photos: © Sharbendu De, © Gloria Oyarzabal, © Synchrodogs


Our international photography competition for up-and-coming image makers is back! This year we will be awarding 30 impressive photographers with an exhibition at the world-renowned Aperture Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. Additionally, a significant cash prize is up for grabs as well as global exposure opportunities.


All photographers not currently represented by a gallery or photographers' agent are invited to apply.

We accept entries from photographers of all ages and backgrounds working across all genres including (but not limited to): fine art, landscape, documentary, portraits, fashion and still life. 


November 13, 2019

Entry fee:

US$35 for a series of up to 5 images.

We can't wait to see your best work!

Photos ©  Dorine Bessiere (left) and Cian Oba-Smith (right)

Photos © Dorine Bessiere (left) and Cian Oba-Smith (right)



  • $3000 cash prize

One photographer will be selected by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot Founder, to receive the Grand Cash Prize of US$3000 to pursue their photography projects.

  • Group exhibition at Aperture Gallery, NYC

30 photographers selected by the judges (below) will have their work exhibited at a special one night exhibition at the internationally-renowned Aperture Gallery in New York City in January 2020.

  • Feature Shoot Instagram Takeovers

One photographer each week until the closing date for entries will be selected to 'takeover' the Feature Shoot Instagram with 3 images from their submission (reaching 227K+ followers).

  • People's Choice Awards

Soon after you enter, submissions will be featured here on our website and be up for a People's Choice Award. Entrants are encouraged to share their post on the blog and every 2 weeks we will award the entry with the most "hearts" a year’s Print + Archive + Digital Edition subscription to Aperture Magazine.

  • Winning Announcement

Announcement of all winners will be posted on Feature Shoot and through our social channels and newsletter (reaching a combined audience of more than 500,000 photography enthusiasts).

Photos ©  Diana Bagnoli (left) and © Paul Shiakallis (right)

Photos © Diana Bagnoli (left) and © Paul Shiakallis (right)

Photo ©  Michael Joseph

Photo © Michael Joseph

Judges for the emerging photography awards!

Jessie Wender

Photo Editor, The New York Times

Elissa Curtis

Deputy Photo Director, Wall Street Journal

Anna Dickson

Visual Lead, Google Image Search

Toby Kaufmann

Creative Director, Facebook

Alison Zavos

Founder, Feature Shoot + The Print Swap

Clinton Cargill

Previously: Visuals Director at Vanity Fair, Photo Director Bloomberg Businessweek, Photo Editor The New York Times


Photo by Lissa Rivera

Lissa Rivera

“Since winning the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award, my portfolio has been featured on the Huffington Post as well as in GUP Magazine, and I have received the Peter Urban Legacy Award, selected by esteemed juror Elizabeth Avedon for the Griffin Museum Juried Show. New York-based gallery, Station Independent Projects, showcased an image from ‘Beautiful Boy’ in WE:AMEricans, curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel and Leah Oats. Particularly gratifying was the interview with Feature Shoot’s Ellyn Kail, who took extra care to produce a sensitive and thoughtful article.”

Photo by Synchrodogs


"Being one of winners of the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards is an important step in any artists’ career. Right after winning the Award, we also became finalists of Lensculture Visual Storytelling Award and the Palm Photo Prize. We also gave artist talk at one of the biggest art festivals in Europe called Off Festival in Barcelona, showed our works at the Voices Off Festival in Arles together with Handsome production, and had a solo show in Milano, Italy, at the Office Project room gallery, amongst many more notable achievements. Overall, it was a very interesting experience!"

Photo by Camille Michel

Camille Michel

“After being published on Feature Shoot, my work received a lot of attention. The project was published numerous times in magazines and online; P3 magazine (Portugal), The Weather Channel (United States), ZOOM magazine (Italia), and Fotopolis magazine (Poland). I was contacted to participate in exhibitions, such as Uummannaq, and at the Eyes on Main Street Festival in North Carolina. I was also selected for the prize Voices Off, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles. Thank you to Feature Shoot as the award enabled me to get introduced to many interesting people!”

Photo by Lucia Sekerkova

Lucia Sekerková

“After I received the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award, my work was published in many magazines and online platforms, such as Republic (Sweden), Society (France), Gente di Fotografia (Italy), Indie (Germany), Marie Claire (United Kingdom), Fotograf (Czech Republic), Huck (UK), Calvert Journal (UK), Bird in Flight (Ukraine), Lens Culture (USA), Wired (USA), and many other,. Since then, my project Vrajitoare was shortlisted for the Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award in Germany; it was part of the group exhibition in Pumpenhaus in Dresden, Germany; and also it was part of Poznań Photo Diploma Award in Poland. I was announced as the Personality of Czech Photography in the category up to 30 years in the Czech Republic. I am also very grateful that because of the Feature Shoot Award, I could be a part of the FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby (UK). I would definitely recommend other photographers to take a part in this contest.”

Photo by Gloria Oyarzabal

Gloria Oyarzabal

"The great opportunity Feature Shoot gave me to explain my work in a deep and sharp interview was for me an exercise of positioning, a unique moment of verbalizing my discourse and my activism, making me dive deeper, and spreading my word internationally. From there, new interviews arose - such as that with G'RLS ROOM magazine in Poland - I was contacted by various festivals to exhibit this project (Head On, Athens Foto, and ArtPhotoBCN) and my international recognition even led this project to win some awards (Grand Prix Fotofestiwal Lodz, Photo Chronicles, and Vevey Images Photobook Award). Since then, my professional career has been on the rise, helping me to continue with my next projects through artist residences and grants. The interview turned out to be such an interesting exercise for me that it ended being introduced as text in the dummy that, after winning VEVEY IMAGES PHOTOBOOK AWARD (Switzerland), will soon be published. Thank you very much Feature Shoot for this push, for your trust, and interest in my project, for your professionalism!"


Peter Andrew

"The response from your post about my work was outstanding. It resulted in thousands of hits on my site. The images were published in Esquire, Huffington Post, London Times, PetaPixel, and many many more places. Thank you so much for the publicity."

Ben Marcin

"You featured my Last House Standing row houses on Feature Shoot. I got all kinds of requests for postings after that. My photo essay ended up on The Huffington Post,, Slate, The Daily Mail in the UK and several others. The C. Grimaldis Gallery - the oldest gallery here in Baltimore, MD - also offered me a show."

Benjamin Fredrickson 

"The amount of feedback has been great!  Since the post, there has been a broader interest in my photography work. After the initial post on Feature Shoot, BLINK magazine based in Japan wanted to publish a portfolio of my "women" portraits. Additionally, I had some photographs on view at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York City. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to discuss my personal project on Minneapolis."

Installation shot of Emerging Photography Award exhibition at United Photo Industries (2018)

Installation shot of Emerging Photography Award exhibition at United Photo Industries (2018)