Photography Competitions

Make the most of your bank holiday weekend and submit some of your photographs to the current competitions calling for entries.

Competitions usually have a specific target audience, so make sure you apply to the ones that are right for you. Also make sure that you weigh up the price of submission against what you could get from taking part – this could include the judges who would be viewing your work, cash prizes, mentoring and/or an exhibition for the winning photographs.

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year Award 2015

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. The competition is free to enter and offers an exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society and a total prize money of £8,000, including awards for young photographers, film and a solo show.

© Daedung Lee, On the shore of a vanishing island 7, 2013

The competition provides an opportunity for amateur and professional photographers of all ages to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

The judging panel for the 2015 award includes: Dr David Haley (Senior Research Fellow, Director – Ecology In Practice, Route Leader MA Art as Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University), Brigitte Lardinois (Deputy Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London), Tim Parkin (Landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape), Hayley Skipper (Curator of Arts Development, Forestry Commission England), and Stephen Vaughan (Photographer and Senior Lecturer, Bath Spa University and Plymouth University).

Deadline for application: 7 April 2015, 5pm GMT
Free to submit

Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed 2015

The Photographers’ Gallery are running their annual FreshFaced+WildEyed 2015 competition where they showcase some of the best photographic talent emerging from visual arts courses across the UK. The project aims to highlight the innovative and dynamic range of visual based courses in UK that produce impactful work.

2014 winner: From the series Nothing is Impossible Under the Sun, 2013, © Alice Myers

The applicants should have completed either an BA or MA in the UK between 2014-15 who have used photography as a core element of their work. The photographers will be given the opportunity to present their work at the Photographers’ Gallery and work with an elite panel of experts with a background in both arts and photography.
The chosen photographers will then work with the judges to develop their ideas to present both within the exhibition and further talks and events.

This year’s panel of judges are Kate Cooper, Autoitalia, Damien Poulain, Oodee Books, AK Dolven, artist and photographer and Brett Rogers, Director The Photographers’ Gallery.

Deadline for applications is 12th April 2015
Free to submit

Renaissance Photography Prize 2015

The Renaissance Prize is an international photography awarded founded by Fiona Gifford after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 34. The project has raised over £250, 000 for the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care. The award showcases exceptional photographic works from both emerging and established photographers.

In it’s eight year running, the award focuses on discovering the best in photography and gives the selected photographers a chance to have their work seen by a panel of some of the industry’s most influential photography critics, as well as being exhibited in Getty Images Gallery, London, UK.

Judges for this year include Gregory Barker (Hotshoe Magazine), Louise Clements (QUAD and FORMAT artistic director), Emily Graham (Magnum Photos), Tom Hind (Getty Images), Chris Littlewood (Flowers Gallery), Diane Smyth (BJP), Madeline Penny (The Sunday Times photo editor), and Simon Roberts (Photographer).

Deadline for applications is 18 June 2015
Entry fees apply, see their website for more information.

BJP Breakthrough Awards 2015

British Journal of Photography have recently announced their inaugural BJP Breakthrough Awards, a prestigious photography award singularly capable of connecting the next generation of photographers with the established photography industry.

The award is aimed at photographers on undergraduate courses, and within five years of graduating (including current MA students), to submit work to be judged by an influential panel of leading industry professionals.

In partnership with Olympus, Free Range and theprintspace, winners will have their work exhibited at British Journal of Photography’s dedicated pop-up exhibition space in Shoreditch, East London’s creative hub.

The four category winners will have their work presented by our editorial team at an exclusive launch event, and gain international exposure through our award-winning online and print channels.

Deadline for application: 12 noon (GMT) on Friday 8th May 2015
Entry fees apply: £5 for a single image or £25 for a series of up to 20 images