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2018 Free International Entry Contests in Photography, Video/Film, Designing and Drawing

Updated on October 12, 2018

For the lovers of all things non-writing, this article will provide with an up-to-date list of the latest contests in designing (including illustration), painting, drawing, photography and short video/film.

The interesting thing about these contests is that they are free to enter, and they accept from all over the world unless it's indicated the contests are restricted to a certain region.

Whether you're an amateur or professional, this is your chance to show your talent and/or professionalism with an opportunity of winning cash and/or cool prizes such as photographic equipment. Additionally, your work will be showcased in art galleries thus promoting your artistic work.

Photographers expand horizons in 2010 Army Digital Photography Contest 110311
Photographers expand horizons in 2010 Army Digital Photography Contest 110311 | Source

Monthly Contests

1. Monthly International Photography Awards

Shoot The Frame is "a suite of monthly international photography contests, designed to celebrate stunning photography and expose talented photographers."

Applicants: Amateur and professional photographers

Deadline: At the end of every month

Categories: Portrait, Landscape and Wildlife

Details here.

2nd Annual International String Art Competition USA 2007
2nd Annual International String Art Competition USA 2007 | Source

September Deadline

1. The Second International Safe Community Cartoon Festival

This contest has two categories of which you've to choose one to submit your work: General Topics and Special Topic.

In the General Topics, the subjects are: Safe and Clean Transportation, Psychological Health in Societies, Ecological Problems, Handicap,Elderly and Children Safety in Cities, and Safety Culture and Citizen Role.

In the Special Topic, the subject is: Megacities and Earthquake.

Prizes: There are three prizes: $1500, $1000, and $750.

Note: a) Cartoons will be used for festival announcements and likes, b) Cartoons accepted will be printed in festival book, a copy of which will be sent to the artists, c) Cartoons already awarded in other festivals will not be judged, d) It is mandatory for the awarded artists to attend the closing ceremony in Mashhad.

Deadline: September 22, 2018

Details here.

2. Xposure International Photography and Film Competition

Xposure International is inviting people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences to submit their works in the different categories for a chance of winning cool prizes.

There are seven categories in photography, one category in film and junior category.

There will be an overall winner from each photography categories, and a winner and runner-up from each category including short films.

The overall winner will receive $3,000, flights and accommodation expenses paid for and awarded other cool prizes. Category winners will receive $1,500, flights and expenses paid plus other benefits in store for them.

Five shortlisted photographs will be displayed or exhibited online during the Xposure festival.

The Junior category is restricted to UAE residents who are under the age of eighteen. The winners won't receive cash prizes. Nevertheless, there are bountiful of cool prizes they will walk away with.

Deadline: September 7, 2018

To learn more including how to submit your entry, visit the website's contest page, here.

the chalk art competition at this year's festa. little italy. san diego.
the chalk art competition at this year's festa. little italy. san diego. | Source

October Deadline

1. Bed Bug Awareness Week 2018 Writing Contest for Teens

They are a nuisance. Some of us have been trying for many years to eradicate them from our households but to no avail. Of course, there are those who have been lucky in getting rid of bed bugs. Well, this competition aims to find out whether it is possible to get rid of them. Or, are we doomed to live with them?

If you are a student between the age of 13 and 18, you're dearly invited to participate in this contest whereby you're required to submit an interview piece in either the Text Category or Video Category. The interview should align with the theme of the contest which is: Are we capable of winning the battle against bedbug or we will be forced to live them!

If you want to participate in the Text category, the length of your entry should be between 600-1,000 words. In the Video category, the length of your entry should be a maximum of 5 minutes.The organizer of the contest, Get Rid of Pests, states, "Competitions will be in written or interview format. The participant can enter any one of them, or both with similar materials, delivered for a different medium."


Text Category: 1st Winner - $100, 2nd Winner - $50, 3rd Winner - $50

Video Category: 1st Winner - $200, 2nd Winner - $100, 3rd Winner - $100


Interview deadline: 01.06.2018

Video Interview deadline: 01.10.2018

The following is what is required of you:

  1. Research as much as you can about the social and economic consequences of bedbugs from reputable sources.
  2. Think about what you just learned.
  3. Interview someone you know and transcribe the conversation (write out the questions and answers.
  4. Submit your transcript.
  5. You could make a video from your interview and participate with the same or similar materials again.

Remember, "Your primary focus should be to investigate how the community reacts to bedbug epidemic and what are the social and economic consequences.:

For more information including how to submit your entry, visit their website at Get Rid of Pests.

The organizer has posted two videos in YouTube as pertaining to this contest: 31 questions Writing Contest for Teens Bed Bug Awareness Week 2018 and Writing Contest for Teens (Publication & Cash) 2018.

he Golden Brush Painting Competition presented by MAB Ventures Inc- & Capulet Art photos by RonSombilonGallery-com & PacBluePrinting-com (27)
he Golden Brush Painting Competition presented by MAB Ventures Inc- & Capulet Art photos by RonSombilonGallery-com & PacBluePrinting-com (27) | Source

November Deadline

1. 2nd International Photography Contest of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey is inviting both amateur and professional photographers to participate in their competition. The theme for this year's competition is: Economy and Craft.

"As a field of production within the economy, crafts reflect the cultural values of a society through the diversity they offer and a common language of expression. Evolving around a master-apprentice relationship and passed down from generation to generation, crafts are built upon artisanship and hard work as well as on training. It is a field which contributes not only to the economy but also to the common culture that shapes a society.

In this context, "the Central Bank of Republic of Turkey's International Photography Contest with the theme "Economy and Crafts" aims to support the photographic arts and photographic artists, to strengthen national and international communication channels, to underscore the importance of crafts via the art of photography, and to raise and expound at the international level people's awareness about universal diversity through a focus on crafts in different societies."

The first three winners will be awarded with cash prizes.

Deadline: November 16, 2018

To learn more, click here.

2. 16th Annual Smithsonian Institute Photo Contest 2018

There are six categories you can submit your work: Natural World, Travel, People, the American Experience, Altered Images and Mobile.

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Prizes: Grand prize: $2,500

Category winners: $500

Reader's Choice: $500

The winners might also receive non-cash prizes.

Please ensure you submit your work as per the specifications detailed in the organizer's contest page. If you don't so your entry will be disqualified. Visit Smithsonian's contest page here to have a feel of what is required of your submission.

3. World Food Day 2018 Poster contest

Food Agriculture Organization is calling on children and teenagers, aged 5-19, to participate in the Poster Contest organized by the said organization.

The organization together with other international organizations is working on alleviating world hunger. Thus, its goal is to ensure by 2030 there will be no hunger - zero hunger. Currently as per the organization's estimates, an approximated 815 million people in the world go to bed hungry.

If you're between the ages of 5 and 19, you're invited to create a poster in line with the organization's theme: Zero Hunger. "Poster entries may be drawn, painted or sketched using pens, pencils, crayons or charcoal, or using oil, acrylic or watercolour paint, as well as mixed media. Digitally created work is also permitted. No photographs are allowed.

Poster entries may or may not include text. If text is used, no more than 25 words or 100 characters can be accepted."

The artwork should be original and only one entry should be submitted. The participants are encouraged to have a look at World Food Day Activity Book to get a good idea on what the theme constitutes (a link has been provided in the contest's page). The book aims to explain "what Zero Hunger is all about, and how everyone needs to come together and take action to reach this global goal."

The contest has been divided into four categories. Each category consists of an age bracket which the participants should submit their work depending on their age. They are: 5-8, 9-12, 13-15 and 16-19. Parents or caregivers can assist their young children in reading the World Food Day Activity Book to better understand the concept of Zero Hunger.

Deadline: November 9, 2018

More information can be found here.

4. The International Compost Awareness Week 2019

The organizer of this contest, The International Compost Awareness Week Committee is inviting anyone interested to participate in this poster contest. The winning poster "will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week, May 5-11, 2019."

Theme: Cool the climate - Compost!

Deadline: November 5, 2018

The winning entry will receive $500. The contest is divided into the following categories: grades 3-7, grades 8-12, and college-adults. The winning entry in each category will entered into the final draw

Details here.

Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest: 2nd Place, 9th to 12th Grades
Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest: 2nd Place, 9th to 12th Grades | Source

December Deadline

1. International Tourism Cartoons Competition

This competition is open to both amateur and professional cartoonists. Entrants are allowed to submit a maximum of three works.

The contest consists of two categories: 1) Adult category(17yrs and older) 2) Younger category (16 years and younger)

Prizes: Awards are divided in the above two categories. In the adult category, there are three awards: The Grand Award ($3000), The Second and Third Award (Holiday in Turkey - 5 days, 2 persons in each), Professor Atila User Recognition Award ($1500) and two mentions (plate).

In the young category, The winner will receive the Grand Award ($1500) and the next two winners will receive Two Achievement Awards (plate).

Theme: "The theme of the competition in 2018 is "Travel Memories." What is left behind - reflections on travel. Memories. (Traveling, vacations, tours etc)

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Details here


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