American Photography Open 2018
Total awards: 5000 $
Join 20 $

Info & Rules

Added by Sophia Brighton

Experienced photographer with over 15 years of shootings.

Contest info


Presenting the American Photography Open 2018. A new competition to celebrate the best pictures submitted by photo enthusiasts, taken with any device. For over 30 years American Photography has been holding a juried competition for pro photographers. Now with the proliferation of so much great photography taken by everyone we are introducing a new competition for photo enthusiasts at all levels.

Our judges will include members of the Pro Photo Daily staff, Julia Sabot from Blink, Alison Zavos Editor of Feature Shoot, Reuel Golden Editor at Taschen, Marc Asnin from Boulevard Artists, Jonathan Thorpe a Tamron Image Master and they, along with the community who register, will award prizes for the best images submitted in 2018.

A Short List will be announced in September and a Community Voting Gallery will be available for voting.

In October ten finalists will be announced who will receive prizes including selected products/ services from our partners, an exhibit of their prints and recognition at our awards event at Photo Plus in New York City and a chance to participate in a Photo Walk conducted by one of the Tamron Image Masters during the show.

Number of winners






Start date

1 June 2018  -  24 August 2018


1 June 2018  -  24 August 2018


1 September 2018  -  14 September 2018



General rules

  • Who can enter?All amateur and professional photographers from all nations are welcome to submit work shot anywhere in the world.
  • What's the deadline?Final Deadline August 24, 2018
  • What are the fees?Your initial entry (one image) will be $20 for the first image, $5 for the second and $10 for every entry after that.
  • Is there a theme for the competition?No, all images on any subject matter are eligible as long as they were shot after July 1, 2017.
  • Do I keep all rights to my images when I enter?Yes, AI-AP does not retain any rights to your work when you make your submission. Upon selection, permission is given only for use in the book, website, finalists exhibit and any promotion for American Photography relevant to the contest. Proper artist credit is always given along with contact information where applicable.
  • What file size can I submit?JPG files are required for submission. Upload files 72dpi, RGB, up to 1000 pixels on the LONGEST side, up to 20MB. Use any unique file name, but do not include special characters or spaces in the file name. Save file as a .jpg.
  • Do I submit hi-res file?No. If selected as a finalist, we will request hi-res files at minimum 300 dpi, 20x13", CMYK for reproduction.
  • Can I edit my submission before I submit it and pay for it?Yes, the site will guide you in the submission process and will show you your entries. Before you submit and pay, you will be able to remove and resubmit images or add more images to your cart. Once you submit and pay however, it is not possible to remove or exchange images.
  • Can I change an image after I've submitted it?Yes, you can until you pay and submit your images.
  • Can I log back in and submit more work once I've checked out and paid?Yes, but you will have to submit a new entry. The system will recognize how many submissions the user has paid for and charge the correct price accordingly, regardless of the date of submission.
  • Will I receive a notice that my online submission has been received?Yes, once you've completed your submission, you will automatically receive an email confirmation that includes your member ID number with the amount paid. This will act as your receipt.

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Age restriction: 1 / 100

Available for citizens: Worldwide