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American Photography Open Contest 2020

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Hamid Amirani - 6.18.20


All the info you need on the contest – prizes, how to enter, the jury, when the winners are announced, and more

Deadline: 8/31/2020


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.



Image Credit: American Photography


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.


Image Credit: SanDisk


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 Prizes

Open Grand Prize

  • $5000


Image Credit: Tamron


  • Either a Tamron SP 24-70 f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Canon or Nikon mount) lens or a 28-75 f/2.8 for Sony FF ML cameras
  • SanDisk 1TB Extreme Pro Portable SSD

9 Open Finalists’ Prizes

  • A choice of a Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (Canon or Nikon mount) lens or a prime lens for a Sony FF ML camera (20mm, 24mm, or 35mm)
  • SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro SD Card
  • A PhotoShelter 1-year standard account 

SanDisk “Share Your World” Prizes

SanDisk Grand Prize

  • $2500 cash in return for letting SanDisk use the image in marketing with photographer attribution for 18 month 
  • 1TB Extreme Pro Portable SSD
  • Three 128GB Extreme Pro SD Cards

2 SanDisk Runners-Up

  • Two 128GB Extreme Pro SD Cards


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. 


Enter here.

Entry Fee

$20 for one image and $10 for each additional entry.

Image Rights


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!

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