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