It’s been a bit quiet on the blog recently so this week we bring you a bumper edition of photo competitions and opportunities for September and October. Now that summer is coming to a close the travel-focused competitions are definitely still around but calming down slightly and making way for more subjects and thematic subjects. There should be something for everyone in this list - from street food photography to all things monochrome or perhaps you are the next Garden Photographer of the Year…

As usual we try to promote the prizes that are either free or relatively cheap to enter.


Amateur Photographer of the Year 2016

Amateur Photographer Magazine have several photo contexts running each year which are open to photographerswho make 10% or less per year from their photographic work or less than £5,000. There are multiple categories to enter and a couple still over such as ‘Big Brother – Street Photography’ (25 September) and ‘Blackout-Black and White’ (1 October). Photographers can submit one image per round. Prizes are generally kit such as Sigma lenses, cameras and accessories and there is no fee for entry.

Deadline:  Street Photography (25 September)/Black and White (1 October)


Neils Yard Remedies – Cancun Competition

This competition, offered by beauty/wellbeing company Neil’s Yard Remedies, offers a four night stay in Cancun, Mexico along with spa and yoga sessions, fancy dinners and of course all the flights and transfers etc. Just upload an image that sums up the idea of ‘My Best Year Yet’ and hashtag it with #MyBestYearYet linking to Twitter @NYR_Official so they can see your entry or through Facebook or through the website.

Deadline: Ongoing, by midnight on the last day of every month until 2017

Cost: FREE

Aerial view of Cancun. By  dronepicr  [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Aerial view of Cancun. By dronepicr [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Telegraph: The Big Picture (Weekly)

Every week The Telegraph runs a travel photography competition with a £500 camera up for grabs. Not so shabby for a free competition! All you have to do is send an image at least 1Mb in size with a brief description and your contact details.

Deadline: Ongoing

Cost: FREE


Outdoor Photographer of the Year

The prize for this one is pretty epic – the chance to participate and document an Arctic expedition in April 2017! You have to register with the website to enter the competition and for £8 you can submit up to eight images in an individual category. Categories include ‘Light on the Land’, ‘Wildlife Insight’, ‘Small World’ and ‘At the Water’s Edge’. Entry is free for under 18’s in the Young Outdoor category. If you win the top prize in your category you receive a £200 cash prize. View a selection of the 2015 winners here to get some idea of what they’re after

Deadline:  2 November 2016

Cost: £8/8 images in an individual category

Small child outside Small World ride, Walt Disney. By  Piotr Mamnaimie  [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Small child outside Small World ride, Walt Disney. By Piotr Mamnaimie [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

The PictureCompete – The Perfect Pet IV

A kind of quirky one, this photo contest invites entries from photographers worldwide who have captured that special relationship between human and pet. Top prize is $250 with second $100 and third $75, there will also be a winners exhibition and promotion on the Picture Compete website. This site runs regular photo contexts on a variety of different themes with recent ones including ‘The Colour of Blue’ and ‘A World of Windows’ so check back regularly to see what’s on offer. There is a small fee but it seems quite reasonable at $15 for up to four images and the categories or thematics are much less broad than some of the other prizes so your chances of winning, if you have that perfect photo, much greater.

Deadline: 23 September 2016


eneloop European photo challenge

This one is fairly straight forward. Sponsored by Panasonic, all you have to do is register on the website and upload your best shot on the theme of ‘Summer’. The way it works is that visitors to the site vote for their favourite shots, Facebook style, and the winner will receive a Panasonic video camera work over £500.  One nice extra with this prize is that when you upload your image you can vote for your favourite environmental charity and the winner’s chosen organisation will receive a donation of €5,000.

Deadline: Entries can be submitted up until 30 September (but obviously the earlier you submit the more votes you can potentially receive)

Costs: FREE


Street Food Photography Competition

This context comes from COINAPHOTO which publishes a whole range of different free to enter contexts every year on themes such as ‘Holidays’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Memories’ and ‘Mobile’ (and many more!). You have to register with the website and create an account to enter the competitions but there are no costs for registration or for entering. This particular upcoming deadline is for submissions on the subject of streetfood. The winner will receive $100 in Amazon vouchers that can be used for photographic equipment and you will also be featured online and in the organisations social media campaigns.

Deadline: 25 September 2016

Cost: FREE

Colourful meringes. By  Dustin Gaffke  [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Colourful meringes. By Dustin Gaffke [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

{TML} International Photography Competition

The Monochromatic Lens International Photography competition champions and invests in black and white photography. The prize is split into categories; portrait, fine art, documentary, nature, light and film. A winner will be named in each category and then there is an overall TML Photographer of the Year and will receive a $250 cash prize and print feature in Long Way Home Magazine.

Deadline: 3 October 2016. Midnight

Costs: 1 Image costs $15/3 images for $25


International Garden Photographer of the Year

This prize aims to celebrate the world’s green spaces and has high profile partners such as the National Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew where the annual physical exhibition also takes place. You can chose to deal with plants, flowers and botanicals as your subject matter and previous winners or highly commended entries have submitted images of UK coastal paths, America’s Yosemite Falls or a basket of edible nettles about to be made into a soup in Italy. There are individual categories based on photographic subject, with each having an overall winner and two runners up,  and also categories for photographic projects or portfolios. Submissions are invited from both amateur and professional photographers and £10 allows you to submit up to four images or £25 for a portfolio of images. 100 finalists will be selected and each will be printed to exhibition standard for exhibitions and events over the following year. The single overall image winner will receive £7,500 and the winning portfolio will be awarded The Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal and a cash prize of £2,000.

One nice extra thing about this competition is that all applicants can apply for feedback on their images, check the website for specific deadlines for this.

Deadline: 31 October

Cost: £10 (4 single images)/£25 portfolio (up to 6 images)

Garden. By  hardwarehank  [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Garden. By hardwarehank [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Gomma Photography Grant 2016

The Gomma Photography Grant is now in its third year and invites submissions from photographers anywhere in the world who have a body of work rather than individual images. The jury includes one of the editors of The British Journal of Photography and various others from photography museums, photography publications and faculty staff. You are asked to submit from 12 to 50 images from an unfinished, ongoing or completed project and this can be in any medium from classic colour or black and white to Polaroid or Instagram and any subject or genre is considered. Prizes are $1000 for first prize including magazine/gallery publication which lowers to $500 for second and then $200 for third. You have to submit your images along with a short text describing how you would spend the Gomma grant.

Deadline: 31 October

Costs: $20/body of images 12 – 50

AuthorSacha Waldron


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



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



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


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



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


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