Opportunities Creative opportunities Amateur Photographer of the Year 2017 Area: WorldwideDeadline: Round-by-round deadlines The UK’s oldest and most prestigious photo competition for amateur photographers returns, bigger and better than ever! Over the years Amateur Photographer (AP) readers have sent in some incredible images, so 26 years ago it decided to launch the Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) competition. Since then, APOY has received thousands and thousands of entries, with many of them taking the judges’ breath away. Entries have come from across the globe, whether they’ve been shot with a smartphone, a plastic camera or a top-of-the-range DSLR. APOY 2017 follows a different format from last year. This time AP is working in partnership with Photocrowd, who will be hosting all the entered images on their website. One free entry per person is allowed in each round. Fees are charged for further entries. The competition is open to all amateur photographers, but please note that those entrants who live outside the UK who win any of the prizes will be liable for any local import taxes. Rounds and deadlines Theme Synopsis Announced Closes Results Magical monochrome Black & white 25 Mar issue 28 Apr 10 Jun issue Hit the streets Street photography 6 May issue 26 May 8 Jul issue Small wonders Macro nature 3 Jun issue 23 Jun 12 Aug issue City clickers Cityscapes 1 Jul issue 28 Jul 23 Sep issue Into the wild Wildlife 5 Aug issue 25 Aug 14 Oct issue Creative eye Abstract art 2 Sep issue 29 Sep 11 Nov issue Land lovers Landscapes 7 Oct issue 27 Oct 9 Dec issue Face to face Portraiture 4 Nov issue 29 Nov 6 Jan issue After the closing date of each round, all the entries will be narrowed down to a shortlist, from which the overall winner of that round will be chosen. There will be one winner selected by an expert panel of judges and then one winner as voted for by the members of Photocrowd, who will win a print subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine. The images will appear on Photocrowd, and the highest rated entries are also published in Amateur Photographer. After the eight rounds, the overall winner will be chosen by a mix of crowd and expert votes. The lucky winner will then be crowned the Amateur Photographer of the Year 2017. For full details and to register/enter, visit the AP website and Photocrowd.