If you’re a photographer building your online presence and are now regularly networking with other photographers to get crucial feedback and constructive criticism on various techniques, it’s probably time to begin thinking about contests.
Contests give you an assessment of how your photographs stack up against the competition as well as the visibility that comes with winning one.
A major downside is most competitions come with entry fees. Even well known contests from Photo District News (PDN) for professional photographers come with fees as high as $35 per photograph.
These costs usually go towards prize payouts, communication, marketing, and other administrative tasks.
For the hobbyist, this can be downright expensive and usually deters participation.
Other cons include rules that require photographers transfer all rights to the sponsor so always read the fine print as a few competitions may require this.
So we’ve rounded up a few popular contests that don’t require entry fees.