• Ka Man Tse

Five Photography Competitions You Should Enter

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Five reasons to dig through last years photo archive and five photography competitions to enter the golden frames into.

2019 is already rapidly warming up for the year and amongst a million other thoughts most likely beginning with where the heck did the last 2018 go, if you’re reading this you probably took some ripping snaps in the last twelve months. Chances are the majority of those images were only ever seen by your Instagram following, and lucky them, but think about all the other thousands of eyes, they deserve to see your National Geographic worthy journey pics.

A perfect platform to get your work out there is to enter your images into photography competitions, and there are hundreds out there. Most of the National Geographic photography competitions have closed for their rounds, but you have probably already heard of National Geographic before, maybe. Below is a list of competitions that are still open* for entry this late into the year and not quite as well known as the yellow-spined travel photographers bible.
*Open at time of publication.

So dive deep in your Lacie Rugged and fire up the lightbox to pore over those negs. Here is a list of just some of the photography competitions you should enter. Ranging in entry price from zero to a small amount of money with prices up to $50,000, it’s probably worth it. Bonne Chance!

Ka-Man TseAperture Portfolio 2018 winner Ka-Man Tse

1. Aperture Portfolio Prize

Aperture is a non-profit community of photographers and writers who have had their finger on the shutter pulse since 1952. They are now a multi platform publisher of all things photography and the portfolio prize calls for relatively unseen photo essays that shed light on contemporary photography trends in a unique and innovative way. There is no entry fee but it is only open to subscribers to the Aperture print magazine. Whilst this might seem cheeky, it’s also superb value as you’ll get four print issues, a sign up bonus issue and the photobook review.

Deadline: January 24th 2019
Prize: 3000USD

Stefano GardelLife Framer 2018 Civilization winner Stefano Gardel

2. Life Framer

In only their sixth year running the Life Framer team have deservedly earnt their reputation as influential. With Molly Roberts (Senior National Geographic Photo Editor), Martin Parr (Wizard) & Marian Tandé (MoMA Photo Manager) on the judging panel, the chance to get feedback from any of these genii is worth the entry fee alone.
Life Framer runs themed monthly competitions and an annual super competition. Best value is the $80 membership which allows you to enter up to 10 images in every monthly competition.

Deadline: January 31st 2019 and on the last day of each month following.
Prize: 2000USD monthly cash prize

Yanya HouppermansBig Picture Competiton 2018 winner Yanya Houppermans

3. Big Picture Competiton

A celebration of life on earth, The Big Picture is focused on nature, wildlife and conservation photography. Here at Urth we’re firm believers of the importance and power of photography as a conservation tool and we see it within so many of the Urth photography community. That’s you! Basically, you should all enter Big Picture right now.

Deadline: March 1st 2019
Prize: 5000USD

James BuggThe Moran Contemporary Photograph c Prize winner James Bugg

4. The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

Australias richest photo prize dishes up a 50k prize package to the winner who best captures the day to day contemporary Australian life. There’s 30k in runners up prizes and youth and student categories as well. Unfortunately only open to Australian residents but without a doubt a competition worth entering. Judged and critiqued by some of Australia’s leading artists including Bill Henson, don’t miss out on this year’s Moran Contemporary.

Deadline: March 6th 2019
Prize: Grand prize 50,000AUD

Mary McGowanComedy Wildlife winner Mary McGowan

5. The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

Entries have closed for the 2018 competition but I had to include this one as it’s perfectly unique and as funny as the title suggests. Rhinoceros with a peacock skirt, a polar bear framing up a shot with a Nikon zoom lens, a squirrel re-enacting the Van Damme Volvo ad, it’s basically the creme de la creme of your favourite Facebook animal posts. Just to iterate one more time, this is a photography competition – for funny animal photos – What a wonderful world.

Deadline: TBA
Prize: A week-long safari in Kenya.


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