An International Photography Award

Prizes include a £750 cash prize pool, portfolio reviews and much more

Enter for FREE

Why should you enter the competition?

£750 in cash prizes

Get featured in international publications

Portfolio reviews from notable industry members


A unique competition for contemporary photography. Whether you’re a successful professional or a budding amateur, this is the competition for you.  

Gain international exposure and win cash prizes. Judges include world-renowned photographer David Yarrow, along with other notable names from the industry.

Image: David Yarrow


World-renowned judges

David Yarrow was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1966. With his large monochrome images, which are currently on display in leading galleries and museums across Europe and North America, he has established himself as one of the world's most respected fine-art photographers.  

Mike Kus

@mikekus

Kael Rebick

@punkodelish

Coco Liu

@coco_lui

Jared Chambers

@jaredchambers

Be featured in our online exhibition

All entrants will be automatically eligible to join our online exhibition. We'll be selecting our favorite images and sharing them on a dedicated online exhibition space, beautifully presenting them for the world to see. We've also partnered with some of our favorite online magazines, which will feature the winners on their Instagram accounts, reaching millions of users. 

We've partnered with SmartFrame to handle all entries

It's estimated that 17 out of 20 images shared online are used without consent from the creator – that's 2.5 billion images stolen every day. SmartFrame is a groundbreaking platform used by some of the biggest names in photography to protect their images. It takes minutes to set up and you can get started without paying a penny.

Prizes

OVERALL WINNER

  • £500 cash prize*
  • SmartFrame subscription for life
  • Signed book from David Yarrow
  • Work displayed in online exhibition
  • Professional portfolio review
  • Featured in notable online magazine

SECOND PLACE

  • £250 cash prize*
  • SmartFrame subscription for life
  • Work displayed in online exhibition
  • Professional portfolio review 
  • Featured in notable online magazine

THIRD PLACE

  • SmartFrame subscription for life
  • Work displayed in online exhibition
  • Professional portfolio review
  • Featured in notable online magazine

*or equivalent in your local currency


What you need to know

We’re looking for exceptional images that have been turned into SmartFrames. These can be individual images or part of a series. 

  • The competition is completely free to enter
  • Entry is via SmartFrame – just sign up via the button below for a free account and get 2GB of storage space
  • One winner will be named Focus 2020: International Photographer of the Year
  • The winner, together with 2nd place (runner-up) and 3rd place (second runner-up) winners, will be announced during February 2020
  • Copyright over images remains with the photographer at all times
  • All entries must be received by 31 January 2020 at 11.59pm GMT
  • Entrants must be 16 or over
  • Full terms and conditions can be viewed here  

Deadline for entries: 31 January 2020

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