Our annual competition is open to all photographers at every level, worldwide -- everyone from emerging photographers to established professionals.
Our Judges will select 40 APA Award Winners this year.
APA members save on each entry. Professional and Leader level members save at least 50% on each image.
Now is a great time to join APA : enter enough images and your first year of membership can be free.
Like to upgrade? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discount Entry Fee Deadline: Thursday, June 27 : Save $10 per entry
Full Fee, Final Deadline: Monday, July 8 : $10 per entry increase goes into effect on June 28
The APA Awards is established as one of the world's most respected photo contests for professional photographers.
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Selected images will be included in Lürzer's Int'l Archive 2020, viewed by thousands of Creatives around the world
All 40 winners appear in a beautifully printed book sent to art buyers and photo editors
An impressive gallery showcasing the winning images will be viewable online, and widely promoted
An acclaimed panel of Judges who hire, and work with pro photographers will view your work
Easy, secure contest-entering process:
Entering is quick, easy, reliable and secure
We’ve lowered the entry fees so you can enter more images
There is no limit on number of images you enter
For a great cause - proceeds help advance APA's core not-for-profit mission of protecting photographers' rights, so you can feel good about entering!
Architecture / Interiors
Beauty / Fashion
Celebrity / Musicians
Conceptual / Altered
Corporate / Industrial
Documentary / Photojournalism
Food / Still Life
Nature / Animals
Sports / Adventure
Travel / Landscape
APA Members (Leader level) : $15 / entry
APA Members (Pro & Associate levels) : $20 / entry
APA Members (Supporter & Contributor levels) : $25 / entry
Non-Members : $30 / entry
NOTE: These are the Discounted Fees; all entry fees increase by $10 on June 28th
Join APA for as little as $50 and enjoy a wide range of valuable benefits, including significantly discounted Awards entry fees.
Not yet an APA member? If you are entering more than one image, we strongly suggest you join APA first, and save on all of your entries.
APA Member levels and their annual dues:
Contributor: $50, Supporter: $125, Associate: $225, Professional: $350, Leader: $500.
(Monthly installment plans are available for all member levels, except Contributor.)
View the APA Member Benefits for each Member Level, here
Membership FAQs are answered here
Membership questions? Please email: email@example.com
Anyone can enter, but APA members are entitled to a discount on every entry
APA members receive a commensurate discount based on their membership level
Images are assigned an arbitrary ID, for "blind" judging
There is no limit on the number entries you can submit
The same image can be entered in more than one category
There is no "series" category, and please do not enter panoramas, diptychs or triptychs
There is no restriction on when the entry images were created
The decision of the judges of the competition shall be final and binding
Entry fees are non refundable
Winners will be notified in August and officially announced in September
APA does not accept responsibility for, or warrant any product being delivered by a sponsor
Any applicable tax, due on the awarding of prizes, is the sole responsibility of each winner
Prizes, and the APA Awards book are shipped to the winners with U.S. addresses only
International winners will need to arrange to receive tangible prizes, and a copy of the book
Images that won previously in the APA Awards are not eligible for entry, or to win another Award
Entrants can only win one Award each year
Image size is for judging only, a larger file size in CMYK will be required for the selected images
Images should not contain any text that is not part of the image
All files must be .jpg format
File size limit: 10 MB
Image size no smaller than 1200 pixels on the long side, and no larger than 1800 pixels
Color profile is sRGB, image resolution : 72 ppi
Do not include disallowed characters (©, ®, •, $) in file names which can corrupt the file
Judging is blind: image file names are not visible to the judges
APA members login to apanational.org using your APA credentials
Non-members can enter images into the contest by creating a guest account
The system will automatically charge you based on your membership level
Once your transaction is complete, your submission is final and you cannot edit your images
You may request to void a submission, but the entry fee will not be refunded
You can return to your APA account at any time to review your entries
You may submit additional images until the final deadline
Previous APA Award winning images (view at APAnational.org/awards) will not be judged
You will receive an email confirmation upon entering. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam, then contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please check back for updates as we add the Judges, here)
Please Note: The Judges will award a First, Second, and Third Place in each of the Thirteen Categories, plus a Best of Show. So this year, there will be Forty APA Award Winners!
(Please check back for updates as we add more valuable prizes, here)
We would like to thank all of our partners for supporting our mission, and our community.
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