Here’s an ultimate list of international photography awards and competitions to help photographers keep pace with the opportunities to gain exposure that are out there. We regularly update this guide—if you think we are missing something, please let us know in the comments below.

General Awards and Competitions

  1. Aperture Portfolio Prize (October – December)
  2. Art Gemini Prize (June – July)
  3. Astronomy Photographer of the Year (January – April)
  4. Barcelona International Photography Awards (January – February)
  5. Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition (January – March)
  6. British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award (August – November)
  7. Carte Blanche PMU (March – June)
  8. CENTER Choice Awards (October – February)
  9. Communication Arts Photography Competition (June – March)
  10. Conscientious Portfolio Competition (September – October)
  11. Daylight Photo Awards (March – May)
  12. Epson International Pano Awards (April – July)
  13. ESPY Photo Award (May – September)
  14. Exposure Award (March)
  15. EyeEm Awards (May – July)
  16. Featureshoot Emerging Photography Awards (July – January)
  17. Foam Talent Call (February – March)
  18. Fotoprize (March)
  19. Grand Prix Fotofestiwal (September – December)
  20. Head On Awards (February – March)
  21. International Color Awards (August – November)
  22. International Emerging Artist Award (November – January)
  23. International Photography Awards (October – April)
  24. International Photography Award Emergentes DST (June – July)
  25. iPhone Photography Awards (June – March)
  26. Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award (February – March)
  27. Kolor Panobook Awards (February – March)
  28. Kontinent Awards (March – May)
  29. Leica Oskar Barnack Award (December – January)
  30. LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards (May – July)
  31. LensCulture Exposure Awards (November – December)
  32. LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards (September – October)
  33. Mobile Photography Awards (October – December)
  34. Monochrome Awards (August – November)
  35. Moscow International Fotography Awards (May – September)
  36. National Geographic Photo Contest (September – October)
  37. National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest (March – June)
  38. Next Photographer Award (October – February)
  39. Nikon Photo Contest (September – December)
  40. Nikon Small World Photography Competition (November – April)
  41. NYPH PhotoWorld (August – September)
  42. On the Move International Award (April – May)
  43. PDN Photo Annual (November – February)
  44. Photo Annual Awards (February – April)
  45. Photo Levallois Festival Award (February – May)
  46. Pollux Awards (November – February)
  47. POPCAP – International Prize for Contemporary African Photography (January – March)
  48. Prix Camera Clara (March – July)
  49. Prix de la Jeune Photographie de Mode (September – November)
  50. Prix Elysee (Biannual / February – April)
  51. Prix HSBC pour la Photographie (September – October)
  52. Renaissance Photography Prize (January – June)
  53. Rendez-vous Image Prix Photo (June – December)
  54. Résidence BMW au musée Nicéphore Niépce (January – March)
  55. Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition (January-April)
  56. Saif Discovery Prize (December – February)
  57. Shpilman Prize for Excellence in Photography (June – September)
  58. Smithsonian Photo Contest (May – November)
  59. Snider Prize (January – April)
  60. Sony World Photography Awards (June – January)
  61. The Source-Cord Prize (May – July)
  62. Tokyo International Photography Competition (April – June)
  63. Travel Photographer of the Year (September – October)
  64. Urban Photographer of the Year (April – July)
  65. Voies Off Prize (December – February)
  66. Wildlife Photographer of the Year (January – February)

Photojournalism and Documentary Awards

  1. CDS Documentary Essay Prize (Biannual / November – March)
  2. Days Japan International Photography Awards (August – January)
  3. Freelens Award (November – March)
  4. FotoEvidence Book Award (November – January)
  5. Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (March – April)
  6. HIPA Photography Awards (March – December)
  7. IAFOR Documentary Photography Award (March – June)
  8. ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’Or Award (March – June)
  9. Istanbul Photo Awards (November – January)
  10. Lammarhuber Photography Award (November – March)
  11. Lucas Dolega Award (September – November)
  12. Marco Pesaresi Award (August – September)
  13. NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Awards (December – January)
  14. PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards (October – December)
  15. Pictures of the Year International (November – January)
  16. Pictures of the Year Latam (March – April)
  17. Prix Bayeux-Calvados (April – June)
  18. Syngenta Photography Award (April – September)
  19. The Terry O’Neill Photography Award (May – November)
  20. Vienna International Photography Awards (March – May)
  21. World Press Photo Awards (December – January)
  22. World Report Award (April – May)