Not being very competitive by nature I’m really not very keen on the idea of entering photography competitions however I can see that there is a benefit in being a finalist or better still a winner of a competition.
I have an account on ViewBug and have entered a few of the free competitions finishing in the top 10 of some of them, and with thousands of entrants for each one I am quite pleased with that. It is simply for fun and will not particularly lead to any significant publicity I don’t think.
There is a great list of photo competitions on www.graphiccompetitions.com but there is only one that catches my eye.
I’ve just missed the Travel Photographer of the Year competition but I’ve added it to my diary for next October. it is run by photographers for photographers and next year there are new categories and new opportunities to showcase travel photography.
• Three Portfolio categories
• Three One Shot categories
• Smart Shot category
• New Talent category
• HD Video category, Travel Shorts
• Young Travel Photographer of the Year
Categories can be entered more than once and entry into two or more portfolio entries means that you are automatically entered into the title Travel Photographer of the Year award.
Photos can be film or digital and judges will be looking for contemporary images so up to date photos are a must. Over manipulated photos are frowned upon but anything that could be realistically achieved in a darkroom is acceptable.
Entry fees start at £8.00 and is open to any photographer, amateur and professional, aged 19 years and over, from any country.
The prize is worth around £30,000 and the winner’s work is displayed at exhibitions around the country including at the University of Greenwich. They receive £4,000, a selection of StaaGluxury leather travel goods and sterling silver accessories, £500 of Paramo clothing and personalised leather portfolio case.
Winners in the portfolio categories win a Fujifilm X-Series camera and lens. The winner of the best single image in each portfolio category received a giclée exhibition print.