World in Focus - The Ultimate Travel Photography Competition
Total awards: 4500 $
Join 35 $

Info & Rules

Added by Sophia Brighton

Experienced photographer with over 15 years of shootings.

Contest info



Enter your best single images of travel portraits, outdoor scenes, local places or spontaneous moments, or submit a photo essay to tell a longer story from your travels. Professional and amateur photographers are judged separately, with two grand-prize packages up for grabs. Win $1,000 or $2,000, a profile about your work in an issue of PDN, up to $500 to B&H Photo, and more. All winners will be published in print and online!

This competition is organized by PDN and has 5 categories:

  • Portraits
  • Landscapes / Nature
  • Wildlife / Insects
  • Editorial / Commercial
  • Photo Essay (2-6 images)

Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer, has been covering the professional photographic industry for more than 30 years.

In addition to prizes of monetary value, our photo contests provide entrants with immeasurable exposure to leading creatives. Winners' galleries are published in PDN with additional print distribution to influential photo editors, creative directors and art buyers looking for new and established talent.

PDN's family of photo contests covers a broad range of fields and experience and has a reputation for prestige and value.

Enter today!

Start date

1 July 2018  -  12 September 2018


1 July 2018  -  12 September 2018


13 September 2018  -  30 November 2018



GRAND PRIZE (one professional and one amateur)     

  • $2,000 cash (professional)    
  • $1,000 cash (amateur)    
  • Tamron Lense (professional and amateur)    
  • $500 to B&H Photo    
  • A one-page profile in PDN 

FIRST PLACE (two per category)     

  • $100 to B&H Photo 

ALL GRAND-PRIZE AND FIRST PLACE WINNERS will receive a one-year PHOTO+ Basic Membership and a VIP Expo Pass to PDN's PhotoPlus Expo.
ALL WINNERS will be published in the December issue of PDN and in an online gallery and promoted to our network of more than half a million readers, followers, and photo-industry creatives.

General rules


Who may enter this contest? Entrants must be 18 years or older. Employees and direct family members of PDN and its affiliates are not eligible to enter or win prizes. See Rules page for more details. Can I enter if I live outside of the U.S.?
Except where prohibited by law, international entries can be submitted.
What is an entry?
An entry consists of one image or one photo series.
What is a photo series?
A photo series includes two to six images that convey a story around a particular theme.
How are the entries judged?
Judging is subjective, however, we have a few simple guidelines for putting together your entry.

  • If you are entering a single image, make sure it's strong on its own. You may choose to also enter it as part of a series, but as a single, it should relay the story, moment or concept you want to convey.
  • If you are entering a series, make your series cohesive. If it is not from the same photographic series or project, a visual relationship that ties the imagery together is key. Judges will be making decisions based upon the strength of the series as a whole. Make a careful edit of your images and order them the way you want them to be viewed.
  • Trust your instincts, but also ask the advice of those you trust. Sometimes you need another opinion to improve your edit. Ask someone with a good eye, be it another artist, your rep or a creative who has experience in the field.

See Rules page for more details on the judging process. What format should I save my digital images?
Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi (around 7" or larger) jpeg. We recommend the uncompressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that are up to 50 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images (uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop's "Image Size" display which represents the count of pixels in the image: It is not the file size on your computer's hard drive viewable on your desktop). Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed.
Is there a limit to the number of entries that I can enter?
No, you may enter as many entries as you like.
How do you define a "professional" photographer?
A professional photographer:

  • Earns more than 50 percent of his or her income from photographic sales.
  • Publishes photographs in books, magazines, newspapers, or online regularly.

Non-professionals are welcome to enter into a professional category but professionals cannot enter as amateurs. Is there a timeframe for when my photos must have been taken to qualify for this contest?
No, there are no timeframe restrictions for this contest.
I have entered my photo in another competition. Does this disqualify my entry?
No, we allow images that have been entered or have won in other photo competitions, including other PDN/Rangefinder/WPPI contests, as long as they have not been entered into this contest in a previous year.
Should I watermark my images?
No, we will appropriately credit all winning photographers.
Will my images be sold?
No. You retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee. All entries may be posted online so that viewers may view all competing entries. And winning entries may be used in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest for a period of 24 months from the date winners are notified.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be contacted in November 2018 and the winning entries will be published in PDN's December 2018 Issue.


Age restriction: 18 / 100

Available for citizens: Worldwide