Deadline: depend on category (last deadline is 25 November 2011)
Open to: amateur photographers all around the world
Award: over 25 000£ in prizes to be won
Amateur Photographer of the Year 2011 is organized in association with Canon. Round one launched this week, Shooting trees, where the first-prize winner will receive a fantastic Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. Whether you are a regular APOY entrant or have never entered before, now is your chance to submit an image and see if you can win one of Canon’s flagship cameras.
Organizers are looking for original, imaginative and technically well-executed images that explore the theme in an exciting way. Included, there is a table outlining the themes for each round, plus the closing dates and the issues in which the results will appear. In the first issue and online every month will be published a brief explaining the criteria for that round.
Judges will narrow down the images to a shortlist of 50, and will look again at the images and award points for creativity, technical excellence and how far the image fulfills the brief. The three images with the most points will win the top three prizes for that round. The top 30 highest scoring images will be published in the magazine at the end of the month and the scores from the top 50 finalists will be added to our league table. The names of the top 50 finalists and their points scores will be posted on our website after each round. The person with the most points after the final round will be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2011 and win £5,000 worth of Canon equipment.
Deadlines and Themes
|Shooting Trees||Trees, forests and woodlands||5 Feb||25 Feb||26 Mar|
|Inside a building||Architecture (urban or rural)||5 Mar||25 Mar||30 Apr|
|Streets and walkways||Street Photography||2 Apr||28 Apr||28 May|
|Macro in nature||Photographing nature up close||7 May||27 May||25 June|
|Creative wildlife||UK and foreign wildlife||4 June||24 June||30 July|
|People at home||Portraiture (posed or unposed)||2 July||29 July||27 Aug|
|Away from home||Travel Photography||6 Aug||26 Aug||24 Sept|
|Shooting skies||Skies during the day or night||3 Sept||30 Sept||29 Oct|
|Black and White||Monochrome (any subject)||1 Oct||28 Oct||26 Nov|
|Shooting at night||Night and low-light photography||5 Nov||25 Nov||24 Dec|
- Entrants may submit only one photograph per month, as an SRGB JPEG file that is 2,700-3,000 pixels along its longest dimension, an unmounted print (max size 210x297mm) or slide in colour or black & white.
- The entrant’s name, address and daytime phone number must be attached to the slide mount or the back of the print.
- You may only submit digital files by email (no cds/dvds). When submitting a digital file, the file name of your image must be your first name and surname, the subject line of your email message must state the round name and your name once again, and the body copy of your email must include your name, address, daytime telephone number, the camera model, lens and exposure details.
- Photos submitted must be your own work, must not be copied, must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use and must not otherwise be obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations. If IPC has reason to believe your entry is not your own work or otherwise breaches this rule, your photos will NOT be considered.
- Photos must not previously have been published in a national UK photography magazine.
For complete rules visit The Official Website.
Image must be at least 2,700 pixels along its longest dimension, to be printed in the magazine. The file name of your image must be your first and surnames, for example Elizabeth Windsor.jpg. The subject line of your email message must state the round name and your name once again – eg Shooting trees: Elizabeth Windsor. Finally, in the body of your email, include the camera model, lens and exposure details, if known, such as Canon EOS 40D, 18-55mm, 1/45sec at f/4, ISO 200, as well as a sentence describing what the image is. If your email does not meet these requirements, we will unfortunately not be able to enter it into the competition.
- Entrants should submit only ONE image per round.
- Only entries sent to the correct email address will be entered into the competition.
- The image should be at least 2,700 pixels along its longest edge.
- It must be a JPEG file, preferably sRGB.
- The file name must be your first name and surname.
- The subject line of your email must state the round name and your name once again.
- Include your postal address and daytime telephone number in the body of your email.
- List your camera model, lens, exposure details and any other information in the body of your email.
Please note the following and send your email to [email protected]
Over 25 000£ in prizes to be won.