Over £10,000 of prizes to be won in Amateur Photographer of the Year 2019

Now in its 28th year, the Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) competition is the first of its kind and – we believe – the best. With a wide variety of categories, there’s something to appeal to everyone. You might choose to enter just one category, or – like last year’s winner, Neil Burnell – you might set yourself a year-long project and create an entry for all eight rounds, with the big prize and title Amateur Photographer of the Year as the overall aim.

It’s open to all amateur photographers*, and once again we have teamed up with Photocrowd, who will be hosting the competition on a simple and intuitive platform. Not only will your work be seen by our panel of experienced judges, but it’s also a great way of getting your work in front of a wider audience. In 2018 more than 470,000 votes were cast by Photocrowd members across the duration of the competition.

Providing an amazing £10,000 worth of prizes once more is Sigma Imaging (UK). However, this year, there’s a slight change. The winner of each round can choose what they like from Sigma’s wide-ranging products, up to a total of £1,000 (based on Sigma’s suggested retail price). The overall winner has £2,000 to spend on Sigma products of their choice. Whether you shoot APS-C or full frame, prefer a wide angle zoom or a telephoto prime, there will be something for you.

In addition, each category’s Crowd Vote winner (the image that receives most votes from Photocrowd members) wins a one-year digital subscription to Amateur Photographer.

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.

*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 2019.

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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 Rounds

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About Sigma

Sigma is once again offering an array of top-end prizes to the winners of the Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) 2019 competition. Sigma’s mission is to provide exceptional products at an affordable price. All its products are manufactured exclusively in the company’s own dedicated factory in Aizu, Japan.

Sigma’s reputation for advanced cutting-edge lens design is demonstrated by its series of lenses, ranging from 8mm right up to 800mm. These lenses
are designed for enthusiast and professional photographers alike, and all of them are backed by a three-year UK warranty when imported by Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd.

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

To find out more, visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com.

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