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).
HOW TO SUBMIT
Do I need to open an account in order to participate in the Contests?
Yes. You will be prompted to open a free account once you have made your entry payment. Alternatively, you are welcome to open your account prior to making a payment. Either way, to keep the submission process secure and seamless, you will need an account.
Do I need to open an account to browse the selection of current and past photography Contests?
No. However, if you are a lover of photography, or have a desire to submit photos to our contests in the future, we strongly recommend that you open up a free account. It is one more way for you to share your interests with other like-minded folks.
How do I open an account?
Simply click on the yellow “Sign Up” link on the upper right-hand corner.
What do I need to know about the photo Contests?
Each Contest is based on a specific Category and all submitted photos should be based on that specific Category. However, the photographer is given a wide latitude to venture outside of the strict category definition as long as an apparent connection can be established with that Category.
How many Contests are being held during the year?
Initially, 24 Contests have been planned during 2021, although the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis and its eventual fallout on the art and culture community makes the actual number difficult to predict.
When are the Contest deadlines?
Clearly set deadlines are highlighted within each Contest Category.
Will Contest deadlines be extended?
Until there is a clear return to normalcy in our society it is possible that some Contest deadlines will be extended if the number of contestants does not meet a certain threshold due to a direct or indirect consequence of the pandemic. If this is the case, this extension will be noted and adhered to as closely as possible.
How many photos can I submit for the contests?
You can submit up to 5 photos for each contest category.
What file types are acceptable?
Please submit your photos in JPG or JPEG format only.
What is the maximum allowable file size?
Files will need to be less than 2MB.
Will I be able to view the photos I upload?
Yes, you will be able to view your submitted files by logging into your account. Once you sign in, you can see them in the Member’s area.
Will I be able to add to, edit, or delete from the photos I initially upload?
No, once you submit your photos you will no longer have the ability to change these in any way, even though you will always be able to view them.
Do I need to upload a Statement and Biography along with my photos?
No, you do not need to add anything else for the Contests.
Will others be able to view my photo uploads when I submit?
No, your photos are always private, and are not viewable to anyone outside of National Photographic. Of course, if your works are selected among the winning photographs, they will be made available on the website for everyone to see.
AWARDS & PRIZES
What kind of awards and prizes do you provide?
For every photography Contest, no matter the Category, we confer a total cash prize money of $600.
The breakdown is as follows:
TOP PHOTOGRAPHER AWARD $300 CASH
BEST PHOTO AWARD $200 CASH
SPECIAL MERIT AWARD $100 CASH
TALENT AWARDS (given out to all Finalists as Certificates of Recognition)
How do I receive the prize money if I am selected as one of the Contest winners?
PayPal is the only manner in which we can pay out the winning prize money. If you do not have an account with PayPal, we strongly suggest that you get one by clicking on this link. It is safe, secure, and swift. We are unable to pay you by checks, by bank transfers, or by any other means outside of PayPal.
Do you withhold any federal, state, or local taxes when you give out the prize money?
No. Please make sure that you follow all local laws and report any income to the appropriate tax authorities who have jurisdiction over your state or country, if necessary.
How much is the entry fee?
All our Contests have a $25 entry fee.
Is the entry fee refundable?
No, the entry fee is non-refundable once a successful submission has been made to a Contest.
Why do you charge an entry fee?
National Photographic Society was established as a nonprofit organization working on behalf and for the benefit of photographers and contributors by displaying award-winning photos from around the world. Our core mission as a nonprofit organization has been to award cash prizes, raise social awareness, and boost international recognition by holding juried competitions funded through sponsorships, associations, memberships, and participation fees. One of the ways we raise grant money as well as meet our operational costs is by charging a small entry fee.
How do I pay the entry fee?
When you click to enter the Contest, you will be taken to our secure payment portal. You can either pay by PayPal or choose to make a credit card payment. National Photographic Society accepts all major credit cards. After the payment has been successfully processed, you will be taken to the submission form to upload your photos and other application details.
Do I need to be a professional photographer in order to submit to the Contests?
Of course not! In fact, most of our entries come from amateur photographers and photography enthusiasts, who also happen to receive the bulk of awards and prizes.
Do I need to be a citizen of any particular country to apply?
We welcome photographers from all corners of the globe and from every country in the world to participate in our Contests. We remain confident that our diversity is our greatest strength.
Is there any age restriction for participating in the contest?
You will need to be at least 18 years of age to enter any Contest.
What are the benefits of entering a Contest based on a particular Category?
Each Contest will come with $600 in cash prizes. But beyond just the monetary gain, as a rising voice in the photographic community, National Photographic Society will give you tremendous exposure among an engrossed global audience. And if one of your entries is selected to be among the prizewinning photos, it can lead to exceptional career growth, in addition to enhancing your portfolio and curriculum vitae. We also confer multiple Talent Awards and Certificates of Recognition to all our Finalists, which means there is a much better chance to be selected as a winner than in most other photography Contests.
Can I sell my photos on the website?
Absolutely! You will be able to sell your photos 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 by cutting any middlemen, you will be able to keep all of your profits.
Who owns the copyrights of my photos?
You. And it will always be that way.
What do I do if I have more questions or need further clarifications?
Please feel free to email us at info@NatPhoto.org or directly to our email response team at info@NationalPhotographic.org and we will get back to you within one business day.
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