The Most Important Photography Awards for Landscape Photographers
One of the things photographers considers as a reward for all their hard work and dedication to their artistry and skill is getting recognized by respected photography award-giving bodies.
For many, just being nominated is already enough commendation. This is why throughout the year, various awards are handed out to worthy and promising photographers. I have gathered the nine most important photography awards that landscape photographers should have their eye on, with prize money up to $120,000.
Why Photographers should invest in Photography Competitions and Awards
Recognition, professional development, and growth are some of the reasons photographers should join competitions and aim for the highest or best award.
Recognition through these events is important because well-respected and renowned photographers, who are considered to be some of the best in the world, usually give the critique and evaluation. An opportunity like this comes only a few times in a lifetime. This will help widen the photographer’s exposure and mileage, even at an international scope.
Professional development and growth are important because they only mean one thing: a photographer gets better and better every day. If people can see the growth of a photographer in his works, they won’t hesitate patronizing and getting his services.
There are other important reasons, such as
- having a benchmark for analyzing photographic works,
- establishing connection with ad agencies and other clients, and
- having a solid marketing investment.
Developing and improving discipline will encourage a photographer to follow good photography practices. This can result to better and improved portfolio.
Photography competitions and awards are a good benchmark of a photographer’s work.
It allows him to determine where he stands in comparison to other photographers. In addition, it gives him an opportunity to examine his works and then come up with photographic masterpieces that are at par with or even better than industry standards. A little competition is good for developing motivation and dedication.
Photographers who receive awards are, more often than not, the ones who leave a mark or good impression on ad agencies. Photography competitions have them in all types. So, such an exposure can also serve as a venue for establishing connections with ad agencies, art directors, buyers, collectors, and company executives.
Likewise, competitions and awards are also good marketing tactics. Some photographers even get commissions after joining a competition, and even more after winning one. It’s a good way to expand a photographer’s reach.
Landscape Photography Awards
Landscape photography is one of the most popular types of photography. More and more photographers are focusing on capturing photos of nature and the outdoors. As such, it is important for these photographers to find a way to stand out so that they can establish a good client base.
One of the best ways to do this is join competitions and aim for the most prestigious awards.
The Top 9 Most Important Photography Awards for Landscape Photographers
Here are nine of the most important photography awards that landscape photographers should have their eye on.
1. Fine Art Photography Award (FAPA)
The FAPA or Fine Art Photography Award has been around since 2014. It has 20 categories (including landscape photography) and two general sections: professionals and amateurs. Awarded every year are the titles Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year and Amateur Fine Art Photographer of the Year.
Gold, silver, bronze, and white badges are given to the winners and nominees. Cash incentives are also given out to the grand winners: US$3000 for the professional category winner and US$2000 for the amateur category winner.
2. Sony World Photography Awards
The Sony World Photography Awards is given by the World Photography Organisation in partnership with Sony. It is one of the world’s most respected and popular photography competitions. These categories are broken down into several sub-categories, including landscape photography.
Entry to the competition is FREE, i.e. no payment is needed. Esteemed industry experts who come from different parts of the world judge the entries. The total prize of US$60,000 and Sony digital imaging equipment are handed out to the winners.
3. The International Landscape Photographer of the Year
The International Landscape Photographer of the Year awards is an annual landscape photography competition that was established by Peter Eastway and David Evans. The competition is open to photographers around the world.
The Best Photograph of the Year and Best Photographer of the Year awardees will receive prizes that total to US$10,000. Five special subject awards are also regularly handed out. The winners get a copy of the awards book – with their photos included.
4. The International Photography Awards or IPA
This annual award has renowned curators, art collectors, photo editors, art directors, and art collectors as judges. The initial number of photographers competing for the award is 45 – including both non-professional and professional photographers. Three photographers will then be recognized as the top three winners. Likewise, an International Photographer of the Year and a Discovery of the Year will also be chosen.
Entry fee for the IPA competition varies according to category and number of images submitted. The price range is from US$15 to US$60.
5. PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris
This photography award started in 2007 and is considered one of Europe’s most popular and most prestigious. It intends to help promote new, promising, and emerging photographers worldwide to Parisian communities and audiences. Selected entries are displayed while winners will get the chance to have their work featured in the PX3 Annual Book.
6. Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA)
HIPA was established by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum as Dubai’s commitment to art, culture, and innovation. Through the contest, it is hoped that photographers from various parts of the world will be encouraged to embrace and share their artistry, as well as to help national and international arts and culture gain the support and attention it needs.
US$120,000 is usually given out for the grand winner. Special awards are also handed out annually.
7. The ND Awards / The Neutral Density Photography Awards
The ND Awards is open to all photographers. There are two general categories: professional and non-professional. There are sub-categories, which include landscape photographer. Winners are chosen for each sub-category. A Photographer of the Year and a Discovery of the Year awards are also given. Major prizes are US$2500 and US$1300. Category winners will get US$500 (professional) and US$300 (non-professional) each.
The board of judges is composed of editors, well-respected photographers, gallery owners, and publishers.
8. MonoVisions Photography Awards
MonoVisions Photography Awards is a black and white photography competition. Photographers vie for the Black and White Photo of the Year and the Black and White Series of the Year awards. Cash prizes that total to US$5000 are up for grabs every year.
Fees for the MonoVisions Photography Awards are at US$25 for single entries and US$30 for series entries.
9. Monochrome Awards International Black & White Photography Contest
Like the MonoVisions Photography Awards, the Monochrome Awards is for black and white photography. It is open to both amateur and professional photographers. These two general categories have sub-categories, including landscape photography.
Winners will be chosen for each section or general category. The professional section winner is awarded the “Monochrome Photographer of the Year” title and a cash prize of US$2000. The amateur section winner, on the other hand, will receive US$1000 as cash prize and the title of “Monochrome Discovery of the Year”.
These are just nine of the most important photography awards for landscape photographers. There are more, but starting with any of these will be a good step ahead. For any landscape photographer who is dedicated to developing his craft and establishing connections – even internationally – these are the ones to take into serious consideration.
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I am a visual artist and fine art photographer based in Hamburg. My work focuses on atmospheric and abstract landscape photography of the North: Norway, Iceland, Greenland and beyond. – Read more about me, discover my fine art and landscape series, purchase prints or download my Lightroom presets for landscape photography.
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