Here’s a great excerpt from my book 101 Quick and Easy Secrets for Using Your Digital Photographs. This book is packed full of ideas for using your photographs in a variety of creative ways.
One of the ways is to enter them in a photography competition.
There are a couple of big-name magazines that sponsor photography competitions in which part of the prize (aside from money and/or travel) is getting your photos published on their pages.
Popular Photography Photo Contest
Enter at http://www.popphotocontest.com
America’s biggest photo magazine has a big contest. The winning images are published in both the magazine and Web site. The categories include: action/sports, candid/humor, nature, architecture, people, travel/places.
Enter at http://www.iotycontest.com
The annual American Photo Images of the Year Competition is another biggie. The winning images are published in an issue of American PHOTO magazine and at popphoto.com. The categories for entries are: photojournalism/documentary, commercial work: advertising/editorial, personal work, student work, portraiture, nature and extreme.
National Wildlife, the magazine of the National Wildlife Federation sponsors a photo contest for wildlife photographers. Winners of the contest are published in one of their issues. There are seven categories in three different divisions (Pro, Amateur and Youth). The categories are Global Warming and Wildlife, Mammals, Birds, Other Wildlife, Backyard Habitats, Connecting People and Nature and Landscapes and Plant Life.
Every year Smithsonian magazine sponsors a contest. There are five categories in which you can enter: Natural World, Americana, Altered Images, Travel and People. Ten finalists from each category are chosen. The finalists’ photos get published on the Smithsonian Web site.by