Our annual competition is open to all photographers at every level, worldwide -- everyone from emerging photographers to established professionals.
Our Judges will select 43 APA Award Winners this year for 14 categories and one Best of Show.
APA members save on each entry. APA Leader level members save over 50% on each image.
Extended date entries: July 6 – July 20
APA Members (Leader level): $25 / entry
APA Members (Pro & Associate levels): $30 / entry
APA Members (Supporter & Contributor levels): $35 / entry
Non-APA Members: $40 / entry
Elizabeth Bruneau is a Parisian native who has been living in New York for the past 30 years. Her photographic passion lies in seeing beyond the obvious and capturing the moment behind the moment. Elizabeth has worked for AOL Music, Rollingstone, Vice and then entered the world of advertising at Anomaly. As a Senior integrated producer and Art Buyer she has produced still and motion campaigns for social, digital and print for clients such as Bvlgari, Converse, Dicks Sporting Goods, Dosist, Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Sally Hansen, Nordstrom, Google, Sonos, New York Life. Her production passion is bringing great talent to the project to make captivating work. Outside of work Elizabeth loves to travel the world with her partner and her two kids, take photos, collect art, interior design, fashion and her dog Ollie.
Caroline Fahey is an Art Producer at Droga5. She produces illustration, animation, and photography campaigns for brands and organizations such as Pinterest, Chase, Mattress Firm, Kimberly Clark, REFORM Alliance, Seize the Awkward/The Jed Foundation and ADCOLOR. Prior to her time at D5, Caroline worked at McCann NY where she began her career in Art Production after graduating from NYU for Photography & Imaging.
Susan Hatten started in Account Service, switched to production, and never looked back. First, as an Art Buyer, then continuing into film, including experiential, digital, and broadcast. This range of experience allows her to excel in projects that involve multiple platforms. Some of Susan's clients include Gatorade, Little Caesars, Dove, UPS, SC Johnson, Kimberly Clark, CDW, Danone, Coors Light, American Family Insurance, and Miller Brewing Co. She has been part of campaigns for those clients that have won Lions, Pencils, Clios and Effies.
Best of Show wins:
North American Database
12,000 Email Credits
2 Lots of 250 - 6 x 8.5 Postcards (print, mailed and postage included)
First Place: 1 hour consultation to each First Place winner (14 total)
Second Place: 1 Lot of 250 postcards, to each Second Place winner (14 total)
2 Years Pro Photoshelter Account to Best of Show winner
1 Year Pro PhotoShelter Account to each First place winner (14 total)
Best of Show wins:
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The APA Awards is established as one of the world's most respected photo contests for professional photographers.
Images featured above, from the 2020 APA Awards
Top row, left to right: © Thorsten Von Overgaard, © John Blais, © Jeremiah Gilbert
Second row, left to right: © Andy Mahr, © Jacob Watts (Judges' Best of Show), © Markku Lahdesmaki
Third row, left to right: © Stephen Voss, © Hillary Maybery, © Powell Jordano
Fourth row, left to right: © Elisabeth Caren, © Scarlett Freund, © Doug Menuez
Fifth row, left to right: © Nick Eucker, © Art Streiber, © Brooke Hummer
Sixth row, left to right: © Mia Depaola, © Tim Griffith, © Dora Duan
Seventh row, left to right: © Jim Lustenader, © Jean Bai, © Ryan Duclos
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