How It Works
In total, $10,000 USD in cash prizes are awarded.
$ 5,000 in each of the two main categories (Nature and People) are split accordingly:
$ 3,500 for the 1st Place
$ 1,000 for the 2nd Place
$ 500 for the 3rd Place
The winners receive their prize via PayPal transaction and are responsible according to their tax liability.
2020.12.31 Early Bird Deadline
2021.04.04 Final Submission Deadline
2021.04.25 Announcement of the Shortlisted Candidates
2021.05.02 Announcement of the Winners
The early bird deadline is on December 31st, 2020. After the final submussion deadline on April 4th, 2021, the jury takes 3 weeks to view all entries. For each category, a shortlist of photographers is announced on April 25th 2021. The winning photos are announced on May 2nd, 2021.
Fees to Enter
The entrance fee can be payed via PayPal or Credit Card (offered by PayPal) on the website when submitting a photo. Each photo is submitted as a single image.
$ 30 for the 1st photo
$ 25 for the 2nd photo
$ 15 for every further photo
Early Bird Discount
Deadline December 31st, 2020 midnight
Receive 30% discount on the first photo submitted by using the promocode: earlybird
Receive a 50% discount on the first photo submitted by using the promocode: student (valid for active students only)
Please contact us via for a group discount.
To help promote participation of photographers in an economical troubled area, please email us via for a discount code.
Each discount code is only valid once per person and can be entered when submitting an image. Only one discount code can be submitted with one image. Missuse of promocodes will disqualify the entered image and the participant. The price will be automatically reduced during the payment process. The entrance fee is charged in USD. Conversions to the local currencies are subject to PayPal. Once the submission fee is paid there are no refunds provided. By paying the fee and submitting your photo you accept the Terms and Conditions.
Photos can be submitted exclusively as digital or digitalized images in colour and/or black and white (monochrome). The image type should be .jpg. The maximum size of the image is 3840x2160 pixels with 300ppi and should not exceed 6 MB in size. The minimum requirements are 1920x1080 with 300ppi. Name the image file by your last and given name followed by the image title (e.g. SmithJohn_Title.jpg).
The following information is required to be submitted with every image:
- Name, address and email of the participant (this information is stored in the user registration)
- Category (Nature or People)
- Title of the photo (in English)
- A short story to the image (explain your idea, concept, what you like about it, etc.) (max 255 characters)
- When and where the image was taken (date and location)
- Hashtags (if you want them to be used when publishing your photo on social media)
- Photos are not allowed to have any signature or identification mark on it when submitted. Every time the image is shown or displayed the owner is credited. By providing us your @facebook and @instagram we also can connect you for credit.
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
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
All works complying to the terms and conditions by the entrant are presented to the jury. The organization has the right to decline submitted work without further explanation. The decision by the judges and the organization is final and there is no legal entitlement against it. No works can be submitted after the deadline. From all the entered photos, a maximum of 25% are accepted by the judges. Only accepted works will be in the online show and the catalogue. Every participant will be informed in an electronic way about the result of the judging (accepted, rejected and/or awarded) on each photo.
Showings and Catalogue
The participating photos can be displayed on the website and/or social media. Physical shows can be organized to display the accepted photos. This takes place in accordance to local rules and regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every participant receives a link to download a free copy of the catalogue. It will be available 2 week after the winners are announced.
All photos retain full ownership and copyright to their respective owners.
The participant must ensure to be the owner of all content of the photo and to hold all rights to the submitted photo. The photos must be taken in accordance to local and international laws and not violating the rights of any person.
In the general interest, by uploading a photo to Global Photo Awards, the participant grants permission of non-exclusive reproduction and use of the entered work with no monetary remuneration. The photo 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. In case of any failure to do so, the organization shall be given a reasonable period of time, starting from the date of notice, to fix any failure.
All photos are retained for monitoring and advertising purposes (on the website, social media and print) by the Global Photo Awards for a period not exceeding 12 months or the conclusion of the following year’s event, whichever is the latest. Awarded, shortlisted and accepted photos can be retained past that period for the same marketing purpose, best-of shows and anniversary catalogues.