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2024 APA Awards: Call for Entries

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

APA Awards 2024 - 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 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. Entering a "Series" is a flat rate for 2-6 images. Entries for the Series are HERE)

Awards Deadline

The submission deadline is June 27, Midnight Pacific time.

Awards Entry Fees

  • $15: APA ProPlus
  • $20: APA Professional
  • $25: APA Emerging or Supporter
  • $30: 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. If you've read this far, you can use coupon code apa-24-awards-20 (valid through June 14, one-time use only, and cannot be used on SERIES submissions) to receive $20 off your submission to the APA Awards.

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 2024)
  15. SERIES / 2-6 images (Enter Series here)

Please Note: AI imagery is not eligible

Awards Judges

Biopic of Chris Parris

Chris Parris, Associate Creative Director, Ogilvy

Chris is a multidisciplinary creative & creative director, currently the creative lead for Coca-Cola’s social. He enjoys staying up to date on every trend & new piece of tech, loves street art, and has a cat named Shrimp.

Biopic of Ada Guerin

Ada Guerin, Creative Director at Los Angeles Magazine

Ada Guerin is an award-winning creative director and entertainment veteran, currently working as creative director for Los Angeles Magazine. Previous to L.A. Mag, Ada was the creative director and visionary at TheWrap, managing all facets of the brand, from events to its award-winning photography, video and social media, as well as all digital products, and print publications.

Ada spent 14 years at The Hollywood Reporter as design director and associate art director. She was responsible for the multifaceted design of its weekly magazine and was an integral member of the 2010 team who rebranded and relaunched THR.com and The Hollywood Reporter from a daily trade to a weekly glossy magazine — winning an SPD award for feature design.

At TheWrap, Ada brought portrait and video interviews in-house and helped raise TheWrap’s traffic through interactive and carefully curated design. Ada produced, branded and managed TheWrap’s inaugural Power Women Summit, which was attended by more than 2000 women as well as influencers such as Haim, Emily Ratajkowski, Anita Hill, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and more. Throughout Ada’s career she has produced thousands of magazine pages, hundreds of photoshoots, video series and events and still finds it every bit as exciting and rewarding as she did when she first started. She loves all parts of the creative process, even the challenges. Ada believes the job of a creative department is to be collaborative, realize the vision of the editors and set trends that appropriately reflect the zeitgeist while remaining true to a brands’ DNA.

Biopic of Paul Prudhomme

Paul Prudhomme, Associate Creative Director at Stept Studios

Paul Prudhomme is a creative director currently based in Los Angeles. He’s known for blending design, technology, and narrative into compelling visual experiences. With a deep commitment to innovation and collaboration, he consistently pushes creative boundaries, setting new standards in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Biopic of Dan Peralta

Dan Peralta, Creative Producer at Sensis

Dan Peralta has over 20 years of Advertising experience. As a Creative Director on integrated marketing campaigns, he has helped develop creative for government and private clients. Most recently, Dan has also taken on the role of Creative Producer, overseeing the full spectrum of productions, including traditional broadcast development, radio production, photography, social media, and digital asset development. His production background covers a range of clients including, but not limited to, government, utilities, healthcare, food, communications, and automotive. Dan has specifically launched Verizon Telcom services and products in the US Hispanic market and worked on AltaMed, FDA, Honda, Allstate, CDC, Splenda, and Lactaid, among many others.

Biopic of Sarah Manna

Sarah Manna, VP, Executive Producer at Imre

Born and raised in Sweden, Sarah runs the Studio and the Production department at Imre. Leading a team of producers, retouchers, editors, designers, and production artists to ensure excellence in quality, smoothness, and efficiency across Imre’s process. Before that, she honed her experience and expertise at agencies like Deutsch NY, Anomaly, Taxi NYC, JWT, and Cossette, along with several years of experience in fashion and beauty and as an integrated producer running photo and video shoots. This wide and deep knowledge of production enables her to lead a team that currently produces TV commercials, Print, OOH, Social, Experiential, POP/POS, and Video campaigns. She lives in Westchester outside of New York City with her two kids.

Biopic of Michelle Foster

Michelle Foster, Senior Art Producer at RPA

Shelly, as her friends and colleagues call her, is a sucker for creativity in all forms! Her career path started in gallery administration, led to working for an Instagram-affiliated startup during the boom of social media, followed by a short stint as a photographer herself, then as an artist agent for illustrators and commercial artists for several years - before ultimately growing into a leadership role in Art Production at RPA. Recent projects she’s produced have garnered attention from AdAge, The Webby Awards, ThinkLA, and more. Her production knowledge and experience is deep - working in all mediums including photography, CGI, illustration, truly anything visual - and genres include automotive, celebrities, healthcare, technology, conceptual, and food & tabletop products. She is currently producing content for Digital/Website, Social, Print & OOH, Experiential, as well as integrated Stills and Video content alongside national TV brand campaigns. Clients have included Honda, Apartments.com, Homes.com, Spectrum Business, Pocky, Farmers Insurance, Cedars Sinai, and others. She is based in Los Angeles but will travel for snacks.

Biopic of Britt Gardner

Britt Gardner, Freelancer Sr. Integrated Producer/Art Buyer

Originally from Florida, but San Francisco is my home. I am an Art Buyer and an Integrated Producer—I love what I do! I enjoy the research, meeting people, discovering new talent, creative collaboration, negotiating numbers, organizing all of the details, and learning something new every day.

Biopic of Jessie Cowan

Jessie Cowan, Art Director of Photography at Quad

Jessie Cowan is a creative soul raised in the Pacific Northwest, who after attending CalArts for Photography decided to make sunny Los Angeles her home. She has over 15+ year's experience in the industry providing art direction, photography, creative strategy, on set direction, concept design, production design, curation and creative consulting. Jessie is a brand builder and visual storyteller with a passion for end to end creative. She loves building dream teams that make amazing photography, video and design come to life. Clients she's had the pleasure to work with: Disney, AT&T, Betty, People Magazine, E! Entertainment, SAG Awards, Lucid Motors, Acura, UCLA, SJR Group, Epitaph Records, Shuttterstock, Whale Rock Industries, Leaf Group, Lucie Foundation, Month of Photography Los Angeles

Biopic of Sean Healey

Sean Healey, Executive Producer at Peterson Milla Hooks

Sean has 20+ years experience producing comprehensive advertising campaigns for brands including GAP, Target, IKEA, Harley-Davidson, Estée Lauder, Vera Wang and Walmart. With a production background in features and music videos, his stops along the way have included NYU Film School, Paisley Park, and agencies Carmichael Lynch and Peterson Milla Hooks.

Biopic of Carlee Martin

Carleen Mitchell, Executive Producer at carleen martin + co

Carleen Mitchell is an award-winning executive producer. She orchestrates every phase of still and motion production from initial concept through final delivery. Clients include PBS, TED, and Under Armour. When she's not on set, she enjoys losing to her daughters at UNO and escaping to the beach.

Biopic of Lynn Siekmann

Lynn Siekmann, Freelance Senior Integrated Art & Photo Producer

Lynn is a genuine asset to any brand and their marketing/advertising strategies. She loves helping to get all projects perfectly launched and wrapped. Her guiding hand and clear communication keeps everyone flowing in the right direction. She is budget savvy and dedicated to quality creative and a smooth production through and through. A tight & solid collaborator with all colleagues, crew, departments and team members, Lynn leads with great heart and passion, ensuring a successful and satisfying shoot.

Biopic of Maya Robinson

Maya Robinson, Photo Editor at Apple (Contract)

Maya Robinson is a Photo Director and Producer based in Los Angeles. She served as the Photo Director at Entertainment Weekly and spent over a decade at New York Magazine. During that time, she established the visual identity for Vulture.com and rose to the position of Senior Photo Editor for the magazine. She works as a freelance photo producer for Apple, focusing on global campaigns for Apple Music.

Biopic of Roy Milton

Roy Milton, Creative Director at VML

Roy is an award-winning Creative Director at VML, whose work has touched brands such as: ADT, Intel, Gatorade, NAPA Auto Parts, Quiktrip, AT&T, DirectTV and more. He is a creative visionary and leader. He is a former Adweek Executive Mentee and was named 2020 Trailblazer of the Year by the KCAdClub. He is a diversity advocate, public speaker, former KCAdClub Board Member.

Biopic of Ignasi Tudela

Ignasi Tudela, Creative Director at Preacher

Originally from Barcelona, I started my creative career in a digital agency called Herraizsoto; then I moved to Amsterdam, where I worked at Wieden+Kennedy for over ten years, after that I led Polaroid's internal agency for 4 years. Currently, I am a Creative Director at Preacher in Austin, Texas. As a multidisciplinary artist, storytelling, strategy, and craft are at the heart of everything I do. Whether it’s a multinational marketing campaign or a personal project at home, I believe there’s magic in telling stories in engaging and unexpected ways.

Biopic of Brandon Choe

Brandon Choe, Freelance Photo Editor at Disney

Brandon Choe is a photo editor and producer based in Los Angeles. He recently served as the features and entertainment photo editor at the Los Angeles Times, establishing the visual identity of the awards magazine "The Envelope." His work spans celebrity portraiture, long-form photo essays and profiles. Prior, he was the photo editor at Deadline Hollywood and Getty Images. He currently works as a freelance photo editor for Disney.

Biopic of Rachel Perez

Rachel Perez, Freelance Senior Photo & Video Producer

Rachel is a seasoned Senior Producer with 14 years of advertising experience. Managing every aspect of the production process from concept to completion. Working on brands such as Clorox, Botox & Juvéderm Aesthetics, AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, and Marlboro/Altria, to name just a few. She recently produced the national PSA for Ad Council, "Love, Your Mind" directed by Calmatic with creative by PGLang. She's constantly working to better herself and the work she's a part of. And an animal rights activist who spends most of her free time working with dogs in shelters. #adoptdontshop

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 (it can have won in any other contest)
  • 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 will be 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
  • Ideally, name the files with your name so we can easily find them. The file names are not visible to the jurors.

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 multiple categories 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.
  • 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

Prizes

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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 mission of protecting photographers’ rights, so you can feel good about entering!

Categories

  • Architecture / Interiors
  • Beauty / Fashion
  • Celebrity / Musicians
  • Conceptual / Altered
  • Corporate / Industrial
  • Documentary / Street Photography
  • Food / Still Life
  • Lifestyle
  • Nature / Animals
  • Personal Projects
  • Portrait
  • Sports / Adventure
  • Travel / Landscape
  • FRESH / New work (Created in 2024)

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