Last updated: October 6, 2020

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Got a competitive streak? Bookmark this page for a list of open photo competitions, updated throughout the year. While the competitions we've highlighted are largely well-established, we aren't endorsing any particular contest and we strongly encourage you to read the rules and conditions before entering. Once you're ready to submit your photos, we've got a few pointers to help you put your best foot forward.

Let us know in the comments if we missed any that should be included, and best of luck!

Open for submissions

International Garden Photographer of the Year

Region: Worldwide
Prizes: £250 - 5000
Submissions close: October 31st, 2020 (Main Competition)
Entry fee: £5-25
Read the full contest rules

Travel Photographer of the Year

Region: Worldwide
Prizes: TBD
Submissions close: November 2nd, 2020
Entry fee: 8£ - 30£

18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Region: Worldwide
Prizes: $2500 grand prize, $500 category winners
Submissions close: November 30th, 2020
Entry fee: None
Read the full contest rules

10th Annual Mobile Photography Awards

Region: Worldwide
Prizes: $3000 grand prize
Submissions close: December 14th, 2020
Entry fee: $15 - 100
Read the full contest rules

Sony World Photography Awards 2021

Region: Worldwide
Prizes: $5000 - $25,000
Submissions close:

  • January 7, 2021 (National Award, Open and Youth Competitions)
  • January 14, 2021 (Professional Competition)

Entry fee: None

Opening soon

2020-2021 Nikon Photo Contest

Region: Worldwide
Prizes: ¥500,000 grand prize, Nikon cameras and lenses
Submissions close:

  • January 25, 2021 (Open category)
  • February 1, 2021 (Next generation category)
  • February 8, 2021 (Short film open category)
  • February 15, 2021 (Short film next generation category)

Entry fee: None


International Landscape Photographer of the Year

International Wedding Photographer of the Year

Comedy Pet Photography Awards [see finalists]

Siena International Photo Awards 2020 – Creative Photo of the Year [see winners]

2020 Underwater Tour Awards [see winners]

Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year [see shortlist]

2020 American Photographic Arts National Awards

2020 Audubon Photography Awards [see winners]

Sony World Photography Awards 2020 [see winners]

Red Bull Illume Special Image Quest 2020

BigPicture: National World Photography Competition [see winners]

International Photography Awards One-Shot Movement Competition [see winners]

Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

2020 World Press Photo Contest [see winners]

Apple's Shot on iPhone Competition [see winners]