Roll up, roll up for the biggest competition we’ve ever run in Professional Photo Magazine, which not only offers the potential prestige and marketing value of being judged the best in your category by your peers but also offers a string of fantastic prizes, generously offered by our line-up of top industry names. And there’s more: the overall winner will go on to win our formidable star prize, the outstanding Panasonic Lumix S1R plus 24-105mm f/4, worth £3000, and that’s a truly serious piece of kit that should whet the appetitive of any professionally-minded photographer.

How It Will Work

You’ll find the portal to the competition here and the event is running throughout the summer, with a closing date of August 31, 2021. There is no fee to enter and everyone is welcome to take part, whether they’re a full time pro or simply professionally-minded.

To make it as inclusive as possible we’ve teamed up with our friends at The Societies to tie in each of the categories to one of the Societies that operates under their umbrella. This gives us ten categories in all and should ensure that pretty much whatever genre you specialise in there will be a section that will be the perfect category for your work.

Each section will have its own specialist judge, aided and abetted by a judge from the magazine and The Societies, and we’ll be awarding exciting and valuable spot prizes and highlighting some of the best of the entries as the event continues throughout the summer, so it’s worth getting involved early to give yourself the best chance of being in the running for one of these.

In September we’ll be choosing a winner for each of the ten categories, who will receive not just the section prize but also a twelve-month Professional Level Membership of the SWPP and a copy of Affinity Photo and the Affinity Photo Workbook, courtesy of Serif. Each of ten winners will then be in with a chance of being judged our first-ever Professional Photographer of the year, and picking up that fabulous Panasonic S1R kit.

The Prizes

Top Prize to the Overall Winner and Professional Photographer of the Year 2021:

Panasonic Lumix S1R camera with 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS, value £3000

What can we say? An awesomely well featured full frame 47MP professional camera with 5.5 stops of image stabilization that also supports 4K 60p/50p video recording.

Overall Prizes for each category

10x Professional Level Membership of the SWPP –  value £120 per category.

10 x Affinity Photo package and Affinity Photo Workbook  value £86.98 per category.

Categories and Prizes:

Landscape – Olympus LS-P4 value £149

The Olympus LS-P4 Linear PCM Recorder lets professional filmmakers enjoy the sound quality and versatility that the Olympus LS Series is renowned for, all in a compact and robust design.

Wildlife – Olympus 8×42 Pro binoculars value £449.99

The PRO binoculars for nature lovers stand out with multi-coated lenses and prisms for crystal-clear, extra bright and sharp high-resolution images even in low light. 

Fashion – Sigma I-Series 65mm f/2 DG DN prime in E or L Mount, value £649

Тhе Ѕіgmа 65mm f/2 DG DN І С соmеѕ аѕ thе mіѕѕіng lіnk bеtwееn ѕtаndаrd аnd сlаѕѕіс роrtrаіt lеnѕеѕ. Тhіѕ bеаutіfullу dеѕіgnеd, ѕhоrt-tеlерhоtо fосаl lеngth lеnѕ оffеrѕ іmрrеѕѕіvеlу high реrfоrmаnсе орtісѕ еnсаѕеd іn а рrеmіum, рrоfеѕѕіоnаl аnd ѕtуlіѕh сhаѕѕіѕ

Weddings – Voucher for £150 for use at One Vision Imaging.

Take your pick of products from One Vision Imaging’s superb range of prints, frames and albums.

Portraits – Spyder X Pro worth £149

The fastest and most accurate Spyder available on the market, helping to make screen calibration spectacularly simple.

Travel and Tourism – Fotospeed Voucher for £200 worth of paper.

With a respected reputation for quality and service, Fotospeed is an established distribution company for leading brands such as Hahnemuhle and Canson Infinity Papers.

Media and Press – Sennheiser MKE 200 On-Camera Mic, value £87.

The directional microphone capsule in the MKE 200 brings presence to your voice while features like a built-in wind screen and shock mount keep your recordings sounding cleaner than ever before.

School and Event Photography – Nikon School Voucher, value £120

Learn a whole host of new photo skills from the comfort of home, with a multitude of subjects covered that will have appal to the serious enthusiast and professional alike.

Sport – Rotolight NEO 2, value £319.99

The Rotolight NEO 2 is a revolutionary LED light, that combines the ‘shoot what you see’ benefits of continuous light, with the flexibility of High-Speed Sync (HSS) flash, for more power or to freeze action. With no recycle time, you’ll never miss a shot.

Commercial and Industrial – 12-month Pro Package with theimagefile, value £432

This prize gives the winner the ability to build their site in theimagefile system or to bolt the ecommerce on to your existing site, which allows you to shoot, upload and sell prints and product including digital content with the option of automated fulfilment by the best labs in the business.

Overall Prize Value: £7949

Closing date August 31, 2021

You can now view the competition gallery of images page here.

How to Enter

All entries will need to be made online and you’ll be able to enter as many categories as you like but we’re asking for single images only, and you’ll only be able to upload one image to one particular category each month, so a total of ten images a month across all the categories. We’ll also feature a selection of entries on the website as the competition is running, so you’ll be able to get a feel for what people are coming up with. FREE competition, so no registration needed, just upload your photos with some details.

Read Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions 

1 This competition is open to worldwide entries, except for employees of So Smart Media and their families or anyone else associated with the competition.

2 Only one image per category, per month can be submitted and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries may not be sent through agencies or third parties. Photographers can enter all categories each calendar month until the end of August, 2021.

3 Entries must be entered through the Professional Photo website as JPEG or PNG files, up to 2000 pixels on either edge, preferably 72 or 96dpi.

4 All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright.

5 Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to So Smart Media Ltd and competition sponsors to feature any or all of the submitted images in their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.

6 All entries must be received by the advertised closing date.

7 The final winner will be announced in Issue 188 on sale October 8, 2021.

8 The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

9 Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and, accordingly the promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the promoter as a result thereof.

10 Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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