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NYIP Contest Watch

NYIP's Contest Watch provides information on international, national and regional photo contests that you might want to enter. Here are the latest photography contests to check out:

Sony World Photography Awards
You have until January 4th to enter the Sony World Photography Awards Competition. It's actually a series of separate contests including an Open Competition for amateurs and enthusiasts, a Professional Competition, a Youth Competition and Student Focus Competition for younger entrants, a 3D contest and the Moving Image category for those experimenting with moving image narrative formats. Each contest has a number of different categories you can submit images to. For instance, the Open Competition's categories include Architecture, Arts & Culture, Enhanced Digitally, Split Second Capture, Low Light, Nature & Wildlife, Panoramic, People, Smile and Travel. There's over $25,000 dollars in awards depending on which competition you enter and a host of other prizes. Entry fees may vary — you can enter up to 3 images if you're a World Photography Awards member — so check the Web site and rules carefully.

Serving Abroad...Through Their Eyes
This photo contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. State Department and is open to any current or former member of the United States Armed Forces or Foreign Service. You can enter only one image taken during overseas service from the year 2000 to the present. There are six categories: daily life, friendship, places, faces, loss or triumph, and they're looking for "The best photos that will uniquely illustrate the human connection and inspiration behind the complex missions and work Americans undertake during federal service overseas." The panel selecting the winning images include New York Times photographer Joao Silva, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Retired Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, Retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, Retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Retired Gen. Colin Powell. Winning photos will be part of a public exhibition for display in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, U.S. Embassies, the Pentagon, and similar public spaces, as well as on DoS, DoD, and AIE webpages. The deadline is February 20, 2012 and needless to say there are very specific rules and forms that need to be completed if you're going to enter this contest.

Outdoor Photography Magazine's 4th Annual Nature's Colors Photo Contest
If you've taken some beautiful pictures of fall foliage this season, you'll want to think about entering this contest. But you'll have to hurry since the deadline is November 30th! The prizes are terrific and if you're the Grand prize winner your photo will published in the March 2012 issue of Outdoor Photographer plus you'll receive the following prizes: a Sony SLT-A55 DSLR, a Gitzo GT2541 Carbon Fiber tripod and GH2780QR head, a PNY 8GB Professional Series SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card, Tamrac's Evolution 8 Backpack (5788), a Duggal 16x20 print of the winning photo and online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery. First pize is a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon fiber tripod and 496RC2 head, a PNY 4GB Professional Series SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card, Tamrac's Rally 5 Camera Bag (3445), a Duggal 16x20 print of the winning photo and online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery. You can enter up to five photos.

Field & Stream's 2011 Fall Trail Cam Photo Contest!
You might also think about entering your Autumn photos into this online contest run by Field & Stream Magazine. There are four rounds of competition — though only the last two are still accepting photographs. The editors' favorite entry in each round will win a Bushnell Trophy Cam and a Grand prize of a pair of Steiner 10x42 Predator Xtreme binoculars will be awarded to the photo chosen as the best from the entire contest. The deadline for round 3 is December 8th and it's January 8th for round 4.


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