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7 Great Photo Contests You Should Enter in 2020

By Caroline Schmidt. Posted

Winning photography contests is by no means the be-all and end-all but it does let you put ‘award-winning’ before your name and keeps your skills fresh. Challenging yourself to fulfil a competition brief and exploring your creative potential can only be a benefit in terms of developing your craft – not to forget some of these contests come with some epic prizes! Here’s a round-up of photo contests that should be on your radar…

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year

Open for entries / Closes 9 February
There’s only one month left to enter the world’s leading competition celebrating food photography and film. The global competition attracts the very best photographers, stylists and food videographers all determined to win the incredible prizes up for grabs.

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Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Open for entries/ Closes 5 April
LPOTY was founded in 2006 by esteemed landscape photographer Charlie Waite, and aims to celebrate all that is great about the British landscape, and showcase the work of many talented photographers. The contest comprise four categories: Classic View, Urban Life, Your View and – new for this year – Black & White.

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ND Awards

Open for entries/ Closes 20 September
The Neutral Density awards attract a melting pot of outstanding images from around the world by professionals and amateurs alike. For amateur photographers there are five categories to enter.

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International Photography Awards

Open for entries / Closes 29 February
With 13 categories to choose from there’s plenty of scope for photographer, pros and non-professionals alike. Winners receive a travel allowance and accommodation to collect their awards in New York.

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International Landscape Photographer of the Year

Open for entries / Closes TBC
There's both the best photographer and the best photography category to enter. Perhaps the one contest where you're not restricted by photo manipulation, so long as you do it yourself.


Monochrome Photography Awards

Open for entries/Closes TBC
If black & white photography is your thing, this contest is not one to miss. With 13 categories to enter from landscapes and portraits to abstracts there's great scope.

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Sony World Photography Awards

Open 1 June 2020/ Closes January 2021
The Sony World Photography Award has four photo contests: Professional, Open, Youth and Student. The prizes are generous and the prestige is even better.

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AND Don't forget about Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the British Wildlife Photographer of Year! both of which haven't had entry dates for 2020 announced yet.

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