35AWARDS — 100 Best Photos of the Year

35AWARDS — 100 Best Photos of the Year

Deadline: February 25, 2021
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: valuable prizes, publication in the catalogue

35AWARDS — a major international award created in 2015 by the creators of the professional photo community 35photo.pro. In the first year, 36 thousand people from 110 countries took part in it. In 2016, more than 76 thousand. Every year count of participants increases. In 2017, more than 103 thousand people from 160 countries took part in the competition. More than 257 thousand photos were submitted for the competition.

Special attention is paid to the voting system in 3 stages, thanks to which we are able to process a huge number of downloads. At each stage, hardening the selection criteria. We are constantly improving to make voting more objective.

The objectives of the award include the search for the best 100 works of the year in various categories. And since 2017 the definition of 100 best photographers of the year based on the 3 best works.

All photos are estimated anonymously, therefore regalia, merits and popularity of photographers absolutely do not influence the result. This is an excellent chance for beginning photographers to make themselves known and show the whole world their truly worthy work. It is also the best opportunity for professionals to once again confirm their status quo. Unprejudiced and multi-stage assessment will not miss the most interesting shots and find better among them, identifying the 100 most worthy.

Stages of the competition

  • 1. Start competition. Authors registration for participation in the competition
  • 2. Upload photos to the contest by their authors
  • 3. Vote. A more detailed description of the stages of the voting will be further published in the pages of the competition website
  • 4. Summing up the competition
  • 5. Catalogue printing


  • Aerial Photography (photo from drone)
    Photos from the drone, captured from the air, open up new perspectives to make fascinating and dizzying shots, and provide an opportunity to look at famous places from unusual and previously inaccessible views.
  • Urban Landscape (Architecture)
    Photos life of a modern city, with a large number of people and machines, vanity, new buildings and monuments. Important in the urban landscape – to see it in the existing city that others can not yet succeeded.
  • Children Photo
    If you tried to take a picture of a child, you probably know how hard it is. After all, the child can not sit still in one place. The picture can be a child or group of children. We are waiting for the emotional, unique and memorable photos. The photo must have a model under 18 years old.
  • Wildlife
    Animals, birds, fish and other creatures in their natural habitat. The photograph should be displayed interesting moment in the life of the animal, its behavior and interactions with other individuals or the environment. Welcome dynamic, emotional, memorable and original footage. We are waiting for technically difficult to find photos of rare animal species.
  • Female Portrait
    The portrait of a woman is a popular genre of modern photography, interesting and loved by many photographers. Every woman wants to be special, unique, recognizable. And it is these features of the female nature that the photographer must take into account and transmit. The photo must be a model older than 18 years.
  • Conceptual Photo
    Conceptual photography stemmed from conceptual art, its task – to illustrate a particular idea. Concept, on the one hand, is subjective, but, on the other hand, a successful picture is understood by the audience. As part of the artistic photography, conceptual photography can wear pretty abstract, so it is estimated almost exclusively on the basis of its subjective and aesthetic qualities.
  • Macro
    Between shooting the starry sky and macro shooting a lot in common. Micro-space mysterious and interesting. And its small inhabitants live right next to us, but are rarely seen by man. Make them more noticeable and to consider in detail will help us close-up. In this nomination forward as well, and macro photography of plants, water drops, microbes, etc.
  • Mobile Photography
    The quality of images captured on a mobile phone close to the quality of professional equipment. Besides, mobile photography is one important advantage of the phone is always at hand. The main condition of this nomination is that the picture have to be made to the mobile phone, the genre does not matter.
  • Male Portrait
    The portrait is now one of the most common genres, but shooting with the participation of men is much less frequent than photo shoots of children or women. By their nature, men are less prone to posing and to liberate a man in front of a camera lens is quite difficult. The fate of a person in one frame, emotionality, heroism… The photo must be a model older than 18 years.
  • Still Life
    Image inanimate objects organized in groups or as independent, arranged in a certain order with meaning.
  • Nude 18+
    Photos of nude, glamor and fashion. Ny – photographs reveal the beauty of the naked body. Welcomed the original, memorable work.
  • Landscape – Daytime
    Landscape daytime photography (also dawn). The photo shows the beauty of nature. It may be mountains, seascapes etc .. In the photograph may be present humans and animals, if they are harmoniously incorporated in the frame. Welcome original, ambitious, unusual frames with an interesting play of light. Especially photographs received will be glad in the harsh climatic conditions and from remote corners of our planet.
  • Landscape – Night
    Landscape night photography (and evening). Photos showing the beauty of nature. This may be the mountains, seascapes, photos of celestial bodies, etc. at night or in the evening. The photograph may be present humans and animals, if they are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. Welcome original, ambitious, unusual frames with an interesting play of light. Especially we are glad photographs obtained in the harsh climatic conditions and from remote corners of our planet.
  • Underwater Photography
    Underwater photography allows you to create one of the most attractive and unusual images, expands our knowledge about the behavior of fish, and just gives a lot of pleasure, thanks to the excellent angles and non-standard frames. Underwater photography poses certain difficulties, since it differs significantly from shooting in the air and is associated with increased danger.
  • Staged Photo
    Photographs which show staged scenes or artificially organized especially for this shooting. In this category we are waiting for the scene, which are cinematic quality and look as if objects or people they \”play the role\”. This artistic idea is the basis of any staged photography and requires particular its implementation.
  • Reportage Photography
    This is a special kind of photography that combines landscape, portrait, domestic and other genres of photography. The main task of reportage shooting is to convey the atmosphere of the event, capture it in faces, emotions and poses.
  • Street Photo
    The documentary or reportage photography is one of the genres of photography, facing the real events. The objectives of documentary photography include the creation of a photographic document is a testament to real events, document the era, as well as treatment or prevention.
  • Photo Project
    If you have long been in photography and single pictures for you are no longer interesting, then you should focus on projects that do not limit the ability to tell a story. Usually it takes at least one year to create one photo project, although in general, the longer you work, the better it will be. A series of photographs has a much more powerful effect on the viewer. It is quite difficult to come up with a concept, but this is what will become the basis of your project.
  • Fashion & Glamour
    Glamorous picture viewer focuses on the model, and the clothing and background details contribute to the multiplication of its appeal. Fashion – picture of high fashion, that is, models, expensive items of famous brands and designers for fashion magazines.
  • Black and White
    The first photo was taken almost 200 years ago and has become something commonplace in our lives. Black-and-white photograph – a classic. Black or black-and-white photograph is an image of a black and white, and intermediate shades of gray.


  • Start receiving the photo on the contest — 01.03.2020
  • End of reception on the photo contest — 25.2.2021
  • Dates of the other stages of the competition will be announced on the contest page.

Author and Intellectual property

Rights to photos belong to their authors only. By participating in the competition the authors give their consent 35AWARDS administration free to use them for the purpose of promoting competition in the various media, print albums, books with the works of the finalists and winners, as well as for the production of works in the exhibition and sale. Use the finalists in the future for special events dedicated to the popularization of the competition.


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