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Amateur Photographer of the Year 2022

APOY 2022

Enter our annual photography competition for the chance to be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2022 and win some fantastic prizes

Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) is the UK’s most prestigious photography competition for amateur photographers.

The competition is 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 a panel of experienced judges, but it’s also a brilliant way of getting your photos in front of a wider audience. Plus, there’s the chance to win monthly prizes and exposure in the magazine.

For a second year, APOY is brought to you in partnership with MPB, who will be providing an amazing £11,000 worth of prizes! 

Available from 15th February issue onwards: get one additional free entry in each round of APOY 2022 using a code printed in the latest issue of Amateur Photographer magazine. Purchase a print or digital copy here.

Our Young Amateur Photographer of the Year category and Camera Club award have also returned for 2022, more information can be found below.

APOY 2022 - Amateur Photographer of the year competition

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* For the purposes of this competition, ‘Amateur’ in this context means photography is your hobby, and not your primary source of income. 


Plan your APOY entries!

The competition has 10 rounds, each with a different theme. The themes for this year’s competition are: Low Light, Black and White, Travel, Landscapes, Best of British, Close-ups, People, Wildlife, Street, Sport and Action.

There’s something for every interest and a chance to test your photography and creativity skills!

You might choose to enter just one category or enter them all with the aim of taking home the main prize and the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2022.

Here are the key competition dates for the categories including Low-light, Black and White, Travel, Landscapes, Best of British, Close-ups, People, Wildlife, Street, and Sport and Action Photography:

APOY 2022 - Amateur Photographer of the year competition categories


Young Amateur Photographer of the Year

Our Young Photographer of the Year category is open to those aged 13-21, entry for this category is FREE and all rounds are the same as for the main competition.

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Entrants should be 21 years old or younger by the competition’s final closing date of 4th November 2022.

In 2021, we have joint winners for our first Young APOY competition, they’ve shared their tips and inspirations here: Behind the scenes with our first ever Young Amateur Photographer of the Year winners!

Young APOY 2022

The Camera Club award

Do you belong to a camera club? You can accumulate points for your society when you enter APOY. After the ten rounds are complete, the club with the most points will win the overall Camera Club award and a voucher 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.

We spoke to Camera Club award 2021 winners Launceston Camera Club about their success: Launceston Camera Club – winners of APOY’s first Camera Club award

The Photography Alliance of Great Britain


What you win

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

The winner of each round of APOY 2022 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.

MPB kit

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

The overall APOY winner will receive a voucher for £1,000. The overall Young APOY winner will be awarded a £500 voucher. Finally, the most successful camera club will receive a voucher for £500.

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.

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.

APOY 2022 in association with MPB

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