color photograph of a man in front of Taj Mahal

People Award Editors' Picks

“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”
— Anonymous

Following the results of last month’s People competition judged by National Geographic editor Elizabeth Krist, we would like to share some of the competition entries that didn’t make the final selection, but impressed and intrigued us with their overall quality.

Dancers performing a traditional ritual in Papua New Guinea; young nuns in Myanmar; a sulfur miner in Indonesia; Japanese men braving the cold winter at Okayama’s Hadaka Matsuri Festival; two picadors in a Spanish arena, and more: we’re delighted to present the work of 15 international image-makers who have captured the fascinating cultural diversity of our planet, with honesty, artistry, and skill.

Monthly Photo Contest

black and white portrait of a couple during pride in New york, USA
© Dom Marker

2021 Open Call AWARD Deadline: 31 December 2021

Portrait, documentary, fashion, landscape, fine art, street, conceptual, and more: this summer your work may fall into any category and we invite all photographers to share their best images!⁠

We want you to challenge us and respond to the theme in as many inventive ways as you can imagine: Edit carefully and show us what you’ve got!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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