Themes 2018-02-01T21:33:55+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 © Mark Horn


Closing: 28 February 2018

The sweet delight of an endless night. This month we are looking for images inspired by the night – in a literal or abstract way. From hazy dreams to harsh realities. From deserted backstreets to the glitz and glamor of a sleepless city. Show us darkness, the underworld, the hidden.

Urban street scenes, portraits, documentary, landscapes, editorial, conceptual, still life… Show us life at night!

This month’s judges are Yumi and Masaru Goto

Yumi and Masaru Goto are a formidable duo – her a curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher with a particular focus on photobooks, and him an acclaimed photojournalist celebrated for his long-term projects on human rights issues. Together they founded and run Reminders Photography Stronghold – an eminent art hub in Tokyo, dedicated to promoting photography as an outlet for storytelling through exhibitions, talks, workshops and grants.

Inspirational photography © Yumi Goto and Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo

Inspirational images © CY Frankel, Helias Doulis, Colin Kopp, Michael Oliver, Nicole de Khors, Diana Duplakova, Ramona Deckers, Zhao Qian.

Inspirational photography © Vivienne Luo Wang


Submission deadline: 31 March 2018

Judge: Peter Funch

“A city is more than a place in space. It is a drama in time.” – Patrick Geddes

More than half of us now live in cities – surviving and thriving in a complex, manmade space. Show us urban life and the revelations of the modern world, from New York to Nairobi, São Paulo to Shanghai… We’re interested in urban explorations and the insights they can uncover: architecture and cityscapes, urban decay, street encounters, suburban stories… All genres welcome.


Submission deadline: 30 April 2018

Judge: Wilfrid Estève / Hans Lucas

The road through life – childhood freedom, experimentation, transition into the teenage years, sexual 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!

Inspirational photography © Giulia Bersani

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