Photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are always intrigued and eager to showcase their best pieces of work and get commended for the same. All photography artists think to be awarded as the ‘Photographer of the Year’. Photography contest websites bring this opportunity at the doorsteps but you need to search. It’s a click which could make the career.
The judges of these online contests are looking to award the best images from across various categories: Architecture, Culture, Creative, Motion, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, Travel, etc. These extraordinary genres have extraordinary photographers as well. These sites give them a perfect platform to unveil their extraordinary talent to the world.
Having your image recognized as the best of the best on a social platform is a great feeling as well as a great opportunity for your photography career. Becoming a winner of any photography contest could prove to be a turning point in your life, and can open a hundred doors for your career. So, here are ‘5 PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST WEBSITES TO EVALUATE YOUR ARTISTRY’ and help you attain a platform for public display of your works.
1) Chiiz Photography Contest
Chiiz started its journey as an artistic unit, but within a short extent of time started to deliver successful contest platforms to various clients. The client-base includes renowned photographers, photo studios, models and other artists in the domain. It consistently follows a simple and transparent approach in our photo contests. This helps them to keep a larger goal at hand. Organised “Chiiz Photography Contest organized an International Photography Contest at 300+ locations, 7 countries” from 1st-9th July, 2017 which was supported by Tamron India, Future Forward, Manfrotto, Creative Peripherals, Symbiosis College of Photography and many more. Supported by Kingstone India, organised a successful Photography Contest with “Photo Today” at Bangalore from 7-9 July, 2017 as well. The contest is free of cost which means you wouldn’t have to pay to showcase your own talents.
2) Audubon Photography Awards
Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Combine your love of birds and photography by competing in the Audubon Photography Awards. Participants must be legal residents of the U.S. or Canada and at least 13 years of age. Winning photos will be published in the Audubon and Nature’s Best Photography magazines, as well as go on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
3) BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition
Run by the California Academy of Sciences, this contest celebrates the “the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery.” Photographers can submit work across different categories such as the art of nature, aquatic life, terrestrial wildlife, and winged life. The annual BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth. The winning images are exhibited at one of the most prestigious science institutions in San Francisco California, USA.
4) Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
If you like to see the humor in the natural world, this photography contest is for you. Founded by the wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, the awards are a light-hearted way to bring attention to conservation issues. In addition to four categories for adults and a youth competition, videographers are encouraged to enter their funniest video clips. But note, photographs of domestic, captive or enclosed wildlife of any description are not allowed. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, ingeniously titled to avoid any confusion, was the result of two factors. Firstly, a need for a photography contest that was light hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things. After its first year, these objectives seem to have been met. Secondly, and way more importantly, this competition is about conservation.
5) Siena International Photo Awards
Art Photo Travel holds every year an international photography contest, the Siena International Photo Awards. It strives to set up a new opportunity to favor photography lovers, art and culture enthusiasts. The Siena International Photo Awards is open to all photographers, professionals, enthusiasts and new talents from all around the world. This international photo contest receives over 50,000 images from amateur and professional photographers. Whether Sports in Action or Story-telling, the categories allow photographers to show the best in their portfolio. Winners are announced at an annual ceremony in Siena, Italy.
Written By: Nishtha Goel
Youngest explorer of the team, an amateur writer with bubbling optimism, Nishtha’s enthusiasm for her work is infectious. A bibliophile at heart, she loves to travel miles, connecting to different people, in imagination as well as in reality.