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Outdoor Photographer Magazine is hosting it’s 2013 annual photo contest, The American Landscape.  This contest, as the name implies, is devoted to showcasing the American landscape.  You may submit your entries (for a $10 fee per entry) between now and April 4, 2013.  See all the official rules and legal speak here.

There is a great list of prizes for this contest (besides fame and adoration).  Check out the contest page for all the prizes.  For first place here is what you get.

First Place Prize

  • James Kay Workshop: Autumn In Capitol Reef NP, Utah, October 18-23, 2013
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD for Canon, Nikon, or Sony
  • $1000 Cash
  • Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in OP
  • Custom print of your winning photo
  • Hardcover high-quality BookBaby photo book featuring winners and all finalists
  • Publication in the OP online Winners’ gallery
  • Zinio digital 1-year subscription to OP


You may recall last year I posted on a photo contest sponsored by the California Coastal Commission, Thank You Ocean Campaign, and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.  As with most annual contests there was another one this year and the winner’s of the 14th annual contest have recently been announced.  This year’s winning photo was taken at one of my favorite subjects, a lighthouse.  Photographer Liz Levy took the top prize this year with her photo of the Point Cabrillo Light Station in Mendocino, CA.  Check out Liz’s photo and all the winners here.

The National Park Foundation and Active Network have launched the 12th annual Share the Experience photo contest.  The contest is an opportunity for amateur photographers to submit photographs taken at any federal lands or  historic site for the chance of having their image selected for use on the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Lands Pass.

In addition to such great exposure for your photograph there are other prizes.

1 st Place:

  • $15,000
  • Your photo printed on all 500,000+ 2014 Land Passes sold
  • An annual pass for yourself

2nd Place:

  • $10,000
  • An annual pass for yourself

3rd Place:

  • $2,500
  • An annual pass for yourself

There are also several honorable mention prizes.

When you are out vacationing in the National Parks this summer snapping away here are some of the contest guidelines to keep in mind in case you want to enter.  (Read all the photo contest guidelines here).

Photos should fit into one of these categories:

  • Adventure & Outdoor Recreation
  • Historical & Cultural
  • Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes
  • Friends, Family & Fun(ny) on Federal Lands
  • Wildlife

Photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of these participating agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service

So be sure to have your camera in hand when you are out and about in America this summer.  The entry deadline is 12-31-12 and winners will be announced in March 2013.  You can submit your photos here.

(Note: I am in no way affiliated with this contest.  I am just passing on the information via my blog.)


The Chartered Institute of Building is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate the built environment.  The Art of Building contest is open to both professional and amateur photographers over 18 worldwide.  Participants can enter up to three images in any of the categories using the online entry form.  The categories are:

Building Inspiration -Images that focus on the architecture of the building, either the whole or an element.

Between People and Buildings – Images that focus on the interaction between people and the built environment.

Creative Visions – Images that give a unique perspective on buildings we tend to take for granted everyday.

Young Photographer of the Year – For the photographer between 18 and 25.

You can check out the judging criteria for the Art of Building contest and view past winners and entries in the gallery then get your own built environment photographs ready to enter.

If you travel and you photograph here is a contest you might want to submit your best travel photographs to.  Oakwood, Nikon and Lonely Planet are sponsoring the Most Memorable Travel Photography Contest.  You can submit up to two photographs for your chance at the grand prize of two round trip tickets to any of the cities in Asia where Oakwood has a participating hotel.  Think Shanghai, Seoul, Manila, Mumbai and the like.  Plus you get a NIKON 1 J1 digital camera.  Three runner ups get the Nikon CoolPix P7100.

So dig up your travel photos, find the winning photo and get it submitted.  Deadline for submissions is September, 15, 2012 and winners will be announced on December 10, 2012.  Get all the details here.

The annual Sony World Photography Awards organized by World Photography Organization (WPO) opened for entries yesterday.  This international competition draws entries from both professional and amateur (as well as youth) photographers from around the world each year.  Prizes range from $5000 for the amateur contestants to $25,000 for the professionals and are announced at the annual world photo exhibition in London in April 2013.  Entries are being accepted until January 2013.  Get all the entry details here.

Be sure to check out the 2012 winners too.

If you’re looking for a photo contest with some great prizes check out the Sony sponsored 3rd Annual Art Of Expression Video and Photo Contest.  This year’s contest has four themes, three for photography and one for video:

  • One World in Focus
  • Expressive Portraits
  • All About Light
  • The Narrative Video

Prizes are, of course, Sony camera gear (they are the sponsor after all) as well as publication in Digital Photo and Outdoor Photographer magazines. Each theme has a different Sony prize:

So check out the contest rules and get shooting.

Costco’s 2011 Give Us Your Best Shot photography contest concluded last year and they announced the winners in the February issue of Costco Connection magazine.

The international grand prize went to Jung Hyun Kim of South Korea.

First Prize went to Stewart Carlson of Seattle, WA.

Second prize was awarded to Mike Journeay of Houston, TX.

And third prize went to Kerry Koen of Boca Raton, FL.

You can see the winning photographs and read about the photographers in the February issue of Costco Connections.  And don’t forget the honorable mentions.


Sony World Photography Open Winner Raghuranjan SarkarBack in June the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards were opened for entries.  Today Sony is announcing the last call for entries.  Time flies, so if you intend to enter the 2012 competition you only have until January 4, 2012 to get your work submitted for consideration.  The Sony World Photography Awards is free to enter and open to photographers of every ability.  Get all the details and enter you photograph here.

If you love photography and you love contests here are two quick entry contests from Outdoor Photographer.

1) New York Institute of Photography home study photography course.  Enter some basic information to be eligible to win one of three home photography course.  You can pick from 1) The Complete Course in Professional Photography 2) NYIP’s Short Course on the Fundamentals of Digital Photography or 3) The Complete Course in Digital Photography: Photoshop for Photographers. Enter here.  Hurry contest ends on 10-6-2011.

2) Win A Sigma 18-250mm Lens.  Another quick entry of the basics will sign you up for a chance to win a 18-250mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM lens from Sigma.  Enter here.  This one ends on 10-23-11 so you have a little more time, but why delay?