What are the contest categories?
Who can enter?
The awards are open to anyone aged 13 and over, and all nationalities.
You can find other eligibility criteria on the Terms and Conditions page.
What are the key dates?
The competition opens in the week commencing 17th May 2021.
The closing date for entries is midnight (UTC+1) on 18th July 2021.
The overall winners of the awards will be announced on the 12 August 2021.
How many images can I enter?
You can enter up to 8 images.
How much does it cost to enter?
A single image entry costs £5 (GBP). You can buy individual entries, or save time by buying larger bundles for multiple entries to the awards
A discount on the cost of entry of 10%, 20% or 30% is available for Photocrowd Challenger, Pro or Master subscribers, respectively.
Where does my entry fee go?
All revenue from the Potato Photographer of the Year 2021 will be donated to The Trussell Trust, a food bank charity that aims to end hunger and poverty in the U.K..
More information on the Trussell Trust can be found here
How is the winner of 'Potato Photographer of the Year 2021' decided?
The grand prize and title of 'Potato Photographer of the Year 2021' will be awarded to the photographer whose entry is chosen by the judging panel as the overall winner. There are also prizes for the photographers who submit the second and third-placed images.
How should I prepare my images for submission?
Images should be saved as jpegs at the highest quality available, with a colour profile attached. Either the RGB or sRGB colour profiles are recommended. Digital scans from film are also eligible providing they meet these technical guidelines.
It is strongly advised that you upload the largest file size that you have available. Images will be viewed at 100% by the judges, and larger file sizes will therefore be at an advantage. Whilst no image sizes will be rejected at upload, winning images may be required to be printed, and so must be of sufficient quality to allow this. As a minimum it is advised that images measure at least 2,500 pixels on the shortest side after any cropping. Where images submitted are smaller than this, it will be assumed that this is the largest image size available to the photographer, and will affect that image’s chances of winning.
There are Photoshop and other image software tutorials online that show you how to best resize an image.
We advise photographers to include as detailed a description as possible of their work during the upload process. This is a great way to tell a story or other interesting facts about your image, and the judges will be able to read this while rating to give them insight into the how you took the shot.
It is also advised to include a title for all submitted images, and these titles will be presented alongside winning images on the Awards website and in press releases and elsewhere.
We would advise all entrants to add copyright information in the metadata of all submissions.
Images exhibiting watermarks, copyright or authorship information or other information overlaid over the image will not be considered by the judging panel.
Can I submit images that have been retouched or manipulated?
There are no restrictions regarding the manipulation of images using software or other techniques, provided that all imagery is the exclusive work of the submitting photographer and does not include any element that is the copyright of another.
How many times can I enter the awards?
Each photographer can enter the awards once, using one Photocrowd account. More than one image bundle can be purchased, but there is a maximum of 8 images that can be entered by each photographer.
How recently do submitted images have to have been taken?
There is no rule regarding how recently an image must have been taken.
Can an image be entered that was entered into Potato Photographer of the Year 2020?
No images that were shortlisted or won a prize in Potato Photographer of the Year 2020 can be entered into this year's competition. Images that were not shortlisted in 2020 can be re-entered in 2021 if the photographer wishes to do so.
Can I enter a photo that has previously won another photo awards?
There is no restriction on entering images that have previously won other awards, not including Potato Photographer of the Year 2020 (see above).
Can I withdraw or swap an image once I’ve entered it?
If the awards are still open for entries then at any time you can remove an entered image and enter a different one in its place. Once the deadline for entries has passed, and judging is underway, images cannot be removed or swapped out for other images.
Do I have to sign up to Photocrowd to enter?
Yes, there’s a simple signup process to register on Photocrowd, which will then give you full access to Potato Photographer of the Year 2021.
Do images have to be taken in the United Kingdom?
No, the Potato Photographer of the Year 2021 is an international competition and you may enter photographs taken anywhere in the world.