Photography contests are a good way to show your work and of course to obtain the recognition every photographer is looking for. But photo contests
are also a way to gain exposure and sometimes to win money. So what are the best photo contests worth entering this month of October? Check out our top 10!
Bay Area Current(ly)
Deadline October 2, 2020
PhotoAlliance is proud to announce an open call for Bay Area Current(ly), a photographic competition. We are looking for images that represent a cohesive body of work or project. Submissions may be new, recently completed, or part of an on-going project, but must include work that has been made since June 2019. A typical submission will consist of 5 images that capture the essence of your project, although there is no restriction on the number of images you submit.
Bay Area Current(ly) is open to anyone who has ever resided in, or is currently a resident of any of the nine counties that surround the San Francisco Bay. This is the second iteration of our Bay Area Currents series established to provide an opportunity for local artists working with photography to exhibit in the Bay Area and to discover and connect with other artists in the community. See selected works from 2018 Bay Area Currents competition.
There is no single theme for this call, instead we are looking to see what you have been up to of late. A broad range of interpretations through photography is invited, including documentary, expressive, or experimental. Submissions may be depicted in any style and utilize any process or camera type.
The 2020 Bay Area Current(ly) exhibition will be an online exhibition, appearing on the PhotoAlliance website from November 1 through December 31, 2020.
Binh Danh is an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University
Ann Jastrab is the Executive Director of the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel, California
Chris Johnson is the creator of the Question Bridge project and co-Director w/ Hank Willis Thomas of Question Bridge: Black Males
LACP Fifth Annual Fine Art Exhibition
We are pleased to announce LACP's 5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition - the theme is Exploring Humanity.
The exhibition will be shown online/virtually on our website and will run from October 22 – December 31, 2020. Artists in the exhibition will also receive extensive social media coverage.
The juror, international curator Marisa Caicholo, will select images based on creativity, originality, and quality. The deadline is Monday, September 21st at midnight PT. There is no limit to the amount of images which can be submitted.
There will be a virtual reception on Saturday, November 14, 4 pm PST where the work in the exhibition will be shown and the juror, Marisa Caicholo, will talk about her selections. This will be a public event.
1st prize winner receive a $500 cash prize and invited to say a few words/remarks during the virtual opening reception. Honorable mentions will receive a one year Membership to LACP ($95 value).
The Alexia Professional Grant
Deadline October 5, 2020
The Alexia 2020 Competition will begin accepting applications on Sept. 14, 2020.
The deadline for the 2020 competition is Oct. 5, 2020.
The Alexia offers a professional Alexia Grant to enable professional photographers and visual journalists to produce substantial bodies of work that share The Alexia's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Work that helps bring about change is more valued.
The Professional Grant recipient will receive $20,000 for the production of the proposed project.
Submit a body of work consisting of UP TO twenty (20) photographs - do not feel compelled to submit 20. Photographs should demonstrate your ability to accomplish your proposed project. If you submit photos that are not related to your proposal, they must have been taken within the past three (3) years. There is no time limit on pictures that relate directly to your proposal. Select and sequence your submission thoughtfully.
Leica Women Foto Project
Deadline October 8, 2020
Leica Camera USA is pleased to announce the second annual Leica Women Foto Project Award, a juried program where three photographers will receive an award to support a personal project relevant to today's social and political climate, as told through the female perspective. The mission of the Leica Women Foto Project is to encourage and empower photographers to demonstrate the importance and impact of a female's point of view. The award serves as a catalyst to re-frame how we see, how we think, and how we express our visual narrative.
Applicants are reviewed on the basis of quality of photography, dedication to the medium of photography, sophistication of project, as expressed through the female perspective with narratives that broaden perspectives, ideas and conversations on today's social climate.
In addition to the financial award ($10,000), each winner will receive a new Leica Q2 to use for the completion of their photographic series onward.
Candidates for the award are requested to submit a series of 10 images from an ongoing personal or long-term project, made on any digital or film camera of any make, model or brand, with at least 4 images created in either 2019 or 2020. Alongside the images, applicants are required to submit a 250 word proposal describing their personal project and its relevance in today's social climate, including detail of how the funds will be allocated.
PHmuseum 2020 Women Photographers Grant
Deadline October 8, 2020
PHmuseum is glad to open the call of the PHmuseum 2020 Women Photographers Grant, aimed at empowering the work and careers of female and non-binary professionals of all ages and from all countries, working in diverse areas of photography. Moving into the fourth edition, the grant's mission remains to support the growth of the new generations and promote stories narrated from a female perspective, while responding to the need to work for gender equality in the industry.
The prizes include $12,000 in cash prizes plus several opportunities to promote the awarded works across media and festivals. Vogue Italia photography department, led by Alessia Glaviano, will select three works among all of the submissions that will be granted an online publication in the magazine. All the shortlisted works (up to 40) will be also projected at the coming edition of Photo Vogue Festival.
PHmuseum’s curators will further select eight photographers who will each access a free 60-minute online portfolio review from the innovative PHmuseum Educational Program, plus an additional three who will be featured on the Swiss online publication YET Magazine. The New Generation Prize, awarded to a photographer under 30 years of age, will include a one-hour online portfolio review with Fiona Rogers, Founder of Firecracker and Director of Photography & Operations at Webber. Firecracker will also feature the 1st prize winner project on its platform.
Applicants are invited to enter series, featuring a minimum of 6 images and a maximum of 20 centered, around a specific theme, narrative, or concept. All approaches are welcomed, from classic narratives to experimental projects. Submissions will be reviewed by judges Adama Delphine Fawundu (Artist and co-founder of MFON), Mariama Attah (Curator at Open Eye Gallery Photography Museum in Liverpool), Magdalena Herrera (Director of Photography Geo France) and River Bullock (Curatorial Fellow, MoMA Department of Photography). Photographers can benefit from a £18 early bird fee during the first two weeks of the application window.
This fourth edition is kindly supported by Vogue Italia, Fotografia Europea, YET Magazine, Firecracker, Foto Feminas, and Fotografas Latam.
BJP International Photography Award 2020
Deadline October 8, 2020
After the success of previous years, the 2020 edition will see an expansion of the opportunities on offer. As well as the Solo Show category - which awards one photographer a solo show in London, UK - photographers are invited to enter the Group Show category, which will see 20 winning images exhibited in a group show at TJ Boulting Gallery in London.
Between an exhibition in TJ Boulting Gallery in London, extensive industry exposure, global media coverage and features in both British Journal of Photography print magazine and BJP-Online, BJP International Photography Award offers a unique platform for global photographic acclaim
AAP Solo Exhibition
Deadline October 13, 2020
We want to showcase incredible work. Photography that awakens our imagination, transforms our way of thinking, or simply resonates with who we are.
The Solo Exhibition enables you to reach a wider audience through our independent magazine that has become one of the most vibrant portals of photography on the web.
The Solo Exhibition competition is open to any category of photography or subject matter. Photojournalism, street photography, artistic photography, portrait, nudes, landscapes, nature, wildlife, urban, architecture, fashion, fine art, or documentary photography, the subject doesn't matter, unleash your creativity!
Whether you are a professional photographer or a photography enthusiast, please send us a cohesive body of work or portfolio.
Only a unified group of photos will be published as a solo exhibition.
Make your online photo gallery stand out. Submit one project or a body of work that showcases unity.
You can submit between 6 and 16 images for a flat fee of $45!
The Solo Exhibition is an amazing promotional tool designed to showcase your work worldwide!
Why should you enter the Solo Exhibition Competition? Because you will receive the following benefits:
Featured Solo Online Exhibition from November 1 to November 30, 2020
Your Solo Exhibition will be featured in our Competition Gallery and in the New Showroom pages, the Home Page, our 'Top Stories', as well as in our 'Featured Photographer', 'Photo Exhibitions' and 'Article' pages.
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Permanent Exhibition on All About Photo Online Gallery
Your solo exhibition will be permanently accessible in our past exhibitions as well as in our Article directory. You will also have a permanent page showcasing 20 images of your work in our Photographers Directory.
Your work Showcased to our Social Media Community
Gain International Visibility and Press Coverage by publishing your work across all of our online channels.
The winning photographer will be profiled via our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Solo Exhibition will also be featured in our Newsletter!
International Visibility and Press exposure
The winning photographer will receive press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world. Past winners from All About Photo Competitions have been featured in major publications including The Times UK, National Geographic Espana, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Eye of Photography, Digital Camera, and Competences Photo.
The Solo Exhibition will also be promoted on Art.Base.Co, Private Photo Review, and Visura.
All About Photo connects you directly with industry experts from around the world.
Seek this new opportunity to reach a broader audience on a global scale!
Lensculture: Black and White
Deadline October 21, 2020
One of our most popular awards is back for a third year - the LensCulture Black & White Photography Awards!
Black and white photography holds a prominent place in our hearts and imaginations. While steeped in tradition and history, it remains an aesthetic choice of many photographer today, regardless of genre, method or subject matter. Show us how you are embracing the dynamic relationship between light, shade, and all the glorious tones in between. Our aim is to uncover photographers from diverse backgrounds and experience levels, and connect them with global audiences and career-changing opportunities. Free entry available for single-image submissions.
All winning photographers for this award will be exhibited in New York alongside Paris Photo New York. An opening reception will be held for artists, invited media, photo editors and industry insiders for a night of art appreciation and networking during the New York chapter of one of the world's largest international art fairs dedicated to photography.
Gomma Photography Grant 2020
Deadline October 27, 2020
The acclaimed photography grant contest from Gomma. Open to everyone. The seventh year in the making. From this year a new concept and submission procedure.
The Gomma Photography Grant is a grant contest tailored to fund and support photographers working in various genre. Begun in 2014, the Gomma Grant has quickly acquired a reputation for being ethical and quality-focused, with an eye for spotting fresh talent and encouraging those already in the spotlight. Photographers that are recognized through the Gomma Grant are known to have grown their career to a higher level, both professionally and artistically.
This year photographers will be able to submit through a donation-based procedure. Submissions are free and photographers can choose to donate between zero and 150 euros.
We have also decided to donate all profits generated to charities battling COVID-19. The current three charities chosen are: Emergency, Italy, NHS Together, UK, CDC Foundation, USA
National Geographic Grants
Deadline October 21, 2020
Several grants on diverse subjects with up to $80,000.
Check out the website for more information on each grant.