CONTEST
RULES
 

Please scroll down to familiarize yourself with the standard rules of all our competitions.

 

IN A NUTSHELL​

National Photographic Society encourages all amateur and professional photographers around the world to submit their best images to their upcoming contests. Annual competitions offer a prize amount of $12,000. There are no limit to the number of contests you can simultaneously enter. There’s a limit of 5 images per entry for each contest with a flat $25 entry fee. NPS is a nonprofit organization and uses the non-refundable fees to provide prizes and awards, and to help in its core missions.

 

The current categories include Nature, Culture, Black & White, and Wildlife. New categories are added almost on a weekly basis, so please bookmark us now, and come back to check often.

RULES OF THE GAME

Files are required to be less than 2 MB and must be in JPEG or JPG formatting. Please ensure that there aren’t any watermarks and signatures since these will disqualify your submissions. You’re able to submit up to 5 images per contest category, with no limit to the number of contests you can participate in. As a photographer, you’re given the widest latitude to build on a central theme as you see fit.

 

The current categories include Nature, Culture, Black & White, and Wildlife. New categories are added almost on a weekly basis, so please bookmark us now, and come back to check often.

 

BE EFFECTIVE

It’s necessary to ensure that all photos and titles are in the correct order before your final submission since there’s no way to correct any mistakes once your works are submitted. You also won’t be able to add to, change, or delete from, any of the images submitted. Remember that we’re looking for a cohesive body of works, so you should try to submit images that are able to convey a story or in some manner tied together in a seamless fashion.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

It’s necessary to ensure that all photos and titles are in the correct order before your final submission since there’s no way to correct any mistakes once your works are submitted. You also won’t be able to add to, change, or delete from, any of the images submitted. Remember that we’re looking for a cohesive body of works, so you should try to submit images that are able to convey a story or in some manner tied together in a seamless fashion.


Refer to the submission deadlines listed on the entry links. For complete details on eligibility and restrictions, please refer to our Terms of Use.

 

PRIZES & AWARDS​

Total prize money given out during 2021 will be $12,000, with the following places declared within EACH category. *


WINNER – Top Photographer Award $300
WINNER – Best Photo Award $150
WINNER – Special Merit Award $50

WINNER – Talent Award **

 

* Cash prizes are always sent via PayPal by direct bank transfer. If the recipient doesn’t have a PayPal account, you can create one here


** Depending on the quality and quantity of submissions, additional finalists will be awarded certificates of recognition for each category.

 

ENTRY FEE​

The entry fee in any category is $25 flat for up to 5 images. You may enter as many categories as you like, although the maximum number of images you can submit for a single category is 5. 

 

For a list of all rules and regulations, please visit our Terms of Use.

CONTEST
FAQs
How many images can I submit for the contests?
You can submit up to 5 images for EACH contest category.

How much do you charge for application fee?
The application fee is $25 flat for up to 5 images.

What are the benefits of entering a Contest based on a particular Category?
As a leading voice in the photographic community, National Photographic Society will give you tremendous exposure among an engrossed global audience when your images are displayed in our Solo Exhibition. In addition to being featured with a direct link from our homepage for the entire month, you’ll be prominently featured in our monthly newsletter, social media, and blog and article pages. Our print publication coffee-table photography book will contain a full color spread of your collection of works along with your biography and artist statement.

What happens to my images after the month is over?
Nothing! Your collection of photographs will remain as a Solo Exhibition at all times on our walls as permanent collection for you to refer in your portfolio and curriculum vitae.

Which magazines and outlets will promote my Solo Exhibition?
You’ll receive widespread press coverage on some of the major news outlets and photo journals. These will include The Times, The Daily Mail, Eye of Octopus, Digital Camera, The Sun, etc.

Can I sell my images on the website?
Absolutely! You will be able to sell your works commission-free, and we will forward all prospective buyer inquiries to you directly. Over half of all art sales worldwide come through online transactions, and without any commission, you’ll be able to keep all of your profits.

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