Recent Contests Articles

Weekly Contest: Win a Manfrotto Bumblebee Pro Light Backpack!

Fstoppers has partnered with the awesome folks at ViewBug to bring you sweet, sweet contests weekly! This week enter to win a Bumblebee Pro Light Backpack by Manfrotto, while three runners up will receive a 3-in-1 light PRO backpack​. Winners will be selected based on the best images that best show moments in the wilderness!

Lytro Wants to Send You on an Icelandic Adventure

Iceland is lauded as one of the most amazing places for photography due to the absolutely stunning landscape (Mike Kelley visits there frequently). In anticipation of their new Illum camera coming at the end of the July, Lytro wants to give five photographers an all-expenses-paid trip to Iceland to take part in an exclusive photo shoot with Chris Burkard, a premier adventure lifestyle photographer who serves as the senior staff photographer for Surfer Magazine. If you pre-order the Illum and submit a photo shoot idea, you're automatically entered to win.

Weekly Photo Contest: Win A Feature on Fstoppers!

Fstoppers has partnered with the awesome folks at ViewBug to bring you sweet, sweet contests weekly! This week if you impress the ViewBug community, you could win yourself a feature on! The winner’s photo will be given a 24 hour feature on our top slider as picture of the day as well as a full featured article.

Weekly Contest: Win a National Geographic Earth Explorer Backpack

Fstoppers has partnered with the awesome folks at ViewBug to bring you sweet, sweet contests weekly! This week, you have a chance to win either a National Geographic Earth Explorer Small Backpack or an Earth Explorer Messenger sling bag. Show us your best photo of a journey into nature to win!

Profoto is Giving Away Tons of Stuff From Now Until December

I just got notified of a rather extensive contest that Profoto is putting on, who are releasing prizes every month from now until December. Many of you might be happy to hear that the contest isn't based on random drawings, but instead is a photo contest that asks you to submit your best photo that follows different themes. June's theme is "The First Kiss."

Weekly Contest: Win a Woodsnap Photo Collage Worth $1000

Fstoppers has partnered with the awesome folks at ViewBug to bring you sweet, sweet contests weekly! This week enter your best photo featuring tree trunks to win a WoodSnap Photo Collage worth $1000, with the People's Choice winner nabbing one worth $500. Woodsnap is a nifty way to showcase your images printed as custom wood wall art.

Weekly Contest: Win a SanDisk 128GB microSDXC Card with Adapter

Fstoppers has partnered with the awesome folks at ViewBug to bring you sweet, sweet contests weekly! This week you can give your GoPro more storage space than ever with a 128GB microSDXC card and adapter (two of these are being given away with 10 more 64GB microSDXC cards to runners up).

Weekly Contest: Win a Feature on Fstoppers!

Fstoppers has partnered with the awesome folks at ViewBug to bring you sweet, sweet contests weekly! This week if you impress the ViewBug community, you could win yourself a feature on! The winner's photo will be given a 24 hour feature on our top slider as picture of the day as well as a full featured article.

Call for Entries: Canon Female Photojournalist Award

For female photojournalists of all nationalities, The Canon Female Photojournalist Award has announced that it is open for entries until the 26th of this month. The €8000 (roughly $11,096) award is intended to help its recipient “produce an ongoing one year project which will lead to an exhibition or showing at the Festival in the 2015 edition.”

Weekly Contest: Win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800!

Fstoppers has partnered with the awesome folks at ViewBug to bring you sweet, sweet contests weekly! We're starting things off with a bang by giving away your choice of a Canon 5K Mark III or a Nikon D800, arguably two of the best DSLRs on the market. The theme of the contest is "Creative Compositions." The contest will be judged by Dan Carr, a senior photographer for the Canadian ski magazine Skier.

And The Winner Is.....

Thank you so much to the 60+ people that submitted a video over the past few days to our contest. It's been awesome seeing photographers from around the world share their stories. As a special thanks to everyone that made a video, Lensrentals would like to hook you guys up with something for your effort. Just e-mail for your prize. On top of all of this, everyone that made a Facebook and/or Instagram video will be receiving the Bahamas Rob Grimm Product Photography workshop video for free this July. Please e-mail and I will get you on this list.

All the Winners of Last Week's Fstoppers Workshops Contests

Last week we had a ton of contests for our first ever Fstoppers Workshops in the Bahamas. Each of the 10 instructors gave away free classes to their workshops through a ton of different platforms. Every winner is listed in this full post. If you missed out, don't worry. LensRentals and four of the instructors are currently giving away an ALL PAID EXPENSE TRIP to our workshop in the Bahamas and it ends in less than 12 hours. Less than 14 entries have been made so your chances of winning are extremely high!

Win An ALL EXPENSE Paid Trip To The Fstoppers Workshop In Paradise Plus $300 Gear Rental

If you wanted to attend the Fstoppers workshops in the Bahamas but don't have the money, you have one last chance to win an all expense paid trip that covers your flight, hotel, 4 classes, and $300 gear rental. We are giving away one last ALL EXPENSE paid trip to one lucky winner that can upload a short video of themselves explaining why they should have this opportunity and what gear they will rent from

Win Free Admission To The Fstoppers Photography Workshops In The Bahamas

Just a few hours and/or days left on these! The first ever Fstoppers Workshops taking place in the Bahamas May 28th - June 1st is quickly approaching. Our crazy Atlantis Hotel Discount Room Rate is expiring on the April 22nd , and all of the instructors are each running a social media contest for those of you wishing to attend. Collectively there are over 15 free spots in a variety of workshops. To enter, simply check out the full post

Marc Jacobs Ditches Model Agency In Favor Of Twitter For Fall 2014 Campaign

In the competitive world of social media experiments it seems companies are coming up with all sorts of tactics to build brand loyalty and interaction. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs is no stranger to the social media game. Earlier this year Marc Jacobs launched a pop-up shop that would trade free gifts in exchange for your tweets, likes, follows, and instagram pictures. Now Marc Jacobs is back with a new proposition. Tag your picture with the handle #CastMeMarc and you could be the new face of Marc by Marc Jacobs.

In Celebration of NAB, Freefly is Giving Away Twelve M5 MōVI

This is kind of amazing and extremely unexpected: Freefly Systems has announced that it will give away 12 MōVI M5 camera stabilizers during the 2014 NAB Show. During the show (which is in Las Vegas) April 7th – 10th, they will be giving three away a day, but you don't have to be at the show to win.

Sony 2014 World Photo Awards Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 Sony World Photo Open Competition have just been announced. All the Open competition winners are amateur photographers. If there was ever a time or place to question what makes someone a "professional" photographer or an "amateur", and the blurring of these distinctions within photography today, this is it.

Last Chance To Win The Ultimate Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Kit

We've teamed up with royalty free music leader, to give away everything you need to capture beautiful video shots on-the-go. Enter to win this prize pack DAILY through February 20, 2014 to increase your chances of winning. Additionally, receive 2 more entries for every participant you refer!

And The Winners For the Fstoppers Workshop In The Bahamas Are...

On May 28th - June 1st, Fstoppers is hosting our first ever Fstoppers Workshop in the Bahamas. Over the month of January we ran two contests where one lucky reader would win a free flight, classes, and accommodations to attend the event. The second contest winner would win free classes to anything he or she had already signed up for at the workshop. The random two winners have been picked and you can find out who won in the full post

Winner of the Profoto B1 Giveaway!

If you recall, we partnered with Profoto USA this month to give away their new B1 TTL location light. The new Profoto B1 makes it easier than ever to use your flash off camera. With battery-power/ without cords, the 500w/s B1 goes wherever you go. Combining performance and the legendary Profoto light shaping system the B1 makes great light easy. We picked a random winner and it turned out to be Ryan Williams who isn't just a photographer, but a United States soldier actively deployed in Afghanistan.

Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway Winner

Thanks to our friends at Photography Life, we have recently organized a Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway, which ended on the Christmas day. After the list of participants was cleaned up and a bunch of entries were disqualified (fake email accounts from mail services like, and, plus newly created Facebook accounts), we were left with a total of 33523 entries (Facebook and non-Facebook participants combined). Well, it is now time to announce the lucky winner, who gets to pick his favorite camera. picked a number for us and it is...

The 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

Whether you have any interest in National Geographic or not, you simply owe it to yourself to check out the winners of their 2013 Photography Contest, as well as the short BTS video showing the judges in action. In particular there is a 60 second segment in the video that is one of the most powerful messages I’ve heard all year about the essential key to taking better photographs that can apply to every one of us.

Enter Your Wildlife Images in "Big Picture: Natural World Photography Competition"

There are a lot of contests out there this time of year, but I wanted to take a minute to bring the California Academy of Sciences Big Picture: Natural World Photography Competition to your attention. Now through March 31, 2014, Cal Academy is inviting photographers to enter their wildlife and conservation images to this competition for a chance to win a share of the $20,000 in cash and photography gear prizes.

EXPIRED: Win the new Profoto B1 500w/s TTL Flash!

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. Profoto and Fstoppers have teamed up to ring in the Holiday season by offering one of the hottest and most talked about Products of the year. The new Profoto B1 makes it easier than ever to use your flash off camera. TTL achieves your light in an instant. With battery-power/ without cords, the 500w/s B1 goes wherever you go. Combining performance and the legendary Profoto light shaping system the B1 makes great light easy. Are you ready to win?

Win Your Choice of a Nikon D610, Canon 6D or Sony A7!

We are very excited to announce yet another great Facebook giveaway and this time we are partnering up with our friends at Photography Life to do it. The winner will have a chance to choose between three different cameras: Nikon D610, Canon 6D or the new Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless camera! We are approaching the end of the year, so we decided to give this one away on the Christmas Day. So you have exactly one month to participate in this awesome contest! The contest is open for everyone, not just US residents.

Elliott Erwitt’s Scottish Highland Fling

How would you feel if you were given a paid commission to wander around and shoot whatever you fancied for one of the world’s leading whisky companies? Most of us would probably agree that this wouldn't be such a terrible gig. Unfortunately this sort of dream commission will probably remain little more than a dream for most of us. For Elliott Erwitt, on the other hand, this was just another day on the job.

Win A FREE 2-Day Bahamas Workshop Pass

On November 7th, 8th, and 9th Rob Grimm of PRO EDU will be giving away a 2-day pass to the Fstoppers Bahamas Workshop in May of 2014. It's free to enter, just tune in live for your chance to win on CreativeLIVE next week where we will announce the instructions for how to enter. The pass we are giving away is for our liquids, liquor, beer, and splashes workshop that will cover everything we know about shooting liquids.

Winners of the Sigma Photo Contest!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Shallow Depth photo contest sponsored by Sigma. We got a huge number of entrants, which goes to show how many of you really want this lens. Selecting from all the entries was tough. but in the end we were able to narrow it down.

Fstoppers Contest:  Win A Free Pass To Gulf Photo Plus London 2013

One of the most exciting things about our industry is being able to meet other talented photographers and talk shop. Lee and I recently attended Gulf Photo Plus 2013 out in Dubai, and we were able to meet photographers from literally all over the world. GPP has decided to take their workshop to London, and they are bringing four of their most sought after instructors with them. On September 28th and 29th, Joe McNally, David Hobby, Gregory Heisler, and Zach Arias will check their bags for the United Kingdom....and one lucky reader of Fstoppers could head out there with them. Full details

The Top 50 Action and Sports Photographs from Around the World

Since 2007, Red Bull has hosted an international action and adventure sport photography contest called Red Bull Illume. It's where fifty winners are chosen every three three years from tens of thousands of photographers around the world. The winners were unveiled at a grand ceremony in Hong Kong on August 29, 2013.

Submit Your Low Tech Uses for High Tech Gear and Win!

Ever had to use your high tech gear for a really low tech purpose?

B&H has an awesome contest for those of us who have ever had to use any of our high tech gear for a purpose that's not exactly what it's meant for! Submit your funny videos today of how you use your gear in an unintended way and you could win the first prize of a Canon EOS 6D or a Nikon D600! If that's not enough, second prize is a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 or a Sony Alpha NEX 5R Mirrorless and Third Prize is a Canon Powershot S110 or Nikon CoolPix P330!

ENDING SOON: Win $100 Worth of Printing in Our Colorful Photo Contest

We've been listening to feedback, and it seems as though you all like contests that engage your skill level. Well prepare to be engaged! We will be hosting more photo contests in the future, starting with this one brought to you by Nations Photo Lab and hosted by our pals at Viewbug! Just submit your best photo that features bright colors for your chance to win!

 Enter to Win a Spot at a Wedding Workshop in Venice, Montreal or Toronto

Today at creativeLIVE, award winning wedding photographer Yervant is teaching how to shoot your weddings with an album design in mind. This is such a necessary skill to learn as you go professional. Even though we live in a fast paced digital world, your clients still want something tangible to look back at in 20 years. It's your job as a wedding photographer to take and create their story.

These Are Our Favorite Fstoppers Logos From The Contest

The Fstoppers Logo contest has ended and after over 1500 submissions I can say that I believe all possible avenues have been explored. Both Patrick and I went through every single logo one by one separately and we narrowed them down to our favorite 17. Check out the full post to see our best options and vote on your favorites.

Design Fstoppers' New Logo And Win $2000

4 years ago Patrick and I came up with the idea for We needed a logo and so I went into Photoshop and created the "FS" inside a circle that you can see above. It took me about 5 minutes and neither Patrick or I have ever really liked it. It's time for a change and we will pay you to help us get there.

Announcing The Winner And Runners-Up To The Fstoppers Portrait POTD Contest!

After looking at all of the great submissions for our April POTD contest, it took a few weeks to narrow them all down and come up with commentary for what were some outstanding photos. Like I said in the original post, it was truly humbling to have people from all over the world send us their images to view and judge against others. It was great to see images from all over the world of various cultures and places, and I'm happy to announce that we've finally settled on our top portraits and the winner of the $100.

UPDATED: Is World Press Photo Photoshopped?

Photojournalists prepping images for competitions often walk a fine line between the enhancement of a photograph and outright alteration. Swedish photojournalist Paul Hansen, winner of the 2012 World Press Photo Award, has denied that his winning image of two dead Palestinian children in a funeral procession, is a forgery. A forensic image analyst named Neal Krawetz came forward on Monday with an allegation that the image is a composite, an egregious manipulation that may invalidate the award. Yesterday, World Press Photo issued a statement verifying the authenticity of the image.

Personal Project to POYi: Bob Croslin's "Grounded"

You submit your assignment images each year as a staff photojournalist at a major newspaper and never place in the prestigious Picture of the Year International competition. Then, years later as a freelance photographer, you win first place for a body of work that was undertaken solely as a personal venture. This is the story of Bob Croslin's self-assigned "Grounded," a portrait project of injured birds undergoing rehabilitation at a sanctuary in western Florida.

SquareSpace Featured Image Contest: Vote For Your Favorite

Two weeks ago we asked you to submit your best "Featured Image" and the top three submissions would win a year of SquareSpace. We wanted to see what images you would use to entice visitors to your website. We got hundreds of entries, but after careful deliberation we narrowed them down to the top ten images we thought really brought a "pow" to the party. Now we leave it in your hands: vote for your favorite!