“Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer, has been covering the professional photographic industry for more than 30 years.
In addition to special award of monetary value, the PDN Photo Annual provides entrants with immeasurable exposure in the industry. The competition is consistently acknowledged in Photoshelter’s guide to photography contests for its recognition among photo editors and buyers. Winners’ galleries are published in PDN with additional print distribution to influential creatives looking for new and established talent. The PDN Photo Annual has a reputation for prestige and value.
All photographer’s retain their copyright. Winning work will only published in the print and online winners’ gallery and in promotion related to PDN Photo Annual.
- The $15,000 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture
The Arnold Newman Prize was established by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation in 2009 to recognize and reward excellence in new directions in photographic portraiture. The annual prize winner receives an award of $15,000 and is recognized in ceremonies in New York and at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. The prize is funded by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation with support from Maine Media Workshops, the American Society of Media Photographers, and PDN.
The prize winner is determined through a two-step process; the first being the submission of work to the PDN Photo Annual competition. Finalists are chosen from the initial submissions and are invited to submit a portfolio of prints and a proposal for a new photographic project. The award money will provide financial support to the winner to complete the photographic project.
- The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund $4,000 Professional and $2,000 Student Awards
The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund is sponsored by Parsons The New School for Design and PDN. This award recognizes students and emerging professionals who have outstanding achievements in humanistic photography.
- The $2,500 Sony Emerging Talent Award
The Sony Emerging Talent Award will award an exceptional up-and-coming photographer with a $2,500 cash prize. This year, Sony, in partnership with PHaT Photo and PDN, will offer the winner the opportunity to create a photo essay illustrating the theme “Rediscover Your City” with Sony’s PlayMemories apps, which will be showcased at the PDN Photo Annual Party and featured in a spread in PDN and PHaT Photo.
- The $3,000 PDN Publisher’s Choice Award
The PDN Publisher’s Choice Award can be awarded to any winner of the PDN Photo Annual. The selected photographer will also receive a one-page profile in an issue of PDN.
- ADVERTISING/CORPORATE WORK
Advertising is open to all commissioned advertising campaigns. Personal advertising concepts should be entered in the Personal category. Corporate Work includes projects such as annual reports, catalogs, calendars, promotional stills for motion pictures, marketing work and non-profit commissions for corporate brands. Advertisements with design layouts must be approved by the agency for contest submission.
Open to all commissioned magazine and editorial work. Personal work in the style of editorial photography should be entered in the Personal category. Please do not submit tear sheets.
- PHOTO BOOKS
Mail-in entry and digital upload required. Please see the FAQ “Are mail-in entries allowed?” for mail-in information. Self-published books are welcome. Series entry only (for uploading a selection of layouts + cover)
Open to all published photojournalism and documentary projects, in addition to personal documentary projects.
Sports is open to all types of sports and action imagery.
Self-promo is open to online and print promotions, as well as photography website design. Please select single entries for screenshots of websites (judges will visit your URL). For multi-page print promos, please select series entry to upload multiple layouts—there is NO mail-in entry available.
Open to all personal photography projects.
- STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY
All stock submissions must be currently licensed by stock agencies and approved by the agency for contest submission.
Videos, short films and multimedia presentations must be hosted on a third-party site, such as Vimeo; entries will include a URL to the work. Single entry only.
- STUDENT WORK
The student category is open to all types of still photography produced at an undergraduate or graduate level (must be 18 or older to enter). Recent graduates may submit work produced before graduation, permitting it was created betweenFebruary 2015–Feburary 2016.
- Professional: Single Image $60 | Series, 2–6 images $70.
- Student: Single Image / Series $35.
- Extended deadline entries add a $10 per entry late fee.
- 30% discount with PHOTO+ membership.”
For the full prospectus and to enter visit: https://www.pdnphotoannual.com.
“The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host a photo art exhibit that invites members of the community to share their photographic talent and eye for everything that is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEaM). The “Atomic STEaM Photography Show” exhibition will open on November 8, 2014, and will display photography ranging from the literal engineering feats of the Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Giza, to the abstract interpretation of science as seen through a plant experiencing photosynthesis. Though all photographs must relate in some way to the overall theme of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, they are open to interpretation by the photographer.
Any individual, from a professional photographer to a student with a camera phone, may submit a photograph to this competition/exhibition with the hope to not only win a cash prize but to also have their work on display in a nationally accredited, Smithsonian affiliated museum. All winning entries will debut at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History from November 8, 2014, through January 4, 2015.
Panel of Jurors
Thomas Barrow, Emeritus Professor of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico
Mary Anne Redding, Chair of Photography Department, Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Steve Yates, Fulbright Scholar, Museum Curator, Photographic Artist, International Lecturer and Writer
1st Place Award – $500 Cash Prize
2nd Place Award – $250 Cash Prize
3rd Place Award – $150 Cash Prize
Three Honorable Mention Awards – $50 Cash Prizes”
For the full prospectus and to enter visit: www.nuclearmuseum.org/see/exhibits/atomic-steam-photography-show.
“LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Awards 2014 is an international competition to showcase outstanding emerging photographers — from all cultures, all points of view, with no age limit.
Our mission at LensCulture is to discover and share the best of contemporary photography. New and emerging photographers often make the freshest, most exciting work — but it’s hard to gain attention when you are relatively new and not widely known. That’s where we can make a big difference. We reach an audience of more than 500,000 — and with these awards, we want to highlight many emerging talents who deserve worldwide attention.
Corey Keller, Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
Olivier Laurent, Associate Editor, British Journal of Photography, London, UK
Sujong Song, Festival Director, Curator, Author, Daegu Photo Biennale,Seoul, Korea
Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK
Jim Casper, Editor & Publisher, LensCulture, Paris, France
The competition is designed to provide immediate exposure for talented photographers:
- Every day, select entrants are chosen by our editors to appear on our public Competition Gallery and social media channels, seen by over 500,000 people worldwide. Enter now to be amongst the first considered for this special feature.
- After the June 22nd, 2014 Midnight PT deadline, our jury will select five winners to each receive a $2,000 cash grant as well as the Top 50 photographers, all of whom will receive significant exposure on LensCulture’s site, social media channels, and in festival screenings around the world.
- A number of top-rated finalists may still make the LensCulture Editors’ Cut and receive an invitation for a LensCulture Portfolio Account. This provides many on-going opportunities for exposure to our global audience of over 500,000.
We are open to all genres of photography. All points of view. All corners of the world. If you are a photographer beginning to seek global recognition, show us your work!
Emerging photographers, regardless of their age, are encouraged to enter. We consider an “emerging” photographer as anyone who has not yet received significant international recognition. Currently enrolled students or 2014 graduates can enter the competition with a $20 discount on entry fees. There is not a separate student category, just a discounted fee for students. All entries are treated equally. Please see our FAQ for more details.
Please submit up to 10 photographs that work well together as a series — either as a visual narrative, or images that work well together in theme or style. Edit your selections carefully: winners will be judged on the strength of their submissions as unified groups of photos, not as individual photographs.
- General Entry Fees: $55 for a related series up to 10 images, $5 for each additional image, no limit.
- Student Entry Fees: $35 for a related series up to 10 images, $5 for each additional image, no limit.”
Visit www.lensculture.com/emerging-talent-awards-2014 for the full prospectus and to apply.
The Source-Cord Prize
Deadline: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Fee: $30 for up to 16 images
“The Source-Cord Prize is an award for contemporary photography, comprising an individual first prize of $10,000, second prize of $1,000 and third prize of $500. The work selected for first prize will also be published in Source Magazine with a commissioned essay. Additionally, twenty-two artists will be selected for online exhibition and everyone submitting will receive a free one-year digital subscription to Source Magazine. The winners will be selected by an international panel of four judges.
Kate Bush, art curator and critic, specialising in international art and photography.
Stefanie Grebe, freelance lecturer, photographer and curator.
John Duncan, one of the editors of Source since 1994 and photographer.
Mariko Takeuchi, Japan, is a photography critic, an independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design.
The aim of the Source-Cord Prize is to discover new work. All photographic processes are welcome and submissions are invited from artists for whom photography is their whole or partial practice.
Applications should be accompanied by a short text of up to 400 words introducing the work you are submitting. This text must be in English (the common language for the judges) but please note, we wish to encourage submissions from photographers for whom English is not their first language. The text is to help the judges, it will not be judged for the quality of its written English.”
Visit cordprize.com/home-en for the full prospectus and to apply.
“Gain invaluable global exposure to photo editors, creative directors, curators, gallery owners, collectors, publishers, agents, critics, journalists, festival directors, and international photo networks.
Your work will be shared directly with LensCulture’s opt-in community of over 100,000 photography enthusiasts — so your photos will reach a huge audience of people who really know and love photography.
It’s all about results — getting shows, selling prints, editorial and commercial assignments, book deals, magazine features and more. We reward talent with global recognition and career-changing exposure.”
This year’s jury consists of: James Estrin, Co-editor, NY Times Lens Blog; Regina Maria, Director, Anzenberger, Anzenberger Gallery & Agency; Dimitri Beck, Editor in Chief, Polka Magazine & Gallery; Jim Casper, LensCulture Founder & Editor; Els Barents, Director, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography; Michael Famighetti, Editor, Aperture Magazine; Alan Taylor, Senior Editor , The Atlantic Magazine “In Focus” photography blog; Christophe Laloi, Artistic Director and Director of Programming, Festival Voies Off; Andy Adams, Founder & Editor, Flak Photo.
“London Exhibition: All winners plus 25 finalists will be exhibited at a gala show in London — one of the world capitals of photography — with museum quality prints provided by Genesis Imaging, UK.
- Grand Prize: $2500 cash
- 2nd Prize: $1000 cash
- 3rd Prize: $500 cash
Single Image Award
- Grand Prize: $1500 cash
- 2nd Prize: $500 cash
- 3rd Prize: $250 cash
Worldwide Exposure: Every winner and 25 finalists will be highlighted in special feature articles in LensCulture — and prominently promoted throughout our network of over 100,000 influential enthusiasts in the global photography marketplace.
Portfolio submission fee is $75 for 5-10 images, $5 for each additional image, no limit.
Single Image submission fee is $35 for first image, $5 for each additional entry, no limit.”
Visit www.lensculture.com/awards for the full prospectus and to apply.
Deadline January 23rd: CENTER Choice Awards, Project Grant, Project Launch Grant, Santa Fe Prize and Teaching Award
The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. The Awards are divided into three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, and Gallerist’s Choice. The winners receive recognition via exhibition, publication, portfolio reviews and more.
Curator’s Choice: Tina Schelhom, Curator, Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Georgia & Founding Director, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany
Editor’s Choice: Susan White, Photography Director, Vanity Fair
Gallerist’s Choice: Lauren Panzo, Director, Pace/MacGill Gallery
Project Development Grant
The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary or photojournalist works-in-progress. The grant includes a $5,000 cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the works final stages.
This grant is awarded to fine art or documentary projects that are still in progress and have not been exhibited or published. It requires signing of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, during Review Santa Fe.
Juror: Denise Wolff, Senior Editor, Book Program, Aperture
Project Launch Grant
The Project Launch grant is presented to an outstanding photographer working in fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a $10,000 cash award to help complete or disseminate the works as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.
This grant is awarded to completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package. It requires signature of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, during Review Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Prize
The biennial Santa Fe Prize for Photography recognizes and supports a gifted and committed photographer who has completed, or is near completion of, a meaningful body of work. Cash prize of $10,000 and participation in Review Santa Fe.
Juror: Maggie Blanchard, Director, Twin Palms Publishing
The Excellence in Teaching Award honors a high school, college or postgraduate teacher’s dedication with a $3,000 award. Educators in all areas of photographic teaching are eligible, including fine art, documentary, history and criticism.
Juror: Stephan Hillerbrand, University of Houston, Houston, TX”
Visit CENTER’s website for submission details, www.visitcenter.org/competitions.
PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award
Professional & Amateur deadline: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Student deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2011
“The PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award identifies outstanding work done by photographers in collaboration with non-profit organizations worldwide and awards prizes ranging from $2,000-$15,000. In previous years, work was submitted on behalf of 405 non-profit organizations from 85 different countries. This year, PhotoPhilanthropy will be honoring professional, amateur, and student photographers, and community-based organizations. Each photographer whose work is accepted receives a page on our website and exposure to a growing audience of concerned and committed global citizens.”
This year’s judges are Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, photographer and biologist; Keith W. Jenkins, Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia at NPR; Ami Vitale, photojournalist; Larry McNeil, photographer and scholar; and Valenda Campbell director of photography and manager of the brand and creative productions teams for CARE.
The top photo essays will be awarded
- Professional Photographer: $15,000 Grand Prize
- Amateur Photographer: $2000 Grand Prize
- Student Photographer: $2000 Grand Prize
- Community-based Photography: $2000 Grand Prize
Two finalists in each category will also be announced. Photo essays must be entered into one of four categories:
- Professional Photographer: Any individual who earns the majority of their living from photography.
- Amateur Photographer: Any individual who does not earn the majority of their income from photography.
- Student Photographer: Any current student with less than two years of professional work including internships.
- Community-based Photography: Given to a non-profit organization that teaches photography within a community and empowers the group to share their unique perspective through photography.
Please read the Submission Guidelines thoroughly before submitting.
“FotoWeek DC’s fourth Annual International Awards Competition is looking for extraordinary images! The 2011 competition will honor professional and emerging photographers from our region and from around the world.”
Click here to see the list of jurors.
Single Image: Photojournalism/Social Documentary, Commercial, Fine Art, Contemporary Life, Travel, Portrait, The Natural World
Portfolio: Photojournalism/Social Documentary, Fine Art, The Natural World
Student Portfolio: A series of related images (minimum 3, maximum 9) that represents a cohesive body of work by a student (age 18 or older, currently enrolled in an accredited academic program). May include photo illustration, manipulated imagery, photo collage.
Multimedia: Work that may include still photography, video, sound and graphics to either communicate a reality-based narrative story or is freely expressionistic. May include photo illustration, manipulated imagery, photo collage.
Mobile Phone: 1) Spirit of Washington: With one image, capture the spirit and essence of Washington DC. Find that visual expression of what makes this city, our nation’s capital, unique among American cities. May include photo illustration, manipulated imagery, photo collage. 2) General Submissions: May include photo illustration, manipulated imagery, photo collage. All Mobile Phone entries must be captured using a mobile device.
1-4 single images: $20 each
5-9 single images: $16 each
10 or more images: $12 each
Portfolio of 3-9 images: $75
Multimedia entry: $30 per entry
Mobile phone image: $6.95 each
To submit visit FotoWeek DC’s website here.
Lens Culture FotoFest Paris: Meeting Place Portfolio Reviews Registration Now Open and Call for Entries
Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2011
November 7, 8 & 9, 2011
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the International Portfolio Reviews & Meeting Place for Photographers
“Hosted at the Spéos Paris Photographic Institute, Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2011 will bring together 130 photographers and 40 international photography experts for 3 full days of productive, stimulating meetings. Last year, photographers and reviewers from 32 countries participated. The event offers all participants tremendous opportunities to share knowledge, connections and insights.
Lens Culture FotoFest Paris takes place immediately before Paris Photo — the world’s largest international fair and marketplace for contemporary photography.
Paris is one of the world’s capitals for photography, so there is always a lot of inspiration to be discovered in galleries, museums and other venues throughout the city, as well.”
Photography and Multimedia Awards
Deadline: Sturday, September 17, 2011
“Lens Culture International Exposure Awards discover, reward, and promote talented, new, emerging and established photographers and multimedia creators from around the world. We’re looking for exciting work from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, nature, photojournalism, activism, street photography, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human. A stellar international jury of photography experts will review and judge every entry submitted.”
There are three categories for awards in 2011:
- Multimedia: $75 for a feature no more than 8 minutes long
- Portfolio: $75 for 5-15 images
- Single Image: $35 for 1 image
There will also be 25 Honorable Mention Awards.
To learn more about each category, the prizes and submission guidelines click here.