photos: © Gillian Hyland© Zoe Wetherall© Dorine Bessiere


The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards is an international photography competition for up-and-coming image makers who are ready to kickstart their careers. Selected photographers will be provided with the resources they need to get their career off to a strong start including 3 international group exhibitions, $$$, and incredible exposure opportunities.

All photographers not currently represented by a gallery or photographers' agent are welcome to apply.  We accept entries from photographers of all ages and background working across all genres including but not limited to: fine art, landscape, documentary, portraits, food and still life. 

We can't wait to see your best work! Deadline: October 1, 2018!

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

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

Prizes include:



-One photographer will be selected by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot Founder and Editor, to receive the cash prize to pursue their photography projects

Group exhibition at United Photo Industries gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn

-2-3 photographers selected by Laura Roumanos, Executive Producer & Co-Founder United Photo Industries and Photoville.*

Group exhibition at Head On Photo Festival in Sydney, Australia

-3-5 photographers selected by Moshe Rosenzveig, Founder and Director of the Head On Photo Festival.*


Group exhibition at FORMAT Festival in the UK

-3-5 photographers selected by Louise Clements, Artistic Director QUAD and Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival.* 


Feature Shoot Instagram Takeovers

-1 photographer per week will be selected by Alison Zavos, Founder of Feature Shoot, to 'takeover' the Feature Shoot Instagram with 3 images from their submission (reaching 195K+ followers).


Superfine Prints Gift Certificate/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 each month we will award the entry with the most "hearts" a $250 gift certificate to Superfine Prints.


Winning Announcement

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


*All exhibited work will be made on ChromaLuxe metal prints



$40 for a series of up to 5 images

Deadline to apply: October 1, 2018.


WHAT Photographers ARE SAYING ABOUT winning the emerging Photography awards

Beautiful Boy ©Lissa Rivera

Beautiful Boy ©Lissa Rivera

Since winning the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award a little less than two months ago, my portfolio has been featured on the Huffington Postas well as in GUP Magazine, and I am honored to share that I have received the Peter Urban Legacy Award, selected by esteemed juror Elizabeth Avedon for the Griffin Museum Juried Show. This July, New York based gallery Station Independent Projects will be showcasing an image from ‘Beautiful Boy’ in WE:AMEricans, curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel and Leah Oats. In August I will also have several works in ‘Sensitive Surface,’ a group exhibition exploring the representation of the male body in Contemporary photography at Fotogalleri Vasli Souza (Malmö, Sweden). Particularly gratifying was the interview with Feature Shoot’s Ellyn Kail, who took extra care to produce a sensitive and thoughtful article. —Lissa Rivera

The Last Men ©Camille Michel

The Last Men ©Camille Michel

After being published for 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), Fotopolis magazine (Poland), etc. I was contacted to participate in exhibitions for example Uummannaq will be exhibited at Eyes on Main Street Festival North Carolina in April. I am also selected for the prize Voies Off , Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles . Thank you to Feature Shoot as the award enabled me to get introduced to many interesting people!—Camille Michel

On Ripeness and Rot ©Kimberly Witham

On Ripeness and Rot ©Kimberly Witham

Winning the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award provided a huge amount of exposure for my work.  I have received emails from across the country and the world.  The Czech magazine FOTO has asked to include my images in an upcoming issue.  The editors found my work on Feature Shoot.—Kimberly Witham


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For the last 10 years, Feature Shoot has been showcasing the work of international emerging and established photographers who are transforming the medium through compelling, cutting-edge projects. With contributing writers from around the world and a wide range of interests, we feature contemporary work in all genres of photography: fine art, documentary, portrait, still life, landscape and more. We believe that photography is a powerful mode of storytelling, and share works that have a strong narrative vision. Started in 2008 by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot has now amassed an archive of over 5,000 posts of exceptional photography from around the globe.



"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."  — Peter Andrew


"You recently featured my Last House Standing row houses on your blog. I really appreciate your doing that, 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 - offered me a show this December. I'm fairly certain that a lot of this recent activity resulted from the exposure your blog gave me."  — Ben Marcin


"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 your website, BLINK magazine based in Japan wanted to publish a portfolio of my "women" portraits. Additionally I have 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."  — Benjamin Fredrickson