Photo Competitions – call for entries and news on the IPA Lucie Awards

A change of pace for today with a few competition calls for entries and a look at Lucie IPA updates. It can get a bit confusing with the naming of photo competitions, as many are similar in both title and entry requirements. Further, the popularity of the Single Image and Portfolio/Series entry format appears to be a nod in the direction of the structure of competitions such as World Press. Then there’s the question of entry fees, prizes, and other ‘small print’ (Terms & Conditions) factors which also needs to be taken into account when choosing to enter a competition, see photographer Robert Hackman’s earlier post, Seven Tips for Photo Competitions. It’s also been interesting to note that some competitions, for example, a Sue Ryder competition Art Liberating Lives which is open to artists working in a variety of media, including photography, states that: “Works that have already been exhibited elsewhere will still be eligible for this competition, although they must not have been submitted for any other prize or competition in the UK or elsewhere”.


© Beso Uznadze


  • British Journal of Photography (BJP) is calling for entries to its International Photography Award (IPA) which is judged by a panel drawn from the photo industry. Last year, Beso Uznadze (photo above) won the Portfolio Prize for his series of portraits of Georgians, shot after the conflict with Russia in 2008, while Walter Astrada, an Argentinian World Press Photo award-winner, picked up the Single Image prize for his shot of murder in Guatemala.
  • Lens Culture’s International Exposure Awards (IEA) – “the best in global photography 2009” is also calling for entries. Again, it’s a juried competition promising that every photograph submitted will be reviewed and judged.


BJP (IPA): There are two categories, Portfolio Prize and Single Image Prize. Photographers may submit multiple entries into either category and the contest is open to all. For more information and to enter, visit BJP online.

Lens Culture (IEA): There are two categories Portfolio Award and Single Image Photo Awards – All Categories. All levels of amateurs and professional photographers. Go to Lens Culture contest for more information.


BJP (IPA): Entry is £5 (or $8 or €6) for the Single Image category and £25 (or $40 or €30) for the Portfolio category.

Lens Culture (IEA): Portfolio Award submit 10-15 images for total entry fee of $75. For Single Image Photo Award – one image for $35, or “up to five stand-alone images” for $55. Fees are non-refundable.


BJP (IPA): An exhibition from 23-28 November 2010 at the Association of Photographers’ (AOP) Gallery in London with a private view on 27 November. Also, the Single Image winner gets a SIGMA DP2 – a professional compact digital and the Portfolio Prize winner gets a LEAF CAMERA – exact model (tbc) and will feature in BJP. The exhibition will be printed by Spectrum Photographic and Blurb Books will create a winners’ book of 50 of the best single image submissions.

Lens Culture’s (IEA): Four winning photographers receive cash prizes, plus “prominent features” in Lens Culture. The grand prize Portfolio winner gets $1,500 and there are $1000, $500 and $200 prizes in the Single Image category. Also, 25 photographers will receive Honorable Mentions and will be displayed online in Lens Culture’s Winners’ Gallery.


BJP (IPA): The deadline is 11 September.

Lens Culture (IAE): The deadline is 15 September. Winners will be announced by 15 October 2009.


News is coming in from photographers who have received email notices from the IPA Lucie Awards where “jurying is currently taking place”. And it does seem a trifle confusing. Now in its seventh year, a guest curator has been invited to “create a theme and select 45 to 50 photographs from the winning entries to participate in the Best of Show”. The winners and finalists will be announced next Tuesday 18 August and the exhibition will be held at Splashlight Studios, Soho, New York on Saturday, 17 October 2009.

Some of those who have got through Round 1 have received multiple emails, sent throughout the day, letting them know that they are through to Round 2, though the number of emails does seem to depend on the number of photographs entered. The author of the blog i like to tell stories has posted a series of emails that he received from the Lucies regarding his entry and he’s been having an ongoing discussion with another blogger ishotmyselftheydidtoo about them. But things do appear to be getting clearer: “I think it’s more glitchy than confusing now. The first email was confusing as it didn’t mention how many rounds and it sent people scrambling for info, now the second round just keeps sending multiple repeat emails”, says Aaron from ishotmyselftheydidtoo. However, I have been informed by a spokesperson from the IPA Lucie Awards that “the second round announcements have been delayed until Thursday and Friday”.


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