So why aren’t you entering them like mad! Well, one reason I hesitate to enter contests is the fine print. It can be scary and confusing, but you really do have to read them. You must be careful that you aren’t losing ownership, or copyright of your images… I have come across more than a few legit sounding contests that become very shady in the fine print. So please do read the rules carefully!
Other than the fine print, most contests just want permission to use your image to promote their contest or maybe their next contest coming up… I say “thank you for the free advertisement if I win!” Just be sure they credit you, and most will have a limited time for this, for example: one year usage of your image in future contest promotions.
The other main thing I look at is the cost of entry. Most are free to enter… but some do charge an entry fee, usually small so its worth it. Just be sure to look through your competition so you know what your getting into… that also hints how professional the contest is.
And lastly, no contest is too small! Remember, winning is fun, but its also promotion. So be sure to check out local contests, and not just online contests… look at fairs, art shows, newspapers, etc…
So what are you waiting for? Go enter! It really is such a boost to just enter, and hey… if you win one, WOW! You’ll be doing your own personal happy dance no matter what the prize!!! Just winning is soooooooo fun!!
So now… onto the contests!
This is one contest I just entered… so please go and vote for me! It’s for product photography and the winner receives a month’s worth of ad space on Handmadeology.com ($60 value)
Other contests I am planning on entering…. and you should too!
- Sony World Photography Awards
enter by 12/4/09
prizes for amateurs ~ rules for amateurs
prizes for professionals ~ rules for professionals
- Southern California Faces & Places Contest
enter by 8/31/09, prizes listed on first page
- Art of Photography Show
unfortunately closed for this year… but I still wanted to mention it because it is an excellent opportunity to get your name out there, just by entering! I’ve been to this show here in San Diego, and it gets packed. Plus, your image will be on a gallery wall! That alone is exciting!! I don’t know why I keep putting this one off, nerves I guess… but I plan to next year!
- World in Focus Photo Contest (National Geographic)
enter by 8/24/09, prizes listed on first page
So that’s about it for now! I’m sure I’ll find many more in the future so I’ll keep you all updated as I find new contests. And please feel free to share contests you’ve found in the comments!!