12 Photography Contests to Participate in 2024

Photography enthusiasts, get your cameras ready! 2024 is here, and it's time to explore your creative vision and showcase your talent to the world. One of the best ways to do that is by participating in photography contests. These contests provide a platform for photographers of all skill levels to exhibit their work, gain recognition, and even win some fantastic prizes. 

In this article, we'll recommend some of the photography contests you can participate in during 2024. If they have already passed, we will give you some important ones to remember for 2025, which usually open their entries at the end of the previous year.


Photographer in the snow

IMAGO / blickwinkel



  1. International Photography Awards (IPA 2024)
    Open to photographers of all levels, including professionals, non-professionals, and students from around the globe. It encompasses various categories, such as advertising, analog, architecture, book, editorial, event, fine art, nature, people, special, and sports.
    Entries: Open
    Deadline: TBC

  2. BigPicture Natural World Photography Awards 2024
    Welcome photographers worldwide to participate in a global competition showcasing the remarkable biodiversity of our planet. This photography contest leverages the captivating medium of imagery to foster motivation and engagement in initiatives aimed at preserving and conserving Earth's diverse ecosystems.
    Entries Open: Open
    Deadline: March 1, 2024

  3. IMAGO & FanQ Sports Image of the Month
    These awards are open to all photographers located in the Dach region who are dedicated to capturing the beauty of sports on and off the field of play. Completely free of charge. 
    Entries: Open
    Deadline: Jan 31, 2024

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    IMAGO / Cavan Images

  4. LensCulture Portrait Photography Awards
    Recognize the talent of portrait photographers worldwide, for both professional and student photographers.
    Entries: Open
    Deadline: Feb 14, 2024

  5. Fine Art Photography Awards
    Participate in a global photography competition open to photographers of all skill levels, including amateurs and professionals worldwide. Esteemed judges from the international photography community, renowned for their expertise, will assess the entries.
    Entries: Open
    Deadline: Feb 11 2024

  6. Monovisions
    These awards celebrate outstanding monochrome photographers on a global scale. This competition is open to photographers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Participants can compete for recognition in two categories: Photo of the Year and Series of the Year 2024.
    Entries: Open
    Deadline: May 19, 2024

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    IMAGO / Imaginechina-Tuchong

  7. Nikon’s Small World
    These awards highlight the complexity and beauty of life seen through a microscope in the Photomicrography competition.
    Entries: Open
    Deadline: Apr 30, 2024

  8. World Sports Photography Awards
    This award celebrates sports photography in all its diverse dimensions, welcoming both professional and amateur photographers. This competition is entirely free of charge, and the judging panel is composed of experts in sports, media, brands, and photography.
    Entries: Open
    Deadline: TBC

  9. Monochrome Awards
    Awards that celebrate the creation of black and white images using various techniques, allowing photographers to showcase their skills in traditional photography using plates and papers, wet collodion techniques, and modern digital technology.
    Entries: Open
    Deadline: Nov 17, 2024

  10. ND Awards
    These awards embody a contemporary approach to photography while seamlessly integrating a profound reverence for tradition. Both amateur photographers and professionals can showcase their skills across five and six categories, respectively. The winners will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, including gallery owners, publishers, editors, and acclaimed photographers.
    Entries: Open
    Deadline: Sep 22, 2024

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    IMAGO / Imaginechina-Tuchong


  11. World Press Photo
    This contest emphasizes images that capture impactful events, human experiences, and the critical issues shaping our world. It celebrates excellence in photojournalism and documentary photography.
    Entries: Dec. 1, 2023
    Deadline: Jan 12, 2024
    Winners: 3 April, 2024

  12. Sony World Photography Awards
    Recognizes and celebrates the best in contemporary photography from amateur and professional photographers worldwide. The awards encompass various categories, including portraiture, landscape, wildlife, photojournalism, architecture, and more.
    Entries: Jun 1, 2023
    Deadline: Jan 12, 2024 
    Winners:  First half of 2024

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IMAGO / Blue Jean Images / Lian Fei


As we enter 2024, don't miss the chance to share your photographic talents and perspective with a global audience. These photography contests provide a unique opportunity to present your work, secure exciting prizes, and boost your visibility in the photography sector. Whether you're a novice or an experienced professional, you'll find a competition tailored to your interests. Grab your camera, start capturing, and submit your finest photographs to the contests that resonate with you. 

If you're embarking on a photography career or are a seasoned professional, we welcome you to join our Content Partner Photographers network, regardless of location. Simply complete our form, and one of our team members will contact you. This is your opportunity to sell your photos through IMAGO and connect with a diverse clientele worldwide.



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