The Top Three Photo Contests
You can put $100 (third place), $200 (second place) or $300 (first place) cash in your pocket if you win the popphoto.com contest. Photo sizes required are 50-75 mb, but you should have a 9 mb JPEG on hand if you want your photo published in their magazine, Popular Photography. In that case, you’ll need a decent (no noise, subject sharp) 9mb JPEG file, a photo size that ensured with only with dSLR cameras of 14 mb or better. That means your old Canon 5D or Rebel XT, won’t be enough.
The contest takes place once a month, and they are one of the few big publications that offer photo submission opportunities this often. Multiple submissions are allowed and you can submit by entering your pertinent information, clicking the Browse button, navigating to the file from your computer, and then clicking on the Upload button.
Judges evaluate your technical skill, creativity and relevance to the contest submission requests. Shots can be of anything you want so long as it’s appropriate for a mainstream audience.
Five opportunities exist every year to win $500 in Smithsonian's contest. The magazine doles out this money to photographers winning in each of the following categories: Altered Images, Americana, the Natural World, People and Travel. A Reader’s Choice award of $500 can also be yours if you win, and the grand prize is a trip to Yosemite or the cash equivalent.
Judges rate photos on technical quality, sharpness, composition, and the ability to capture the perfect moment. What’s more about this contest is that you don’t have to wait to see if you’re in the running-each week their website posts the images under consideration to be a finalist. The application process is lengthy, so you’ll have to spend some time typing it out. It requires photography and image information.
Five opportunities exist every year to win $500 in National Geographic’s contest. The magazine doles out this money to photographers winning in each of the following categories: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments. A Reader’s Choice award also provides the same amount of award money. In addition, there are 50 finalists, each of whom get their photograph published if selected.
First prize for this contest is a trip to British and Irish Islands aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Second prize is a trip to India. (This sounds better than first prize in terms of photo ops.) Third prize is a photo workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seven merit prizes of $200 gift certificate from B&H Photo are also dispensed.