Photography Contest

The Independent Photographer - 2021 Emerging Talent Award

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The Competition is open only to those who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.

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Between $15 and $40

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Cash Prize
This month we are on the lookout for the most exciting and promising practitioners of all ages and backgrounds, working across all photographic genres and styles.

Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, fashion, or conceptual: there are no specific boundaries or limitations, allowing you the space and freedom to fully showcase your skill, creativity, and talent! 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 Barcelona.

The Judge MaryAnne Golon is the Director of Photography at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post in 2012, MaryAnne was the director of photography at Time Magazine and a senior photography editor there for more than 20 years.

Before joining The Post in 2012, MaryAnne curated Look 3: The Festival of the Photograph and help guide the 2-year product build of a digital asset management system for a major non-profit organization. Golon was also director of photography at Time magazine where she co-managed the international newsweekly's photography department for more than 15 years.

She graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Journalism. Golon has received many individual and team picture-editing awards from the POYi (Pictures of the Year International) and NPPAs (National Press Photographer's Association) Best of Photojournalism competitions. Communication Arts, Society of Publication Designers, and American Photography have all recognized her work. She was awarded Picture of the Editor of the Year from the IFA Lucie Awards in 2013. She was twice selected for American Photo magazine's list of the 100 most important people in photography.