2013 Popular Photography Readers Photo Contest

Yesterday we announced that we would be featuring a photo competition every single day within our Competitions category – maximising the opportunities you have to enter great competitions and not to miss them. Today, we’re featuring PopPhoto’s Reader Photo Contest – take a look at the details below:



The 20th Annual Popular Photography Photo Contest gives photographers the opportunity to win prizes and have their work recognized in the January 2014 issue of Popular Photography as well as on their website,


• Action and sports
• Animals
• Cities and Architecture
• Landscapes and Nature
• Objects and still life
• People

People’s Choice – PopPhoto readers will vote for their favorite image! All entrants will automatically be entered in this category.

Submissions: The competition is open to work produced from June 2012 —October 2013. All submitted artwork should be of reproduction quality. Entrants may enter as many times as he/she would like, for $10 per photograph. When submitting your photograph(s), please specify in which category you are entering. All entrants will automatically be entered into the “People Choice” category.

The judging will be done by the editors of Popular Photography magazine. Entries will be judged equally on creativity, technical expertise and aesthetic value. Entries will be ranked in descending order.


Contest Prize and Terms


Photo by Peter Lik


PRIZE DETAILS: ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: $1,000 (A check or gift card valued at One Thousand dollars)


Winner will be featured in the January 2014 issue of Popular Photography magazine.

ELIGIBILITY: International / 16+

Submissions should be in JPEG format & must be set to maximum image quality Not eligible to enter?

COPYRIGHT: By entering, you represent that: (i) your entry is your own original work; and (ii) you own or have the rights to convey any and all right and title in any material submitted as part of your entry into the Contest

USAGE RIGHTS: By entering, you grant the Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty -free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use your submission, along with your name and likeness, in any and all media for any purpose, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law)


To enter the contest – go here

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]


  • Paurian

    I don’t see anything in these rules that state the picture has to be from an iDevice. So … can we use our DSLRs, photoshop in a unicorn and photo-buff ourselves up like Zeus for our submission? Come to think of it – even if we have to use our iDevice, what filters and after-capture touch up is allowed?

  • Joanne Carter

    Well it doesn’t state whether you can or cannot use an iDevice, so I see no reason as to why not. If you’re concerned about it then it would be a good idea to contact Pop Photo directly to ask and please come back and let us all know their response.

  • Paurian

    Looking through the other entries, I see some photos that are touched, but a majority that aren’t. Most photos are also from DSLR camera. I couldn’t find any that were from iDevices. From what I recall, Popular Photography is more interested in shots from the camera that could compare with National Geographic quality rather than post-operative textures and filters.

    Each entry costs $10, as you mentioned, so I guess they aren’t going to put these type of restrictions out there but I’m banking that the judges aren’t going to pick any photoshopped images.


    Already subscribe to Popular Photography, wanting to enter the photo contest without having to re-subscribe when I’m already receiving the magazine