The 5 W’s of Photography Competitions 📸 📸

The 5 W’s of Photography Competitions 📸 📸

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I, myself, am really just full of words. If the student you're looking after is more of the artistic variety, take a read through this week's installment of competitions for them to get involved in.


What: is a nationally recognized website that awards students and schools for their artistic accomplishments. Students must be United States or Canadian residents in grades K-12.

Where: Online

When: There are four annual contests, one in spring, summer, fall and winter. Stay tuned to their website for the fall deadline submission deadline.

Win: In this contest, students get the chance to have their work published and win school supplies for their school.

Who: National YoungArts Foundation

What: National YoungArts Foundation is currently accepting submissions in cinematic arts, classical music, dance, photography, theater, and more for their annual competition.

Where: Online

When: Young adults aged 15–18 (or students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school) have until October 13th, 2017 to submit their work and complete the online application.

Win: Winners can receive up to $10,000 and lifetime professional mentorship.

Who: Scholastic

What: Students in grades 7–12 can submit their work for the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards beginning on September 13th, 2017. Judges will grant awards based on creativity, originality, and "breaking from convention."

Where: Online

When: Deadlines for student art and writing submissions vary by region, so click here to find out more about yours.

Win: What's not to win? Scholarships, cash awards, national recognition, mentorship, the list goes on.

Who: Purdue University

What: High school students in grades 9–12 have the chance of winning cash prizes from Purdue University in their annual High School Student Online Art Competition. Students are free to submit works in any medium and with any original subject. Both 2D and 3D submissions are eligible. must be submitted to Purdue by November 3rd, 2017.

Where: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

When: Everything must be submitted to Purdue University by November 3rd, 2017. An awards ceremony will be held at the university on December 1st, 2017.

Win: Money, money, money! Not to mention, a foot in the door at Purdue University, one of the top ranked U.S. national colleges!

Who: Neutral Density Photography Awards

What: Each year, the ND Photography Contest provides various themes for international photographers to compete on. Themes for 2017 include seascapes, sports, landscapes, photomanipulation, and more.

Where: ND 2017 prides itself on being available for all photographers, amateur and professional, all over the world. Each piece will be judged by an international jury. All photos are to be submitted online.

When: The final deadline for submissions is September 24th, 2017.

Win: Not only is this contest an excellent opportunity for photographers from around the globe to thrive through competition, it's also an incredible opportunity to win lots of cash! Photographer of the Year will win a cool $2,500. Discovery of the Year will take home $1,300. All in all, cash prizes total more than $7,000. You know you don't want to miss.

Who: World Photography Organisation

What: Sony and the World Photography Organisation have partnered to create one of the world's foremost photography competitions: the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Four contests make up this competition: Professional, Youth, Open, and Student Focus.

Where: Worldwide

When: For all photographers aged 12–19, all submissions in the Youth category are due no later than January 4th, 2018. For any student of photography, submissions in the Student Focus category are due by December 4th, 2017.

Win: Prizes are specific to category (like $30k in photography equipment) so take a look at their website for more information.

Pro Tip: Don't forget to showcase every accomplishment and photo project on KudosWall… do it now, and thank us later when college applications are as easy as the flash of a camera.

Sophomore Year: Top Five Keys to Success
5 Summer Programs for High School Students ☀️

Related Posts

Recent Posts