Resource: Photo Contests and Grants Calendar

(this post is updated regularly)


Some are great. Some feel like they only exist to rob photographers of their meager income. Before you enter, carefully consider if it’s worth your money. Stick with contests that have, in the past, recognized photographers whose work you admire. If you want to be getting commercial and editorial work, avoid contests aimed at amateurs.

Remember, the primary (commercial) benefit of entering a contest is getting your work in front of industry big wigs who otherwise might not have seen it. You don’t even have to win to enjoy that benefit, although, winning is always preferred.

Here’s a general timetable of contest deadlines throughout the year. Things change so make sure you go straight to the source for definitive info on deadlines, entry fees and eligibility.

Please comment below to add info for ones that I’ve forgotten to include.

American Illustration-American Photography
Alexia Foundation
Art Directors Club Photo Contest
CENTER awards (The Choice Awards, Project Competition, & Project Launch)
Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Documentary Prize (suspended at the moment)
Days Japan
FotoEvidence Book Award
Hillman Prize for Photojournalism
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
NPPA Best of Photojournalism
Pictures of the Year International (POYi)
PDN Photo Annual
Px3 Photography Competition
PGB Photo Award
Sony World Photography Awards
Leica Oskar Barnack Award
Photoreporter Festival Grant
The Syngenta Photography Award
World Press Photo Contest

FotoEvidence Book Award
Aperture Portfolio Prize
Pulitzer Prizes

Foam Magazine Talent Call
Hey Hot Shot (suspended at the moment)
National Geographic Magazine Grant for Photography (suspended at moment)
Photocrati Fund
New York Photo Awards
Communication Arts Magazine

ASMP/NY Annual Photo Contest
Humble Arts Foundation Grant (suspended at moment)
International Photographer of the Year / / Lucie Awards
Inge Morath Prize
Santa Fe Prize for Photography (by nomination)
PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values
The Renaissance Photography Prize

Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant
Gene Smith Grant
Howard Chapnick Grant
POYi Emerging Vision Grant
Getty Images Grants
F Award
Canon Female Photojournalist Award
OSI Moving Walls

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography
Critical Mass by Photolucida
Visa pour l’image – Visa d’Or award
Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Association Grant
CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage
The Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents
CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

Ian Parry scholarship
Spider Awards B&W Photo
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
FRANCE24-RFI Web Documentary Award
International Color Awards
New Orleans Photo Alliance, Clarence John Laughlin Award

Magnum Expression Award
One Life International Photography Competition

BJP International Photography Award
FotoVisura Grant

American Photo Images of the Year (not sure if it’s happening again this year)
Terry O’Neill Award
Unicef Photo of the Year International Award (by nomination)

Aftermath Project
American Photography
Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest
Magenta Flash Forward

Hasselblad Masters Awards
The Julia Margaret Cameron Award for female photographers

Other online resources:


  1. 01. Jasmine

    July 23, 2010

    APhotoEditor recently weighed in on contests: check it out

  2. 02. Jasmine

    August 12, 2010
  3. 03. Jacob

    November 12, 2010

    We just announced that Ricoh’s photo gallery, Ring Cube in Tokyo will extend a sponsored invitation not only to bring the ONWARD ’11 exhibition to Japan, but for the two winners and juror, Larry Fink to travel to Tokyo for the opening as well! Take a look at the details here:

  4. 04. Michael Weschler

    December 11, 2012

    ASMP/NY has our annual photo contest in May & we start accepting submissions in January.

  5. 05. Donna Rosser

    January 3, 2013

    Call for entry for Nature Undisturbed is on now — deadline Jan 8, 2013. Juror is Amy Miller, Executive Director Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

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