Visiting somewhere new, whether it’s another city, country or continent, can really get the creative juices flowing. Every location has its own unique feel and photographing the buildings, landmarks, and people you encounter will help to convey the real spirit of a place. If you are looking for inspiration visit the oldest part of a location, and then the newest part. Alternatively, climb to the highest point, and look down on your temporary home. Get up early and visit a local market, or stay out late and shoot lights reflected in water. Talk to people – a smile can go a long way towards securing willing subjects. Try not to ‘steal’ a shot; be patient and courteous.
Over £10,000 of prizes, courtesy of Sigma and Amateur Photographer magazine, plus individual category winners’ prizes.
The panel's chosen winner will take home a SIGMA 18-300mm Contemporary + SIGMA USB Dock + SIGMA EF-630 DG Flash + SIGMA Flash USB Dock FD-11 (£999.96).
The crowd vote winner of each round wins a one-year digital subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine and a year-long Master subscription to Photocrowd.
The Overall Winner of APOY 2018, decided after all 8 rounds have finished, wins the title ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018’, and Sigma kit worth more than £2,000, (SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art + SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art + SIGMA USB Dock (£2,039.97).
All contest winners (expert and crowd), plus selections from the expert category in each contest, will be featured in an issue of AP.
If winner is based outside EU, they will have to pay for any customs charges that may be charged.
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.
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To keep photographers anonymous entries are hidden until rating begins.
Amateur Photographer magazine invites amateur photographers from around the world to enter its annual competition and the chance to win the title of ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018’.