Entering photo competitions

TPOTY and WPY judge Colin Finlay gives us his insight into how to win photography competitions.

Entering a photo competition should be a fun and an engaging thing to do. While it’s great to get recognition for your work it’s also a wonderful way of gaining experience in the process and learning a lot for the next time. Standards in photo competitions these days are very high and the more prestigious and well-established the competition, the harder it is to do well. Nevertheless, there are a few simple things you can do to increase your chances of at least making it through to the latter stages of a competition and giving yourself a fair chance of getting to the final round of judging. 

Read the rules before entering 

First of all, and it sounds so obvious, read, re-read and digest the rules of the competition before you even start to consider which images you are going to enter. I never cease to be amazed by people who spend time and money entering photo competitions but effectively rule themselves out of the running by simply not reading the rules. 

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By Diana Jarvis

Diana is a writer at Eye for the Light. She has a BA in History of Art and an MSc in Environment and Sustainability and has worked in travel publishing for 20 years as a photographer, book designer and writer for a wide range of publications. She’s also the Sustainbility Lead at the British Guild of Travel Writers.