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