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Photography contests are one of the many ways photographers come together to appreciate each other’s work of art and give the needed accolades to those who deserve it. In modern times, photographers take up these contests to even know where they stand in the industry; and also take home some tangible prizes.
Best photography contests
There are numerous and countless photo contests from which a photographer can choose to be a part of; however, what the board usually makes them better than the other in some ways. Here is a list of some of the best photography contests around today.
- Nikon Small World
The Nikon Small World photography contest remains that contest that offers the highest chances of winning cash prizes; here everyone from 1st to 20th wins a particular amount between $3,000 to $400. The concept behind the photo contest is photomicrography; which entails the act of photographing through a light microscope. Entry to the contest is free and you do not even need a Nikon camera of a microscope to apply, just submit your stunning images and watch the magic happen.
- Monochrome Photography Award
The Monochrome Photography Awards gives recognition and appreciation to those photographers who have beautifully made their images in black and white. The process of getting registered for the contest costs $20 for professionals and $15 for amateurs. Also, the image to be submitted for review must be in black and white. The maximum amount that winners can receive as cash prizes is $2,000.
- Sony World Photography Award
The Sony World Photography Award is a well-known photo contest across the globe. Photographers can enter the free contest from anywhere in the world; they can contest through any or all of the four categories which are: Professional, Open, Youth and also Student category. While there is about $25,000 prize money, it is not really prize money but rather an amount for making a purchase of gears.
- International Landscape Photographer of the Year
This photography contest is meant for landscape photographers or photographers who have a good number of stunning landscape images in their own portfolio from which they can select from. The cost of entry is about $25 and there are many sections you can contest from; this implies that your chances of winning get higher when you have good images to tender to the boards. The cash prize goes for $5,000 alongside trophy and book.
Open photo contests
The year is still very new and fresh, do you intend to start out your year with prizes and winnings through photography contests? Here we have a list of some of the open photography contests at the moment, they are:
- ND Awards
The ND Awards is a photography contest that has been around since 2014 and has since then been giving the needed support to photographers with stunning images in art, architecture, nature and the likes. With this contest, both professionals and amateurs can sign up for their befitting categories and earn cash prizes up to $2,500.
- International Photography Awards
The international photography awards are like the best photography contest with the highest cash prizes today. With about 13 categories to choose from, both professionals and amateurs can take part in their different categories and win cash amounts ranging up to about $10,000. All the images gathered to be from winners are put together all in a very high-quality International Photography Awards book.
- Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
Just as the name suggests, this photo contest is basically to recognize and appreciate portraiture as a genre of photography. The contest requires high quality and well-conceived images within the portrait photography niche. The submitted images are hereby exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London from which a number of juries select which image is best. For all categories, winners can win up to $15,000.
- Communication Arts Photography Competition
This is one of the many photo contests that does not offer cash prizes to winners, rather, they get the recognition that can take their career beyond thoughts.
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