Outside Photography Competitions

Below is a list of local and national photography competitions that you may be interested in. This is NOT a comprehensive list. You are encouraged to perform your own searches for additional competitions.

Some contests were not listed here because of the lack of clarity relative to ownership rights. You are responsible for managing your ownership rights.

Local Competitions

Club Description Additional Details
Plano Photography Club The PPC has one competition per month. Membership required. Classes: Entry, Intermediate, Advanced, Masters

Categories: Projected
Dallas Camera Club The DCC has multiple competitions on a monthly basis. There are 5 yearly competitions. Membership required. Classes: Beginner, Advanced, Masters

Categories: Projected, Color Prints, Monochrome Prints
Fort Worth Camera Club The FWCC has one competition per month. Membership required. Classes: Beginner, Advanced, Masters

Categories: Projected and Print
Cowtown Camera Club The CTCC has one competition per month.  
Heard Photography Club The HPC has an annual competition. Membership not required. Nature images

Classes: Open
Gulf Coast Camera Club Council Your local club contributes to this competition. You cannot enter this competition. Your local club submits selected images for the monthly competitions.


National Competitions

Club Description Notes on Ownership
ND Awards 2020 Now through September 20, 2020.

Competition categories include: Abstract, Architecture, Cityscapes, Fine Art, Portrait, People, Photojournalism, Nature, Landscape, Nudes, Seascapes, Street, Travel, Underwater, Urban, and Wildlife.

Entry fee: $15 Amateur / $20 Professional
Copyright of the images will remain at all times with the photographer.
Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest 2020 Now through November 30, 2020.

Competition categories include: Mobile, Altered Images, The American Experience, Travel, People, The Natural World.

No entry fee
You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant the Smithsonian Institution (and those authorized by the Smithsonian) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the magazine and its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to Smithsonian Institution publications.
Annual Photography Awards 2020 Now through December 6, 2020.


Entry fees: $30 for single photo / $40 for series (up to 8 photos)
Participant retains copyright of all submitted images and descriptions.

By entering the competition, you grant APA and its partners a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable licence to publish images for any purpose directly connected with the competition.
Life Framer Ongoing, monthly competitions.

A unique photography competition and a renowned platform for discovering and exhibiting contemporary photography. Gain widespread exposure, your work exhibited around the world, and win cash prizes along the way.
Life Framer respects your rights and does not claim copyright for works you submit to the award. You will retain full copyright in each entry, with us granted a license to use it for specific purposes (e.g. on our social media and in relation to the winners exhibitions). For more details, please read our full rules.
PhotoPlace Gallery Ongoing competitions.

Multiple competitions; currently Landscape and Finding Joy are ‘open call for entry’.

$39 for 5 entries
You own all rights to the images.
Shoot the Frame Ongoing, monthly competitions.

Free Basic Membership required.

Monthly contest in three competition categories: Portrait, Landscape, and Wildlife.
If you submit an image, the Organizer reserves the right to free reproduction of entered images in all media, but only in connection with this contest, Shoot The Frame and related products. The copyright will, at all times, be respected by the Organizer and retained by the photographer.
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