Competitions

Whether you are working digitally, using film or experimenting with more traditional processes, all subjects, genres and styles of photography can be entered into many of our competitions, grants and bursary opportunities. The majority are open to both members and non-members. You will also find links to opportunities from our friends and partners listed below.

British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2019

Closes: 20th December 4pm GMT
Prizes include a solo show at a renowned art gallery and a production grant for the show of up to £5,000.

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Monthly Competition: Review of The Year 2018

December theme: Review of The Year 2018
Open: 1st- 1st January 2019

Closes: 31st December 2018→

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2019

Closes: 10th February 2019
The prize pool is worth more than £20,000, with a £5,000 prize for the overall winner.

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RHS Photographic Competition 2019

Closes: 1st March 2019. Free to enter.
Prizes include: £5,000 for the overall winner and £750 Wex Photographic vouchers for the young winner.

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Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2019 Competition

Various opening/closing dates.
Prizes include: £2,500 mpb.com voucher, Sony A7 III & FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS and a £2,000 Rohan shopping experience.

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Sony World Photography Awards

Closes: Various closing dates
Now in its 12th year, the goal of the competition is to showcase the best contemporary photography worldwide.

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The Peter Hansell Scholarship Fund

The Medical Group of the RPS administers a scholarship fund in memory of Dr Peter Hansell HonFRPS, a pioneer of the practice and teaching of medical photography in the second half of the 20th Century.

Open until total annual funding allocation reached→

Joan Wakelin Bursary

Administered by The Society in partnership with The Guardian. The Joan Wakelin Bursary offers £2000 for the production of a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue.

This bursary is now closed for 2018→

Environmental Bursary

The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with The Photographic Angle offers two, one-year bursaries to support a photographic project that will promote environmental awareness.

This bursary is now closed for 2018→

RPS Postgraduate Bursary

As part of The Society’s remit as an educational charity we offer an annual bursary of £3,500 in support of a postgraduate student studying in the UK or abroad.

This bursary is now closed for 2018→

Short Film Award

Can you do it in 90 seconds? DepicT! challenges filmmakers on any budget from anywhere in the world to show their stuff in just a minute and a half. In partnership with Watershed and DepicT!

This award is now closed for 2018→