Amazing prizes including over £10,000 worth of Sigma kit

Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition 2017

Amateur Photographer Magazine opens it’s doors every year to photographers around the world, giving one lucky photographer the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year. Now in partnership with Photocrowd, 2017 marked the first time the Photocrowd community had their say in who won the Crowd vote in each category.

Henrik Spranz

Congratulations to the Grand Prize Winner of APOY 2017

Henrik Spranz

Henrik Spranz

Amateur Photographer of the Year 2017

APOY 2017 Runners up

Congratulations to all of the finalists. For a list of the top 30 visit the APOY 2017 website.

Elena Paraskeva

Elena Paraskeva

Second place

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Marco Tagliarino

Marco Tagliarino

Third place

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Congratulations also go out to all of the APOY 2017 Judge and Crowd category winners

Over £10,000 of prizing

Courtesy of Sigma and Amateur Photographer Magazine

The Overall Winner

The title of ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2017’

Sigma kit worth over £2,000

SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (£1199.99) + SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (799.99) + SIGMA USB Dock (£39.99)*

8 x expert category winners

The winners from each round chosen by the APOY judging panel

Sigma lens worth approx. £1,000

8 x crowd winners

The crowd winners from each round

Receive a year-long subscription to AP magazine

Receive a year-long master-level subscription to Photocrowd


All contest winners (expert and crowd), plus selections from the expert category in each contest, will be featured in an issue of AP, as well as the AP website and social media channels.

* If winner is based outside EU, they will have to pay for any customs charges that may be charged.

The Judging Panel

All entries reviewed by a panel of Photography experts from Amateur Photographer, and a special guest judge for each contest

Nigel Atherton

Nigel Atherton

Group editor – photography titles, Time Inc (UK)

Tracy Calder

Tracy Calder

Technique Editor – Amateur Photographer magazine

Geoff Harris

Geoff Harris

Deputy Editor – Amateur Photographer magazine

Oliver Atwell

Oliver Atwell

Senior Features Writer - Deputy Editor – Amateur Photographer magazine

Hollie Latham

Hollie Latham

Hucker News Editor – Amateur Photographer magazine

How it works

The first entry to each round of APOY 2017 is free. Boost your chances with an APOY 2017 series bundle

The Expert winner of each round will receive exciting prizes from Sigma and the Crowd winners will receive free subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine and Photocrowd. You’ll also be featured in the magazine.

The title of Amateur Photographer of the Year will be determined by combining results across all eight rounds. You do not have to enter every round to be eligible, but the more you enter the better your chances.

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About Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer is the world’s oldest consumer weekly photographic magazine, first published in October 1884. Since then, AP (as it is affectionately known to its readers) has been the bible for both amateur and professional photo-enthusiasts around the world. It has helped generations of photographers to improve their skills.

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