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 © Julia de Cooker


Closing: 31 July 2018

From icy polar snowscapes to vast and arid deserts; from sweeping agricultural plains to dense tropical rainforest; the earth has always provided an awe-inspiring backdrop to our short stay.

This month we want you to capture the beauty of our shared planet – nature’s landscapes and man’s influence on them. Let’s step out into our world and capture its majesty! Landscapes, conceptual, aerial, documentary…. All genres welcome.

This month’s judge is Molly Roberts / National Geographic

Photographic publications don’t come more prestigious than National Geographic, where Molly Roberts is Senior Photography Editor, shaping stories for web and print.

Hers is a career that has spanned more than 25 years in photography editing and consultancy, at award winning publications such as The Washington Post Magazine and USA Weekend, and through editorial roles on a number of books and festival organizations. Now, alongside her NatGeo role, she is Chief Editor at the Smithsonian, on the Board of Directors for Women Photojournalists of Washington, and on award and portfolio review panels for organisations such as the New York Times, Medium Festival of Photography and LensCulture.

 Image © Molly Roberts / National Geographic

Inspirational images © adriaanlab, Youri Sokolov, Robert Cameriere, Phil Le Gal, Kiki Streitberger, Dimitris Rapakousis, Sinziana Velicescu.

Inspirational photography © Jenny Boot


Submission deadline: 31 August 2018

Judge: Roger Ballen

A home for the brain, the heart and the soul. Let’s look at the image of the human body… from the head to the toes; its aesthetics, its flaws, its quirks and diversity. Freeze a detail or a scene that captures our human nature. With over seven billion to choose from, show us the ones that count.

Portraiture, candid, studio, conceptual, documentary… any genre, and tasteful nudity welcome.

Inspirational photography © Robert Rutoed


Submission deadline: 30 September 2018

Judge: Martin Parr

“With photography a new language has been created” – Ernst Haas

This time there’s no explicit theme… We’re giving you the freedom to inspire us with your photography, no matter the style, subject matter or genre.

Landscapes, portraits, reportage, conceptual, personal documentary, travel… From spontaneous street moments to meticulous studio set-ups… Show us your technique, vision and creativity.

Inspirational photography © Robert Rutoed

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