Portrait photography is not the easiest thing to master. There are expectations attached to portraits that can be somewhat intimidating. Drawing out the hidden qualities and character of an individual is not always easy. There are a number of things to consider, such as ensuring the correct focus and making sure your images are not full of superfluous background detail that fights with your photograph’s subject for attention. Great portrait subjects can be found in all walks of life, from family and friends to your local shopkeeper and even strangers. There are no stipulations in this particular round as to how your images must be taken. You can employ both natural and artificial light, so if you’ve been avoiding getting to grips with your flashgun, this could be the round to get a little brave.
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 85mm F1.4 DG HSM ART (£1,199.99). Total Prize Value: £1,199.99. (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.