The Photo of the Year 2009 Competition

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photo award best photographer of the year contestThis year we added a category called "Camera Phone" since everyone has a mobile phone and many have cameras on them. And as usual, the winner of the Top 100 category will be crowned Photo of the Year 2008.


  • Top 100: Dramatic vistas, stunning flora and fauna, an artful picture of a door…you name it. Top 100 photos can be of just about anything (anything fit for family consumption, that is).
  • Faces: Who can forget Goat Boy from POTY 2005? Let’s see your best up close and personal photos.  Good luck beating Goat Boy’s cuteness, though. 
  • Camera Phone: These days, pretty much anyone with mobile phone in their pocket is armed with a camera.  And some of those camera phones take respectable photos – ones you wouldn’t capture were it not for the quickdraw of the phone from your pocket.
  • Youth: Any students out there with a strong attachment to your digital camera? This category is for photos taken by those 18 and under.  Use that youthful imagination and make your mom proud.
  • Professional: The Photo of the Year will still go to an amateur photographer, but this category will showcase work done by the professional photographers out there.


  • The Photo of the Year 2009 winner will receive a $500 cash prize courtesy of Pro Photo Supply and Canon! Second and Third Place may receive some fancy outdoor gear.
  • The 10 Top 100 Finalists and the winners of each of the four other categories will receive a framed print of their photo courtesy of Chrisman Picture Frames (a printing/framing value of $200).
  • Last but not least, the winner of the Professional category will receive a cash prize of $200, courtesy of Imaging by Fox.


All photographs must be submitted in a digital form. Photos taken with 35 mm cameras may be digitized upon development or scanned. Please submit the highest resolution images possible. Photo CD’s cannot be returned. Photos taken with a digital camera must be submitted in JPEG format and be NO MORE THAN 5MB in size.

Only if you would like to submit to a specific category in addition to the Top 100. All photos, other than those submitted by professionals, will be entered into the Top 100 category. So, for example, if you have a great photo for the "Faces" category, select this option during the upload process. Your photo will then be considered for both the Top 100 category and the Faces category.

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