Sadly, our own funding is drawing to a close – our last ever schemes are now open for applications on Hiive. But while it's an incredibly tough time for arts funding, there is support out there. We've pulled together a list of some of what's available to help you get your project off the ground. Good luck!


A quick internet search will reveal a number of ongoing photography competitions offering small cash awards and industry specific prizes such as cameras, software and publishing deals. We’ve taken a good look at the resources and competitions available to young photographers working on an amateur level. Here are some of our highlights:


The Guardian Camera Club
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: "Focusing on the world of photography"

The Guardian’s Camera Club is a good port of call for small competitions and assignments – and a great place to get noticed. Also check Guardian Witness for content assignments and competitions as well as tips and tricks.


IdeasTap Photographic Award
Deadline(s): Various

Do you have an eye for a good thing? We certainly do. That’s why we’ve teamed up with renowned photographic agency, Magnum, to present our Photographic Award. Prizes range from £1,500 to £5,000 and a “money can’t buy” opportunity with Magnum in London or New York.


Photo Contest Insider
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: "Photo Contests - Photography Competitions - Photo Awards"

A great starting point, the website is a database of international photography competitions.


Prix Pictet
Deadline(s): January

The spiel: “the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability.”

The award aims to uncover outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today.

The Prix Pictet has two elements: the prize of CHF 100,000 awarded to the photographer who, in the opinion of the independent jury, has produced a series of work that speaks most powerfully to the theme of the award; and the Commission, awarded by the Partners of the Pictet Group, in which a nominated photographer is invited to undertake a field trip to a region where Pictet is supporting a sustainability project. Entry is by nomination, but phorographers wishing to submit work for consideration are invited to contact the Prix Pictet Secretariat.


Sony World Photography Awards
Deadline(s): January

The spiel: “the leading global photographic awards programme in existence today.”

The Sony World Photography Awards recognise photographers at all stages of their career, accepting submissions in their Open, Youth or Pro competitions. The World Photography Organisation aims to establish a firm reputation for photography globally, raising the profile of photographers and the art form generally.


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