There are several contests which require an entry fee, but if you’re just starting out, it will probably be best to check out several free options.
All but one of the contests listed below feature regular and monthly contests in which you can enter more than once. While the competition looks stiff for all these contests, the key to winning is submitting a lot and not being discouraged because you don’t win. Above all, just have fun.
When you enter photo contests, you become a part of a community of serious and talented photographers who are sharing their work with the world.
The UK-based magazine, Ampersand, is holding its first annual open photography competition. It’s open to all photographers, professional and non-professional.
ï»¿”Submissions may or may not be landscapes, portraits, still lifes, wedding photography, glamour shots, theatrical scenes, wildlife, marketing photography, food photography, fashion photography, paparazzi or photo journalism. They may or may not be spontaneous or staged. They may or may not be natural or digitally augmented.”
The deadline is August 30th. A sample of the photos that have appeared in the magazine can also be viewed on their Tumbler.com site, Capture the Fade.
If you have a little newborn or baby whom you no doubt take photos of on a regular basis, everybabies offers a free monthly contest for photos of babies between the ages 0 and 4. Any parent or guardian can enter the contests which are open to contestants from around the world.
The photo gallery website, Soaphoto holds a free monthly contest for its members. Check out the work of past contest winners to get a feel for the competition. The contest is limited to the U.S. and all photos submitted must be shot with a digital camera.
The very popular online photo magazine, JPGMag runs a series of thematic challenges, for self-portraits to urban photos. As a member of the free site, you can both submit and vote on entries for each challenge. Selections from the most favored photos are included in the magazine.
You do not have to subscribe to the magazine in order to participate. The challenges and photo guidelines have no geographic limits.
is an international photography contest site that holds a series of contests for both its free and paying members. are based on a wide range of topics and the monetary prizes are from $50 and up.
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The best way to prepare a photo contest is to visit photo sites and view popular and well made photos. Try out various shooting and photo processing and enhancement techniques, and shoot, shoot, shoot. Often your best shots are not planned but come as a result of lots of shooting.
If you’re new to photography, check our free MakeUseOf Essential Guide to Photography. And let us know about other free contests that we missed.