No matter if you are an amateur or professional photographer, photography competitions are always a great creative outlet. Discover ongoing photography competitions you can apply to in 2021.

Regardless if you are a photographer who has their next job lined up, or are still waiting for their big break — photography competitions are always a good way to fuel your creativity.

Photography competitions can help you grow your exposure within the creative community and maybe even win a grand prize along the way.

Get to know the top photography competitions to apply to in 2021.

Beefeater Portrait Prize

For the first time, Beefeater Portrait Prize is partnering with THE FACE. The partnership will offer creative minds the chance to win one of three major prizes. All you have to do is submit your photo that best captures “The Spirit of London” by September 7th.

The competition is open to anyone with a smartphone and is willing to show what their London looks like. In order to enter the competition, you will have to pose the image on Instagram using the hashtags, #beefeaterportraitprize and #thespiritoflondon, setting your socials to public and tagging @beefeatergin.

The judging panel includes industry big wings, Robin Sinha, Mimi Gray, and Sarah Williams, founders of the art buying platform Darklight Art.

Learn more about the competition, here.

photography competitions in 2021

ND Awards

Presented by ND Magazine, the ND Awards offers amateur and professional photographers the chance to win cash prizes, while having their work published. In order to provide a fair chance for all photographers, amateurs and professionals are judged separately.

Submit your work that focuses on architecture, nature, portrait photography, and fine arts until September 19. Discover more here.

photography competitions in 2021

Monochrome Photography Award

The Monochrome Photography Award is one of the largest photography contests that focus on black and white imagery. Taking into account 13 themed categories, two main sections create a divide for amateur and professional photographers.

The award allows both digital and film photography submissions. Submit your best image until November 14 at an entry fee of $25 for professionals and $20 for amateurs. Discover more here.

photography competitions in 2021

The Independent Photographer

The Independent Photographer is opening its competition to photographers who are active in all categories. Regardless of your focus, this competition invites all photographers to share their best images.

Challenge the competition and respond to the theme in as many inventive ways as you see fit. Apply here to qualify for one of three cash prizes. The deadline is August 31.

photography competitions in 2021

Fine Art Photography Awards

The Fine Art Photography Awards is one of the largest awards that looks to celebrate new trends within the world of photography. The competition is a melting pot for photographers and helps combine passion, interest, and diversity in the art.

The competition is made up of 20 categories and divides professional and amateur levels of expertise. Apply by October 10 here.

Smithsonian Photo Contest

The Smithsonian is shaping a photo contest around six categories that are of special interest to Smithsonian magazine. 10 finalists will be listed per category, from which a winner will be drawn. In addition, photographers will have the chance to win an additional Grand Prize from all finalists.

The six categories will include, the natural world, travel, people, the American experience, altered images, and mobile. Submit your photographs until November 30.

Britpart Calendar Competition

The Britpart is currently planning their 2022 calendar, themed Land Rover. For this, they are looking to feature the Land Rovers of proud owners — no matter what model, or the age of the vehicle.

Britpart is keen on seeing photos that were taken anywhere between rural and urban UK.

Sounds interesting to you? Enter the competition here.


Posted by:Cherrydeck Editorial

We're passionate about empowering creative professionals! Follow us on Instagram for the latest update @cherrydeck

Comment