8 Photography Contests 2016 that Are Worth Entering

Always wanted to show the world your incredible photos? The photography contests 2016 has in store might be the perfect chance to do that! This year is filled with exciting photo competitions that you will definitely want to take part in. All you need to do is register online and submit your work. The prizes at the end are sure to catch anyone’s camera eye. Your creation could even end up in the National Geographic magazine! Here are the best 8 photography contests 2016 you need to enter right now:

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World of Windows

Here’s a nice concept: windows. They make the world around us. They are the eyes of our houses and the gateways of sunshine. From the small wooden framed glass panes of a treehouse to the mammoth glass skyscrapers glaring in the sundown skyline. You can use any to capture a few pictures for this photography contest!

The theme (obvious by now) is windows and how you capture what’s going on inside or outside of them. The deadline is March 31, so be quick about it if you want to enter. According to the rules, the fee is $15 for up to 4 photos. The entries will then be reviewed by a panel of professionals in order to select the winners.

Here’s a look at the cash prizes:

  • First place: $250.
  • Second place: $100.
  • Third place: $75.

Apart from a prize in money, the winners will be offered their own gallery exhibition. Their work will also be promoted on social media. Last but not least: the photos will be included in the World Photography Network newsletter.

What’s New Pussycat?

Is your pet a cat and do you love nothing more than to snap photos of it? Judging by my personal Facebook news feed, most of my friends would be eligible for this purrfect contest. There’s nothing in the world that can come close to the cuteness of little fuzzy-wuzzy cat photo.

You can take part in this competition if you submit your work of photo-art by March 6. The contest is organized by the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles. You can find out more from their Facebook Event page. The entry fee is $35 for up to 5 photos. If you want to show them more than five, you’ll have to pay $5 for every extra image you submit.

The best 3 photographers will have their photos published on the event’s page. The “Best In Show” winners get to see their 10 photos featured in the 1650 Spotlight online gallery. They’ll also be featured in the newsletter.

Showtime

The Showtime photo contest takes place every year. The downside being that it’s only open to Canadian residents only. If you like to dwell on summer dreams, catching blissful moments at parties, or anything that has red in it, then this year might be the one for you! Alight your aspirations of winning one of the photography contests 2016 holds by taking part in this one!

Local amateur and professional photographers are more than welcome to join the competition. Entry is free and you can send your images at showtime@photolife.com. Each participant can only submit 5 photos per each contest theme. The deadlines for each theme are as follows: March 15, May 15, and July 15. With such diverse themes and a total number of 15 photos that one contestant can submit, this contest is perfect for a debuting photo artist. Better yet, there’s no need for expensive DSLRs as this competition accepts even photos take with your iPhone.

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A perfect summer dream photo example, well worth one of the prizes.

Abstract Nature

Looking at the world through a different view, seeing odd shapes, odd angles, optical illusions, and pixels made of dreams. That’s what the makers of this photography contest challenge you to do. The Digital Photographer Team will judge this photo contest. According to the jury, they “want to see a whole different approach to nature photography (…).”

The photos you submit should be abstract. You can choose an outdoor animal portrait, a child on a beach, or a horse in Iowa. The prizes for the expert’s winner and the crowd’s winner are two Lowepro Photo Sport BP 300 AW II backpacks, one for each. The Digital Photographer magazine will also publish the photos of the crowd winner, as well as the expert’s winner’s top 3 images. The deadline for the Abstract Nature competition: April 3.

Geometry

Looking at the world through a different view, seeing odd shapes, odd angles, optical illusions, and pixels made of dreams. That’s what the makers of this photography contest challenge you to do. The Digital Photographer Team will judge this photo contest. According to the jury, they “want to see a whole different approach to nature photography (…).”

The photos you submit should be abstract. You can choose an outdoor animal portrait, a child on a beach, or a horse in Iowa. The prizes for the expert’s winner and the crowd’s winner are two Lowepro Photo Sport BP 300 AW II backpacks, one for each. The Digital Photographer magazine will also publish the photos of the crowd winner, as well as the expert’s winner’s top 3 images. The deadline for the Abstract Nature competition: April 3.

The grand prize for the winner is a $200 Amazon voucher. She or he will be able to use it to buy any type of photography equipment. Furthermore, the winner’s work will be work featured on the website’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Urban 2016 Photo Awards + Exhibition

The star of the photography contests 2016 has to offer, the Urban Photo Awards are centered on the urban, the natural, and the active. If you’re into equine photography, the Urban contest is one way to get your equine photos noticed. No matter whether your submission is a bird in Arkansas or a dog and its owner in Texas, the judges will be more than anxious to receive it.

The competition has 3 main themes: street photography, nature, and sports. High-quality images can be submitted by May 31. The entry fee is $11 for the first photo and extra images are $5.54 each. The winner of the Themed Photos section will receive $1,109 and a medal, second place gets $554.53 and a medal, while third place receives $332.71 and a medal.

Intrepid Travel

A popular contest, the Intrepid travel is open to people who love to snap photos while on holiday in a foreign land. You can use either a digital camera or your mobile phone. Shoot photos of exotic food, fine wines, or of teens playing on the seaside.

The deadline is June 30. You don’t have to pay an entry fee, but you do need to be over 14 to enter it. There are 6 monthly themes. The first three are “Food from the road”, “Local Faces”, and “Europe & Turkey.” The other three are “Streetview”, “Friends traveling”, and “Travel icons.”

The winner will receive an $800 voucher from Intrepid Travel.

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Monochrome Awards

Photographers who like to shoot in black and white are invited to the Monochrome Awards 2016. Your images can range from fashion presentations to a baby making its first steps. A student going to school or teenagers participating in a state fair are also great ideas for submissions. You need to capture life as it is since inauthentic photos are very easy to spot. Try to incorporate everyday moments and paint them in black and white so as to give them a tinge of memory-like nostalgia. A good monochrome photo can bring even us grownups to tears.

Watch out, though! You have until July 3 to submit all your images. You’ll also have to pay a fee (unspecified) to upload them online. The Photographer of the Year will receive $2000. The Discovery of the Year winner will get $1000.

Conclusion

This concludes our list of the best photography contests 2016 has for us. Did you take part in a photo competition in 2014 and 2015 without winning anything? These 8 photography contests 2016 will give you offer another chance to make it big. Show these professional judges what images you’ve captured and your digital masterpieces could travel the world.

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What’s The Best Way To Promote Your Photography Business – With A Pinterest or Facebook Contest?

The only way to succeed with social media is to have a following. And the more time you spend building your following, the more results you will see.

And people love free stuff. They are completely attracted to coupons, deals of the day, and anything “fun” that will allow them to get a hold of a great product at a great price. Which is why many smart businesses have turned to social media contests.

Dig Deeper: How To Start Up A Pinterest Contest

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However, the social media platforms and the rules to follow are always changing. What worked a few short months ago may be “illegal” by today’s terms. If a contest is in your future, it’s important to evaluate your options regularly and choose the right platform to grow – the right platform to attract quality prospects to your studio. [Read more…]

The Guide To Growing Your Facebook Page With A Contest

It sounds great in theory. You set up a Facebook Page, and wait for people to join. But in the end it’s not that easy. And you really can’t market to 25 friends – you’ll never grow your business that way.

So maybe its time to look for a new way to promote your Page – how about using sweepstakes and contests?

A sweepstakes is defined as the winners being chosen by random drawing. A contest is the winners are selected either by jury and/or audience voting and the entries are evaluated according to the skill of the submission. A photo contest is a great example of a contest. And while the two are distinctly different, they both have potential to help you grow your Facebook list, and increase the number of people interested in what you do.

Understand The Rules

Before you start planning your promotion, first spend the time reviewing Facebook’s promotions guidelines. They have changed significantly along the way, and its important to understand their rules before you begin.

For example, Facebook clearly states that your promotion

Must not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism. For example, the act of liking a Page or checking in to a Place cannot automatically register or enter a promotion participant.

They are very specific about what you can and cannot do. And if you don’t stick with their guidelines, you risk having your account deleted – so it’s important to stick with the rules.

Once you’ve read through the rules, the planning starts.

We ran several contests about a year ago, and ended up doubling our Likes month after month. It can be very effective; but it does take a little planning.

Who Is The Contest For?

As a photographer, consider what type of followers you would like. Are you looking for potential customers for portrait sessions? New brides to be? Or maybe you’re selling a camera bag you’ve created – you need photographers who would love what you have to offer.

Once you have your market defined, its time to think about what they would truly like.

I usually look for things that will get the greatest number of people participating. Giving away a free portrait session won’t attract a large number of people. Giving away a gift basket with fun photo related items will. Think outside the box. It doesn’t have to be worth a ton of money – just be something a ton of people will like.

Now its time to set up your sweepstakes or contest. While you can do much of the work yourself, I’ve also found a shortcut to the process by using a third party system.

Making It Easy

Wildfire is a promotional application that makes it easy to set up contests on your blog, Facebook account and your Twitter account. It isn’t free, but if you use their basic account, you can run a month long promotion for around $35. And if you gain even one new client through the process, you’ll more than make your money back. They have many different promotion types, including sweepstakes, contests, coupons and quizzes, and by walking through the system you’ll learn more about each and how to decide which is right for you. Start small and grow in sophistication as you learn more and become more successful with it.

While Wildfire is what we used for our promotions, there are other companies out there that offer similar services – Offerpop, North Social, Bulbstorm and Votigo are just a few.

Then start talking about your contest. Blog about it. Send a postcard out to your client list. And talk it up at your networking groups. The only way to grow it is to promote it. It doesn’t work on its own – you still have to do some promoting. But if the offer is right and they are having fun with it, you’ll quickly see your numbers grow.