Test Your Photography Skills with These 5 Great Photography Competitions

Test Your Photography Skills with These 5 Great Photography Competitions

Christina N Dickson is a portrait photographer and instructor for The Institute in Photographic Studies. Her work can be found at www.ChristinaNicholePhotography.com

You are a budding photographer in search of expanding your influence and getting your name out into the photographic world. Photo contests are a great way to gain experience with submitting, evaluating, and constructively comparing your quality of images with others who are at your level or more mature in their shooting. Unfortunately, many photo contests are hardly worth the time it takes to upload your photo, or placing the stamp on the envelope.

Here are some photography contests with varying levels of notoriety to get you off your feet, and your photo’s into the limelight!

1. The International Aperture Photo Competition


  • Pros: Copyright of the images remains property of photographer. Open to all photographers of any age. International exposure. Review of work by 100 notorious professional photographers.
  • Cons: Monthly entry is free to members only. Entry fee $290 per series of 4 images.

2. World Traveler Photo Contest


  • Pros: Entry fee is free. International exposure. Open to amateurs or professionals. Publishing of work in American Photo. Grand prize winner awarded air and hotel package.
  • Cons: Submission conveys all rights of the photo to Northwest Airlines. Only photographers from the US.

3. American PHOTO Images of the Year


  • Pros: Open to professional and amateur photographers. Entry discounts to students work. International Exposure. Large prizes packages.
  • Cons: 18 years and older. Open to US residents only. Entry fees per single or series entries.


4. Travel Photographer of the Year

  • Pros: Copyright remains property of photographer.
  • Cons: Limited to amateur and professional photographers based on submission categories. Ages 17 and older. Entry fees 15 pounds per image.

5. National Geographic My Shot


  • Pros: International Exposure. No submission fees. Open to all persons.
  • Cons: No prizes. Only two shot submissions.

Happy submissions!

PS: Don’t forget our recent post – How to Win a Photography Competition

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Christina N Dickson is a visionary artist and philanthropist in Portland Oregon. Her work includes wedding photography www.BrideInspired.com and leadership with www.RevMediaBlog.com.

Some Older Comments

  • PCN November 18, 2009 02:11 pm

    You'll find a large list of photo contests at www.photographycompetitions.net with over 150 open contests, there should be something for everyone ;)

  • Felix Bonomo September 14, 2008 08:09 am

    Also abuot National Geographic - you grant an unconditional license to NG and anyone that NG wants to give, sell or license your image - JUST BY ENTERING IT. No credit as the photographer, no royalties, no nothin'. If it is your brest shot, I would submuit it elsewhere so you can at least get credit and retain copyright.......

  • Pete Langlois September 13, 2008 01:13 am


    250.00 worth of SmugMug accounts every month for 10 months. It just started, entries are due by the 17th for the first 3 entries.


  • Daus September 12, 2008 01:12 pm

    What about Milkphotos.com?

  • col September 12, 2008 07:57 am

    And another...
    This may be restricted to Oz residents only...



  • Rob September 12, 2008 07:37 am

    Heads up, the National Geographic contest is called Your Shot. My Shot is a photo gallery service that you can use after entering a photo in Your Shot. Also the submission limit on Your Shot is one per month, not two.


  • zacco September 12, 2008 07:36 am

    great list and info

  • Scott Fillmer September 12, 2008 06:36 am

    nice list of contests, thanks for posting... now all I have to do is get out and shoot

  • Will September 12, 2008 01:53 am

    If you are looking for more photo contests then check out http://www.photocompetitions.com/
    The site has a deadline calendar so you can see which competitions are ending soon and also groups contests by theme and prize fund.
    You can also subscribe if you want to be kept informed about new photo contests.