We haven’t done one of these for a while on the Point 102 blog and there’s nothing like a competition deadline to give you a bit of a rev-up and renewed focus for your work. So take off the flip-flops and put down the mini-milk as we round up a little selection of opportunities, prizes and competitions you can apply for in September.
The Big Picture. The Telegraph
Each week The Telegraph offers readers a chance to win a £500 Nikon camera simply by submitting one of your best holiday photographs. The quality is pretty high and you can browse through all the previous winners on the website, the process however is easy – just send your picture (no smaller than 1Mb in size) along with a brief description (making sure you specify the location of your picture) and your name, address and telephone number to email@example.com
Deadline: With weekly deadlines you don’t really need to worry about specific deadlines with this one.
WYNG Masters Award
The WYNG Masters Award, based in Hong Kong, invites photographic submissions from all over the world on an annual themed basis. This year’s theme is IDENTITY and all the images submitted must both relate to the theme and have some sort of relationship with Hong Kong (either relating to the city in their subject matter or have been taken in Hong Kong).
Deadline: 15 September 2015 (23:59 Hong Kong time; GMT + 8:00).
Oxfordshire Photography Competition 2015
This one is a little more specific but there are some pretty good prizes so it’s worth a look, especially if you come from or have visited Oxfordshire this year. Themed THE COLOURS OF OXFORDSHIRE, the jury invite photographic submissions that best capture the region; that represents the communities or focuses on what you love about Oxfordshire during your travels or adventures. All of the entries must be taken within Oxfordshire and there is also a category for young photographers under 17 so great if you have a friend or family member who is a budding photographer. Prizes include BANG & OLUFSEN goodies (including the opportunity to exhibit at their shop in Summertown, Oxford), cookery experiences, photography courses, photoshoots or smaller cash prizes. One entry per person which should be submitted via the competition Facebook.
Deadline: 1 September
ING Discerning Eye Competition
This one is also closing pretty soon. You have until Sat 5 September to submit to the ING Discerning Eye competition which accepts work in print, photographic and sculptural mediums. This competition is fairly complicated to apply for (labels, fixings etc. must follow the guidelines on the website exactly) but the resulting competition exhibition (held at The Mall Galleries, London, in November) is a good opportunity to get your work seen by a wide audience, collectors and professionals. You have to be born or resident in the UK to enter and you can submit up to six works (all of which must be for sale). Although London is the final drop off for work on 5 Sep, there are also numerous regional drop-offs; Birmingham (1 Sep), Plymouth/Norwich/Penzance (2 Sep), Exeter/Southampton/Cardiff (3 Sep), Bristol (4 Sep).
Deadline: As outlined above. Check the website for more detailed info
Cost: £10 per work
Black + White Photographer of the Year 2015
This prize, organised by Black & White Magazine and in association with Leica and B, celebrates the best in modern monochrome. All you need to do is submit three pictures which are linked by style and theme. The winner receives a new Leica M Monochrom (worth £5,750), plus a Leica 50mm lens (worth £1,200). There is also the possibility to enter the single image categories where the first prize is £200 and a £100 voucher from theprintspace. Winning pictures are also exhibited at the Leica Studios in London.
Deadline: Midnight 20 September
Cost: 3 photos for £10/1 photo for £5