Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can enter?

    The Competition is open to all entrants aged 18 or over, and is void where prohibited by local law.

  • What type of work is eligible?

    All photo-based work is eligible, be it film, digital, tintype, camera-less, etc.

  • I am new to photography, Do I have a chance?

    Absolutely! We welcome all photographers. From professionals, semi-professionals, amateurs to total beginners. We are interested in all kinds of photography and we believe everyone has a chance.

  • How many photos may I submit?

    Up to 5 photos per submission.

  • How many times can I submit?

    There is no limit and you can submit as many times as you like. We suggest, however, that you edit your photos wisely, and send us only your best.

  • Do I have to provide other information?

    Images must be titled. Description is optional although recommended, we want to know about your work! Please note that the word count for the description or statement cannot exceed 250 words.

  • I'm having a problem uploading my images.

    Please make sure that each image is in JPG or PNG format, and less than 6 MB.
    Minimum resolution of 1500px and lower than 10.000 pixels (height or width).

    If you still are having problems submitting, please email us at

  • Is there a fee to enter?

    Yes, there is a $20/$30/$40 fee to enter up to 5 images, unless there is an exceptionnal promotional offer, like in January 2018, when you will be able to submit 1 photo for free.

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

    All users can pay with Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Additionally U.S. users can pay with JCB, Discover, and Diners Club.

  • Do I retain the copyright on my images?

    Yes. You retain full copyright to all your images. Entries may be posted online and winning images may be used in connection with the Competition and promotion of the Competition.

  • How does the judging process work?

    Each month, a Judge is appointed by The Independent Photographer and the selection process is done anonymously to ensure that each contestant is judged fairly and only based on his or her photograph.

  • When will the winners be announced?

    Winners and Finalists will be announced during the first half of the month following the competition.

  • If I win, how will I receive the prize money?

    The prize money is sent by transfer via PayPal. For security and reliability reason we use PayPal, but we can also proceed via Bank/Wire transfer.

  • When and where is the exhibition of the winning work?

    Winners and finalists will see their work exhibited during our annual exhibitions at the renowned CBL-Berlin Gallery located at the heart of vibrant Berlin in October 2018, and in Fifty Dots Gallery in Barcelona. All details regarding the event are to be shared closer to date.

  • How will the work be printed and displayed?

    The Independent Photographer will be responsible for all costs related to printing, installing and overall display of the work at the venues.

  • Where can I read the rules in detail?

    The competition rules can be found here.

  • If I have more questions, how do I get in touch?

    Check our Terms & Conditions section and our Competition Rules. If you still have questions, feel free to email us at