Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can participate?
A: Everyone is welcome to submit photos to the awards.
Q: Who is considered a professional photographer?
A: Everyone who belongs to a professional photography organization or earns the majority of income from publishing or selling photos.
Q: Who is considered a student?
A: Everyone who is considered a student in their home country is eligible to use the student discount code, regardless of the subject or major enrolled.
Q: What is the prize in the Global Photo Awards?
A: In total $ 10,000 USD in cash prizes are awarded. In each of the two categories (Nature and People) the winner will receive $ 3,500 USD. The second place will receive $ 1,000 USD. The third place will receive $ 500 USD.
Q: How will the prize be paid?
A: The winners will receive their prizes via a PayPal transaction. Therefore, you must have a PayPal account to receive the prize.
Q: Who receives a catalogue?
A: Every participant will receive a pdf version of the catalogue.
Q: What timezone are the deadlines based on?
A: To ensure everyone on the globe is able to participate under the same conditions, we base the deadline on (UTC -12), which is the latest timezone on earth.
Q: What are the categories?
A: The two categories are People and Nature.
Q: What should be submitted in the People category?
A: Photos should display people as their main focus.
Images can also be drone or underwater photos.
- Culture and Lifestyle
- Portrait and Self-Portrait
- Street Photography
- Others – any images focusing on people not listed above
Q: What should be submitted in the Nature category?
A: Photos should display natural scenes, elements and textures as their main focus.
Images can also be drone, macro or underwater photos.
- Landscape and Aerial images
- Astrological objects and phenomena
- Geological formation
- Weather phenomena
- Flora & Fauna
- Underwater Life
- Others – any images focusing on nature not listed above
Q: What technical requirements should the photo have?
A: - image type should be .jpg
- max size of the photo is 3840x2160 pixels with 300 ppi and 6 MB
- min size 1920x1080 with 300 ppi
- Name the image file by your last and given name followed by the image title (e.g. SmithJohn_Title.jpg)
Q: Why do I have to fill in the additional information when submitting the photos?
A: It is necessary to have some additional background information to create an engaging catalogue and social media posts.
Q: How many photos can I upload?
A: In this year’s awards, you can submit a maximum of 20 photos, up to 10 photos in each of the two categories (Nature and People).
Q: When should the photo have been taken?
A: The photo should not be older than 5 years. We encourage you to create new photos, but we also would like to receive your best shots.
Q: Can photos be submitted if they have already won an award or other competition?
A: Yes. We encourage you to create new photos, but we also would like to receive your best shots.
Q: Is it allowed to edit the photos?
A: Yes. Feel free to edit them as you like.
Q: Can there be a watermark on the photo?
A: No. Whenever your photo is shown, you will be given credit.
Q: Can the submission be edited?
A: No. Once the payment has been made, you cannot edit it anymore. Please review your data carefully before submitting and paying.
Q: Do I keep the copyright on my submitted photos?
A: Yes. You retain full ownership and copyright.
Q: What can Global Photo Awards do with the submitted photos?
A: The photos can be shown in the catalogue, online on the website, on social media and/or in public showings (either printed or projected) by always giving credit to the owner.
Fees & Payment:
Q: How much are the fees to participate?
A: The fee for the first photo to submit is $30 USD, for the second $25 USD and for every further photo $15 USD.
Q: Are all fees and prizes in USD?
A: Yes. All fees and prizes are in USD.
Q: Is it possible to pay in a different currency?
A: Yes. When available, PayPal will offer you to pay in your home currency. All currency exchanges are made by PayPal.
Q: What is a coupon?
A: A coupon is a discount code which can be entered to reduce the fee to pay.
Q: How do I receive a coupon?
A: If you submit your image before December 31st, 2020 you can use the "earlybird" coupon.
If you are a student, you can use the "student" coupon.
If you are a photo club or society planning on submitting photos please contact us via for a coupon.
If you are living in an economical troubled area and planning on submitting photos please contact us via for a coupon.
Q: How often can I use a coupon?
A: For every photo you submit, you can only use one coupon. Every coupon can only be used once per person.
E.g. If you are a student submitting 2 photos before the Early Bird Deadline, you can use the "student" coupon for the first photo and the "earlybird" coupon for the second photo submitted.
Q: When is the discount deducted?
A: By clicking the “Submit & Pay” button on the Upload form, your image is checked and uploaded, then the Payment form will open. Here you can see the price you will be charged.
Q: How can the fee be paid?
A: The fee can be paid with PayPal. You can either pay with your PayPal account or use the “pay with Credit Card service by PayPal”.
Q: Do I have to have a PayPal account?
A: No. PayPal offers a service to pay with credit card via their platform.
Q: What if something goes wrong with the payment?
A: In case you cancel or abort the payment, your submission cannot be accepted.
Please, select the photo and fill out the required fields again to get to the payment form again.
In case you have any troubles, please let us know by sending us an email:
Q: How can I check my submitted photos?
A: Please visit the summary page to see your submissions. https://www.globalphotoawards.com/account/summary
Q: What if my submitted photo is not shown on the summary page?
- If you have not paid the submission fee right away, or cancelled it during the payment process, your submission is cancelled. You need to start from the beginning by uploading a file and filling in all the details.
- If you have paid the submission fee and the photo does not show on the summary page, please write us an email
(email@example.com) with the details of your submission so we can help you.
Q: Who will judge the photos?
A: There will be an international jury looking at each submitted photo and deciding whether it is accepted, rejected, shortlisted or award winning.
Q: Will there be information about the judging result?
A: Yes. In the Summary page, you will see the status of the jury’s decision.