For most photographers, the top-flight photography competitions can seem a world away. You might feel that you’re as talented as any professional photographer traveling around the world and filling news pages, but unless you’re already as established as they are, the chance that one of your images will pull in a Pulitzer are pretty small.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t win any awards for your photography — there’s no shortage of photography competitions aimed at amateurs, hobbyists, semi-pros and others — but it’s pretty rare for those who don’t have work at photography full time to get a chance to stand on the podium with the pros.
One competition that does allow anyone — both pros and amateurs — to enter is the Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards. And the deadline is coming up. The competition closes at the end of May.
Anyone over the age of 21 may submit their photos, regardless of where they are in the world, but the entry form asks entrants to state whether they are a professional photographer, a non-professional or a student. Professionals are judged alongside other professionals, and the winners in each category are put forward for the title of International Photographer Of The Year and a cash prize of $10,000.
The winners of the seven non-professional categories compete for the title of Discovery Of The Year and a $5,000 prize.
Photographers retain all rights to their images, which are only used to promote the competition, but the winning pictures in each category will be published in a coffee-table book.
And now for the bad news… there is an entry fee. Non-professionals have to pay $25 for each photo, $50 for a series of two or more images, and $15 to submit the same photo to an additional category. For professionals, prices are even steeper at $35 per photo and $60 for a series. Everyone must also pay a $25 processing fee.
That seems pretty expensive — and quite cheeky — but the award is prestigious, the exposure is wide and if you win, who knows where it could lead you…
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