List of free photography competitions

A lot of photography competitions require payment to enter. Here is a list of free photography competitions that don’t.

Is there a competition I’ve missed? Leave a comment to get it added to the list.


Reddit r/Photography Weekly Raw Editing Challenge – Deadline: weekly

  • Edit a RAW photo. Winners are based on community voting, and the winner submits the photo for next week.
  • Prize: Reddit Gold

Sony World Photography Awards 2016 – Deadline: 5th Jan 2016

  • Categories: Architecture, Arts and Culture, Enhanced, Low Light, Nature and Wildlife, Panoramic, People, Smile, Split Second, Travel
  • Submit up to 3 photos for free.
  • Prize: Publicity, exhibition, trip to London, and Sony products.

Zeiss Photography Award – Deadline: 5th February 2016

  • Theme: “meaningful places”
  • Submit 3-10 images with a shared connection to the theme.
  • Prize: cash+lenses, trip to London, publicity and exhibition.



Exposed DC Photo Contest – Deadline: 6th Jan 2016

  • Theme: show us what metro-area Washington,D.C. culture, art, food, sports, and street life are to you
  • Prize: Winners of the contest will be exhibited March 10-April 1 at the Carnegie Library.