Website Theme Sale 🔥 25% off any theme  Grab a code+

Best Photography Contests to Enter in 2017

Photography Contests, especially the top leading ones, are a great opportunity to get recognition and some spotlight within the photography community, as well as showcase your extraordinary work to a larger public. Moreover, if you’re lucky and good enough, you may also end up with an exciting prize, be that new gear, a trip to your favorite conference or a quite nice sum of money.

And while there are tons of contests and options available out there, with various entry fees, rules and awards, not all of them are worth your time and money. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of the Best Photography Contests to enter in 2017. If we’ve missed your favorite one, let us know and we’ll happily add it to the list.


Deadline: 13 February
Entry fee: £20 (early bird fee) – £30
Prizes: £12,000 in cash (total of 4 prizes)

The Alexia Grants 2017

Deadline: for the Student Grants -14 February, Professional Grants – January 31
Entry Fee: Free

Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers Awards 2017

Deadline: 13-20th February (early birds get a lower entry fee)
Entry Fee: 20-30$
Prizes: The total prize pool for the competition is valued at more than 21,000$, including a cash prize of 3,000$ to the overall winner. The overall winner, Australis’s Top Emerging Photographer will also receive a Fujifilm X-Pro2 & XF 35mm f/2 lens valued at 3,298$. Category winners will share in a prize pool of over 7,000$, including a cash prize of 450$ per category winner.

Best photography Contests to enter in 2017, Australia's Top Emerging Photographer 2016: Winner, Portrait category: Niki Boon
Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2016: Winner, Portrait category: Niki Boon

The Imagely Fund

Deadline: 1st June
Entry fee: free
Prizes: 5000$ towards a humanitarian project

Fine Art Photography Awards 2017

Deadline: 19 February
Entry fee: 15$ Amateur / 20$ Professional
Prizes: 2000$ Amateur / 3000$ Professional

35Awards – 100 Best Photos Of The Year

Deadline: 25 February
Entry fee: Free
Prize: 2200$

Nikon Photo Contest

Deadline: 27 February
Entry fee: Free
Prize: 4400$ + various Nikon equipment

Rangefinder Wedding Contest

Deadline: 28 February
Prizes: Grand Prize (1 winner) – 2,000$ cash prize and 500$ B&H Gift Card
First Place (5 winners) – 100$ B&H Gift Card
Grand Prize and First Place – A Full Conference Pass to WPPI 2018 + One-year PHOTO+ Membership
All winning images will be featured on and in the May 2017 issue of Rangefinder magazine which will be seen by over 110,000 readers.
Entry Fee: 35$

best-photography-contests, rangefinder wedding contest

I Shot It: The Best Photo Competition 2017

Deadline: February – March
Entry Fee: up to 20$
Prizes: depend on the entry number per category.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017

Deadline: March 1 – April 10
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: The winner of the main category “Leica Oskar Barnack Award” receives a cash prize of €25,000 and in addition a Leica M camera and a lens worth €10,000. The winner in the category “Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer” receives a cash prize of €10,000 and a Leica M camera and lens worth €10,000. In addition to these two categories, ten finalists will be awarded each with a cash prize of €2,500 for their series.

Belfast Photo Festival 2017

Deadline: 6 March
Entry fee: £19
Prizes: The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £1,000

LensCulture Portrait Awards

Deadline: 7 March
Entry Fee: 20-60$
Prizes: up to 5000$

Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition

Deadline: 15 March
Entre Fee: 15-25$
Prize: 5000$

best-photography-contests to enter in 2017, big-picture-competition, Maroesjka Lavigne, rino
Grand Prize 2016: Maroesjka Lavigne

Monovisions Photography Awards 2017

Deadline: 17 March
Entry fee: 15$ – 20$
Prize: 5000$

10th Annual IPhone Photography Awards 2017

Deadline: 31 March
Entry fee: 3.50$ – 57.50$
Prizes: Two selected winners will receive a trip to the thirteenth annual Aspen Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute’s campus in Aspen, Colorado from June 22-July 1, 2017. Three nights of lodging in Aspen and a festival pass will also be included. The 2017 winning entries for all categories will be exhibited during the festival.

best-photography-contests to enter in 2017, iphone-awards, Siouan Niu, IPPAWARDS
Grand Prize Winner 2016: Siouan Niu

Nikon Small World Competition 2017

Deadline: 30 April 2017
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: 1st Place – 3000$ and a trip to Nikon’s Headquarters in Japan


Deadline: 14 May
Entry fee: 15$ Amateur / 20$ Professional
Prizes: Grand Prize 2500$

British Photography Awards 2017

British Photography Awards is a charity-oriented photo competition.
Deadline: 30 June
Entry fee: £15
Prizes: 10 Grand Prizes (Currently set at £1000 and due to rise all year)

Monochrome Awards 2017

Deadline: 9 July (early bird)
Entry fee: 15$ – 20$
Prizes: Up to 2000$

Best photography Contests to enter in 2017, Monochrome Discovery of the Year 2016: Mikhail Shestakov
Monochrome Discovery of the Year 2016: Mikhail Shestakov

Proify Annual International Photography Awards 2017

Deadline: 31 October
Entre Fee: 25$
Prizes: Over 5300$ in prizes

Also keep an eye on:

Junebug Weddings Choice Awards

Deadlines not announced yet, but usually start around October. So keep in mind and take a look a the winners from 2016

With Love,


    Emilie Iggiotti

    21:25 February 8, 2017

    Great list! Thanks for sharing this! There are some good contests in there.

      Nata Flo

      08:04 February 16, 2017

      Thanks Emilie, hope they bring you some great awards ;)

Comments are closed.
What Are You Looking For ?
We need cookies to run our site optimally, by continuing to browse you agree to our cookie policy for our required cookies. If you’d like to update your cookies, check out how to clear cookies for your browsers here.