The annual photography competition is now open! Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, this is the competition for you. Simply submit in your preferred category — single shot, portfolio or video — and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a commission, plus one of seven incredible prizes!
Categories: Browse the categories to find out what the judges are looking for and find some inspiration.
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The entry instructions form part of the rules. By entering, you agree to accept and be bound by the rules.
Only online entries will be accepted. A maximum of one entry per person will be permitted.
Photographic entries must be under 1MB and .jpg format. Video entries should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. All submissions must be the entrant’s own work, and they must own the copyright to any photographs entered.
Photographs must have been taken within two years before the date of entry and may not previously have won an award in any National Geographic photography contest in the last three years. Only minor burning, dodging and/or colour correction is acceptable, as is cropping.
Who is the competition open to?
The competition is open to residents of the UK and Ireland only. Entrants must be aged 18 or over at the time of entry. Employees and agents of APL Media Limited, Lenses for Hire, Tatra Photography, Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Airways, or Billingham, or any company connected with the production or distribution of the promotion, or any of their associated companies are not eligible to take part in the competition, nor are their relatives or members of their families or households.
How to enter
How to prepare your entry
All submissions must be the entrant’s own work, and they must own the copyright to any photographs or videos entered. Entries must have been taken within two years of the date of entry and may not have won an award in any National Geographic photography contest in the last three years. Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping.
Photographic entries should be JPEG (.jpg / .jpeg) format and a maximum of 1mb in size. The most photo editing software allows you to reduce the file size of an image.
Grand prize winner: Carpathian Mountains
Win a six-night wildlife photography adventure worth nearly £2,000 with Tatra Photography, who have exclusive use of hides in the Carpathian Mountains. Photograph wild brown bears, wolves, lynx, deer, wild boar, raptors and woodpeckers. Professional wildlife photography tutor Ben Hall will provide tutorial and feedback sessions. The prize includes return flights, all transport, six nights half-board, 12 photography sessions (around five hours each) and professional tuition. Lenses for Hire will also provide free 300mm-500mm lens hire — which usually costs £4,000 — during the entire workshop.
Portfolio winner: Qatar
The winner and a guest will receive three nights at the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel, B&B, and three nights at Banana Island Resort by Anantara, B&B. Also included is a boat to and from Banana Island, and flights with Qatar Airways.
Single-shot & video: A Billingham bag
Winners for the video category and each of the single shot categories will receive a Billingham Hadley One bag worth £265. Made in England, the bag is purpose-built to carry a laptop along with a full camera kit as well as various personal items. It features water-resistant canvas, top grain vegetable-tanned leather, and solid, durable brass fittings.
The competition closes at 23:59 GMT on December 9, 2017. Entries are moderated. Not all entries will appear in the gallery and your image may not appear immediately