Entry Start:01/06/2015Entry Close:05/01/2016

All submitted images must have been taken in 2015.
To enter the Youth competition you must be aged between 12-19 on our closing date 5 January 2016.

The Youth Award recognises the next generation of talented young photographers.
Whether you are already a passionate photographer or just beginning your photographic journey, this is your chance to be part of the world’s biggest photography competition.

The judges will award:

  • 1 Youth Photographer of the Year
  • 1 winner per category
  • Up to 10 shortlisted photographers per category
  • Up to 40 commended photographers per category

Prizes and Benefits
All winning and shortlisted photographers will be included in a global press campaign, featured across the WPO website and exhibited at Somerset House, London in April 2016.
Additional prizes include:

  • Youth Photographer of the Year – Flights and accommodation to awards in London
  • Category winners – Sony product.  Publication in winners’ book.  Exhibition
  • Shortlist – Digital exhibition.  Publication in winners’ book

“My photo appeared in my local newspaper which was a really amazing experience.   It was really strange seeing my photo on display and I still can’t quite believe it, it made me extremely happy seeing other people looking at my photo and commenting on it.  I think everyone should enter even if they don’t think they would get chosen, you never know. I will never forget this experience!” Stephanie Anjo, UK, Winner, Youth, Portraits, 2015 – aged 14

“I went on live television shows to talk about the award and my work. It was a really exciting experience. Besides that, I gave interviews to all the main Portuguese TV networks and also to the main newspapers.  (At the exhibition) I had my picture next to some great photographers’ work which leaves me very happy because it means my work has value.” Beatriz Mota da Rocha, Portugal, Winner, Youth, Culture, 2015 – aged 15


  • Basic Members – up to 3 photographs for free, submitted into one category or spread across multiple categories
  • Increase your chances by upgrading to Advanced Membership (enter up to 8 images) or Premium Membership (enter up to 20 images).

Find out more about upgrading your membership here.

Please note, once you have entered the Youth competition you will not be able to enter the Open or Professional competitions.