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2022 APA Awards

Our Judges will select 43 APA Award Winners this year for 14 categories and one Best of Show.

The All New Sony Xperia Camera

Our Best of Show selection will take home the all-new Xperia by Sony camera ($1,800 value).

APA Awards 2022 We are now accepting entries in our National contest - here are the details:

  1. Our annual competition is open to all photographers at every level, worldwide -- everyone from emerging photographers to established professionals.
  2. Our Judges will select 43 APA Award Winners this year from 14 categories and one Best of Show.
  3. APA members save on each entry. APA Leader level members save 50% on each image and get featured in our awards annual publication.

Awards Deadline

The submission deadline is June 23 at 11:59 PM PDT.

Awards Entry Fees

  • $15: APA Leader
  • $20: APA Professional
  • $25: APA Associate or Supporter
  • $30: APA Contributor
  • $40: General Public

Not an APA member? Now is a great time to join and earn a nice discount on every image you submit to our annual competition.

Awards Categories

  1. Architecture / Interiors
  2. Beauty / Fashion
  3. Celebrity / Musicians
  4. Conceptual / Altered
  5. Corporate / Industrial>
  6. Documentary / Photojournalism
  7. Food / Still Life
  8. Lifestyle
  9. Nature / Animals
  10. Personal Projects
  11. Portrait
  12. Sports / Adventure
  13. Travel / Landscape
  14. FRESH / New work (Created in 2022)

Awards Judges

Jason Lau, Executive Producer at Giant Spoon.
As the Executive Producer, Jason has worked on award-winning campaigns across all media platforms, from film, digital, social and print. He’s been part of leading conversations within the industry and has been a judge for The Lucie Foundation, Le Book, PDN Photo Annual and the AICP. He currently leads the LA & NY content production team which encompasses producers which have an expertise in art, film, digital and integrated productions on a global scale. His passion is to discover and collaborate with great talent and brands in order to produce culturally significant and meaningful stories.

Biopic of Jess Shay

Jess Shay, Art Buyer at Duncan Channon
Partial client list includes: Clients: Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, CA Tobacco Control Program, Covered CA, CA Dept of Public Health, Kona Brewing Co, InnovAsian, SweeTarts, SFCASA, Tattooed Chef, Golden Road Brewing.

Biopic of Kimber Leigh Nussbaum

Kimber Leigh Nussbaum, Senior Art Producer at Upshot
Kimber is a highly motivated, creative art producer/art buyer who loves helping her team breathe life into layouts til they become realized final productions of work! She takse great care to keep my thumb on the pulse of creative vendors & happenings in Chicago as well as nationally and globally. She founded an Art Buyer's club in 2011 dedicated to supporting my fellow agency colleagues in networking and general camaraderie.

Biopic of Lori Epstein

Lori Epstein, Photo Manager, Kids Books at National Geographic.
Lori Epstein earned a journalism degree from Boston University College of Communication, and later worked as a photographer's assistant and freelance photographer until transitioning to photo editing full time. She joined National Geographic Kids Books in 2005 as a photo editor, and now leads a team of in-house and freelance photo editors and photo researchers producing about 50 kids books a year. As Photography Manager, Lori helped to develop, and now works to maintain the Nat Geo Kids visual esthetic, which unifies the brand in the marketplace and helps set it apart from the competition. She works from idea to product, curating existing photography and producing original photography (sometimes her own!).

Biopic of Jessica Mirolla

Jessica Mirolla, Senior Art Producer at Garage Team Mazda
Specialties: advertising, art, budgeting, content optimization and production, social and organic marketing strategy, digital asset management system implementation, CGI/interactive, vendor and client relations, photography, large-scale overseas production management, supervisory skills, sales, marketing and art curation.

Biopic of Rajat Gupta

Rajat Gupta, Group Creative Director at MediaMonks

Justin Morris, Creative Director at Kamp Grizzly.
Justin Morris is a director, artist and storyteller working across a variety of mediums to find a semblance of truth in our everyday. Working as an Executive Creative Director at Portland based agency, Kamp Grizzly, Justin collaborates alongside a diverse group of creatives to bring culturally informed solutions to such clients as Netflix, Apple, HBO and Adidas. Also under the KG umbrella Justin leads the charge on the subterranean publication Cult Classic Magazine, an ongoing literary experiment serving as a platform to preserve, promote and support timeless underground creatives who make up the undercurrent of culture. The four issues to date read as technicolor lesson plans that give artists and thinkers across the country a space to share their unadulterated perspectives.

Jillian Sellers, Senior Visual Editor at Oprah Daily | House Beautiful
Jillian is the Senior Visual Producer and Editor currently working in the Hearst Visual Group to curate still and motion productions for lifestyle, home decor, and food. As multifaceted multimedia and visual journalist, I am skilled in combining my knack for photos and videos to bring print and digital media to life, creating beautifully constructed products every time.

Coming soon - more industry-leading creatives to be announced as judges.

Awards Fundamentals

Anyone can enter the APA Awards:

  • 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 of entries you can submit
  • The same image can be entered in more than one category but can only win once
  • An image that has previously won in the APA Awards is not eligible
  • Only the images in the "Fresh / New Work" category have a creation date requirement
  • 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 winners are officially announced in September
  • APA does not accept responsibility for or warrant any product being delivered by a sponsor
  • Any applicable tax due on the awarding of prizes is the sole responsibility of each winner
  • Prizes and the APA Awards book are shipped to U.S. addresses only

Image Entry Guidelines

  • All files must be in JPG format
  • File size limit: 2 MB
  • Image size no smaller than 1200 pixels
  • Images size no longer than 1800 pixels
  • The color profile is sRGB, image resolution: 72 ppi
  • Do not include characters (©, ®, •, $, #) in file names as these can corrupt the file
  • Images must not contain any text that is not part of the image
  • Winners will be required to provide a high-resolution version for print

Submission Guidelines

  • APA members log in to apanational.org using your APA credentials
  • Non-APA members can enter by creating a guest account
  • The system will automatically charge based on your APA membership level
  • You can enter the same image in more than one category by paying the additional fee(s)
  • Please upload in batches of no more than ten (10) entries at a time, as the site will time out
  • Once your transaction is complete, your submission is final
  • Log in to your APA account at any time to review your entries
  • You may submit additional images until the final deadline
  • APA reserves the right to disqualify any winner not providing the required winning photo in the requested file format and size within two weeks of APA’s request via the contact information supplied by the entrant. Replacement winners will be selected at the judge’s discretion.
  • You will receive an email confirmation upon entering. If you do not receive a confirmation email, you are not in the contest - contact: membershiprep@apanational.org


We have secured great prizes from many brand-name manufacturers to be awarded to our award winners. The list includes:

Top Reasons to Enter

The APA Awards is established as one of the world’s most respected photo contests for professional photographers.

  1. An acclaimed panel of Judges who hire and work with pro photographers will view your work
  2. All winners appear in a beautifully printed book sent to art buyers and photo editors
  3. An impressive gallery showcasing the winning images will be viewable online and widely promoted
  4. Entering is quick, easy, reliable, and secure
  5. Proceeds help advance APA’s core not-for-profit mission of protecting photographers’ rights, so you can feel good about entering!


  • Architecture / Interiors
  • Beauty / Fashion
  • Celebrity / Musicians
  • Conceptual / Altered
  • Corporate / Industrial
  • Documentary / Photojournalism
  • Food / Still Life
  • Lifestyle
  • Nature / Animals
  • Personal Projects
  • Portrait
  • Sports / Adventure
  • Travel / Landscape
  • FRESH / New work (Created in 2022)

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