Andriy Blokhin

There are ten categories to enter, split over seven rounds, with each category having its own prizing. For the overall winner the judges will be looking for a standout photographer who has not only won a round (or several) but has also demonstrated a range of skills and visual awareness in different categories.

Photographers aged 25 and under can enter both the main awards AND the Young Photographer of the Year awards.

Round 1

Brief

It’s time to go metropolis mad and get creative in the urban environment. The human-made landscape can be a visual feast for photographers. We’re looking for any angle on the subject; from industrial vistas to amazing architecture or perhaps you want to communicate a deeper message about the concrete world we’ve made.

Brief

It’s time to go metropolis mad and get creative in the urban environment. The human-made landscape can be a visual feast for photographers. We’re looking for any angle on the subject; from industrial vistas to amazing architecture or perhaps you want to communicate a deeper message about the concrete world we’ve made.

Brief

Impress us with your best nature-inspired images. This challenging genre will test your photography skills to limit. Whether you’re photographing fabulous flora and or fantastic fauna we want to see an original take on the subject.

Brief

Impress us with your best nature-inspired images. This challenging genre will test your photography skills to limit. Whether you’re photographing fabulous flora and or fantastic fauna we want to see an original take on the subject.

Round 2

Brief

We want to see your best people pictures in this round. As well as a well crafted and technically outstanding photograph what we really want to see is an image in which the photographer has made a connection with the subject revealing an aspect of their personality. This could be a studio shot, a candid capture or environmental portrait - the choice is yours.

Brief

We want to see your best people pictures in this round. As well as a well crafted and technically outstanding photograph what we really want to see is an image in which the photographer has made a connection with the subject revealing an aspect of their personality. This could be a studio shot, a candid capture or environmental portrait - the choice is yours.

Brief

This increasingly popular genre is a great test of a photographer's skill and vision. Whether it's a spontaneous chance encounter on a street corner or you plan to play the waiting game, make the streets your visual theatre and capture the magic as it unfolds.

Brief

This increasingly popular genre is a great test of a photographer's skill and vision. Whether it's a spontaneous chance encounter on a street corner or you plan to play the waiting game, make the streets your visual theatre and capture the magic as it unfolds.

Round 3

Brief

Time to ditch the colour and enter your best black-and-white images in this popular round. The subject can be whatever you like. Remember a great monochrome image isn’t just about removing the colour, you’ll need to consider tones and textures, shapes and form to make the most of the medium.

Brief

Time to ditch the colour and enter your best black-and-white images in this popular round. The subject can be whatever you like. Remember a great monochrome image isn’t just about removing the colour, you’ll need to consider tones and textures, shapes and form to make the most of the medium.

Brief

The only rule to follow in this category is that the image must be taken on a phone! We’ll leave the subject matter up to you: just make sure you inject some creativity into your entry.

Brief

The only rule to follow in this category is that the image must be taken on a phone! We’ll leave the subject matter up to you: just make sure you inject some creativity into your entry.

Round 4

Wild Landscape

Opens in 18 days

Brief

From craggy coastlines to magnificent mountains and everything in between we want to see your best wild and natural landscapes. In this popular category we’ll be looking for photographers who not only meet the high technical demands we expect, but also a creative vision that reveals a 'sense of place'.

Wild Landscape - 25 and under

Opens in 18 days

Brief

From craggy coastlines to magnificent mountains and everything in between we want to see your best wild and natural landscapes. In this popular category we’ll be looking for photographers who not only meet the high technical demands we expect, but also a creative vision that reveals a 'sense of place'.

Round 5

Abstract and Creative

Opens in November 2018

Brief

This is the category to really let go and flex your artistic muscles and get your creative juices flowing. We're looking forward to judging this one!

Abstract and Creative - 25 and under

Opens in November 2018

Brief

This is the category to really let go and flex your artistic muscles and get your creative juices flowing. We're looking forward to judging this one!

Round 6

Travel

Opens in December 2018

Brief

From trekking to Timbuktu and hiking the Himalayas to catching a bus to the supermarket most of us experience travel in one form or another every day. In this round we’re not necessarily looking for exotic locations in fancy far flung locations but rather an image that captures a sense of a ’journey’, that embraces the spirt of adventure and the art of travel, no matter how grand or not.

Travel - 25 and under

Opens in December 2018

Brief

From trekking to Timbuktu and hiking the Himalayas to catching a bus to the supermarket most of us experience travel in one form or another every day. In this round we’re not necessarily looking for exotic locations in fancy far flung locations but rather an image that captures a sense of a ’journey’, that embraces the spirt of adventure and the art of travel, no matter how grand or not.

Round 7

Water

Opens in January 2019

Brief

Water, water everywhere, make your shutter blink, water, water everywhere, show us what you think (sorry Coleridge). This is the round to embrace H2O, whether you’re photographing cool splash art, misty waterfalls and milky seas or you have something meaningful to say about this life-giving substance.

Water - 25 and under

Opens in January 2019

Brief

Water, water everywhere, make your shutter blink, water, water everywhere, show us what you think (sorry Coleridge). This is the round to embrace H2O, whether you’re photographing cool splash art, misty waterfalls and milky seas or you have something meaningful to say about this life-giving substance.

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