Abstract photography involves exploring the world through details. That doesn’t mean just getting in close with a macro lens, though. It means shooting a subject in such a way that it is separated from usual representations of that object. It can mean shooting and framing your images so the primary concern is squarely on the strange patterns, shapes and textures that make up the world around us. Finding abstract images means treating the world around you in a very different way. Every little nook and cranny holds potential: the moss growing on a garden wall; the rust of your car door; the melting ice found in your freezer. You can be as experimental as you like, even down to using in-camera techniques such as slow shutter speeds.
Abstracts can be found everywhere, and in everything, from the street where you live to the darkest forest. We’re putting no restrictions on your subject. This is your chance to be truly adventurous.
The panel's 1st place photographer will win over £1000 of Sigma products, and the crowd's 1st place will win year-long subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine and Photocrowd.
To qualify for entry into APOY your primary income must not be from photography or photographic services.
The judging panel's winner will receive the SIGMA 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | Art (£949.99) + SIGMA 82mm WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR (£104.99). Total Prize Value: £1,054.98. (If winner is based outside EU, they will have to pay for any customs charges that may be added to shipping).
The crowd-vote winner will receive a year-long subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine (worth over £100), as well as a year-long master-level subscription to Photocrowd (worth £120).
The Grand Prize winner of the entire APOY 2017 series will get their hands on over £2000 of Sigma gear: the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (£1199.99) + the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (799.99) + the SIGMA USB Dock (£39.99). Total Grand Prize value: £2,039.97.
Every photo submitted will be available for the crowd to rate once the submissions period has ended. In this contest, the entries are hidden until the rating period begins.
Some contests on Photocrowd also have a judge. After the submission period closes the judge chooses their favourite images and writes some image reviews. The crowd and judge results will be announced on the same day.
For a more detailed explanation of how rating works, see our FAQs
Over the years, readers of Amateur Photographer Magazine have sent in some incredible images, so 20 years ago we decided to launch the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. Since then, APOY has received thousands of entries, with many of them taking the judges’ breath away. This year, we are once again sponsored by Sigma, and we’re also proud to be working in partnership with Photocrowd, who are hosting the competition.
To keep photographers anonymous entries are hidden until judging begins.