7 Travel Photography Contests to Enter Now for Free Travel + Cash Prizes


Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Enter the world’s largest, and one of the most respected, photography awards for free. Open to all photographers worldwide. 

This competition rewards excellence across a broad spectrum of photography styles and each year offers undeniable global exposure and recognition to not only its winners, but also its shortlisted photographers.


  • Documentary – Campaign, Current Affairs, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Environment, People, Sport,
  • Art – Architecture, Conceptual, Landscape, Portraiture, Staged, Still Life, Candid

Image Detail /Rules:

You may enter as many categories as you wish; however you cannot enter the same series or images into more than one category.
Images should be no smaller than 800KB and no larger than 5MB. Images should be either JPEG or TIFF files.


  • Title of “Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of The Year”
  • $25,000
  • Membership to the “World Photography Academy”
  • Exhibition showcase of entire winning series at the Sony World Photography Awards 2016 exhibition and winners book
  • International exposure on the WPO website
  • Global media coverage
  • Flights to London, 2 nights accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, April 2016
  • Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony

Winners of each individual category will receive:

  • Recipient of the title “Sony World Photography Awards Professional category name Winner”
  • Flights to London, 2 nights accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, April 2016
  • Winning images showcased in the London exhibition and the winners book
  • International exposure in the winners galleries on the WPO website
  • Global media coverage
  • Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony

Finalists of each individual category will receive:

  • Images showcased as part of the official Sony World Photography Awards 2016 exhibition in London
  • Images published in the winners book
  • Announced to international press
  • International exposure in the winners galleries on the WPO website
  • Winner Announcement/Notification: The finalists will be notified by email. The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony in London in April 2016.

Copyright/Usage Rights:

You are the sole owner and author of each entry.

Free to enter; deadline to submit: January 12, 2016.

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The World We Live In V Photo Contest

Photo Life and Photo Solution invite Canadian and U.S. photographers to submit their best work to The World We Live In V with more than $50,000 offered in prizes, including a grand-prize expedition cruise. Open to pros, amateurs and everyone in between, participants may submit their images through November 30 using a simple online interface. The fabulous prizes include the latest photo equipment and a grand-prize expedition cruise to the heart of the Arctic.

Photographers are invited to submit their best work under three themes: Humanity, Environment and Interconnections. Whether it’s the people you encounter, the outstanding beauty of nature and wildlife, or a simple moment of connectedness, we are surrounded by stories waiting to be told. Follow your curiosity, share your photographic talent, and show us your vision of the world we live in!

$12 for 10 images; deadline to submit: November 30, 2015.



Greece + Greek Islands Photo Contest

Upload your photos of Greece and the Greek Islands to participate in the Greece Photo Contest from Greeka.com, the Greek Islands specialists.

Prizes include 4-night stays in luxurious hotels in the Greek islands, plus return ferry tickets from Athens, a week’s sailing trip in the Dodecanese Islands, photo cameras and calendars of Greece. You can view the latest photos uploaded for Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Skiathos, Rhodes and more.

Free to enter by October 31, 2015.



2015 #OARSlife Instagram Photo Contest

Enter via Instagram by uploading a photo that captures the essence of #OARSlife. Tag your photo with the hashtag #OARSlife. No limit to the number of photos a user may submit.

Prizes: Five $1,000 O.A.R.S. gift cards will be given out to 5 winners based on number of likes during the Voting Period. Gift cards valid through the 2016 season.

Free to enter by September 18, 2015.


Nikon ‘Life is an AWDVENTURE’ Sweeps

Enter the Nikon Life is an AWDVENTURE Sweepstakes for a chance to win a 5-night trip (with airfare) to Big Bend National Park or South Padre Island, Texas + Nikon 1 AW1 Camera package with 2 lenses and accessories. No photography needed to submit for this, but a great chance to win a trip AND a camera upgrade!

Free to enter by September 15, 2015.



Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest

For over a decade, the Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest has been a platform for stunning portraits of the state we call home. Amateur and professional photographers alike have submitted incredible images of mountainscapes, rivers, and elusive creatures that embody our ideal Oregon. In 2015, we’re expanding the contest aesthetic to include Oregon’s dark side – giving a face to the issues we must address to keep our state pristine and wild. Nature photographers are conservation photographers, so we’re calling on you and your superior eye to capture it all. Send us the scenic and the tragic; the light and the dark – the full Oregon spectrum.

Enter your photos in the 11th annual Outdoor Photo Contest’s four main categories:

  • Wildlands
  • Wildlife
  • Waters
  • Endangered Places (this year subtitled Oregon: high-contrast, featuring the state and private logging practices that currently harm and continue to threaten our landscape.)

An entry fee of just $5 enables you to submit up to five total photos to any of the four main categories, and enters you into the chance to win exciting prizes from our outstanding sponsors, including:

  • $250 gift certificate to Pro Photo Supply
  • More prizes to come…

Free to enter by September 14, 2015.



Weather Channel’s ‘It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest’

Amateur + pro photographers invited to share their most spectacular photos of nature, adventure and weather to win cash prizes, up to $15,000.

Free to enter by July 16, 2015.


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