amateur photographer of the year 2021

Enter now – £11,000
of MPB prizes to be won!

Enter our annual competition for the chance to win some fantastic prizes and be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021

Now running for almost 40 years, Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) was the first contest of its kind and – we believe – the best.

With its varied categories, there should be a round for you, no matter what you like to shoot. You might choose to enter just one category or enter them all with the aim of taking home the main prize and, of course, the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers* and we have again teamed up with Photocrowd, who will be hosting the competition on a simple and intuitive platform.

Not only will your work be seen by a panel of experienced judges, but it’s also a brilliant way of getting your photos in front of a wider audience.

Providing an amazing £11,000 worth of prizes this year is MPB, the online platform for used photography kit.

The winner of each round will receive a £500 voucher for gear from MPB, and we have second and third-placed prizes of £100 and £50 vouchers respectively. The overall winner will receive a voucher for £1,000.

Plus, this year, we have two new categories. Under-21s can enter the Young Amateur Photographer of the Year, with each category winner receiving a £250 voucher for MPB, and the overall winner being awarded a £500 voucher.

Finally, there’s a camera club category, where you can accumulate points for your society. The most successful club will receive a voucher for £500.

*For the purposes of this competition, an amateur photographer is defined as someone who earns 10% or less of their income from photography or photographic services


About MPB

MPB is the world’s largest online platform to buy, sell and trade used photography and videography equipment. MPB is a destination for everyone, whether you’ve just discovered your passion for visual storytelling or you’re already a pro.

The company is committed to making kit more accessible and affordable, and helping to visualise a more sustainable future. It recirculates more than 300,000 items of used kit every year, extending the life and creative potential of photo and video kit for visual storytellers around the world.

With headquarters in the creative communities of Brighton, Brooklyn and Berlin, the MPB team includes trained camera experts, seasoned photographers and videographers who bring their passion to work daily to deliver outstanding service.

Every piece of kit is inspected carefully by MPB’s product specialists and also comes with a six-month warranty to give its customers peace of mind that buying used doesn’t mean sacrificing on quality or on reliability.

The Camera Club award

Do you belong to a camera club? You can accumulate points for your society when you enter APOY, and after all the ten rounds are complete, the one with the most points will win a voucher for £500 to spend at MPB.

The club might want to spend it on gear for use by members, or even run its own in-house competition with the prize going to the most successful photographer.

Young Amateur Photographer of the Year

This year, we are adding a Young Photographer of the Year category. Entrants should be 21 years old or younger by the competition’s final closing date of 29 October 2021.

All the categories are the same as for the main competition – simply simply select the Young APOY option on Photocrowd when you upload your images. This category is free to enter; each category winner receives a £250 voucher, and the overall winner receives a voucher for £500 to spend at MPB.

What you win

Take your pick from MPB’s huge catalogue of used gear

The winner of each round of APOY 2021 receives a £500 voucher to spend on anything at MPB. From top-of-the-range digital medium-format camera bodies, to entry-level DSLRs, as well as the longest telephoto zooms and widest lenses, and useful accessories, MPB is a one-stop shop for used kit.

For £500, you could treat yourself to a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a solid workhorse of a full-frame camera that renders colour and detail beautifully. Or you might want to consider the mirrorless Fujifilm X-T2, which, being versatile, compact and lightweight, makes a great walkabout or a travel camera.

There are great second-placed and third-placed prizes, too, which are £100 and £50 respectively, while the winner of the Youth category will win a voucher for £250.