationally accomplished street photographers, all active members of street photography collectives, who will be selecting up to one hundred images as this year's MSPF Finalists.  All selected finalists will be exhibited at HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, in downtown Miami for two months and will be the highlight of the Miami Street Photography Festival which is held during Art Basel Week, December 7th to 10th, 2017. Art Basel Miami is one of the world's premier art events attracting a large international audience of art spectators, collectors, curators and gallery owners.

In the second round of voting the featured 2017 MSPF invited speakers, all world-renowned photographers, will select the top three winners from among all MSPF finalists who will receive the 2017 MSPF Awards.

Deadline for the submission is the October, 1st 2017. For more information about the Miami Street Photography Festival, click here.