Themes 2018-04-04T18:08:58+00:00


The award is made up of 12 monthly calls for entries – each judged by an industry leader with a wealth of experience and expertise. You can use your entry to submit to one or more of the open themes.

Inspirational photography © Lucile Boiron


Closing: 30 April 2018

The road through life – childhood freedom, experimentation, transition into the teenage years, self-expression, social beliefs, growing up, having fun.

We don’t arrive fully formed. From birth to toddler to child, teen and pre-adult – Life is an exploration. The theme is as broad as you want it to be. The only limitation is to capture a scene or a detail that shows habits, experiences or behavior of the young.

Portraiture, studio, candid, conceptual, documentary, street. All genres welcome. Show us youthhood, from any perspective!

This month’s judge is Wilfrid Estève / Hans Lucas

Wilfrid Estève is Co-Founder and Artistic and Editorial Director of Hans Lucas, a production studio dedicated to photography, and that supports an international network of photographers with assignments, workshops and mentoring. Alongside Hans Lucas, he runs other agencies such as MYOP and Freelens-France, teaches photojournalism at universities across France, and is president of various photofestivals.

Image © Wilfrid Estève / Hans Lucas

Inspirational images © Celine Croze, Ossi Piispanen, Christoph Soeder, Pascal Vossen, Emily Gummig, Marta Giaccone, Alexandra Serrano, Michael Joseph.

Inspirational photography © Sandrine Lopez


Submission deadline: 31 May 2018

Judge: Katherine Matthews / GUP Magazine

“A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound”. – Charles Baudelaire

A gaze into the soul as the cliché goes, and yet there’s some truth in the power of a portrait – from the history of the studio sitting to the rise of the selfie, the best portraits give a glimpse into another life, a connection formed across distance, cultures and ages.

Show us faces – individuals or groups, the iconic or the unknown – that celebrate diversity, creativity, honesty and self-expression. Studio portraiture, candid street shots, self-portraits, conceptual and fine art all welcome. With seven billion faces to choose from, show us the ones that matter.


Submission deadline: 30 June 2018

Judge: Brian Paul Clamp / ClampArt

For our final theme of the current edition there’s no explicit lead… You are free to investigate everything, and to capture anything.

Landscapes, portraits, reportage, conceptual, personal documentary, travel… From spontaneous street moments to meticulous studio set-ups… Inspire us with your technique, vision and creativity. It’s up to you.

A picture is worth a thousand words as the old saying goes. Show us that picture…

Inspirational photography © Loreal Prystaj

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