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The World's Biggest Book of Photography Competitions, Awards, Grants & Places To Sell Your Photos Online is the world's LARGEST reference book of photography contest, competition, award, grant, fellowship, scholarship and online photo sales information.

There are literally HUNDREDS OF SOURCES OF MONEY for amateur and professional photographers listed in this book including contests, competitions, awards, grant opportunities and online sales outlets for photos.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How Exactly Will The World's Biggest Book of Photography Competitions, Awards, Grants & Places To Sell Your Photos Online BENEFIT Me?

A. If you want to take your photography to the 'next level', build a creative profile in photography or just try to pick up a great prize - the thorough research in this book WILL:

[1] SAVE you a lot of TIME finding worthwhile photography contests and competitions because we've done the 'donkey work' so that you can go straight to the best new and established photo contests and online stock photo sites where you can start earning MONEY today.

[2] REVEAL what judges are REALLY looking for in the photos they examine - without this inside information, you could be wasting a lot of your time by not pitching to their unspoken expectations - and no, most of these aren't in the contest rules!

[3] MASSIVELY increase your chances of WINNING GREAT PRIZES: Cash, Camera Equipment, Holidays, Professional Kudos and much more. Not only does this book let you know about these worldwide events - many with online entry - but how to maximize your chances of WINNING.

[4] DEVELOP your SKILL by building the discipline that meeting a competition deadline brings. In a way, depending on your creative goals, contests have made many aspiring photographers take themselves seriously and 'Seize The Day'.

[5] BUILD a PROFILE in the photography industry by having your work seen in major events. Many highly successful creative careers have been launched through work being noticed in a contest or competition. Get noticed and seen NOW through the events listed in this book.

PROBLEM: "I don't know which photo contests I'm eligible for."

SOLUTION: "Buy this book. Eligibility requirements are spelt out for every event and grant body."

Q. How Can I Afford Photographic Development And Mailing Costs To Enter Lots Of Contests?

A. Most worldwide events listed in the book now have Online Entry so you can shoot and enter digitally.

Many have free, yes FREE, entry.

PROBLEM: "I don't know if my shots are good enough to win anything."

SOLUTION: "Buy this book. It outlines the criteria and artistic expectations of photo contest judges. You can then shoot your images accordingly."

Q. Can I Really Win Major Prizes For Photography?

A. While all art is subjective, this book tells you what judges are looking for and the odds of winning are way, way better than just about any other form of prize competition.

PROBLEM: "I don't know where I can sell my photos online and how much commission I can expect."

SOLUTION: "Buy this book. Stock photo sales is a multi-million dollar industry and this book lists virtually all of the online stock photo agencies you can submit your photos to, what commission you will get, their terms and how popular each stock photo site is."

Q. I Don't Care About The Hype. What Do Everyday Real People Think Of The World's Biggest Book of Photography Competitions, Awards, Grants & Places To Sell Your Photos Online?

A. Read the 30-plus Amazon Reviews below (Average Rating is 4 STARS)

So, what are the contents of the The World's Biggest Book of Photography Competitions, Awards, Grants & Places To Sell Your Photos Online?

*Table of Contents*

1. Why Enter A Photography Competition? (Page 17)

2. The 10 Biggest Mistakes Photographers Make In Competitions )Page 21)

3. The Top 100+ Professional Photographers' & Judges' Tips For Entering & Winning Competitions (& Great Photography Generally) (Page 29)

4. The Best Quotes Of All Time About Photography? (Page 91)

5. The Perfect Photographer: 10 Ideal Attributes That You Should Develop (Page 99)

6. Places To Sell Your Photos Online (including Alexa Web Popularity Ranks & Commission Rates) (Page 105)

7. The Annual Photography Competition & Award Calendar: January-December (Page 123)

8. Ongoing Events (Page 167)

9. Government Grants, Fellowships & Funding Bodies For Photographers (Page 175)

10. Non-government Grants, Fellowships & Funding Bodies For Photographers (Page 207)

11. A Request From The Editor (Page 225)

If you want to access MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in annual prizes, grants, awards and stock photo sales, then you need to invest less than $20 in this book now.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: TheWorldsBiggestBooks.com (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955898919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955898914
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,335,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark A. Chartrand on November 21, 2008
I agreed to read this book and review it for the publisher if I could be totally honest in my review. He agreed to this stipulation.

I have taught beginning and advanced photography for over 30 years. I had always thought it would be good for my students to have a source where they could go to find photography contests. When students have to enter a contest or exhibit their work it always makes their assignments more interesting, and provides an added reason to do well. If they could learn a few "tricks of the trade" as far as increasing their chances of winning a contest, while making better photographs, all the better. Unfortunately, this was at best a sophomoric attempt to inform readers about how to make good photographs. It was repetitious and very elementary in scope. The writing seemed to lack direction, organization and purpose. It was as if I was reading someone's disjointed thoughts as they jotted them down. It also seemed a bit odd that a book presumably about how to make award-winning photographs had no photographs.

The 2nd half of the book goes into listing photographic contests. There are 93 contests listed and 46 of those are in foreign countries. Some of the contests require you to be a citizen of the country where the contest is held. There are other contests where you have to be a photography student or live in a certain state or a certain part of the country to enter. Many contests have an award of a government grant or fellowship.

It took me about 5 minutes on the Internet to find more contests than I could enter in a month.

I would have given the book a lower rating, but I did find a couple of quotes about photography in the chapter of quotes that I had not heard before. Therefore, I did not find that reading the book was a total waste of my time.
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I came across this book recently and was immediately intrigued by its potential value. For many years I have been building and maintaining a convoluted spreadsheet of grants and competitions related to photography. As the level of detail has increased, it has become more of a challenge to keep everything up to date. So this book might be a way for me to spend that time in a better way (like taking photographs).

OK, here's the first thing. I book about photography, with no photographs in it, just seems a little odd. There are many tips about how to increase your chances of winning a competition, none of which are actually illustrated. Photography is a visual medium - that was a disappointment.

I was also surprised by the bias towards film photography. Almost every competition I enter, these days, prefers digital entries, in some cases making it the only option. Yet the preponderance of detail that focused on film photography immediately seemed out-dated.

The format and layout of the book also feels out-dated.

Another disappointment came in how long it took to get to the actual material about grants and competitions. The preceding chapters focused on common mistakes made, what judges are looking for, stuff like that. Some of that content was pretty good; a lot of it was superfluous. If a photographer is unaware of some of the tips being given, then it is unlikely that they are in a position to be successful in a competition.

Many of the comments are vague and simply point the reader away, to other sources of information, the sort of thing you could do a Google search on and come up with more useful, more immediate information. Here's an example:

One of these (technical or aesthetic implications) concerns exposure.
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I got to read this book for free, after following up a comment asking for reviewers to read this, presumably in exchange for being able to take a look so to take them up on their kind offer here is my review.

A book on photographic competitions? Not on how to take a great photo per se, but on competitions and entering them? Hmm, a new genre created by this book alone. So? How is it? The book is awful. It is something like 200 pages long but the print is quite large so you should think of it as about half that size. The last part of it consists of large lists of photographic competitions, grant bodies and such - something anyone could find for themselves if they wanted to take a few minutes.

As for the help and advice content, let's just say there is only one picture in the book. Yes, 1. Its of the famous 'this is not a pipe' painting much discussed in philosophy. No photos at all (not even on the cover!) so one starts to think 'Just who is this guy giving all this advice? what has HE done that is so noteworthy?'

They say everyone has one good book in them but lots of people it seems to me barely have a decent pamphlet and this is what you'll feel reading this shallow, puerile drivel.
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"The World's Biggest Book of Photography Competitions, Awards, Grants & Places To Sell Your Photos Online" is a user-friendly and humorous guide with international scope for any amateur photographer. It provides the reader with a clear overview, and a multitude of online resources. The selected quotes by famous photographers, painters, writers and art critics such as Anne Leibovitz, Pablo Picasso, William Blake, and Susan Sontag - just to name a few - add a literary touch to the book as well as present various perspectives on the art of photography and what it means to see through the lens.

Categorizing the list of competitions and awards according to their monthly deadlines is extremely useful and may help procrastinators stay on track. Similarly, since most competitions and awards are either ongoing or recurrent, it can be easily used as a quick resource to look up a particular organization or competition.

The chapters - "Government Grants, Fellowships and Funding Bodies" and "Non-Government Grants, Fellowships and Funding Bodies" - are slightly disappointing. Anything funded by the government is limited to the following countries and its residents: United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada. The following chapter has a more international scope, but it is in many ways limited to particular themes, techniques, genres, residents/age groups etc. Yet, one should never forget that many grants and fellowships are subject to such limitations and criteria - anyone having worked as grant writer, for instance, would agree that it is the nature of the non-profit sector.

While the chapters give useful and tangible advice, they nonetheless lack, at times, a definite structure or focal point.
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