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2023 APA Awards: Call for Entries

Our Judges will select 46 APA Award Winners this year for 15 categories and one Best of Show.

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APA Awards 2023 - 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, from emerging photographers to established professionals.
  2. Our Judges will select 46 APA Award Winners this year from 15 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 annual awards publication.
  4. The new "Series" is a flat rate for 2-6 images. Entries for the Series are submitted through Picter. Enter here.

Awards Deadline

The submission deadline is June 26, Noon PDT.

Awards Entry Fees

  • $20: APA Leader
  • $25: APA Professional
  • $30: APA Associate or Supporter
  • $35: APA Contributor
  • $40: General Public
  • $50: Series/flat rate per project (2-6 images)

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 2023)
  15. SERIES / Diptych /Triptych (enter Series HERE

Please note that AI imagery cannot be submitted in the general categories but can be entered in Series. You must state that your work is AI generated in your statement. AI imagery will not be eligible for prizes or considered for Best of Show for a Series. However, we would love to see what AI imagery you’re making! It’s important to see and discuss where the future of AI is taking art and photography. 

Awards Judges

Judges to be announced soon.

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 you 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


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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 2023)

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