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December Photo Contests

Contests by Days Japan and Digital Photographer magazines, $120 000 for the winner of Arabic Sheikh's contest and other opportunities in our digest

At the beginning of every month Bird In Flight lists contests for professional and amateurs photographers.

Nikon Photo Contest

Deadline: December 15, 2014.
Award: $80,000 for grand-prix winner, Nikon equipment and accessories for over $400,000 for finalists.
No Entry Fee

Photo projects, individual photos and videos on a liberal topics or one that falls into the “House” category are accepted. The works of contestants are evaluated by Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust Stephen Mayes, editor of the Brazilian magazine ZUM Thyago Nogueira, photographer Sandro Miller and others.


Digital Photographer Photo Contest

Deadline: December 27, 2014.
Award: Publication on The Digital Photographer’s website and on the ViewBug blog.
No Entry Fee.

In order to participate in the contest one must register send two photos. The jury evaluates the creativity and originality of the works. Based on the results of individual voting the preferences of the audience will judge the prizewinner on the website.


Joy of Giving Something

Deadline: December 31, 2014.
Award: $1,000 and a solo exhibition.
No Entry Fee.

The Forward Thinking Museum is holding a photo contest dedicated to the study of global problems of humanity. All those above the age of 18 can participate in the contest by sending to the organizing committee up to 3 of their personal photos that have not been published in open envelopes. The photos should illustrate the importance of a farsighted approach to the solution of global problems.


Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum International Photo Award

Deadline: December 31, 2014.
Award: Grand Prize – $120,000. The prize fund for 22 finalists is $280,000.
No Entry Fee.

In the open contest organized by Sheik of the United Arab Emirates Hamdan Al Maktoum, the works are accepted in four categories – general, “Life in Color,” black and white photos and night-time photos. Only one photo can be submitted in each of the categories. The photos shot by individuals over the age of 18 are accepted from all over the world.

Days Japan International Photojournalism Award

Deadline: January 15, 2015.
Award: $10,000 and a photo camera.
No Entry Fee.

Monthly magazine Days Japan is holding a photojournalism contest. Works on the topic of human rights and environmental protection are being accepted. Up to 15 photos shot from January 2013 to December 2014 together with an application should be sent to Tokyo by standard mail by January 15, 2015. Applications sent via the Internet will not be accepted.


Golden Camera 2014

Deadline: January 15, 2015.
Award: From $500 to $2,000 in each category, Fujifilm equipment and participation in the final exhibition.
Entry Fee: $4 for 6 photos.

The contest is held in two categories – professional and amateur. Submissions will be evaluated by photo editor of the Photo District News, Amy Wolff, founder of the advertising photography agency Held & Associates, Cynthia Held, publisher Hugh Merrell and others.


Picture of the Year International 2014

Deadline: January 15, 2015.
Award: three prizes in the amount of $1,000 and six prizes of $500; jewelry from Tiffany.
Entry Fee: $50 for each of the registered participants or an editorial group.

The 72nd International Contest Photograph of the Year will accept submissions in 44 categories, among which are “News,” “Olympics 2014” “Best Photo Book,” and “Documentary Project of the Year.” Each participant can send up to 15 works not limited to the choice of category. The photos should have been taken in 2014.


Adme Photo Awards

Deadline: January 25, 2015.
Award: $25,000 for 14 nominations.
Entry Fee: $6 for photos of new participants, $5 for those who participated in the contest in 2013.

The contest being held by the entertainment website Adme.ru accepts photos in 14 categories: “Beauty of Nature,” “Masterpiece Portraits,” “High Art Nudes,” “Epic Selfies,” “Mobile Photo,” “Extreme Photo,” “Architecture” and others.


«Покажите ваш лес»

Deadline: February 8, 2015.
Award: A trip to Spain, photo equipment.
No Entry Fee.

Forest Europe initiative is holding a contest in support of the movement for the protection of forests in Europe. To participate one must send photos on the topic of how the forests protect human beings and how people protect the forests. The photos must be taken in the forests of Europe. Photos shot from mobile phones will be evaluated separately.

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