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22 Photography Competitions to Enter in 2022

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by Gayle Beveridge (subscribe)
Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published December 28th 2021
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Are they stagnating on your hard drive; those hundreds or even thousands of photos you have taken? They are, aren't they? Be honest now and ask yourself, don't they deserve to be seen and admired? Of course, they do and what better place to start than to enter them in a competition.

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Stop telling yourself your photos aren't good enough and give it a go. If you are a bit apprehensive and just want to dip your toe in the water, there are quite a few that are free to enter; make them your first endeavours. Here's a list to get you started. These are just a small selection of the competitions offered each year.

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At the time of writing, not all deadlines were announced, and I have listed those competitions in the time frame in which they closed last year. I suggest you plan your entries ahead of time. Check out all the competitions on offer across 2022 and decide in advance which you might like to enter, then watch the websites relevant to you for 2022 updates. Links to the websites are provided.

Monthly and Quarterly Competitions

1. Monthly at end of month: Life Framer Competitions. This is a monthly competition with a different theme each month. At the time of writing, the following themes for 2022 have been released: January-Night Life and February-Animal Kingdom. Inspirational photos are provided on the website and are worth having a look at. There is a monthly cash prize of $2,000 and winners' photos are displayed in a gallery. Entry fees start at USD $20 for non-members. Click here to visit their website for full details.

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2. FREE TO ENTER-Monthly at end of month deadline except for December, which is the 15th: Australian Photography Magazine Monthly Competition. This competition is free to enter and has a different theme each month. Themes are announced in the first week of the month and the competition closes on the last day of the month. Photos are uploaded to the website. The monthly prize varies; for example, the prize for December 2021 was a SanDisk 500GB Extreme Portable SSD valued at $145. The people's choice prize is a year's subscription to the magazine. Click here to visit the website for full details and to view the images entered.

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3. FREE TO ENTER-Monthly at end of month: CameraPro Monthly Photo Competition. This competition runs monthly to a specific theme, is open to Australian residents and is free to enter. For example, the theme for December 2021 is Travel Photography. Prizes are CameraPro vouchers. Click here for full details and a selection of images of previous winners on their website.

4. FREE TO ENTER-Teds Camera Seasonal Competitions Run by Ted's Cameras, these competitions run quarterly seeking photos on the theme of autumn, winter, spring and summer. Prizes vary each quarter and, as an example, the December 2021 summer competition prize was $500 worth of Hoya filters. Entry is free. Submit your entries via their website.

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March Quarter Deadlines

5. FREE TO ENTER-January 6th 2022 deadline: Sony World Open Photography Awards 2022. Entries to this competition are free and open to anyone submitting single images taken in 2021. The overall prize is USD $5,000 and there are also non-cash prizes. The deadline for entries is 1pm January 6th 2022. Categories include architecture, creative, motion, landscape, lifestyle, natural and wildlife, object, portraiture, street photography and travel. Click here to visit their website where you will find full and comprehensive details.

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6. February 1st 2022 deadline: All About Photo (AAP) Awards 2022: The Minds Eye. This competition is calling for entries from photographers everywhere. The final deadline for entries is the 1st February 2022. Prizes are USD $5,000 for first, USD $2,000 for second, USD $1,500 for third, USD $1,000 for fourth and USD $500 for fifth, with winning entries being published. Entry fees are USD $35 for three photos, plus USD $5 for each additional photo. Click here to check their website for further details and a display of last year's winners.

7. February 28th 2022: Australian Photography Summer Challenge and Competition. This competition is looking for photos that respond to one of the three challenges: Umbrella, Mirror and Time Out. There is a $1,000 cash prize for the winner of each theme and prizes from competition sponsor LaCie. Second and third prize winners will receive a 12-month subscription to Australian Photography. Entry fees are $10 per image. Click here for more details and to enter the competition.

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8. FREE TO ENTER-February 28th 2022: Australian Bureau of Meteorology Photo competition—2023 Australian Weather Calendar. This is a free to enter competition seeking photographs showcasing the drama and beauty of Australian weather. It is an annual competition that opens for entries on July 1st and closes at the end of the following February. There is no cash prize but the winning entries will be featured in the BOM calendar which has a distribution of around 60,000. Click here for more details and to enter your photo.

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9. February 28th 2022: The International Photography Awards 2022. This competition has both professional and non-professional categories. Early bird entries are due by February 28th. There are monetary prizes plus exhibition opportunities across 13 categories. Click here for more details and to enter.

10. March 16th 2022: The Warragul Camera Club National Photographic Awards 2022. Entries for this competition are open to residents of the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories and from financial members of the Australian Photographic Society members residing overseas. There are a number of categories including Open, Still Life, Creative, Architecture, Animals and Wildlife, Landscapes/Seascapes, Social/Documentary, Abstract and People. At the time of writing, awards and entry fees were yet to be announced. Click here for more details and updates.

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11. March 31st 2022: iPhone Photography Awards. This is an international competition for photos taken with an iPhone or iPad which closes at end of March. The categories are Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Cityscape, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, People, Portrait, Series, Still Life, Sunset, Travel and More. At the time of writing, not all prizes had been announced. Entry fees begin at USD $5.50 for one image. Click here for further details and to enter the competition.

June Quarter Deadlines

12. Likely June deadline: Bowness Photography Prize. Details of the prize, which has run for 17 years, were not available at the time of writing, but in 2021 it closed for entries at the end of June. Run by the Monash Gallery of Art, the prize focuses on contemporary photographic practice. As an indication, last year's prizes, which are acquisitive, were $30,000 and $5,000 plus exhibition at the Monash Gallery of Art. Click here to visit their website where you can view very detailed information.

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September Quarter Deadlines

13. FREE TO ENTER-Likely 31st July 2022 deadline: Elders 2023 Calendar Photo Competition. Each year Elders sets a theme for their calendar competition which had not been announced at the time of writing. Winners have their photographs included in the 2023 calendar. As an indication, prizes for 2021 were a $500 gift voucher for the cover photos and a $100 gift voucher to each of the other twelve winners. The competition is open to Australian residents. Click here to visit their website.

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14. Likely early August 2022 deadline: Stanthorpe Photography Awards 2022. Stanhope Photography ran their inaugural award in 2021 and will hopefully repeat the offer in 2022. This competition for Australians only, is looking for photography that goes beyond simply capturing what is there. They are looking for contemporary art photography. At the time of writing, no details have been announced for 2022. As an indication, in 2021 there was a $5,000 cash prize for first place and $750 for each of two commended entries. Entry fees were $20 per image. Click here to visit their website for 2022 updates.

15. Likely early August 2022 deadline: BirdLife Australia Photography Awards. This competition accepts entries in nine categories–bird portrait, birds in flight, bird behaviour, backyard birds, human impact, birds in the landscape, a special annual theme, youth and portfolio. At the time of writing 2022 prizes and fees had not been announced. As an indication, in 2021 there was a $1,000 cash prize for each category, and a $5,000 cash prize for the portfolio winner. 2021 entry fees began at $10 for three photos. For full details and answers to the FAQ's go to their website.

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16. Likely August deadline: Crikey! Magazine Photography 2022 Competition. This is an annual competition run by Australia Zoo's Crikey! Magazine and has both open and a range of junior categories. For the magazine cover and kids categories, photographs must be in portrait format and feature an animal, photographed anywhere in the world. For the natural world, category images "can showcase the natural world, depict the complex relationship between humans and nature, or illustrate threatened wildlife." Prizes vary across categories and are detailed on their website. Click here to visit the website, to view 2021 entries and to keep an eye out for the 2022 competition details.

17. September 18th 2022: ND Photography Awards. These are international awards in which professionals compete across six categories and non-professionals across five categories. Early entries can be submitted by 24th April 2022 with final entries due on 18th September 2022. Entry fees begin at $15 per entry (presumably USD). Monetary prizes vary and are detailed on the website. Click here for more details and to enter the competition.

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18. A likely September deadline: WMO 2023 Calendar Competition. This annual competition is run by the World Meteorological Organisation for "high-quality and artistic photographs of the amazing power and beauty of our weather and our natural surrounds." There is no cash prize, but winning photographs will appear in the 2023 calendar. Details of how to enter will be available on their website. The link for last year's competition was: https://public.wmo.int/en/wmo-2022-calendar-competition

19. A likely September deadline: The Nature Conservatory Australia 2022 Photo Contest. Last year the nature photography awards opened on the 1st of August in 2021; I suggest you subscribe to competition alerts on their website to be notified when 2022 is open for entries. The website features tips from a number of accomplished photographers and displays stand-out entries from past competitions. Click here for alert sign up and more details.

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20. A likely 30th September 2021 deadline: The International Landscape Photographer of the Year. This competition opened for entries on the 1st of August last year. I suggest you check the website around that time as it had not been updated for the 2022 competition at the time of writing. There is a prize for the photograph of the year and also for the photographer of the year for a four-image portfolio. Click here to visit their website.

December Quarter Deadlines

21. A likely October deadline: Australian Photography Awards. Entries to the Australian Photography Awards opened on the 1st of August last year; I suggest you check their website around August for 2022 details. This annual competition offers a diverse range of photographic categories: portrait, landscape, documentary, wildlife/animal, travel/street, open/illustrative, student and junior. Even if you don't intend to enter, it's worth having a look at the wonderful photography on the site. As an indication, entry fees commenced at $30 for a single image in 2021. Prizes are lucrative and differ for each category. Details can be found on their website.

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22. A likely November deadline: Monochrome Awards 2023. This is an annual competition for both professional and amateur photographers. They are looking for monochrome (black and white) images in the categories Architecture, Abstract, Conceptual, Beauty/ Fashion, Fine Art, Landscapes, Nude, Nature, People, Photo manipulation, Photojournalism, Portrait, and Wildlife. At the time of writing, the 2023 competition details had not been announced. As an indication, 2021 prizes were USD $2,000 for Monochrome Photographer of the Year and USD $1,000 for Monochrome Discovery of the Year. The entry fees in 2021 begin at USD $20 for amateurs. Go to their website for further details.

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When: Throughout 2022 – Check individual competition deadlines
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Always check the terms and conditions of contests. Most are rights grabs and they claim a worldwide licence to sell your photos for the profit of the organisers.
by sando (score: 0|5) 151 days ago
That's quite a list to work through and it should be of great interest as it seems everybody is a photographer these days.
by betty (score: 2|662) 150 days ago
This is an interesting idea.
by Roger (score: 2|783) 149 days ago
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