Photo competitions – Calls for entries to Taylor Wessing Portrait Photographic Prize, Peaches & Cream, Photomonth and Photography Book Now

It’s another Bank Holiday in Londinium and time for a photo competitions round up. Here are details of four photo competitions that are sending out calls to photographers, amateurs and professionals alike; one of which, from blurb, is for self-published photo books – a growth area with the development on digital technologies.

Deadlines are varied, from end of June, July and August, and all incur some entry fee, though there is no set amount and this varies wildly from competition to competition. For those below, this ranged from £10/entry to £23/entry. The photomonth open is, however, free to enter.

The National Portrait Gallery is calling for entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011. The competition aims to provide “an important platform for portrait photographers including gifted amateurs, students and professionals of all ages”. Last year the competition attracted nearly 6,000 entries – stiff competition, as they say – and it was won by David Chancellor, for his portrait Huntress with Buck.

See over, for more details…

Applications must be received in advance, either online or by post, by 23.59 on Thursday 7 July 2011. Entry forms will not be accepted on the day when prints are delivered.

£23.00 per photograph entered.

Follow this photo prize link and complete the online application form or send a stamped addressed A4 envelope for a hard copy form to: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H OHE.

Around 60 photographers will be selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, and the winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 will receive £12,000. In addition the judges, at their discretion, will award one or more cash prizes to the shortlisted photographers.

The exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 10 November 2011 until 12 February 2012.

For the third year running ELLE magazine will commission a photographer selected for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition to shoot a feature story for the magazine. Clare Shilland won the second ELLE Commission in 2010 for her portrait Merel.

Millennium Images has launched a new photographic competition – Peaches and Cream – in conjunction with Milim Gallery and Crane Kalman Brighton. The competition “offers established professionals, graduates and all other photographers alike the opportunity to join forces with Millennium Images picture library”.

There are two categories:

Peaches: Open to every photographer
Cream:  Aimed at graduates.

5 August.

Entry costs £10/submission before 29 July.

Peaches: £500 + 3 year Milim Gallery contract
Cream: £100 + 3 year Milim Gallery contract

Each winner gets a three year contract, cash prize, and the chance to see their photographs published on the cover of a best selling novel. Five photographers will exhibit their work in central London in October 2011. The showcased images will be for sale.

A series of 3-10 images on any theme.
Images can be in any style, for example, documentary, fine art, travel etc and of any subject but should be suitable for hanging on a gallery wall.

The winners will be chosen by Richard Kalman of Crane Kalman Brighton, Richard Evans of Atlantic Books, Jason Shenai of Millennium Images and Milim Gallery, and others from within the photographic and publishing industries.

PHOTOMONTH – EAST LONDON International Photography
Call for entries to the open photography show to be held at the Rich Mix Gallery in Shoreditch. The aim is “to exhibit a wide range of subjects and approaches and give photographers more opportunity to participate in photomonth and exhibit their work to the public, press, publishers, curators and collectors”.

All entries will be continuously screened at the PHOTO-OPEN EXHIBITION and a number of images will be selected for printing, mounting and hanging in the gallery space.


“Open to all kinds of photographers, professional and non-professional, students and young people from all over the UK and the rest of the world. There are no restrictions on subject matter or numbers of entries made per photographer. All entries will be shown on screen or in print in the gallery.”

Submit a CD in jpeg format at 72dpi. File names must follow the convention: initial_surname01jpeg, initial_surname02jpeg etc. Please submit all your entries on one CD. Please make sure your CD is clearly marked with your name.

The Photo-Open Entry Form should be submitted with your CD stating total number of entries together with your entry fees. Also enclose a correctly stamped and self addressed envelope if you wish your CD to be returned.

30 June.

Blurb is calling for entries for its Photography Book Now (PBN) competition 2011. For the first time, the competition will also celebrate up-and-coming talent with a Student category to add to the established Fine Art, Documentary and Travel categories. Photography Book Now  is an international-juried book competition that “celebrates the most creative and innovative self-published photography books, and the people behind them.

“Creating a beautifully produced photography book while retaining complete control of the creative process is what every artist craves,” said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO, Blurb.

“We also have heard from past winners of Photography Book Now that having their work recognised by such distinguished jurors as well as featured at international photography events around the world has opened new doors for them professionally. We are deeply committed to celebrating the medium of photography books and are proud to present Photography Book Now for its fourth year.”

Submission fee:

USD $35
UK £20
EUR €27.50
CAD $35
AUD $35

You can enter as many books as you’d like in any of our four competition categories, but you must pay a separate submission fee for each entry. Submission fees are non-refundable

This competition is not for books published by traditional publishers or offset printers, or handmade books. However, if you’ve used a print-on-demand service other than Blurb to make your book, you are welcome to enter it.

To submit your entry, download and fill out the hard copy submission form. Send the completed entry form along with one hard copy of your book for judging purposes. For more info, see the rules regarding hard copy submissions.

3:00 pm PDT (10pm GMT) on 14 July 14, 2011


  • Markus Schaden, Publisher and Curator
  • Larissa Leclair, Founder, Indie Photobook Library
  • Gerry Badger, Photographer
  • Jon Levy, Founder and Director, FOTO8
  • Chris Boot, Executive Director, Aperture Foundation
  • Matt Eich, Photographer, LUCEO
  • Steven McCurry, Photographer, Magnum
  • Whitney Lawson, Photo Editor, Travel + Leisure
  • Claudia Hinterseer, Founder, NOOR
  • Larry Fink, Photographer
  • Henry Horenstein, Educator and Photographer
  • Laura Brunow Miner, Founder, Pictory

The finalists’ books in each category will become part of the permanent collections at the International Center of Photography, the Indie Photobook Library and the George Eastman House.

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