A little bit late this month but there is still a lot of June competitions and opportunities to enter for, with many deadlines coming up at the end of the month. Here are our pick of five of the best which are open to all types of photographer/artist and offering prizes ranging from photo kit to exhibition opportunity, holidays and hard cash. The Luxembourg Prize and The ipa International Photography Award do have an entry fee but when you have a look at the prizes and scale of the competitions they are worth it.


ipa – International Photography Awards

This annual competition is open to international photographers whether they are professional, amateur or even student. The focus is on finding new and existing talent and excellence in the medium and the shortlisted photographers will be invited to a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York to compete for the grand prize of $10,000 and the Lucie statue (which, if you don’t know, is a bit like a mini photo Oscar). There are several other significant cash prizes and also numerous categories you can enter in including photography books, editorial, wildlife and advertising photography. Best in the shortlist will also be included in a show which will travel to various venues and art fairs worldwide. There are entry fees which range from $35 for a single image to $60 for a series and many different options in-between. The video below gives you an idea of 2014's prize and finalists. 

Deadline: 15 June

Cost: Varies from $35/image upwards. Check the website

Website: www.photoawards.com


Guardian Witness Readers Photo Competition

Always a good opportunity. The Guardian invite submissions through its Guardian Witness platform from all UK-based photographers. No categories this year, just your best travel shots. The prize is a seven-night self-drive holiday through Iceland and a professional print of your work produced by us here at Point 101!

Deadline: 25 June

Cost: Free

Website: www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/may/27/readers-travel-photography-competition-june


My Memory Monthly Photography Prize

The My Memory blog has been running this monthly photography competition which invites entries from photographers anywhere in the world over the age of 18. You upload your images on the theme of ‘Light’ and then followers of the blog vote for the winner. The prizes for the monthly competitions are fairly small – this month including Samsung products such as portable/flash drives – but if you enter multiple competitions over 2016, you can accrue points resulting in cash prizes of £1000 (for the winner) and a second place prize of £250. You can enter up to 30 images per calendar year.

Deadline: 30 June (Midnight)

Cost: Free

Website: http://blog.mymemory.co.uk/june-photography-competition-samsung/?contest=contest-condition

By By Mark S Jobling.Mjobling at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

By By Mark S Jobling.Mjobling at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Luxembourg Art Prize

The Luxembourg Art Prize invites artists working in a broad range of media (including digital art, photography, video and mixed media) to submit work regardless of nationality or age. The prize seeks to provide opportunities for unknown or emerging artists with a group gallery show in Luxembourg, one artist from which will then be selected and awarded a solo exhibition and a prize of approximately £19,610. It does cost £35 to enter but, if you get through, all the expenses of the artists will be covered by the prize – transport, shipping, accommodation, insurance. Also the opportunity to have your work, even in the group stage, exhibited at an international gallery is very good for your CV. You just have to create a Candidate Space profile through the prize’s website and upload images and info about your work.

Deadline: 30 June (Midnight)

Cost: £35

Website: www.luxembourgartprize.com/en/call-for-submissions-en


Psychologies Magazine Competition

This is a monthly competition run by Psychologies Magazine which focusses, of course, on all element of psychology, health, wellbeing and also touches on art, culture and travel. Photographers are invites to submit an image along the theme of ‘Adventure’ which will then be printed in the magazine and also be featured online. Simply send your image along with 75 words about your photograph through the website and you can also check out the previous winner’s gallery here to get a feel of what they tend to go for.

Deadline: 30 June (Midnight)

Cost: Free

Website: www.psychologies.co.uk/psychologies-photo-competition

AuthorSacha Waldron


Against a backdrop of a giant reimagined façade of the Tate Britain galleries, three girls wearing black leggings, red sweaters and chunky oversized white bead jewellery position themselves along white lines marked out on the floor. They are at first still, not making eye contact with the audience, but posing in the way dancers do – good posture, composure – waiting for the performance to begin.

Photo by  sara~  [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

Photo by sara~ [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

Then they begin to dance, or at least it is a kind of dance. More made up of individual poses, hand movements and small actions – this choreography is based on Baroque – a kind of early balletic style from 16th Century France that emphasised grace and elegance. The girls move slowly through the three Duveen galleries from the mural based on Tate’s Millbank facade near the entrance to the gallery to the one facing it on the other side which is based on the 1980’s designed Clore entrance. There is no music to begin with but in the central gallery one of the performers breaks off to switch on speakers, filling the gallery with music.

I have been looking forward to seeing this new commission from Pablo Bronstein at Tate Britain for a while, sucked in by the rather nice poster campaign that seems to be all over my bus route to work and also by the prospect of live performance in the Duveen Galleries.

The end result is sort of interesting but also a little underwhelming. I had imagined something a little more decadent and showy from Bronstein, perhaps a little more theatrical and transformative for the Tate spaces. Instead I felt both the scope and the energy of the display seemed quite reserved and subdued. My companion, rather more kindly, commented that the performance made you think back to a time when these highly subtle and restricted movements, the idea of the courtly dance, an expression of social self-expression and emotion and also a way of defining a social era, one of elegance and highly stylised courtship rituals. She is right, the references are all there. But the sort of non-immersive nature of the activated installation that Bronstein has created was making my thoughts wander off into different territories – how the white criss-cross lines that define the dancers route through the gallery reminded me of those floor lines in Victoria Station that lead you by colour code to different tube lines and destinations; how the large scale murals lacked the uptight obsession of Bronstein’s smaller drawings and also looked like those facades they stick up on buildings like St Pauls when they do maintenance work. I always enjoy tourists having their photo taken against a giant drawing of a building they can’t see. I was also interested in how some modern elements of the contemporary gallery fuse with the historical references – the performers outfits seem just like normal gallery attendants (minus the jewellery) and indeed they themselves seem just like regular gallery attendants – the right age to be part-timers from whatever performing arts or sculpture course.

Photo: Victoria Tills

Photo: Victoria Tills

No doubt there are some beautiful moments with this commission - the right time of day, the right atmosphere in the galleries, a different set of performers with a different energy and dynamic - but I left the galleries feeling rather deflated and that the performers were, in some way, just going through the motions. But then that is also kind of the point of Baroque dance. I also went home and started googling Baroque dance classes - so some impact must have been made. This is a commission I would definitely make time for again when visiting other temporary displays at Tate Britain to figure out what I really feel about it. I’m not sure yet.

Pablo Bronstein: Historic Dances in an Antique Setting runs at Tate Britain until 9 October 2016. 

AuthorSacha Waldron


Another month has ticked over as so that means another whole raft of photography competitions and contests that enable you to get your work out there and the chance to win some great prizes. Point102 blog takes you on a whip round of five deadlines coming up in May.

Geometry – New York Centre for Photographic Arts

NYC4PA are inviting photographers to submit images on the theme of ‘geometry’ for its May competition. This can be interpreted formally though the composition of an image or can be the result of effects and manipulations applied in the post production of a particular image. Prizes include participation in the New York exhibition, online promotion and various cash prizes (in USD). It’s also open to all mediums although the finished work has to be 2D. They are charging a fee for entries: $35 for the first three images and then $10 for each additional image with no limit to how many you can submit.

Deadline: 8 May


Guardian Witness Readers Travel Competition

As ever, this one is only open to UK residents and invites submissions on the theme of travel. You just upload a high res image to the Guardian Witness website along with a really short description and then every month these are then judged with the winner normally getting some sort of holiday or travel experience. May’s prize is a seven-night self-drive holiday in Iceland, inclusion in the annual photo competition exhibition at Guardian HQ and a framed print of your photograph from us here at Point 101.

Deadline: 25 May


View bug – Challenges

This site is rather new to me, I think we featured one of their challenges last month, but it seems to be a great way to participate in a plethora of smaller competitions that are created by the sites own users. There are no cash prizes, it’s more for the participation and enjoyment of just getting your stuff out there and recognised and, as a user, you can set your own photo challenges which seems to be a great way to link up with other photographers who might be working with a similar style or theme. It seems also this might be a good way to find images for, say, a publication or project you’re working on. This month there is a comp around photographs of bubbles and the Glacier National Park in Montana. You seem to win View Bug points with these challenges but it’s unclear what you actually do with them. They also have a whole section of contest/challenges that DO have prizes. May’s Image of the Month contest, for example, enters one photographer's work into the final overall yearly comp where you get a blog feature on the site and other perks. It’s a resource that’s well worth checking back on regularly to see the range of opportunities.

Deadlines: Ongoing


Magnum Photography Awards 2016

2017 will mark the 70th anniversary of Magnum and ahead of this they have partnered up with LensCulture for this inaugural photography award which invites work from international photographers in the categories of Documentary, Street, Portrait, Fine Art, Photojournalism and the everything else category ‘Open’. There will also be 5 ‘student spotlight’ awards given to the best in up and coming talent. Apart from being recognised by Magnum, which is pretty great in itself, the competition offers some epic prizes including $18,000 (cash) for the overall winner, exposure in the online gallery, international press opps, a portfolio review and much more besides. Not free to enter unfortunately, it costs $60 for a ten photo series entry, $50 for up to five single images and $20 for just a single photograph. One slight perk is that for every five images you submit, Magnum and LensCulture will give you a free submission review.

Deadline: 24 May


Siena International Photo Award

This internationally focussed award is open to both professional and amateur photographers. There is a ton of different categories including travel, People and Portrait, Architecture (or ‘Architetture’ according to the website), Sport and Wine. If you feel your work doesn’t fit into any of these broad categories then there are also ‘Open’ and ‘Storyboard’ categories – so basically you can submit just about anything. Although we normally focus on prizes and competitions that are free to enter this one does have a fee for participation (from € 15.00 for up to three images) although the top prize is € 1,500.00.

Deadline: 10 May

AuthorSacha Waldron