Amateur Photographer of the Year 2016

Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) 2016 is your chance to enter the UK’s most prestigious competition for amateur photographers sponsored by Sigma.

Amateur Photographer of the Year 2016
APOY 2016

APOY 2016 follows the same format as last year, with eight monthly rounds from March until October. The competition is open to all amateur photographers, but please note that those entrants who live outside the UK who win a prize will be liable for any local customs charges.

After the closing date of each round, the entries are narrowed down to a shortlist of 50, then the top 30. Points are awarded to each image for creativity, technical excellence and how well the image fulfils the brief.

Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 DG HSM II
sigma 12mm

Judges are looking for imaginative and well-executed pictures that explore the theme in an exciting way. The names of the top 50 photographers from each round appear on our website, along with the images from the top 30. The top 30 images are also published in AP at the end of the following month. After the eight rounds, the person with the most points will be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2016.

The prizes

Prizes are awarded to the first-placed entrants for each round. This year we have great Sigma lenses, cameras and accessories on offer, worth a total each month of around £1,000. We also have a top prize of Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (£799.99), Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (£849.99) and Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro (£649.99) lenses worth more than £2,000.

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART

That’s a grand total of over £10,000 for APOY 2016 in association with Sigma.

Deadline: Oct 30, 2016

How to enter APOY 2016

  • Entrants should submit only ONE image per round.
  • Only entries sent to the correct email address ( will be entered into the competition.
  • The image should be at least 2,700 pixels along its longest edge.
  • It must be a JPEG file, preferably sRGB.
  • The file name must be your first name and surname.
  • The subject line of your email must state the round name and your name once again.
  • Include your postal address and daytime telephone number in the body of your email.
  • List your camera model, lens, exposure details and any other information in the body of your email.
  • Entries must be received by midnight (UK time) on the closing date
  • Read more at official website


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