Early Deadline is June 6th, 2021 - Submit Now & Save on the Entry Fees!

Submission guidelines and official rules

By registering and entering the Annual Photography Awards you hereby accept Terms and Conditions listed below.


Early Bird Deadline: June 6th, 2021
Entry Fees: $25 for single photo / $35 for series (up to 8 photos)

Final Closing Deadline: December 5th, 2021
Entry Fees: $30 for single photo / $40 for series (up to 8 photos)

Winners announcement: February 20th, 2022


All entries must be submitted via annualphotoawards.com website. By creating an account on this website and providing your e-mail address you agree to receive competition news and notifications. You may unsubscribe at any time by using the opt-out link at the bottom of e-mails.

Photos should be submitted to the website as JPEG format at 1100 pixels along the longest side.

You can use any type of camera (digital and analogue) or mobile phone to create your photos. The minimum photo requirement is JPG, 3000px wide on the longest side (this will be asked only if your photo will be among winners). Both color and black and white photos will be accepted.

Entry to the APA Competition is subject to payment of entry fees.

Photos that have been rewarded in other major Competitions are eligible to the Competition.

Submitted photos must be the work of the participant and must have no identifying marks or key words allocated to them. No borders, watermarks or signatures should be included on the image.

Post-production and digital manipulation is allowed (the integrity and subject matter must be kept).

The entrant must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.

The categories of the Competition are: Abstract, Architecture, Fine Art, Landscape, Photojournalism, Portrait, Street, Wildlife.

Photos may be submitted in every category in 2 sections: Single and Series (2-8 themed photos). You can enter as many Single photos and Series in as many categories as you like.

APA reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Competition due to technical issues or any other causes beyond the control of technical team.

All rewarded photos (Category Winners and Honorable Mention) will be published on the APA website.

All photos not awarded will be removed from website after the winners have been announced.

APA reserves the right to modify the Competition rules at any time.

APA reserves the right to remove or refuse any Entries from the competition for any reason. Entries will be refused or removed if in the sole judgement of the APA they could reasonably be expected to breach into disrepute.

By entering your images to the APA competition you are deemed to have accepted the rules. Please do not submit a photo to the competition unless you are prepared to agree to these terms.

Submission Specifications

File format: JPEG
Resolution: 72 ppi/dpi
Longest dimension: 1100 pixels
Colour space: sRGB
Restrictions: no borders, no signatures and watermarks


The Competition is open to professional and amateur photographers and only to those who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Competition is open to legal residents from all over the world, and is void where prohibited by their local law. Employees and Judges of Annual Photography Awards (APA) are not eligible to participate in the Competition.

By participating, you accept these Terms and Conditions and you warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements. You must be the author of the photos submitted to the contest.


The Grand Prize Winner of the Competition will receive $1000, and every category Winner will receive $500. Cash prizes will be paid by PayPal (account required).


The decisions of the judges and editorial team are final. All Winners will be notified by email within 3 weeks before official winners announcement. Winners will be asked to deliver high resolution file (JPG, 3000px wide of the longest side) of Winning Photos (to verify the quality of original photo) and PayPal account. If the Winner cannot be contacted within 10 days from the time of notification was sent and fails to timely return all required informations, the nomination may be forfeited.


All judges will be appointed by APA. Entries will be judged anonymously. The decisions of the APA is final.


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. This include: display on the APA website and on the websites of partners; on social media used by APA and its supporters; for use in marketing and communication purposes.

APA will always mention the entrant’s full name in connection with the publication of the submitted images. We will use your first and last name as supplied during the entry process.


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APA collects your contact details such as name, address and e-mail address with the sole purpose of administering the competition. By providing this information you are consenting to letting APA contact you. You may view or edit the majority of this info directly on your account. You may request deletion of your APA account at any time.



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