Another month goes by and tons more photography competition/opportunities to get your teeth into. Check out our picks of the October deadlines.
Travel Photographer of the Year
Run by photographers for photographers, the Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 features some all new categories and decent cash prizes (up to £2,500). You can submit into multiple judging streams, portfolio or single shot and there is a ‘Travel Shorts’ category for HD video. For younger-uns there is a separate award, with two different age groups. Film and digital (even mobile phone images) is welcome but the emphasis is on contemporary images and new work.
Cost: Starts at £7.50 (check website for further details). Entry to the Youth prize is free.
Deadline: October 1
24 Hours in Bristol
Quite a specific one but with some great prizes – this Bristol-based photographic prize challenges both amateur and professional photographers to record life in Bristol over a single 24-hour period. Photographers that apply are randomly allocated a specific hour, which can be during the day or night, in which they must take at least one photograph in Bristol for consideration. There are at least £6,000 in prizes up for grabs including the top £3,000 first prize. Not bad for an hours work! You have to register quick to get a timeslot allocated and the competition proper will take place on the 24/45th October. No restrictions really, you just need to be over 16, and you can use any equipment you would normally use from mobile phones to your massive SLR
Cost: Free (but you need to register for your time slot)
Deadline: 25th October
Amateur Photographer of the Year 2015
Now in its 18th year, the Amateur Photographer of the Year award has just one more round to enter at the very beginning of November. Open to all amateur photographers world-wide, the theme is ‘Shades of Grey’ and the closing date is the 1st November. Prizes are awarded for the first placed entry that ticks the boxes for creativity, technical excellence and how well the image fulfils the brief and the winners will receive Sigma lenses and accessories worth over £1,000. The overall winner will receive a Sigma SD1 Merrill plus a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM lens. The top 30 images will also be published in Amateur Photographer magazine. Check the website for all the specs.
Cost: Free (there is a declaration that you need to send to them on the website that proves you are an amateur not a professional photographer)
Deadline: 1 November (midnight)
The Zucker Art Collection
Not entirely sure where these guys are actually based, it seems to be a fairly international kind of platform. Anyway, The Zucker Art Collection is currently looking to acquire contemporary artworks from artists all over the world. The open call is selected by art historian and curator Rona Kopeczky, and Eyal Zucker the owner of the collection and the winner will receive between $1000 - $2000 USD for their work.
Deadline: 16th October
Proify Photography Awards
Proify, a major international photography competition focused on the talents of amateur and non-professional photographers, is now open for entries. There are eight categories you can submit to; Landscape, Street, Portrait, After-dark, Wedding, Panoramic, Retro and HDR and all ages are welcome to apply as long as you earn less than $20,000 USD per year from your photographic work. The first prize is $3,000, second $1,000 and third $500. There is also $100 up for grabs for the highest scoring entry in each category. All winners and high scorers will be featured on the Proify website..
Cost $25 USD
Deadline: 31 October
Throwing a pretty strange one in here – US-based magazine ‘Rabbits USA’ is currently accepting entries for their 2016 photographic competition. There are two categories; ‘Cuddling Rabbit’ and ‘Rabbit Play’. You can submit three entries per category with a first prize of $100, second of $75 and third of $50. There will also be several honourable mentions.
Deadline: 1 October
The Big Picture. The Telegraph
Weekly competition for your best holiday pictures with a chance to win a £500 Nikon camera. You can browse through all the previous winners on the website. Email your photograph (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 firstname.lastname@example.org