2018 APA Awards - Call for Entries

Mon 21st May, 2018

By APA Admin in National, Call for Entries

2018 APA Awards - Call for Entries is closed.

Thank you to everyone who entered. The images will soon go to the judges.  
Winners will be notified in August. Announcement will be made public by September 1. 

Our annual competition is open to all photographers at every level worldwide; from seasoned professionals to up-and-comers. 

That said, APA members save with each image they enter into the contest, members at the profesional level and leader level save at least 50% on each entry. Now is a great time to join APA and save on each image you enter.  Need to upgrade? email members@apanational.org


    Animals  (new!)
    Fine Art/Personal
    Underwater/Aerial  (new!)
    Still Life/ Food


Submission pricing:     Join APA or upgrade your membership to save on each entry

    APA Members (Leader level) - $25 / entry
    APA Members (Professional level) - $30 / entry
    APA Members (Associate level) - $35 / entry
    APA Members (Supporter level) $35 / entry
    APA Members (Contributor level) - $40 / entry
    Non APA Member:  $60 / entry
(not an APA member? If you are entering more than one image we suggest Joining first and save on entries)

   Membership levels in APA and the annual fee:  
Contributor $50, Supporter $125, Associate $250, Professional $350, Leader $500

Judges include:

Molly Roberts, National Geographic
Dave Bett Sony Music
Toby Kaufmann, Refinery29 
Sari Levy, Martin Agency  
Chris Peters, Colle McVoy  
Suzee Barrabee, Freelance Art Buyer/Producer
Anna Alexander, Wired  
Kim Harris, Team Detroit GTB
Charlie Hess, Chess Design/UCLA magazine
Pierluigi Serraino, Architect 
Stephanie Broad, Modern Luxury
Susan Spiritus, Susan Spiritus Gallery
Deirdre Read, Hearst Lifestyle Group 
Jasmine Batista, BBDO
William Beauter, Architect
Ralph Mennemeyer MRepresents 
Claudia Coffman Luerzer's Archive

Prizes include 

All selected images are included in a beautifully designed, high-quality, custom printed book.
Book printed by A & I in Los Angeles. 

Top ranking images will appear in a spread in Luerzer's Archive

Best of Show:

First Place winners:


First Place winner of the Beauty/Fashion/Lifestyle category:

  • ARRI - Two Week Lighting Loaner Package (in the US) SkyPanel S60-C, SkyPanel S30-C, L7-C

First Place Emerging / Student winner:

Reasons to Enter

  • The APA Awards is one of the most respected photo contests for professional photographers.
  • Connect to people who can hire you
  • Selected images to be included in a 2-page spread in Lürzer's Archive 2018
  • All winners appear in a beautifully printed book sent to art buyers and photo editors
  • A gallery showcasing winning images will be viewable online 
  • An acclaimed panel of Judges who hire and work with professional photographers will be viewing your work
  • Easy, secure entering process
  • Feel good - proceeds help support the association and that helps us do more for you! 

What to Know

    You do not need to be an APA member, but APA members receive a discount on each entry
    APA members receive a discount based on their membership level
    Images are assigned an arbitrary ID for "blind" judging
    There is no limit on the number entries that can be submitted
    The same image can be entered in more than one category
    We did not create a "series" category this year, but the image you submit can be a diptych or triptych 
    There is no restriction on when the entry images were created
    The decision of the judges of the competition shall be final and binding
    Entry fees are non refundable
    Winners will be notified in August and officially announced in September
    APA does not accept responsibility or warrant any product being delivered by a sponsor.
    Any applicable tax, due on the awarding of prizes, will be the sole responsibility of the winner(s)
    Prizes and the APA Awards book are shipped to the winners with U.S. addresses only 
    International winners will need to make arrangements to receive physical prizes and a copy of the awards book
    Images that won previously in the APA Awards are not eligible to win
    Image size is for judging only, a larger file size in CMYK will be required for the images that are selected
    A photographer can only win once 

Image Guidelines

    Images should have no text that is not part of the image
    All files must be .jpg format
    File size limit 10MB
    Image size no smaller than 1200 pixels on the long side and no larger than 1800
    Color profile is sRGB, image resolution 72ppi
    Do not include symbols (©, ®, •, $) in the file name as it can corrupt the file (image file name is not visible to the judges). 

Submission Guidelines

    APA members login to apanational.org using your APA credentials
    Non-members can enter images into the contest by creating a guest account
    The system will automatically charge you based on your membership level
    Once you have completed the transaction your submission is final and you will not be able to edit your image
    You may request to void a submission but the entry fee will not be refunded
    You can return to your APA account at any time to review your entries
    You may submit additional images until the deadline
   Images that have won an APA Award previously (viewable on APAnational.org/awards) if submitted, will not be included in judging

    You will receive an email confirmation upon entering.  If you do not receive a confirmation email contact members@apanational.org

Sign in or Register to Enter http://apanational.org/contests/



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