All the info you need on the contest – prizes, how to enter, the jury, when the winners are announced, and more
For enthusiastic and passionate photographers, there's certainly no shortage of photography contests that you can enter, not just to win awards but as a platform to share your work with peers and professionals.
But for a truly prestigious contest that boasts stunning prizes, sponsors such as Tamron and SanDisk, and world class judges, look no further than the American Photography Open 2020.
Here's a rundown of everything you need to know.
American Photography has recognized the accomplishments of professional photographers for more than 30 years with its jury-led contest.
Now in its third year, AP runs a competition to find the best images by photographers of all skills anywhere in the world and taken on any device.This year's judging panel include David Schonauer, Editor of Pro Photo Daily, Alyce Bender, photographer and Tamron Ambassador, and Jack Reznicki, photographer. Visit here to see the full list of judges.
A new addition is SanDisk's “Share Your World” competition with its own prizes. You can choose to enter either or both as many times as you wish. SanDisk's judges include Scott A. Woodward and Steve Simon, both photographers and SanDisk Extreme Team Members.
Is there a theme for the contest?
For the Open - NO
"All images on any subject matter are eligible as long as they were shot after January 1, 2019."
For the SanDisk contest - YES
The images entered into the "Share Your World" are judged separately. To enter, choose this category when you are completing the entry process.
Open Grand Prize
9 Open Finalists’ Prizes
SanDisk “Share Your World” Prizes
SanDisk Grand Prize
2 SanDisk Runners-Up
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Other Important Dates
September - An Open Short List of entries selected by the judges are announced, and a Community Gallery is available for voting on the Pro Photo Daily Facebook page.
October - The “Share Your World” winners and the 10 Open finalists (5 International and 5 from the U.S.) are announced.
November - The Open Grand Prize winner and the Community Voting Award winners are announced at the annual American Photography event in New York City.
The entire 2020 Open Short List collection will be featured in a book that will be available to download for free or purchase as a hard copy.
$20 for one image and $10 for each additional entry.
Entrants retain all rights to their images. "Upon selection, permission is given only for use in the book, website, finalists exhibit and any promotion for American Photography relevant to the contest. Proper artist credit is always given along with contact information where applicable.”
The winning “Share Your World” image will receive $2500 and other prizes in return for letting SanDisk use the image with photographer attribution for 18 months.
File Format and Size
JPG files from 72dpi, RGB, up to 1000 pixels on the LONGEST side, up to 20MB.
Do not submit hi-res files. If you're selected, you'll be asked to submit hi-res files at minimum 300 dpi, 20x13", CMYK.
Do not include special characters or spaces in the file name.
Visit here for the full FAQ and Terms & Conditions.
Good luck if you enter and let us know if you're successful!