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10 photography contests that can win you big recognition and money

With the quantum leap in digital photo processing it has become easier and affordable to capture and store photos now-a-days. This has led to many people taking up photography as profession or hobby. If you are one of those who want to achieve fame and recognition in this field then photography contests are the best way to be in the spotlight. The exposure that these contests give you is huge, plus the awards money is icing on the cake. From human portraits, to nature, wildlife to micro-organisms every category has a place here. Lets have a look at few such photography contests.

World Press Photo

Deadline: 6th January 2017

Prize: 10000 Euros

Inclusion in the World Press Photo year-long exhibition, which travels to 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people each year

Entry fee: none

One of the most prestigious photography contests in the world, this contest was started by a group of Dutch photographers in 1955.Almost 4 million people participate in this competition every year. If you are someone who can create great stock photos without any digital enhancements and post production jugglery then this is the photography contest for you.


Sony World Photography Awards

Deadline: January 2017
Prize: $5000
Entry fee: None

This competition has further categories for professionals, Open category and one for students. Also entering into one you qualify for the national level awards in your country too. The winning entries are exhibited in London’s Somerset House and also featured in an exhibition that travels around the world.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Deadline:February, 2017
Prize: £10,000
Entry fee: £30

This one is from the golden books of natural photography contests.  Hosted by the National history museum, London the contest is divided into 17 categories.  Also there is a Young Competition category open to photographers below 17 years.


 iPhone Photography Awards

Deadline: March 2017
Prize: IPPA Photographer of the Year Award
Entry fee: $3.50 (per image)

i-phones have a very large contribution to advancements in the mobile photography scenario so it is natural to have a photography contest dedicated to its users. This competition is purely for recognition as an iphone photographer. There are no awards or exhibition of the entries.


Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards

Deadline: April 2017
Prize: $4,000
Entry fee: $15 (per image)

This photography contest is specifically for the portraiture category. The theme of the contest changes every year with a narrative to explain the context. Winners of the contest get the cash prize alogwith an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.


 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Contest

Deadline: April 2017
Prize: $3,000 to use on Nikon gear
Entry fee: None

This contest stands to be the only contest for Microscope photography in this world. The explorers in this niche are very few and hence the scale. But if you are the one into this then the exposure is huge with very less competition.


 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Deadline: June 2017
Last year’s prize: An 8-day, all expenses paid photo expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, valued at $13,980
Entry fee: $15 per entry

One of the most famous and publicized among all photography contests.The National geographic photo contest is a jetpack to stardom if you get selected as a winner.


 Travel Photographer of the Year

Deadline: June 2017
Prize: £2,500
Entry fee: £ 15 (Portfolio, new talent, HD short), £ 7.50 (one shot, smart shot)

Matching the Nat Geo contest is this photo contest started in 2003. The contest’s exhibition at The Museum of London Docklands is heavily attended and previous winners have reported direct benefits to their business.


 Epson International Pano Awards

Deadline: July 2017
Prize: $2000, Epson SureColor P-7070, Triple Scoop Music voucher $600
Entry fee: $20 per image

This one is another photo contest specific to panorama views. It is the largest competition for panoramic views in the world.


Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Deadline: October 2017
Prize: An award, Nikon D801 Kit and one week long photography safari in Africa including two international flights
Entry fee: None

Yes you read it right! Sometimes our wild friends end up in tongue in cheek situations like us. This contest is dedicated to capturing the same moments. No offense cute friends! The entries for this contest are just too hilarious.


I hope you would find these list helpful and start clicking photos, for the time is less and a lot needs to be achieved. If you are aware of more such contests then do share the same in the comments section below.

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