Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

Deadline: January 8, 2021
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes: $1000 Cash Prize, participation in the exhibition

Our annual international photography competition for up-and-coming image makers is back!

This year 10 selected photographers will be featured as part of a week long group poster exhibition on the streets of New York City and Brooklyn.

Additionally, a cash prize is up for grabs for the winning entrant, as well as inclusion in an Emerging Photography Awards hard cover photo book for 100 of our favorite entries.

Who Can Submit

All photographers not currently represented by a gallery or photographers’ agent are invited to apply.

We accept entries from photographers of all ages and backgrounds working across all genres including (but not limited to):

  • Fine Art
  • Landscape
  • Documentary
  • Portraits
  • Fashion
  • Still Life


  • $1000 Cash Prize
    One photographer will be selected by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot Founder, to receive the Grand Cash Prize of US$1000 to pursue their photography projects.
  • Group Poster Exhibition in New York
    10 photographers selected by the judges will have one of their winning images exhibited on a poster at select locations for a week in New York City and Brooklyn as part of an Emerging Photography Awards group street show!
  • Feature Shoot Instagram Takeovers
    One photographer each week until the closing date for entries will be selected to ‘takeover’ the Feature Shoot Instagram with 3 images from their submission (reaching 235K+ followers).
  • People’s Choice Awards
    Soon after you enter, submissions will be featured here on our website and be up for a People’s Choice Award. Entrants are encouraged to share their post on the blog and every 2 weeks we will award the entry with the most “hearts” a copy of all of the Feature Shoot PDF Photography Guides, including 50 top photography websites accepting submissions (and how you can apply), How to Increase your Instagram Engagement Like A Pro, and more.
  • Winning Announcement
    Announcement of all winners will be posted on Feature Shoot and through our social channels and newsletter (reaching a combined audience of more than 500,000 photography enthusiasts).

Judges for the Emerging Photography Awards!

  • Jessie Wender
    Photo Editor, The New York Times
  • Elissa Curtis
    Deputy Photo Director, Wall Street Journal
  • Anna Dickson
    Visual Lead, Google Image Search
  • Toby Kaufmann
    Creative Director, Facebook
  • Alison Zavos
    Founder, Feature Shoot + The Print Swap
  • Clinton Cargill
    Previously: Visuals Director at Vanity Fair, Photo Director Bloomberg Businessweek, Photo Editor The New York Times


  • Midnight EST on Jan 8th, 2021.
  • Winners will be announced in late January/early February 2021.

Entry Fee

  • US$25 for a series of up to 5 images. You can enter multiple times if you’d like.


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