If actors crave the recognition they get from awards and writers from the number of sales their book generates, photographers want the approval of their peers in the photography community. It is not surprising then that there are a number of prestigious photography contests out there. Each one of these typically receives a lot of stunning photographic works of art.
The judges have a hard time deciding which photographer deserves the ultimate recognition. But at the end of the day, they need to choose the "one". Whether or not you joined one of these photo contests before should not be a hindrance to your applying again! After all, art is a constantly evolving field. It is also subjective and who knows, your submission might have been close to winning in the past. Your time to win might be now. So here are some of the top photo contests you should look into:
National Geographic - are you seeking international recognition? If so, then consider submitting your most interesting shots to National Geographic. Most submissions have a cultural or human interest theme. It might just give you that big break you've been wanting.
Shutterbug Awards -one of the most prestigious photography awards in Australia, it is also accepting international submissions. The award promotes the work of passionate photography enthusiasts. Practitioners of all levels are welcome to submit their work. There are a number of prizes to be won, most of which comes from Olympus.
Earth Shots - there are just so many things to capture about nature. If you're an enthusiast for everything related to the earth and its beauty, then joining this competition might just be for you. Winners are picked on a daily basis. The site itself is a showcase of everything that's beautiful on the planet.
Backpacker - although there is no monetary compensation for this contest, your photos will be published in their magazine which is enough reward for most individuals. Participants are allowed to send up to six photos.
Aperture Academy - this institution is holding a contest for 2011: The Extraordinary Exposures Photography Contest with several categories including wildlife, nature's landscapes, and urban landscapes. There is a prize of $1,000 in cash for the winner together with a print package and a roller bag. The 1st prize winner will receive $250 and a AW bag while the 2nd and 3rd placers will receive a print package and gift certificate.
Photo Burst - are you an avid travel photographer? If so, then make Photo Burst one of the sites to submit to. There is no entry fee to join the contest. The site can provide exposure to budding photographers who are waiting for a break.
There are many other organizations that hold photo contests on a regular basis. In today's digital age, everyone is on the lookout for the best images that will exemplify a variety of subjects and interests. Just keep your eyes open for firms that accept submissions. Joining these contests is definitely worth it!