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• The Independent Photographer - Visual Storytelling Award⁠⁠ •

The Independent Photographer

• Deadline: Jan 31st, 2022⁠⁠⁠ •

• Prize: $1000 + Exposure ⁠⁠⁠ ⁠•

• Theme: Several Categories

• Entry Fees: $15

• REGISTRATION: CLOSED, Click HERE For More Opportunities

The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story.

From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: this month we are seeking visual artists aiming to captivate; unique voices willing to share their stories with conviction and awareness.⁠

Portrait, street, documentary, landscape: All approaches are valid. Enter now and show us YOUR stories!

Each month the competition winners and finalists are rewarded with $2000 cash prizes and direct online exposure. At the end of the year, all images are published in the 'Talents of the Year' book, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners are printed and exhibited during our annual group shows in Berlin and Milan.

Regardless of genres, we encourage all photographers to share their best images. Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, still life & more: there are no boundaries and photographers are free to submit any kind of work​.

  1. ELIGIBILITY: The Photography Competition is open only to those who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Competition is open to legal residents from all over the world and is void where prohibited by their local law. Employees of The Independent Photographer, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Competition. The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

  2. AGREEMENT TO RULES: By participating, the Participant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of The Independent Photographer as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Competition.

  3. COMPETITION PERIOD: Entries must be submitted no later than the deadline of listed on the competition URL,

  4. HOW TO ENTER: Participants must pay the entry fees (unless exceptional discount or monthly promotion) and complete the submission form in order to be considered for the Competition. The Competition must be entered by submitting an entry using the online form provided at “”. The entry must fulfill all Competition requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of The Independent Photographer. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of The Independent Photographer.

  5. PRIZES: The Winner of the Competition (the “Winner”) will receive $1000, the 2nd Winner will receive $600, and the 3rd Winner will receive $400. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by The Independent Photographer. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at The Independent Photographer’s discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of the Winners. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for The Independent Photographer to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

  6. WINNER & FINALISTS: (SELECTION & NOTIFICATION)The decisions of the judges and editorial team are final. Winners and Finalists will be notified by email within five (5) days following the selection of Winners. The Independent Photographer shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail, or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within ninety (90) days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Competition is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Any violation of these official rules by the Winners will result in the Winners’ disqualification as Winners, and all privileges as Winner will be immediately terminated (at The Independent photographer‘s sole discretion). For any unforeseen reason, in the unlikely event that a judge has to cancel their involvement, The Independent Photographer reserves the right to find an alternative judge, making sure that all entrants will be notified. All entries will be reviewed by The Independent Photographer’s Editors. Then, selected entries will be reviewed by the Jury. Two (2) Winners and eight (8) Finalists will be selected by our monthly Jury under the supervision of The Independent Photographer, based on the overall beauty, power, photographic skill, creativity, and originality, in accordance with the competition rules. All judges will be appointed by The Independent Photographer. The judging will, as much as possible, be ‘blind’, therefore the photographers will remain anonymous during the judging process, to ensure that each contestant is judged only on his or her photograph.


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