2019 APA Awards Call for Entries is now open!

Wed 29th May, 2019

Posted by Chairman APA/NY in Calls for Entries

APA Awards Call for Entries is now open!

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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: membershiprep@apanational.org

Awards Deadlines

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

Top Reasons to Enter

The APA Awards is established as one of the world's most respected photo contests for professional photographers.

Directly connect to people who can hire you:

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!

Awards Categories

Architecture / Interiors
Beauty / Fashion
Celebrity / Musicians
Conceptual / Altered
Corporate / Industrial
Documentary / Photojournalism
Food / Still Life
Nature / Animals
Personal Projects
Sports / Adventure
Travel / Landscape

Awards Entry Fees

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

APA Membership Pays for Itself

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: membershiprep@apanational.org


Awards Fundamentals

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

Image Entry Guidelines

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

Submission Guidelines

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:members@apanational.org

2019 Awards Judges

(Please check back for updates as we add the Judges, here)

Awards Prizes

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)

Our Partners

We would like to thank all of our partners for supporting our mission, and our community.

Featured Partner:  

Best of Show
Canon Camera 5DS

Supporting Partners:
Agency Access
Blazing Editions
Think Tank

Best of Show
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan with 1 TB of storage - which is $19.99 per month, or $239.88 per year


Best of Show
24x36” print + standard backing combo = $365.00 value

1st  : 1 year of ImageRights Ascent ($588 value) + 2 US Copyright Registrations
2nd : 1 year of ImageRights Launch ($348 value) + 1 US Copyright Registration
3rd : 1 year of ImageRights Pilot ($293 value)

Best of show
Airport Advantage Plus

13 category prize products:
Gear Pouch Bundle

2 Years Pro Photoshelter Account to Best of Show winner
1 Year Pro PhotoShelter Account to each of the 13 First place winners

2 weeks ARRI lighting loaner (SkyPanel S60-C, SkyPanel S30-C and L-7) certificate for the following categories:
Food/Still Life

Sign in or Register to Enter

Images featured above, from the 2018 APA Awards
Top row, left to right: © Art Streiber, © Paul Turang, © Doug Menuez
Second row, left to right: © Fernando Decillis, © Jim Hildreth, © Stephen Hamilton
Third row, left to right: © Martin Klimek, © Martijn Oort, © Garen DiBartolomeo


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