Photography competitions: 2014-2015

As a young photographer, you should be taking every possible opportunity to showcase your work, and competitions are a great way to do this. Even if you don’t win, it’s an excellent way to get feedback on your work, fill you with confidence, and improve your photography. To help all of our students, we’ve highlighted four of the photography competitions and awards coming over the next year, so you can start planning your entries! Good luck!

Professional Photographer of the Year 2014, deadline 31st August 2014.

Eduardo Fujii 'Lightscape', 1st place winner of the Black and White category, 2013

1st place winner of the Black and White category, 2013 Eduardo Fujii ‘Lightscape’

The Professional Photographer of the Year competition is made up of fifteen different categories and aimed at all photographers over the age of 18. All you need for fourteen of them is a single image, which you can submit electronically, and for the portfolio award you are required to submit three. The prizes are mainly industry focused, with things like invitations to exclusive ceremonies and networking opportunities high up on the list. Additionally, the winning works will also be printed in a special edition of Professional Photographer Magazine in 2015, increasing your exposure and profile. Entries are free of charge. Submit your work here

The British Life Photography Awards, deadline 20th September 2014.

London (c) Tatiana Zigar

London (c) Tatiana Zigar

The British Life Photography Awards (BLPA) is a competition that showcases photographs that chronicle everyday British life. The competition is sponsored by Sony, which means that the first prize reward stands at a huge £6,000, with a further £4,000 allocated for second, third and so on. In addition, winners will have their work printed in a book by Ilex Press and will feature in a touring exhibition. Also included in this one is a sub-prize for the Best Young Photographer, which gives you another chance to win.  Submit your work here

International Garden Photographer of the Year, deadline 31st October 2014.

Overall winner 2013 Rosanna Castrini "My Prairie Garden"

Overall winner 2013 Rosanna Castrini “My Prairie Garden”

This a completely open competition, which takes entries from amateurs and hobbyists as well as professionals. You do have to pay to enter, but at £10 you get yourself in the running for a whole host of different cash prizes, and, unlike many other competitions, the judges at the International Garden Photographer of the Year are able to give you personal feedback. This is a great way to test your work with real professionals, and get direct, personal feedback on how you might be able to improve. For photographers with an interest in gardens and nature, this is definitely worth a go. Submit your work here.

Sony World photography Awards 2015, deadline 5th January 2015.

Salvatore Di Gregorio, 1st place, Sport, 2014

Salvatore Di Gregorio, 1st place, Sport, 2014

Another open competition, the Sony World photography Awards 2015 is made up of ten categories, including action, travel and portraiture. You can submit up to three images in total for free, or up to twenty if you upgrade your Sony membership. It doesn’t disclose any information about prizes, but as a large competition with a corporate sponsor, the rewards are likely to be worth it. Submit your work here