Sony World Photography Awards | 7 Free International Photography Contest that Photographer Should Enter

7 Free International Photography Contest that Photographer Should Enter

There’s the time you want to become more and more in photography. Of course there’s a lot of way to do it. One of the easiest way to do it is by enter a photography contest. There’s many photography contest, each unique for every nation. Than there’s also international photography contest that could be entered by everyone around the world (most of it, I think). So here are 7 free international photography contest that photographer should enter.

You hear me right, It’s Free.

7 Free International Photography Contest that Photographer Should Enter

1. Sony World Photography Award

This one of the leading photography contest in the world. Based in London, over a decade, each year Sony World Photography Award entered by every photographer, both amateur and professional. With a lot of category and limitless thing you can do.

There’s four type of competition:

Professional – 10 categories, judged on a body of work:

  • Architecture
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Creative
  • Current Affairs & News
  • Landscape
  • Natural World & Wildlife
  • Portraiture
  • Discovery
  • Still Life
  • Sport

Open – 10 categories, rewarding the best single images
National Awards – Entries submitted to the Open competition are automatically entered into the National Awards based on nationality.

  • Architecture
  • Culture
  • Enhance
  • Motion
  • Landscape & Nature
  • Portraiture
  • Still Life
  • Street Photography
  • Travel
  • Wildlife

Youth – for all photographers aged 12-19, a single image responding to one brief

Student Focus – for those studying photography


2. Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA)

Another big international photography contest is Hamdan International Photography Award or HIPA. Based in Dubai, this photography contest held every year with different yearly theme. This contest usually contest for human interest, natural, wildlife, and documentary photography (check out more for detail). There’s also open category, free for every type of photography.


3. Amateur Photographer of the Year

Like the name said, this is photography contest for amateur. Based in London, Amateur Photography Magazine held monthly theme photography contest, each year. This year for example, photographer entered photo that match it monthly theme. Here 2017 themes:

Usually this is done by email. But since 2017, Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition is associated with Photocrowd, a website for photography contest.


4. Nikon Photo Contest

The Nikon Photo Contest International has been held by Nikon Corporation since 1969 to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike. Each year this contest have different theme.


5. Olympus Global Photo Contest

Based in Japan, camera brand Olympus have a yearly photography contest with four themes:

  • Power of Life: Enter a powerful photo that conveys how beautiful, vibrant, healthy, and full of energy life can be.
  • Connections to Cherish: Enter a heart-warming photo that expresses the love and peace of mind that family and friends provide you with.
  • Places that Inspire: Enter a breathtaking photo of spectacular, picturesque scenery.
  • Perspectives Often Missed: Enter a fascinating photo taken from an imaginative viewpoint rarely seen before, that stimulates our creativity and invites us to venture out and discover.

6. Photogrvphy Grant

Held by PhotogrVphy Magazine This one is kinda different. Photogrvhy (not a misspell) Grant is photography contest that looking for creativity and idea in a form of series of photography, up to 10 photos. Here’s the categories:

  • Architecture
    This category contains all existing structures, buildings, and interiors, which can include new or historic buildings as well as bridges, industrial areas, or whole cityscapes.
  • Conceptual
    This category is open to any creative form of expression. The idea and its unconventional realization are what matters most. A fresh approach and creative thinking will help you to succeed in this category.
  • Nature
    Sometimes, shooting requires not only an idea but also dedication and devotion. We are looking for a fresh approach to photographing natural landscapes and their inhabitants, including the world of plants and animals.
  • Photojournalism
    This category includes the documentation of social problems and conflicts as well as sports and cultural events. We are looking for interesting stories told through images.
  • Culture
    Projects in this category should reflect the nature of time, transience, and man’s place on Earth. Document the heritage of humanity and talk about the history and future of civilization.


7. Smithsonian Photo Contest

Smithsonian also have it own photography contest. Held by Smithsonian Institution, this yearly photo contest have many categories:

  • Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.
  • Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.
  • People: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals.
  • The American Experience: Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in this country.
  • Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).
  • Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).



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