Contest Submission Guidelines
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules of our themed Contests.
For further guidance, scroll down to read a list of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
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 $14,400. 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. National Photographic Society is a nonprofit organization and uses the non-refundable fees to provide prizes and awards, and to help advance its core missions.
RULES OF THE GAME
Files are required to be less than 2 MB and must be only in JPEG or JPG formatting. Please ensure that there aren’t any watermarks and signatures since all photos are judged anonymously, so having these will disqualify your submissions. You are able to submit up to 5 images per Contest Category, with no limit to the number of Categories you can participate in. As a photographer, you are given the widest latitude to build on the central Category 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.
It’s necessary to ensure that all photos and titles are in the correct order before your final submission since there is no way to correct any mistakes once your works are submitted. You also will not be able to add to, change, or delete from, any of the photos submitted. For the Contests, you do not need a cohesive body of works, so you can experiment with submitting different style, execution, and artistic appeal in your works, as long as the photos adhere to the Contest Category.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Refer to the submission deadlines listed on the entry links for each Contest Category. For complete details on eligibility and restrictions, refer to the FAQs below.
PRIZES & AWARDS
Total amount of prize money given out during 2021 will be $14,400, and each Contest will carry cash prizes worth $600 with the following winners recognized within each Category. *
WINNER – Top Photographer Award $300
WINNER – Best Photo Award $200
WINNER – Special Merit Award $100
WINNER – Talent Award **
* Cash prizes are always sent via PayPal. If the recipient does not 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.
The entry fee in any Category is $25 flat for up to 5 photos. You may enter Contests on as many Categories as you like, although the maximum number of photos you can submit for a single Category is 5.
See below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).