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BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition for Worldwide Photographers, 2019

Open To All Photographers Worldwide

BigPicture is open to all photography enthusiasts and professionals alike worldwide to compete for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize. See eligibility restrictions below.

Competition Overview

Now in its sixth year, BigPicture encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to this competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. Chaired by award-winning conservation photographer Suzi Eszterhas, this competition welcomes high-quality nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers around the world. Enter your nature, wildlife and conservation images for a chance to win cash prizes and be exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences.

Entry Fees

Each photographer can enter photos as follows:

$25 for up to 10 single image submissions in any category

$15 for 1 Photo Story submission (5–8 images)

Entrants are limited to up to 10 single image submissions per registered email address and may register an unlimited number of email addresses. Payment is made on a secure web page using a major credit card. Entry fees must be completed by the competition deadline (March 1, 2019) to be eligible to win. Images are not entered into the competition, eligible for prizes, or made viewable to judges until the contest fee is paid. Entry fees are used to provide the competition prizes and help the Academy in its mission and are non-refundable.

Competition Period

The BigPicture Photo Competition begins at 12:00 am North American Pacific Standard Time (PST) on December 1, 2018 and closes at 11:59 pm North American Pacific Standard Time (PST) March 1, 2019. Presented by the California Academy of Sciences.


BigPicture is open to all photographers worldwide, except employees, volunteers and Board Members of the Academy (as well as their sponsors) and the immediate families and individuals living in the same household as such employees, volunteers and Board Members. Academy reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgment, entrant eligibility. Void where prohibited.

Image Rights

Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to submitted photographs subject to the following: By entering the Competition, each Entrant grants to the Academy a non exclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and display submitted images in all media throughout the world directly in relation to the Competition in perpetuity. This includes but is not limited to use in the context of the Academy website and social media sites, the exhibition of winning images* at the Academy, and promotional and marketing materials regarding the Competition and Exhibition. In other circumstances, commercial opportunities may exist for awarded photographers to benefit from the use of their image, such as print sales or merchandise: where a commercial benefit is likely to arise, permission will be sought in advance and terms and conditions will be agreed upon with the photographer.

*Winning images include images designated as grand prize, first place, and finalist images.

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The World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest Fully Funded to Netherlands, 2019

Digital technologies have transformed how we produce and consume stories.

The World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest rewards those producing the best forms of visual journalism enabled by these changes.

The contest is open to digital storytellers, visual journalists, producers, and entry coordinators, with submissions that include the work of a professional visual journalist.


  • 3 December 2018: The contest website opens for entries.
  • 8 January 2019: Contest website closes for entries (12 noon CET)
  • 11 April 2019: A representative from the nominated productions are invited to attend the 2019 Awards Show in Amsterdam during which the The World Press Photo Online Video of the Year, The World Press Photo Interactive of the Year, and all Digital Storytelling Contest winners will be announced.
  • 11 – 13 April 2019: World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam.


All 3 nominees in each of the 3 categories are invited to the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam. A representative from each of the nominated productions will have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation. The nominees in each category will receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award, presented during the annual Awards Show.

Digital Storytelling Contest Categories

2019 Digital Storytelling Contest categories

An interactive visual story or project in a form other than video, which through its design creates an immersive and/or innovative experience for the user. It must include photography and/or film in combination with (but not limited to) animation, graphics, illustrations, sound or text.

A single linear narrative, or series of linear narratives, on a single topic, produced as a video for the web, and lasting no longer than 30 minutes in total. The production(s) must include photography and/or film in combination with (but not limited to) animation, graphics, illustrations, sound or text.

A single linear narrative, produced as a video for the web, lasting no longer than 10 minutes. The production must include photography and/or film in combination with (but not limited to) animation, graphics, illustrations, sound or text.

Digital Storytelling Contest Entry Rules

2019 Digital Storytelling Contest entry rules:

1. The Digital Storytelling Contest is only open to entries that include the work of a professional visual journalist. Every visual journalist must provide valid proof of current professional status. Examples of documents that count as proof include, but are not limited to:

  • letter of reference from a photo agency, photo editor, media organization, publication, production company;
  • membership document from a recognized press, photography or film association, which  represents professional members;
  • Proof of publication of (audio)visual material from 2018 or 2017, with your name visible as credit in either online or print format from a recognized media organization or publication;
  • journalism union membership card;
  • press card

The organization reserves the right to ask for additional information to help clarify the professional status.

2. The visual journalist(s) must be the author(s) of the material submitted in his/her/their name.

3. The visual journalist(s), or the agent or representative entering on their behalf, must be the copyright holder(s) or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the material.

4. Agents or representatives entering on behalf of a production team confirm, by entering, that each member of the production team accepts all the entry rules.

5. Entries in all categories must have been produced or first published in 2018.

6. All entries must include the contact details of the visual journalist(s) and of the production’s contact person.

7. All entries must include a title, synopsis and complete list of the production team.

8. All productions must either have English-language audio and/or text or must be subtitled in English.

9. Entries must be submitted via the official contest platform. Entries sent in other ways will not be accepted.

10. Entries in all categories must be available online. The URL’s for the productions entered must be provided when submitting through the entry website.

11. All entries must be submitted by 8 January 2019 at 12.00 (noon) Central European Time in order to participate in the 2019 contest.

12. For entries that progress from the screening panel to the judging stage, producers must provide high-resolution production files and promotional materials (including a minimum of ten screenshots or stills and a trailer of one minute).

13. Copyright holders retain copyright of their work. Copyright holders whose productions are selected by the jury as nominees grant the World Press Photo Foundation unlimited non-exclusive use of these promotional materials for all activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest, the exhibition, the yearbook, the public archive, and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of the World Press Photo Foundation, without any remuneration being due. All nominees will be contacted prior to the nominees announcement on 20 February 2019 to provide the offline production files.

14. The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the material does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the World Press Photo Foundation specified in article 12. The copyright holders will hold the World Press Photo Foundation harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.

15. The Entry Rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by Dutch law.

16. Any dispute arising from the Entry Rules (whether contractual or non-contractual) shall be decided solely and exclusively by the competent court of Amsterdam.

17. The conditions set out in the Entry Rules are binding, and the World Press Photo Foundation reserves the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.

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STERN Magazine STAR Grant – Scholarship Award for Young Photojournalists in Germany, 2019

With its powerful images and opulent visuals the STERN magazine has been setting international standards in magazine photojournalism for decades.

STERN magazine calls for submissions for the STERN Grant, a 10,000 Euro scholarship award that honors the best proposal for a photo report from around the globe. They are passionate about.

Applicants want to submit a short exposé of their project’s central idea and purpose. STERN group of magazines. The STERN reporter and develop it into a reportage feature.

“At STERN magazine, Andreas Trampe,” says Andreas Straem, director of photography, “we are proud to announce our new generation of photographers.” In addition to STERN magazine’s editorial team for a year, we have successfully established the STERN Grant as a means to realize the child of these projects. We are looking forward to receiving many outstanding submissions. “

Submission details:

Who can apply? 
International photographers between 18 and 35 years of age at the time of application.

What are the entry conditions for the submissons? 
The STERN grant is a production budget that enables its recipient to develop his / her image in a reportage feature by connecting him / her to a STERN reporter. The joint work will be published by a title from the STERN group of magazines. The STERN Grant is no prize money for already existing photo projects. It is important that the proportion of photos still be produced must be 70% or more . We therefore regret that we have to exclude completed works from the competition. Any works that have already been published or have been received by the recipient of any grant, bursary or scholarship from other institutions can not be accepted.

How do I apply? 
You want to submit:

  • CV in table form including a passport-sized portrait of yourself (2 pages, 1 MB)
  • Exposé about your planned photography project, including project title and applicant’s name, which clearly outlines what the story is about, including an estimate of how and in which time frame can be realized (one standard A4 page, max 1 MB)
  • PDF Portfolio with previous photography projects (no more than 25 images) showing the applicant’s photographic style 

Where and how can I apply? 
We only accept online applications through our website www.stern.de/jungefotografie/grant . Please upload your application using the electronic form below. The application platform is open from February 1st, 2019 until midnight of February 15, 2019. Late submissions can not be accepted as the application platform will automatically close after this period.

How will the winner be identified? 
STERN magazine’s editorial team: Deputy Art Director Andreas Nyland, Deputy Editor-in-Chief Giuseppe di Grazia, as well as the two directors of photography at STERN picturedesk, Andreas Kronawitt and Andreas Trampe.

When will the winner be announced? 
The recipient of the STERN Grant wants to be announced on Thursday, April 25, 2019, as part of a series of events at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg, Germany.

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LCI Melbourne Scholarship in Australia, 2019

LCI Melbourne scholarships are available for study across our unique degree program. These scholarships are available to citizens of Australia and International students.

The aim of the scholarship is to make an impact and is poised to thrive in their creative studies to apply for our scholarship program.

LCI Melbourne is part of the LCI Education Network, allowing students and staff to connect to a 12,000 strong creative network around the globe.

Scholarship Description:

Applications Deadline: February 01, 2019
Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue any program.
Study Subject: These scholarships are available for study across our unique degree program, where you’ll create what’s next in:
• Communication Design
• Fashion & Costume Design
• Filmmaking & Photography
• Graphic & Digital Design
• Interior Design
• Visual Arts
Scholarship Award: There are three scholarship types available:
Academic – Covering 15% of your full-time tuition fees annually, with selection focused on your academic performance (ATAR and study scores).

Creative – Covering 15% of your full-time tuition fees annually, with selection focused on portfolio performance.

Indigenous- Covering 50% of your full-time tuition fees annually for students who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

Nationality: Australia citizens and International students.
Number of Scholarships: Not specified
Scholarship can be taken in Australia

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: These scholarships are available to citizens of Australia and International students.
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Students at LCI Melbourne come from a variety of backgrounds. They include:
• Students entering directly from secondary school
• Students switching their degree or institution mid-way through the year
• Mature-age students, many with existing degrees and diplomas, who are studying to change career direction
• Interstate students
• International students taking advantage of the high academic standards and low fees in comparison to European and USA institutions
If you are a domestic student aged under 18 you can enrol at LCI Melbourne with your parent or guardian’s consent. We are unable to enrol international students under the age of 18.
English Language Requirements: Proof of English Proficiency (IELTS score of 6.0 with no skills band lower than 5.5 or equivalent like TOEFL, Pearson Test of English or CAE)

Application Procedure:

How to Apply:
• Download and complete the Application Form
• Prepare a short statement addressing the selection criteria (200 words)
• Prepare your supporting documents (school results or portfolio)
• Email your application form and documentation.

Online Application

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CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Competition for International Students, 2019

Calling amateur and professional photographers alike to capture your vision of a future city for a chance to win the photography trip of a lifetime.

Open now until 31 January 2019.

Receiving 80,000 entries worldwide from 170 countries last year, the Urban Photographer of the Year is the world’s largest urban photography competition.

Follow UPOTY on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to stay in touch with the latest news and updates.

The 2018 Urban Photographer of the Year winners have been announced! You can view all of the winning images here.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who participated.

CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year 2019 Contest (“Contest”)
Open only to individuals 18 years of age or older as of date of registration. Employees, officers and directors of CBRE, Inc. (“Sponsor”) and its parent, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, advertising, promotion or production agencies, Web masters/suppliers (and their immediate family members [spouse, parents, children, siblings etc.] and individuals residing in the same household, whether or not related) are not eligible to enter.  By participating, entrants agree to these Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor and/or its independent judging agency are final and binding in all respects.  Void where prohibited, or restricted by law. Subject to all applicable laws and regulations.
The Contest begins and therefore the period for submission of entries into the Contest begins on 13 November 2018 at 12:00:00 pm Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”) plus 1 hour (i.e. British Summer Time)”) and ends on 31 January 2019 at 11:59:59 pm “GMT”  (the “Contest Period”). The Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the Contest. All entries must be received by the Sponsor no later than the end of the Contest Period.  Any entries received after the Contest Period ends will be automatically disqualified.
The Contest invites the entrant to submit original photos capturing what the entrant considers to be the essence of “The Connected City,” at any time of day, be it poignant, inspiring, quirky or amusing (the “Photo” or “Photos”).
To enter the Contest, visit www.cbreupoty.com (the “Website”).  Then, follow the online instructions to register your details including your age range and then upload and submit your Photo(s) and specify which hour of the day each Photo is meant to represent.  The Photo submitted for a specific hour need not have been taken during that hour, but should look as if it was.
Each entrant may submit one Photo that represents one hour of the day, up to a total of twenty-four (24) photos (each representing a different hour of the day) per person for the entire Contest Period.
Photo Guidelines (failure to meet these guidelines including for photos taken on a mobile device will result in entries being discounted and entries will not be judged):
• Photos must be in .jpg format;
• Photos must at least 300 dpi;
• Photos must be saved in RGB/SRGB colour;
• Photos must be between 1MB and 8MB in size; and
• The Photo cannot have previously won any promotion or competition of any kind.
• Watermarks are allowed but not encouraged. If your photo is selected as a winner, you will be expected to supply a photograph without a watermark for use in any competition promotion, including the Urban Photographer of the Year coffee table book.
Photos may be submitted that have been taken on a mobile device (i.e. a smartphone or tablet).  Entrants will be asked to confirm whether the device used was a mobile device.  Sponsor may check to confirm that photos have been taken on a mobile device. Any attempt to submit a Photo as a “Mobile Photo” that is not in fact taken on a mobile device will result in the entry or entries not being considered. Selecting “mobile” for Photos will enter the Photos into the Mobile category. Photos in this category may be eligible to win higher categories of prizes but will not retain the Mobile Prize (further details below).
Content Restrictions:
• The Photo must comply with these Official Rules;
• In its sole and absolute discretion, Sponsor may reject any Photo that i) includes material or subject matter that is inappropriate, obscene, sexually explicit, defamatory, disparaging, unlawful, offensive, false or misleading, ii) depicts or promotes the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, or the use of firearms or weapons, or iii) includes personally identifying information or similarly defined personal information in  applicable privacy legislation (“PII”) of any kind (this includes an image of an identifiable person), other than in circumstances where the entrant has obtained explicit consent from the individual to whom the PII relates. If the entrant cannot provide evidence that the individual has given such consent, the entry / Photo may be discounted;
• The Photo must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, trademark rights, image rights or that constitutes copyright infringement OR which otherwise is in violation of any applicable law which the Entrant is subject to in his/her jurisdiction;
• Entrants agree to not post, e-mail or otherwise submit anything that knowingly contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.

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Master Scholarships in Documentary Photography at Massey University in New Zealand, 2019

The Massey University is offering Peter Turner Scholarship in Documentary Photography. New Zealand and Australian citizens enrolling for full-time study leading to the Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Photography are eligible to apply.

The Peter Turner scholarship has been established in memory of the late Peter Turner; esteemed author, editor, publisher, curator, and former teacher at the Wellington School of Design. Peter Turner came to New Zealand from London, England, with a long-established international reputation for his renowned editorship of the British photography journal Creative Camera.

The College comprises the internationally recognized School of Design and School of Art, and the newly established School of Music and Creative Media Production, Located in Wellington, NZ.

Scholarship Description:

Application Deadline: December 15, 2018.
Course Level: Scholarship is available to pursue a master degree program.
Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to study in Photography.
Scholarship Award: One Scholarship shall be awarded each academic year to the value of $5,000.
Number of Scholarships: Only one scholarship is available.
Nationality: The scholarship is available for New Zealand citizens.
Scholarship can be taken in New Zealand.

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: The scholarship is available for New Zealand citizens.
Entrance Requirements:
New Zealand and Australian citizens enrolling for full-time study leading to the Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Photography are eligible to apply.

The course of study of the scholarship recipient shall be in the area of contemporary documentary photography. This is to be interpreted broadly and may include photographic inquiry related to personal, social, cultural, political, or community concerns. The principal outcome may be an exhibition, an archive project, a book, or a web exhibition, which together with an extended critical essay will be submitted for examination as required by the MFA regulations.

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: The mode of applying this scholarship is online.

Application form

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Ryerson Image Centre Research Fellowships for Canadian and International Students in Canada, 2019

The new RIC Research Fellowships is now available on offer at Ryerson Image Centre in Canada. A total of four fellowships are available to both Canadian and International students.

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) exists for the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. We are an active partner within the academic fabric of Ryerson University, the cultural network of greater Toronto, and the national and international artistic community.

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Scholarship Description

  • Applications Deadline: November 15, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue Postdoctoral research programs.
  • Study Subject: In 2019, the Ryerson Image Centre will once again offer four fellowships for research related to photography.
  • Scholarship Award:
  • The Nadir Mohamed Postdoctoral Fellowship: $10,000 CAD 
    First instalment ($3,000 CAD) to be paid upon signing of a Letter of Agreement detailing terms and conditions. Second instalment ($4,000 CAD) to be paid upon commencement of research at the Ryerson Image Centre. Final instalment ($3,000 CAD) to be paid after submission of the two-page fellowship report (see above for details).
  • The RIC Research Fellowship: $5,000 CAD
    First instalment ($3,000 CAD) to be paid upon signing of a Letter of Agreement detailing terms and conditions. Second instalment ($2,000 CAD) to be paid after submission of the two-page fellowship report (see above for details).
  • The Howard Tanenbaum Fellowship: $2,000 CAD
    First instalment ($1,000 CAD) to be paid upon signing of a Letter of Agreement detailing terms and conditions. Second instalment ($1,000 CAD) to be paid after submission of the two-page fellowship report (see above for details).
  • The Elaine Ling Fellowship: $2,000 CAD
    First instalment ($1,000 CAD) to be paid upon signing of a Letter of Agreement detailing terms and conditions. Second instalment ($1,000 CAD) to be paid after submission of the two-page fellowship report (see above for details).
  • Successful applicants are responsible for complying with tax regulations under Canadian Federal law, Canadian Provincial law, and the laws within the applicant’s country of legal residence.
  • Nationality: Fellowships are available to both Canadian and international applicants.
  • Number of Scholarships: In 2019, the Ryerson Image Centre will once again offer four fellowships for research related to photography.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Canada

Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: Fellowships are available to both Canadian and international applicants

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants for The Nadir Mohamed Postdoctoral Fellowship must hold a PhD
  • Applicants for The RIC Research Fellowship must hold a PhD or currently be PhD students
  • Applicants for The Howard Tanenbaum Fellowship must hold an MA or currently be MA students
  • Applicants for The Elaine Ling Fellowship must hold an MA or currently be MA students
  • Fellowships are available to both Canadian and international applicants

Research fellowships must take place in Toronto, Canada at the Ryerson Image Centre between January 7 to December 20, 2019. Dates of residency will be established in dialogue with the RIC. Fellows are expected to pay the cost of travel and accommodation in Toronto. The stipend awarded with the fellowship is intended to offset these costs. Fellows without Canadian citizenship are responsible for obtaining travel visas required by law according to their nationality. Fellows will be provided with a desk in a shared office on the Ryerson University campus (equipped with wireless internet access) and will be offered access to the RIC’s Peter Higdon Research Centre and collection materials, and (if applicable) Ryerson University Archive and Library Special Collections.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: Applications must be sent to Thierry Gervais via email at rverbin-at-ryerson.ca no later than November 15, 2018 by 5:00 pm EST.

The application must include the following:

1/ A project proposal (approx. 1,000 words), which outlines the subject, originality of the research, its foundation in Ryerson collections, and the applicant’s scholarly abilities to address the subject. The first line of the proposal must indicate which fellowship(s) the applicant is seeking.

2/ Curriculum Vitae.

3/ One sample of written work (20 pages maximum).

These first three components must be gathered in one PDF document.

4/ One letter of recommendation from someone in a position to characterize the applicant’s scholarly abilities. (The letter should be emailed directly to rverbin-at-ryerson.ca by the referee before the application deadline. Please include: Reference for RIC 2019 Fellowship Applicant (full name of applicant) in the email subject line.)

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Kent Wildlife Trust Wildlife Photography Competition for Worldwide Photographers, 2019

Enter our Prize Wildlife Photography Competition

Go wild with your camera and win a fabulous cottage break at The Coach House, Biddenden in Kent – perfect for wildlife watching – courtesy of Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages.

A rather overdue welcome to Kent Wildlife Trust’s 60th Anniversary Wildlife Photography Competition 2018 we thank you for your continued interest and look forward to seeing your submissions – simply submit your entries with the entry form by email to photocomp-at-kentwildlife.org.uk .

How it works

Entering the competition is simple – download the entry form below and submit it along with your photo to (competition is finished)

Download the entry form

Submit your entry

Competition entry

By entering the competition, you agree to the provisions of these terms and conditions and to comply fully with them.

The competition is open to anyone except those directly involved with the competition and judging (including their families and relatives).

If you are under the age of 17 you must have permission to enter from your parent or guardian. By submitting an entry for the competition, your parent/carer/guardian is deemed to have given such consent and to agree to the use of the entry as described in these terms and conditions.

The closing date for submissions is 30th November 2018. All submissions received after this time will not be eligible. Please note that sending is not proof of receipt.

The Organisers cannot be held responsible for emails that do not arrive due to the entrant’s email security settings or restrictions placed by their Internet service provider.

Your entry must be submitted digitally via email to (no longer available-competition complete) No other forms of entry will be accepted.

By submitting images to Kent Wildlife Trust Photography Competition, each entrant confirms and warrants that:

  • they are the sole author of each entry and that it is their original work;
  • they own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image;
  • they have the permission of anyone pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required by Kent Wildlife Trust and will indemnify Kent Wildlife Trust against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement;
  • they have not licensed or disposed of any rights in the image that would conflict with uses to be made by Kent Wildlife Trust; and
  • they have received any necessary permissions from the owner(s) of objects including buildings included in submitted images for the usage rights required by Kent Wildlife Trust and will indemnify Kent Wildlife Trust against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement.

What to enter

Photographs must be a minimum 1MB – maximum 5MB file. Entries must not have been a ‘winner’ in any other photographic competition.

A maximum of three entries may be entered per applicant and you may distribute these amongst the categories however you wish. No single image may be entered into more than one of the categories.

An image will be rejected if it appears to have been taken in such a way that wildlife law or animal welfare requirements may have been breached or it has been otherwise taken in an irresponsible way.

All plants must be non-cultivated.

Domestic pets and farm animals are not eligible, nor are native or exotic wildlife photographed in zoos, sanctuaries, shows and fairs or similar locations.

Kent Wildlife Trust reserves the right to remove or refuse any entries from the competition for any reason.

Please send only one photo per email stating the category you are entering in the subject line. We encourage digital entries from all forms of camera including mobile devices. Photographs must be a minimum 1MB – maximum 5MB file. Please ensure images are sent in adherence to the rules, terms and conditions. All category images must have been taken in Kent specifying the place name (village, town, nature reserve, park, beach etc.) accompanying each image.

Judges will choose one winner, a second and a third place from each of the categories. Trophies will be awarded for all winning photographs.

The overall winner from the four senior categories will receive a mini-break holiday courtesy of Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages.

Winning photos will be published in Wild Kent magazine and press articles and displayed on our website and at our visitor centres.

The closing date for entries is November 30, 2018. Winners will be announced by 20th December 2018.

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13th Annual CGAP Photo and Video Contest for International Students, 2018

About the Competition

Africa is a center for financial innovation, home to M-Pesa, the mobile money service launched a decade ago that has revolutionized digital financial services and helped lift many thousands of households from poverty. Africa also is the continent with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, and many lack the financial tools that could help improve their lives.
For its 13th annual contest, CGAP is looking for striking photographs and short videos that tell the story of how financial services empower poor people and communities in Africa. Show us how financial services expand opportunities for poor people in Africa and enable people to build sustainable livelihoods.
An expert panel of judges will award prizes for vivid, memorable work that shows why financial inclusion matters.
Please submit your photographs and 45-second videos by December 14, 2018. Explore the gallery.

WHO: The 2018 CGAP Photo Contest is open to all photographers and videographers who are at least 18 years old. (The operational team of CGAP, the World Bank Group, and their immediate families are excluded from participating.)

WHAT: We are looking for original, striking images and video stories portraying the impact of microfinance and financial inclusion for poor people in Africa. These images and stories may reflect a range of products and services, people and institutions, and may touch on social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. We are seeking entries in both rural and urban settings and people from all walks of life.

HOW: Up to 20 photographs and/or videos may be submitted per person. Entries may be entered by uploading digital files. The maximum file size for photos is 20 megabytes (MB), and for videos 300 MB. Each photo or video submission must be accompanied by:

– CAPTION: a short description of the activity or situation depicted
– DATE the image was taken, the location and country
– NAME of the person(s) shown with their permission to use (see below)

Entries: CGAP requests that the photographer follows the widely recognized standards and ethical guidance for development photography and obtains informed consent whenever reasonably possible from any subjects photographed. Entries must:

  • Be the original work of the entrant and shot in the last two years
  • Treat all subjects with respect and dignity.
  • Respect the rights, sensitivities, and culture of communities and/or persons depicted, including the subject’s right to consent to being photographed.
  • Fairly represent the situation, subject’s identity and physical location of the image, without alteration (other than standard photographic techniques for optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)

WHEN: All entries must be submitted by 23:59 GMT/18:59 US EST on 14 December 2018. Voting for the People’s Choice Award begins at 24:00 GMT/19:00 EST on 14 December 2018 and ends 23:59 GMT/ 18:59 EST on 21 December 2018.

FILE REQUIREMENTS: Digital images or scans of prints may be uploaded. Original files of camera-made digital photos may not exceed 20 megabytes (20 MB), and video files 300 MB. CGAP cannot be responsible for lost, damaged, late or misdirected entries, or for faulty uploading connections, garbled transmissions, unauthorized intervention, or technical malfunctions.

JUDGING: Judges will include professional photographers, videographers and photo editors. Entries will be judged on subject matter relevance, originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The story behind the photo or video may influence the judges’ decisions. Decisions made by the judges are final.

WINNING ENTRIES: All entries may be used by CGAP in printed publications, on any CGAP web asset, CGAP event, in a CGAP slideshow, or in any other CGAP-produced media including social media. CGAP may copy and display photographs and videos in any country, provided that all uses are accompanied by appropriate attribution to the photographer or videographer. CGAP shall have the right to verify, in its sole judgment, winner eligibility. A selection of winning photos and videos may be featured on CGAP’s websites – www.cgap.org and microfinancegateway.org – and in exhibitions at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and other prestigious venues.

LEGAL CONDITIONS: By entering the contest, you must agree to the Legal Conditions. Entry of photographs into the Contest implies acceptance of these conditions, regardless of whether entrants sign a statement confirming acceptance.

Competition Link 

India Photography Awards InPA Truepic Contest – My City for Indian Photographers, 2019

About the Competition:

At India Photography Awards, we conduct monthly and annual competitions for Indian professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale. Inspired by an explosion of interest in photography in India and the talent that is slowly becoming visible, we have launched this global platform dedicated to showcase contemporary and imaginative images with intent of promoting photography in the country.
This page tells you about the competition, how to enter, how to prepare your images for the competition, and the types of entries you can submit. The competition and the results are run on this website. To enter, please make an account on the website and you will then be able to upload your images.
The unique selling point of this competition is that competitions are always live (24 hours/365 days), magnifying thus your chances of winning exponentially. We run a competition every month and the winner from each month, within each category (a total of 2 from the two categories at present) will qualify for the annual competition. Images submitted up to the end of every month will be considered for that months contest. In the monthly and annual contest – Nature and Travel Genre, the winners will be decided by our Jury Panel.


The contest has two categories; there will be three winners announced in the monthly contest and five winners announced in the annual contest across each category.
  • Nature – the sub-categories include wildlife, landscape and macro. In nature photography, we are seeking images taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements. From intimate animal portraits to sublime landscapes, innovative techniques to capturing ‘soul satisfying’ moments… go on give wings to your imagination and show us nature as you see it.
  • Travel – the sub-categories include people (not portraits), culture, customs, buildings and monuments. In this category we are seeking images involving the documentation of people, culture, customs and history of a location. We want to see a place as you see it.
  • In addition to the above two categories, we will also run theme based competitions. Look out for them in future.

Prizes and Awards

June’18 inPA Truepic Contest – My City

  • First prize
    • Rs.10,000 cash award
  • Second prize
    • Rs.5,000 cash award
  • Third prize
    • Rs.3,000 cash award
  • 7 Special mentions will get Rs.1,000 each

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Scholarship Link

World Photography Organisation Sony National Awards Competition for Indian Students, 2018

The National Awards competition is your opportunity to be recognized locally. The World Photography Organisation and Sony are seeking to reward exceptional single images taken by local photographers with Indian nationality for its 2019 National Award.

All photographers with Indian nationality entering any of the ten Open categories of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards are automatically entered into the India National Award.

Increase your chance to win and enjoy the benefits of becoming the best local photographic talent.

The National Award winner receives:
Return flight to London & two nights accommodation to attend the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Ceremony, Sony digital imaging equipment

Enter Now

Please note
To be eligible for the India National Award you must hold nationality of the country and currently be residing in the country at the time of the Award (June 1, 2018 – April 17, 2019)
Closing date: January 4, 2019 at 13.00 GMT.
Winners will be announced February, 2019

Rewarding the world’s best single images

  • Open is free to enter for all photographers

  • Rewarding the best single images across 10 diverse categories

  • 1 overall winner, 1 winner and up to 15 shortlisted images per category

Photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to enter their best single images into the Open competition for a chance to win $5,000 (USD)Sony Digital Imaging Equipment, a trip to London, and be crowned “Open Photographer of the Year”.

The judges are looking to award the best single images from across the following 10 diverse categories: Architecture, Culture, Creative, Motion, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel.


  • Open Photographer of the Year  – $5,000 (USD) / Sony digital imaging equipment / Flights and accommodation to the awards ceremony in London / Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London
  • Category winners – Sony digital imaging equipment / Publication in winners’ book / Included in the exhibition at Somerset House, London
  • Shortlist – Digital exhibition at Somerset House, London / Publication in winners’ book

Scholarship Link

SEARCA Photo Contest for Southeast Asian Nationals, 2019

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines — On its 12th year, the awaited annual regional SEARCA Photo Contest has officially opened for submissions from photo enthusiasts across Southeast Asia, starting on 7 September 2018.

For 2018, SEARCA looks at its contributing role in the light of its efforts to bring to fore, and unify into a regional cooperation, many efforts that respond to the inevitable growing concern on climate uncertainties and water scarcity in the Southeast Asian region. SEARCA’s 12th Photo Contest theme “Managing Climate Uncertainties and Water Scarcity,” aims to put a spotlight into an already familiar challenge in agriculture that continues to call for cohesive, persistent, and novel response among governments, regional research and development institutions, the academe, multilateral organizations, donor organizations, civil society, and other advocates.

Climate uncertainties and water scarcity are two of the most challenging issues affecting food production today, specifically in the agriculture sector. While, by themselves, they have proven to be enormous hurdles to feeding a burgeoning world populace, climate uncertainties and water scarcity cannot be isolated from a broad spectrum of concerns affecting not only food production, but food security. The interlink entails a balancing act among development facets such as science and technology, ecosystem sustainability, policy environments, smallholder farming, intensive agriculture, and conservation agriculture.

As such, exceptional photos on managing climate uncertainties and water scarcity in Southeast Asia are sought, broadly highlighting science and technology innovations, efficient and sustainable food production, and cause and/or effect of climate change and/or water scarcity.

Specifically, “science and technology innovations” may be depicted in images of water management, research activities, partnerships among scientists and farmers, dissemination of information, and other forms of support to farmers. “Efficient and sustainable food production” will include photos on sustainable farming practices, conservation practices, urban farming, youth in agriculture, and preservation of community heritage and culture. For “cause and/or effect of climate change and/or water scarcity,” images on erratic weather disturbances and degraded agricultural or forestry resources are sought.

The SEARCA Photo Contest 2018 is open to all Southeast Asian nationals, and photo entries should be taken within Southeast Asia. Entries will only be accepted until midnight, 30 November 2018, Philippine Standard Time (GMT +8:00). Guidelines for submission are detailed in the submission portal http://photocontest.searca.org.

First place photo receives USD 800, second place gets USD 500, third place receives USD 300, and People’s Choice gets USD 200.


  1. The photo contest is open to all Southeast Asian nationals except SEARCA employees and their immediate family members.
  2. Entries must focus on the theme, Managing Climate Uncertainties and Water Scarcity.
  3. Submissions are accepted only via the SEARCA Photo Contest 2018 online submission portal within the contest period (1 September to 30 November 2018). Each contestant can submit unlimited number of entries that meet contest specifications.
  4. Each contestant must certify the following:
    1. Ownership of the photo entry, and that SEARCA is granted full permission for official use of the photo (SEARCA gives due credit to the photographer of an image that is officially used);
    2. Originality of the photo entry, and that it has not won any previous photo contest/s, has not been published elsewhere (print or electronic), and has not been submitted to any other photo contest/s during the SEARCA Photo Contest 2018 period. Furthermore, the same/ similar photos submitted to past SEARCA photo contests will be disqualified; and
    3. Photo has not been digitally altered and/or enhanced in any way (except simple cropping).
  5. Entries must be digital, colored, in JPEG format and at least 3,000 pixels wide for a horizontal image, or 3,000 pixels tall for a vertical image at 300 dpi.
  6. An entry should have the following details in English:
    1. Name of photographer and country of origin
    2. Photo caption/description
    3. Place where the photo was taken (include town/municipality, province/state, and country)
    4. Date taken (day/month/year)
    5. Equipment/type of camera used

Scholarship Link

Smithsonian.com’s 16th Annual Photo Contest for Worldwide Photographers, 2018


Smithsonian.com’s 16th Annual Photo Contest begins March 27, 2018, and ends November 30, 2018, at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is 18 years old or older.

Who may enter:

The Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice prize, Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images and Mobile category prizes are open to photographers who are 18 years old or older. Individuals affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, including employees, emeriti, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and others living in their households, are not eligible for any prize. The Smithsonian will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

What to enter:

The following six contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Smithsonian.com:

  1.     Natural World:Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.
  2.     Travel:Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.
  3.     People:Portraits and photos of groups or individuals.
  4.     The American Experience:Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in this country.
  5.     Altered Images:Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.).
  6.     Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2016.

Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos, except for those entered in the Altered Images category. Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents are acceptable for all categories. If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to move the photo to Altered Images or to disqualify it.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must be prepared to provide a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian to the Smithsonian upon request. A sample model release is available here.

Similarly, entrants whose photos depict other people’s work (such as sculptures, statues, paintings, and other copyrightable works) must be prepared to provide a release from the rights holder to the Smithsonian upon request. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person’s creation. A sample art release is available here.

Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined by the Smithsonian in its sole discretion, are ineligible for all categories of this contest.

How to enter:

Please submit photographs and requested information online through our website at smithsonian.com/photocontest. You may submit up to 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions. In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web in sRGB color space, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB. You must complete a separate form for each photo submitted.

We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail and do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address. High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.

Finalists may be asked to submit an original, unedited digital file or an original negative, print or slide. Original negatives, prints or slides will be returned to finalists. The Smithsonian Institution reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries and/or contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 3,000 pixels on the longest side or an original photo negative, print or slide. Mobile photographs are exempt from this size requirement, but must be submitted at their highest resolution upon request.

The Smithsonian may collect a photograph’s metadata upon entry.

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant the Smithsonian Institution (and those authorized by the Smithsonian) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any Smithsonian Institution purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the magazine and its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to Smithsonian Institution publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The Smithsonian Institution will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Entry deadline:

The contest begins on March 27, 2018. All entries must be received through Smithsonian.com by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 30, 2018.


Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt and overall impact.

The Smithsonian will select 10 finalists per category, a winner for each category, and a Grand Prize winner from the 60 finalists. The 60 finalists will be notified of their status by March 2019 and will appear on our website in spring 2019. At that time, the public can vote on our website for the Readers’ Choice winner from among the 60 finalists. The Readers’ Choice winner, Grand Prize winner and category winners will be revealed online in spring 2019.

The Smithsonian will notify finalists and winners via the contact information provided at the time of entry; the Smithsonian may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within five business days.

Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

Prizes: Eight prizes will be awarded, as follows:

Grand Prize: $2,500

Category Winners: The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500.

Readers’ Choice: The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500.

One cash prize per person; winners may receive additional noncash prizes. Winners must sign a release and license, as well as a declaration of eligibility, and will be responsible for paying any notary public fees or taxes they may owe on a prize.

Online Features:  The Smithsonian may select photos for highlight on its website or display in a publicly accessible contest archive; such selections will be made in the Smithsonian’s sole discretion.

Conditions of Entry

All entrants hold the Sponsors and their respective regents, directors, officers, employees, emeriti, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The Smithsonian reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, the Smithsonian reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. The Smithsonian reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Decisions of the Smithsonian are final and binding.

Competition Link

Project Mars Competition for International Students by NASA, 2019

SciArt Exchange in collaboration with NASA presents Project MARS competition- international art and film contest. The competition is open for college students and early career professionals to learn NASA’s deep space endeavors, including the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System rocket and deep space gateway concept, and create their visualization of what this expedition may look like. For the competition, you have to shoot a film or make a poster. You may use NASA images, videos, and 3D models in your projects.


  • The competition is open for college students and early career professionals;
  • An early career professional is one who has less than 5 years of experience in the film or graphic arts industry.
Film specifications:
  • Videos can be submitted as private Vimeo or YouTube links.
  • Winning entries will need to be provided at the following settings:
  • Duration: 2 to 5 minutes;
  • Resolution: 1920×1080;
  • Frame rates: 29.97, 24, or 25;
  • Bitrate: 20Mbs; Codec: H.264;
  • Sound Codec: AAC-LC;
  • Audio sample rate: 48 KHz;
  • Audio bitrate: 320 kbps.
Poster Specifications:
  • Posters should be submitted as PDF Files optimized for on-screen viewing. Winning entries will need to be provided as full resolution printable files;
  • Standard on a sheet size of 27? x 41? Raster images may be used for poster elements. Images should be no smaller than 150 dpi. Rasterized typography should be 300 dpi or greater;
  • All fonts should be converted to outlines prior to submission.

Films and posters will be evaluated on the following:

  1. Production Quality & Aesthetics
  2. Technical Skill
  3. Creativity
  4. Story & Message of Final Product
  5. Relevance to Competition Theme

Requested submission information will include:

  1. Key Point of Contact for entry
  2. School Name & Faculty/Staff Point of Contact and Contact Information (if applicable)
  3. Each Team Member’s Name and Contact Information
  4. Film or Poster Entry Title
  5. Statement of Originality – 400 words or less. Describe motivation, storyline, and/or messages of art, etc. and provide credits for borrowed or heavily-sourced material.
  6. Signed Agreement form for EACH team member. For anyone under age 18, the agreement must be signed by a parent or guardian. Preview the agreement.
  7. Submit Vimeo or YouTube links for your film.
  8. Submit your poster in PDF format. Reduce your poster size to 25mb before submitting.


Entries will be disqualified for:

  1. Falsification of information, including plagiarism or use of copyrighted material without permission.
  2. Use of profanity, nudity not representing the human body in a positive way, substance abuse, or violent images.
  3. Showing film or poster ahead of the judged screening by ProjectMars.


Three prizes will be awarded in the film category:
  • USD 10,000 Grand Prize;
  • USD 5,000 Judge’s Prize;
  • USD 5,000 Judge’s Prize.
Eight prizes will be awarded in the poster category:
  • 1 X USD 1,500 First place;
  • 2 X USD 1,000 Second place;
  • 5 X USD 500 Third place.

Scholarship Link

World Meteorological Organization Water Photo Competition for Photographers Worldwide, 2019

It’s that time of year again! WMO is launching its annual competition to select the winning photographs for the WMO 2019 calendar. The theme is The Sun, the Earth and the Weather, reflecting the slogan for World Meteorological Day on 23 March 2019.

WMO encourages photo submissions which reflect the theme – and this can include solar flares and space weather, solar energy, as well as sunrises and sunsets. We also welcome other high-quality and artistic photographs. We are keen to encourage a good geographical balance.

Winning entries will feature in the 2019 WMO calendar, showcase on the WMO website, Flickr gallery, Instagram page and be displayed on the WMO Facebook Timeline. There will be lots of recognition but no financial reward!

WMO received many outstanding entries for the 2018 calendar “Weather-ready, climate-smart.” We hope the competition for the 2019 calendar will be even bigger and better!

How to Enter:

Take a striking photo which illustrates the theme The Sun, the Earth and the Weather and meets our submission guidelines.

Read our Terms and Conditions.

Fill out the mandatory online ENTRY FORM and attach your photo and submit via a dedicated page on the WMO website. Don’t forget a short explanatory caption and location for your image!

Submission Guidelines:

  • All photos must be a minimum size of 4000×3000 pixels.
  • All photos must be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format (with little compression to preserve image quality.
  • All photos must be in landscape format.
  • Black and white photographs as well as coloured photographs will be accepted.
  • All photos must be clearly captioned, including a title, a location and the date of the photograph.

Judging Criteria:

Entries will narrowed down to a shortlist by a WMO panel of experts in meteorology as well as experienced professional photographers. Entries will be judged on:

  • Technical quality, clarity, and composition
  • Visual impact
  • Novelty and flair for the unexpected

WMO will publish shortlisted photos on Facebook, allowing Facebook fans to vote for their favourite photos. The competition will also be promoted via Instagram and Twitter. The WMO jury will have the final say on the 13 photos for inclusion in the calendar, taking into account geographical balance. Other shortlisted photographs will be featured on WMO Flickr channel and at World Meteorological Day 2019 celebrations.

The deadline for entry is August 15, 2018. Results will be announced before September 14, 2018.

No cash prize will be offered to winners of the photo contest.

Good Luck!

Scholarship Links