Over £10,000 of prizes to be won in Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018

The UK’s oldest and most prestigious photo competition for amateur photographers returns, and this year we have some new categories to test your creative and technical skills

Now in its 27th year, the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition is the oldest of its kind in the UK. For the second time running we have teamed up with Sigma and Photocrowd to bring you more than £10,000 of prizes and an easy-to-use portal that makes entering the competition straightforward.

APOY is open to amateur* photographers from around the world, with the overall winner receiving the coveted title ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018’, as well as Sigma equipment worth more than £2,000.

The winner of each round (as voted for by the AP team) will win Sigma kit worth approximately £1,000, while the crowd vote winner of each round will win a subscription to the magazine, plus a Photocrowd subscription. It’s important to enter as many rounds as possible as only the top-scoring image from each round will be counted towards the final score.

This year, for the first time, we are offering AP readers a free entry per round using a special code printed in the magazine. There will be a different code for each round. When a new round is announced in the magazine (you can see a table with all the dates on below) the relevant code will accompany it.

There are no restrictions on equipment, so feel free to use a phone, plastic camera, compact, or top-of-the-range DSLR for your creations. While the competition is open to all amateur photographers entrants who live outside the UK who win any of the prizes will be liable for any local import taxes.

After the closing date of each round all of the entries will be narrowed down to a shortlist, from which the AP team will decide an overall winner of that round. There will be one winner as voted for by the AP team and one as voted for by members of Photocrowd.

All of the winners will appear on Photocrowd, and the top 30 scoring pictures of each round, as voted for by the AP team, will appear in the magazine. AP will also print the Crowd Vote winner. The title Amateur Photographer of the year will be awarded to the photographer who receives the highest number of points from the AP team. Good luck!

*For the purposes of the competition, the definition ‘amateur’ refers to a person who earns 10% or less of their annual income from photography or photographic services.

The lucky winner will then be crowned the Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018.

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Plan your APOY year

Below is a list of all this year’s rounds, including when the rounds open, when they close and the dates the results will be announced in Amateur Photographer. When you are planning your entry, remember to take into consideration the criteria of fulfilling the brief, creativity and technical excellence on which you will be judged.

The RoundsThe rounds

 Watch an interview with Henrik Spranz, the winner of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2017

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List of Prizes

Best of British
SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary + SIGMA TC-1401 Tele converter (worth £1,099.98)

Fur and feathers
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary + SIGMA TC-1401 Tele converter (£1,099.99)

Mono culture
SIGMA dp3 Quattro + SIGMA 1.2x FT-1201 Conversion Lens (£1049.98)

Close encounters
SIGMA 150mm F2.8 DG OS HSM (£999.99)

Persons of interest
SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (£1,199.99)

Town and Country
SIGMA sd Quattro + 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art (£1049.99)

World in Motion
SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art + SIGMA 82mm WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR (£1,054.98)

Travellers’ Tales
SIGMA 18-300mm Contemporary + SIGMA USB Dock + SIGMA EF-630 DG Flash + SIGMA Flash USB Dock FD-11 (£999.96)

Grand Prize
SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art + SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art + SIGMA USB Dock (£2,039.97)

Crowd Winners
The crowd winner of each round will win a year’s subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine worth £108.49 plus a Photocrowd subscription worth £30

About Sigma

Sigma is again offering an array of prizes to the winners of the Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. Sigma’s mission is to provide exceptional products at an affordable price. All Sigma products are manufactured exclusively by Sigma in its dedicated factory in Aizu, Japan. The company’s reputation for cutting-edge lens design is demonstrated by its series of lenses, ranging from 4.5mm to 800mm. Designed for enthusiast and professional photographers alike, all are backed by a three-year UK warranty when imported by Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd.

Sigma’s new Global Vision range of cameras and lenses incorporates the very latest in optical technology, with unique innovations such as the ultra-fast Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens and USB dock that allow unrivalled customisation of Global Vision lenses by the photographer using Sigma Optimization Pro specialist software. This groundbreaking new range is winning praise and awards for its quality and innovation from both customers and industry commentators alike.

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Watch an interview with Henrik Spranz, the winner of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2017

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