Photography competitions to enter in 2018

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With a brand new year ahead of us there’s no better time to get involved in photography competitions. Many are gearing up for a fresh batch of entries so why not strike while the iron is hot and give some of these 2018 ones a go…after all, you’ve got to be in it to win it right?

LensCulture Portrait Awards

In 2018 LensCulture are running 5 photography competitions throughout the year, kick starting it with their portrait awards. Entries are already open and you’ve got until 27th February to submit. If you’re not that into portraits don’t worry, throughout the year there’ll be the opportunity to enter their other competitions including the street photography awards, emerging talent awards and exposure awards.

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British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA)

The British Wildlife Photography Awards “celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife”. With 13 categories to choose from, including animal portraits, habitat and urban wildlife there are loads of options to consider when deciding to enter. The competition doesn’t open for entries until February so, if you’re wanting to enter, keep your eyes peeled for an announcement on their website and possibly social media to let you know when it’s all systems go…

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Monochrome Photography Awards

If you love monochrome photography and fancy winning up to $2,000 cash then the Monochrome Photography Awards could be the competition for you. Similar to the BWPA, there are 13 categories to choose from including architecture, photojournalism and landscapes. With entries open until 8th July, there’s still plenty of time to get involved.

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Dog Photographer of the Year

If you’ve read some of my previous blogs on Alamy you might know that I am a bit of a dog lover, so there was no way I could write about competitions without mentioning this gem. Every year The Kennel Club UK run an international competition to find the best canine photographers around and this year you could be one of them. The competition opens for entries on 1st February and you’ll have until 4th April to select your winning image(s) and get submitting.

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Neutral Density Photography Awards

This year the ND Photography Awards will see their overall winner receive $2,500 cash among other great prizes such as a monthly feature on the front page of ND Magazine. And with 36 categories to choose from for both amateur and professional photographers, what’s not to love?  The early deadline for entries is 29th April with the final deadline not falling until 23rd September so you’ve got plenty of time to plan and finalise your submission.

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iPhone Photography Awards

Calling all Stockimo contributors, here’s a competition for you. You’ve got until 31st March to enter the 11th annual iPhone Photography Awards to be in with a chance of winning an iPad pro 10.5″, an Apple watch series 3 and your very own Gold Bar. There are 18 categories in total that you can enter, including floral, people, still life and travel.

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Remember to check the Ts & Cs

When considering whether or not to enter a competition you should always read the rules and terms & conditions before deciding. In our last competitions blog we mentioned the key things to look out for. As they’re super important to remember I’ve included them again below:

  • People & Property – If your images contain any unreleased people or third party property, it may not be allowed to be entered into certain competitions
  • Date – Does the photo have to have been taken during a certain period of time?
  • Location & Age – Make sure you are eligible to enter before sending over any money or photos
  • Fees – Does it cost to enter? Is it an amount that seems reasonable?
  • How will they use the images you send? Most will want to use the images in line with promoting their competition. Are you comfortable with this?
  • Rights grabs. By entering, make sure you aren’t giving them an RF license in perpetuity

If you decide to enter any of these competitions we’d love to know so tell us in the comments below.

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