I am an amateur photographer who enjoys photographing a variety of subjects. There is no certain look to my portfolio. It varies from buildings, to clouds, nature and random objects. If I find something to be interesting, you can bet that I will try to photograph it.
I have been taking photos for as long as I can remember. But, late 2009 is when I started to really act on my passion. I carry a camera with me everywhere I go so that I don’t ever miss an opportunity to capture something amazing.
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The Aerial America Photo Contest is offering a grand prize of $3,000. You can enter up to 2 photographs per category for a total of 10 photographs in the contest. There are 5 categories to enter: landscapes, the locals, architecture, food and nature and animals. Photos must be uploaded to the Flickr group and geotagged in order to be eligible for this contest. A judging panel will be selected by Smithsonian Channel and entries must be submitted by September 30. Share your best photo of what America is and you could win.
Audio/Visual is an exhibition that will feature music photography. The exhibition will be presented by the New York Photo Festival and will be at The PowerHouse Arena October 19 to November 3. Photos can showcase music in any of its forms, from solo performances to full orchestras. Submissions are due by September 19 and there is a $25 entry fee for each three images that you wish to enter and there is no limit on the number of images you can submit. Be sure to check out the rules so you understand your obligations if your photo is chosen for the exhibition.
Here is an excellent opportunity for the travel photographers out there. The World’s Best Travel Secrets Contest is now accepting entries of your best travel photo and tip. Tell a story or share your perspective of the world through your travels. You can submit as many entries as you like, however, each entry will require a unique account and email address. The grand prize is an adventure for two to Morocco. Entries are due by August 12, 2011.
The Rainforest Alliance’s 2011 “Picture Sustainability” Photo Contest is looking for photographs that help promote the Alliance’s mission to help preserve the environment. There are five categories to enter: forest, water, wildlife, people and planet, and macro imagery. Photos can be entered through the contest’s Flickr page. The grand prize winner will receive an eco-tour for two to Guatemala. Each category prize winner will receive a FUJIFILM FinePix HS20EXR camera, case and SD card as well as a one-year Rainforest Alliance membership at the $100 level. Entries are due by October 14, 2011.
The Art of Expression is a photo and video contest. There are four categories to enter and Sony merchandise will be awarded to the winners. The four categories are One World in Focus, The Narrative Video, The Expressive Portrait and All about Light. Contestants can enter up to 5 photos or videos in each category and the entry deadline is July 13, 2011.
The Lifestyle Photography Competition from Silicon Beach Training is a competition with a fairly open subject: Lifestyle. Photos entered into the competition should exhibit the way lives are lived, and they do not have to feature people. Share what is a part of your life and you just might win. All entrants will receive a prize of free delivery at Floating Panels and the winner of the competition will receive two free Floating Panels and free delivery for life. Entries can be submitted by email or through the Flickr competition group. Photos must be entered by September 2nd.
The Art and Joy of Wood Photography Competition is open to all photographers over 18 world-wide. Entries should showcase the character of wood as well as its vital importance in our lives. There are three categories to enter: living with wood, working with wood and wood as never seen before. The three best entries overall will win a trip to Bangalore to be part of the International Conference and Exhibition on the Art and Joy of Wood. Entries are due by July 15.
Back in Black is a call for entries for a black and white photography juried exhibition. There is a $35.00 entry fee and entry includes up to 5 photos. Send in your best black and white shots for a chance to be featured in an exhibition at Black Box Gallery. Photos will be on exhibit August 1-22, 2011 with the potential of being sold through Black Box Gallery. All exhibition prints will be kept in a flat file after the show for future sale and promotion for the photographer. Entries must be submitted by July 10, 2011.
The Picture a Better America Photo Contest has an interesting premise. The contest has four categories: One Bumpy Road; When We Work, Things Work; America Grows Here; Our Many Faces. The contest is looking for photographs that focus on America’s infrastructure and the people that make and grow America. Each category will have a winner that will be awarded a $250 cash prize and the winners will be announced August 2011. Entries are due by July 15, 2011.
It is time to get those cameras ready for summer with the Colors of Summer Photography Contest! You can submit up to three photos and there is no entry fee. Submit your favorite photos that capture the spirit of summer and you just might win. The winner of this contest will be determined by public voting starting on June 30th and photos must be entered by June 30th. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to BorrowLenses.com, a $100 print package from Bay Photo, a Think Tank camera bag and a Photozini magazine of their photographs.
The Life Grows On photo contest is offering the trip of a lifetime as a grand prize. Enter up to 15 photographs for only $15. Select your photos that show wildlife, wild places and people connecting with nature. Share photos of nature that inspire you. One grand prize will be awarded per category and the grand prize is a trip for two on the Natural Habitat Adventures Classic Polar Bear Photograph Adventure. Photos must be submitted by June 17.
Here is an open theme juried exhibition. There is a $35.00 entry fee and entry includes up to 5 photos. This juried exhibition is intended to highlight photography as a visual art. Send in your best shots for a chance to be featured in an exhibition at Black Box Gallery. Photos will be on exhibit July 1-24, 2011 with the potential of being sold through Black Box Gallery. All exhibition prints will be kept in a flat file after the show for future sale and promotion for the photographer. Entries must be submitted by June 19, 2011.
Here is a contest that challenges you to help people see the world differently. The Picturing Our Planet: Photo Challenge, 2011 is open to residents of Canada and to international subscribers of Verge. There are three categories in this contest: People, Places and Projects and issues. Photos entered must relate to meaningful travel. Photographs can feature the people, places and experiences making a difference to you. Photographs must be submitted by June 15, 2011. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $1,000 Canadian.
The Phone-o-graphic Arts call for entries is looking for photographs taken on camera phones. This call for submissions is open to all photographers. Entries must be made electronically and are due by May 24, 2011. There are some specific requirements for the photo size, so be sure to check those out before entering your photo. Up to three images may be submitted with the entry fee ($20 online, $25 by email). Photos will exhibit what can be captured on the camera phones that we all have come so used to carrying along with us everywhere. Juror’s Choice in this call for entries will receive a vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image.
This contest is open to photographers around the world! All photos submitted must be taken in Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica. The main goal of this contest is to promote Esterillos Oeste. The grand prize winner will receive a free 3-day stay at the Bed and Breakfast at La Dolce Vita Hotel. Photos must be submitted by September 25, 2011. Winners will be announced by the end of October.
The 18th annual Crossroads Fashion Photo Contest is looking for photographs exhibiting your view of modern fashion. The contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers and photos must be submitted by May 29, 2011. Originality, creativity, composition and overall quality will be considered in evaluating photographs that are entered into the contest and winning photos will show “the most attractive presentation of currently fashionable clothing.” Prizes awarded will include cash and possible publication of the winning photos.
As spring blooms around the country, here is a chance to capture a photo that embodies spring. This is one of multiple categories that is available in the contest. Entries are judged based on creativity, looking beyond the obvious and capturing the moment. Photos are due for this contest by June 30, 2011 and the winner will be announced 30 days after the close date. Category winners in the CameraTonic Photography Contest will earn vouchers for CameraTonic.
It is time for the Best Friends Photo Contest. Winners will be featured in an online gallery and the August issue of Rangefinder. There are four categories to choose from when entering: domestic animals, wildlife animals, animal humor and my pet & me. The entry fee is $25 per entry. There is a reduced fee of $15 per entry for WPPI members. Entries are due by May 30, 2011.
The Seeing the Light Contest is an opportunity to showcase how you can master light in your photography. There are three categories to enter: available light, studio and small flash. All first prize winners will receive a deluxe lighting kit, a one year subscription to Rangefinder and full registration to WPPI. The entry fee is $35 ($15 for WPPI members) and entries are due by June 15, 2011.
Here is a chance to show off your skills in post-production techniques! The 2011 AfterCapture PIX Digital Imaging Contest recognizes abilities in digital imaging including CGI, retouching, 3D and compositing. Categories include single image, series and student. Entry fees are $35 per image, $50 per series and, for students, $20 per image or series. Entries are due by August 1, 2011.
For this contest, you can submit up to 10 of your favorite images for a single $25 entry fee. Entered photos can be submitted in one or multiple categories while not exceeding a maximum of 10 photos entered overall. Photos must be entered by November 30, 2011 and should exhibit your best work. Prizes include cash, gift certificates and a LowePro SlingShot 300 AW Bag.
The Silhouette is a contest that takes a different direction. Instead of looking for a lot of detail, this contest is for photographs that offer a general shape. Your photograph must feature a silhouette. There should be a general idea of what is being featured and something should be left to the imagination. The 1st place winner will earn a $400 cash prize. The entry fee is $20 and entrants may submit up to 4 images in color and/or black and white. Entries are due by May 27, 2011.
Here is another opportunity for photographers that love the outdoors! This is the Great Outdoors Photo Contest. There are 5 categories to enter that include locations such as beaches, parks and outdoor sports. The entry deadline is May 23, 2011; however, an extended entry fee of $10 can be paid after that date allowing entry up to June 2, 2011. Amateurs will pay an entry fee of $12 and professionals will pay $35.
Water is ever-changing and here is a chance to capture an extraordinary moment that may never be seen again. Submit your photos of an extraordinary moment with water and you just might win. Early entries have a fee of $30 for 5 photos, and $10 for each additional photo. After April 26 the fee goes up to $35 for 5 images and $10 for each additional photo. The submission deadline for the Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge contest is June 7, 2011. There will be a cash prize awarded to the winner.
The Shutterbug Award now offers an international category for up and coming photographers. The contest is in it’s fifth year and this is the first year that it is open to international entrants. You must be a non-professional photographer to enter this contest. Entries are due by April 30. The international category winner will be awarded an Olympus XZ-1 camera with a Zuiko f1.8 lens and their winning images will be published in the Shutterbug Award 2011 book.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Photo Contest is looking for spectacular entries featuring wildflowers. Macro and landscape shots are preferred for this contest. There are multiple categories to enter: botanical, landscape, people and wildflowers, black and white and under 18. Photos can be taken anywhere in North America and must be submitted by June 15. Prizes include cash and a family memberships to the Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center.
This contest is open to all entrants worldwide and has a very broad topic: environment. For this contest, you can snap a photo of practically anything! Feel free to photograph your environment or that of others. Share what surrounds you. The winning photograph will be published on the website for the sponsor Silicon Beach Training and the winner will earn a free public one or two day training course. Photos are due by May 27, 2011.
This contest is looking for photographs that showcase the effects of the life-changing work of Habitat World. The contest winner will be awarded a spot as a volunteer at the 28th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which will take place November 6 – 12, 2011, in Haiti’s Central Plateau. Submissions are due by July 8. Be sure to visit the website for rules and to enter.
This contest is meant to show the strength, beauty, balance, creation, and affirmation that women symbolize. Through photography, you are invited to share the woman on her different roles. From housewife to leader, businesswoman to athlete, share how the woman takes an important role in everyday life. The winning 15 images will be put on display at Teatro Cómico Principal in Cordoba, Spain, from June 09 to June 24, 2011.
This is a call for photo essays to show the visual landscapes of the 21st century. There is a $35 entry fee for an exhibit of 6-36 images. Your exhibit should tell a story about the world around you. You will want to document how the world has changed since 9/11/01 as a result of the political, cultural, economic and interpersonal changes brought about by the events of that day. Document what this new century looks like and feels like. Entries are due by May 31, 2011.
Enter the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography, the Communication Arts Photography Competition. Any photograph first printed or produced within the last twelve months prior to the deadline is eligible.
Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Photography Annual and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the photographers represented.
If you photograph pets, here is the contest for you! The them for this contest is pets and there is no entry fee. Also, the contest is open to photographers worldwide. Be sure to check the stipulations for entries and be aware that digital manipulation should be kept to a minimum. For this contest, you’ll have a chance to win the new Canon EOS 60D digital SLR. There are Lensbaby prizes for winners as well. Entries must be submitted by May 11, 2011. Good luck!
For the Coca-Cola “Energizing Refreshment” contest, your work must exhibit three things: energy, forward momentum and positive. Also, your work must include the logo provided on the contest website. The winner of the photography category will be awarded $15,000. Entries must be submitted by March 28, 2011.
The 2011 Scuba Diving Photo Competition is accepting entries in four categories: Macro, Wide-Angle, Divers and Behavior. By entering your work, you have the chance to win some awesome prizes and have your work published in the August 2011 issue of Scuba Diving Magazine. Keep in mind there is a $10 entry per image entered.
Here is a contest geared toward motorcycle travelers. Horizons Unlimited is now hosting their 2011 Photo Contest! This is an annual contest where travelers can share their best photographs from trips around the world. Prizes have yet to be announced, but winning photographs will be published in their 2012 calendar. There is plenty of time to submit your work as the contest doesn’t end until September 1, 2011. Good luck!
Submit your photos of a documented person, place or event in this contest. You can submit a single photo or a series that tell a story. Up to three sentences can accompany each submitted photograph if you feel the need to explain your photo or photo essay. Be sure to check out the submission rules and see the fees. Good luck!
The information is finally here! This is a follow up to a previous article now that the entry information has been announced. There are three categories in this contest: Landscape, People and Festivities. Photos must have been taken no sooner than February 1, 2009 and must incorporate the celebration of the cherry blossom. Winning images will be exhibited online and at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Be sure to check out the website for all the official rules and to enter your photo. Good luck!
This Photographer’s Forum contest is open to amateur photographers around the world. The entry fee is $4.95 per photo (early entry fee of only $3.95 until April 18, 2011). All entries must be uploaded or postmarked by May 16, 2011. Grand prize will Be awarded $2,000 and a Sigma 85mm lens. Good luck!
The 2011 “Trees” Photography and Poetry Competitionis being offered by he Wildling Art Museum. The goal of the contest is to promote the preservation of wilderness areas through art. Entries are limited to 5 per person and there is an entry fee of $10 per entry. First place will receive a prize of $250. All winning entries will be displayed at the museum June 1 through July 4, 2011. Please be aware that this contest is only open to permanent residents of California.
Encyclopædia Britannica and Ohio Distinctive Publishing bring you the Witness to Nature Photo Contest. For this contest, submit your photos of nature taken anywhere in the world. Some winning photographs will be published in Encyclopædia Britannica Online and other winners will be awarded a certificate of merit. The grand prize winner will be awarded a check for $1000 and will have their photo published in Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
Winter is hitting many of us pretty hard. Instead of sitting inside by a cozy fire, get outside, shiver and snap some photos! Feel free to share your favorite people, places and pets, just share them covered in snow for the I Heart Snow photo contest. Photos must be submitted by the deadline March 19, 2011. The people’s choice winner will get an Olympus Tough 8010 digital camera. Judge’s choice will be awarded a Flip HD video camera.
Here is a chance to share your interpretation of ‘The Last Place’. This is the theme of the Convozine February photo challenge. You can enter up to four photos. Make sure you check out the rules, because post-processing is limited. First, second and third places will be decided by the editorial team and will receive cash prizes. People’s choice will also receive a cash prize. Good luck!
Here is the 2nd Annual Great Outdoors Photo Contest! Individuals can enter up to 5 photos. If you have multiple entries, they must each be substantially different from each other. Also, entries cannot have been previously published by or won awards from a previous photo contest sponsored by Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo or Digital Photo Pro magazines. Photo subjects can include, but are not limited to, historical locations, landscape and travel. Entries must be submitted by April 4, 2011.
This call for photos is not a contest, but it is still an awesome opportunity. The New-York Historical Society is looking for photos that were taken in Times Square between November 21, 2010 and March 31, 2011. The photographs submitted will be held indefinitely in a searchable database. Photos can be exterior architectural photographs, outdoor portraits, group snapshots, photographs depicting billboards and advertisements, and interior images of notable area buildings. Be part of history and contribute to the call for Times Square photos.
This contest features six different categories designed to show off cultures around the world. This contest is organized by the China Folklore Photographic Association and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to present endangered folk cultures of the world as well as record the evolution of folk cultures. It is also intended to enhance the understanding of cultres and promote world peace and development. Categories include portrait and costume, living and production custom and traditional rites. Entries must be submitted online by April 15.
Foto DC and the National Cherry Blossom Festival bring you the First Annual National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest. The contest will run from February 11 to April 9. Entries will be accepted in three categories: Landscape, People and Festivities. Winners of each category will receive $500. Also, they will get space on the FotoDC and National Cherry Blossom Festival websites. There will also be a winners’ celebration. Photographs can be entered from this year’s festival or from the previous two years. Submissions for the contest will begin on February 11 and contest details will be released by the organizers on February 10, so check back then for details on how to submit your photos. Good luck!
This is a free international photo contest. For the Lafango Streetscape Photography Contest, take photos of city streets, roads or sidewalks that are telling their own story. This contest is a first round and winners will move on to the second round with the chance to earn cash prizes. Post processing must be kept to a minimum and HDR photographs are not allowed. Entries are due by March 10, 2011 and the voting period begins March 12.
Here is a chance to show off your ten BEST photos. The Ten Best Ten contest is particularly exciting because you can use any device! You can use your iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR, Droid or any other device. Submit your ten best photos. There are no categories and no restrictions for specific content, but the contest is searching for content that focuses on youth culture and that is innovative. Entries must be submitted by February 15, 2011.
The International Street Photography Award is searching for the best street photographer in the world. Entrants can submit 5 to 8 photos for this contest. There are no subcategories to enter, just an open category to show what you find on the street. Photographers around the world are encouraged to enter and work can be up to five years old. Be spontaneous and be creative and you might win the grand prize, a trip to the street photography exhibition launch and awards ceremony in London!
Here is a competition where you can encourage others to take care of our environment. The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management is now holding the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 competition. All photographers, professional and amateur, national and international, are able to enter this competition. There are several categories to enter, including categories for young photographers.
The Raindrops Geneva Award 2011 aims to educate the public on the advantages of harvesting rainwater. Your photograph should showcase how harvested rainwater is helping people. Get creative and show how it waters a garden, gives people access to drinking water or any other use that you can come up with!
Here is an exciting competition where you can share your best travel photos! The Intrepid Photography Competition is looking for your entries. There are five categories available: real life experiences, families, local friends, landscapes and icons. Photographers can enter up to 4 images per category per month. The year’s contest ends on June 30, 2011. Share your travel photos and you just might win a trip!
Tell a story with just one shot in the One Shot: The Landscape International Photography Awards 2nd Annual Mini Competition. There are three categories to enter: past, present and future. The winner of each category will get a $1,000 prize. Entry fees vary depending on the level at which you enter. For this contest, do your best to capture the landscape that surrounds us. Whether your subject is the rural countryside or an urban oasis, make your work tell the story of the past, present or future.
The Pano Awards is open to all photographers and gives amateurs an option to compete amongst professionals. Regular submissions can be made until April 15, 2011 and late entries, subject to a late entry fee, can be submitted until April 30th. Entrants can submit as many photos as they would like with entry fees varying based on the number of photos entered. Pictures are sought in the categories of Nature and The Built Environment. The prize pool totals over $20,000 in cash and prizes.
The Connecticut Valley Regional Ballet Company Inc. is looking for photographs that capture dance. This contest is open to all photographers, both professional and amateur. Try and capture the passion, drama and movement of dance and you just might win this contest.
The American Kennel Club is currently accepting entries for it’s 32nd Annual AKC Photo Contest. Submit a portrait of your dog, a shot of him playing or just being himself. First place wins $500.
The Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition is open to professional photographers only. There are 15 categories to choose from in this contest including sport, conceptual, lifestyle, still life and portraiture. Entries must be submitted by January 5, 2011.
If you’re a nature photographer looking for a chance to share your work, this is the contest for you! Consider entering the Earthshots.org Photo of the Day Contest. Photographs from categories such as nature, documentary and travel are sought for this contest.
Shutterfly Holiday Photo Contest. Find a picture that reminds you of the holidays or is something that you love about the holidays and submit it. The grand prize is $1000 and there are two runner-up prizes of $250. With your first entry you will also get 25 free 4×6 prints. Enter by December 7, 2010. Voting runs from December 8-21, 2010 and the winner will be picked from the 500 photos with the most votes. There is no entry fee for this contest and it is open to US residents 18 and over.