2017 APA Awards - Call for Entries

Tue 09th May, 2017

By Staff in National, Call for Entries

Homepage image © Sue Barr.

© Tim Griffith earned a first place selection in the 2016 APA Awards in the Architecture/Interiors category.


Our annual contest call for entry is happening now. We have big exposure and big recognition for selections this year. As an APA member you receive a discount on every image entry. Now is the time to enter your best image(s) in our annual contest. Enter by June 29th to get the best rate on submissions.

Join APA and Save Big

Our annual competition is open to all photographers at every level; from seasoned professionals to up-and-comers. That said, APA members save with each image they enter into the contest, members at the professional level or above save over 50% on each entry. Now is a great time to join APA and save on each image you enter.

Entry Fees

  • Non APA Member Entry Fee: $50 / entry (not a member? Join first)
  • APA Members (Leader level) - $15 / entry
  • APA Members (Professional level) - $20 / entry
  • APA Members (Associate level) - $25 / entry
  • APA Members (Supporter level) $25 / entry
  • APA Members (Contributor level) - $30 / entry

After June 29th, all entries increase by $10 per entry. Final deadline will be July 12th. No extensions no exceptions.

Winner Prizes

Best of Show selection takes home the Canon EOS 5DS camera body.

Marking a new standard in high-resolution digital SLR photography, the Canon EOS 5DS camera shatters the status quo with a 50.6 Megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors. Perfect for studio, commercial, fine art, landscape, architectural, portrait and wedding photography, plus large-scale printing, the EOS 5DS represents the ultimate combination of EOS performance and ultra-high megapixel capture.

Meet the Judges

This years contest features hi-profile judges that represent an excellent cross section of the photography buying community.

  1. Laurie Kratochvil - Photo Director/Editor
  2. Maya Robinson Art Director, Photography and Visual, NY Magzine
  3. Kenneth Zane, Producer, Leo Burnett
  4. Katie Buntsma, Art Producer, Team One
  5. Jennifer Lamping, Director of Art Production, Ruben Postaer and Associates


  • Advertising. Image commissioned for and used in any type of advertising or social media.
  • Corporate. Image shot for corporate client or non-profit business.
  • Editorial. Image commissioned from any type of editorial publication online or print.
  • Photojournalism. Image captured for documentary, journalistic or street photography.
  • Personal Project. Self commissioned image for art or promotion.
  • Series. Up to 3 images in one file on same subject. Can be for any category.
  • Student or Emerging. Less than 2 years as a professional photographer.

This year our judges will be able to include in their selection a wide variety of image. APA Awards book will feature no less than 50 images.

Need Inspiration?

Not sure what images to enter in this year's competition? No worries, here's the a quick list with links to the last four years of selections and their gallery of images.

Get the Details

You can grab all the details on entering by heading over to our contest section. All your remaining questions will be answered - click the "Enter Awards" button near the top of this page.



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