Nikon Inspirations Photo Contest

An important note: the contest is open for US residents only.

Entering photography contests is one of the best ways to test yourself as a photographer. It is one thing when your family and friends admire your work, but gaining appreciation in a contest is a whole different experience. Photography is meant to be looked at and admired, and what better ways are there to start showcasing your work if not by entering a photography competition? Luckily, there are always ongoing contests that you can enter. The one I am going to introduce to you now is free, sponsored by Nikon (users of any camera system may enter) and called Inspirations Photo Contest (thanks for the tip, Rick!).

Nikon Inspirations Photo Contest

The contest has started a while ago, in September. This means that one of the categories – Sports & Action – has already been closed, which is unfortunate. But three other categories are still open for entries and, something you might certainly want to know, promise great prizes for the winning entrant.

1) Don’t Focus on the Prize!

Naturally, before I begin listing the categories, deadlines and rules, I would not be a proper motivator if I did not say that prizes don’t matter. And at this point you could say – of course they do! I mean, who would not want to win a Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 or Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR lens? Anyone would! But I promise you, if you win this contest, the first thing that you will be happy about is that you won a big photography contest organized by Nikon. The first thing you will think is – “Alright, I might be better at this than I thought. Great!” The prize is just icing on the cake. If you think it is the other way around for you, you may be spending a little bit too much time focusing on the gear, friend.

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Submit your Photos to Photography Competitions

Photography is meant to be looked at and admired, and what better ways are there to start showcasing your work if not by entering a photography competition? In this short article I will present you with several extremely large photography competitions currently open for entries, organized by World Photography Organization, Nikon, and the very prestigious National Geographic.

Submit your Photos to Photography Competitions

The Encouragement Part

Before I begin listing categories and entry rules, there’s the part where I’m supposed to make you feel encouraged, make you feel like the good photographer that you are. But I have no magic words, no loud, heart-stopping speeches ready. I’m not going to tempt you with substantial prizes – it’s the participation that counts. There’s nothing I can do but ask – would you like to win? Would you like your work to be noticed and admired by professionals all over the world? Would you like to finally get off that comfortable chair of yours and do something exciting, learn and improve your skills as a photographer?

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B&H Fall Color Photo Contest

B&H Photo Video is hosting a Fall Color Photo Contest on Facebook, sponsored by Olympus. You have one week to upload your best fall photo and the public voting will begin on 18th of November, 2011. The prizes are great – Olympus E-P3 + 14-42mm lens for the 1st place, Olympus E-PL3 + 14-42mm lens for the 2nd place and Olympus E-PM1 + 14-42mm lens for the third place. Winners will be selected on November 28, 2011. The contest is open to adults of 18 years of age and older. US residents only.

B&H Fall Color Photo Contest

Good luck!