The TINCAN Magazine Photography Awards

The TINCAN Magazine is a perpetual container for the distribution or storage of culture, art, and its creators.

The TINCAN Magazine Photography Awards nurtures an aspirational community of creators who share important stories and influence the way people think through the global language of imaging.

The TINCAN Magazine Photography Awards is open to anyone, amateurs, and professionals alike. Entries are welcome from any country in the world.
The competition is open to all forms of photography, from commissioned, published, unpublished, or personal work.
There is no time or date restriction on when the image was taken.
Photos with signatures or watermarks are not allowed.

One simple and smooth way to submit to our competition is FilmFreeway. It is a platform mostly focused on Film Festivals, but they also accept photography contests, and live events of many genres. The platform is great, both for submitters and event managers and it is also an excellent judging platform for the international judges.
After you create an account, go to add project, select “Photography/Design”, and fill in the requested information. Each submission must come with:
– a title
– the author’s name
– the author’s country
– an author’s statement, or a brief description with a minimum of 5 lines and a maximum of 20 lines.

Judges score on a scale of 1-10, based on the criteria below:

*Originality (Uniqueness of Concept / Expression of Theme)
*Creativity (Storytelling / Mood)
*Technical Execution (Composition, Color, Lighting, Exposure & Focus)
*Subject Matter / Relevancy to Category Topic
*Overall Impression / Wow Factor

Entries receiving an average score under 5 do not qualify for an award.

The TINCAN Magazine Photography Awards categories consists of:
Abstract Photography, Analog Photography, Animals Photography, Architecture Photography, Black & White Photography, Cityscape Photography, Commercial Photography, Conceptual Photography, Editorial Photography, Event Photography, Fashion Photography, Fine Art Photography, Landscape Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Night Photography, Nude Photography, Panoramic Photography, People Photography, Photojournalism Photography, Photomanipulation, Portrait Photography, Seascape Photography, Street Photography, Travel Photography, Wildlife Photography.

Professional / Emerging / Non-professional: $17 (1-10 images with same theme, submitted in one category)
Students: $15 (1-10 images with same theme, submitted in one category)

All photographers retain full copyrights for their own work. Winners grant The TINCAN Magazine limited and restricted use of winning photos only to promote the photographers themselves and in connection with marketing The TINCAN Magazine Photography Awards competition itself. Details can be found in the Competition rules.

All semi-finalists, finalists and winners will be listed on our website.

All winners will get a digital award certificate and official winner laurels.

All winners, finalists and semi-finalists will have their submitted works published on the magazine website, under the Artists’ Profile category.

All winners will be interviewed (in writing) and their interviews will be published on the magazine website, under the Artists’ Spotlight category.

The winners will be selected for each of the following categories:

*Street Photography: (daylight or night photography) – candid photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.
*Portrait: artistic images capturing the personality of a person or group of people.
*Fine Art: images where the intention is aesthetic, revealing the subjective, creative vision of the artist (abstract, collage, landscape, nudes, portrait, still life, photomanipulation, special effects etc).
*Minimalist Photography: photographs that are distinguished by extreme, austere simplicity.
*Monochrome: artistic images in black and white or monochrome.
*Beauty: glamour-style portraiture, either artistic or commercial, emphasizing someone’s or something’s beauty.
*Fashion: featuring clothing, other fashion items/accessories, makeup or styling.
*Product: images that accurately and attractively represent products for commercial purposes.
*Travel/Tourism: images highlighting an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history.
*Architecture: architectural photography, buildings or structures, interior or exterior, and any part thereof.
*Cityscapes: the physical aspects of a city or urban area.
*Documentary: providing information on specific subjects or events.
*Nature: focusing on natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures (aerial, animals, flowers, landscapes, panoramic, sunset, trees, underwater, wildlife etc).
*Sport: featuring any competitive or recreational sport.
*Wedding: featuring people and activities relating to wedding or engagement ceremonies, celebrations, or traditions.
*Photo Essay (Series only): images arranged to explore a theme, news feature, human-interest story, etc.
*Analog Photography: images taken using an analogue camera and film.
*Phone Photography: images taken using a smartphone.


1.1. The TINCAN Magazine Photography Awards competition is open to professional and amateur photographers.

1.2. By entering the Competition, you hereby accept these competition rules.

1.3. Entries must be submitted no later than the deadline of listed on the Competition URL,

1.4. By entering the Competition, you agree and acknowledge that The TINCAN Magazine is permitted to receive and review your registration data. Participants agree that personal data including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes of conducting and administering this photo competition. At any time, participants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by The TINCAN Magazine by sending an email to the following address: support[at]

2.1. To enter the competition, you must submit your entries to the Competition URL, Participants must also pay the entry fee(s) and complete the submission form in order to be considered for the competition. Once a submission fee has been paid, there are no refunds provided. If you have been wrongly charged for any reason, we will be happy to credit the amount that is due.

3.1. All entries will be reviewed by our editors and judges and an international group of industry professionals. The screened entries are then reviewed by our international jury. The jury will choose the winners. The decisions of the jury are final.

3.2. Submissions that have been awarded in a previous The TINCAN Magazine competition are not eligible to win prizes in subsequent competitions. Please consider entering new work. Submissions that have been selected as Finalists in previous competition ARE eligible to win a prize in subsequent competitions. A *photographer* may win multiple awards but the same photograph/series cannot win multiple awards. If a series/photograph was submitted to a previous competition but received no prize, then that series/photograph is still eligible.

3.3. Winning photographs may be included in the future in traveling group gallery exhibitions and/or screenings and projections at arts institutions and festivals worldwide. Each photographer retains copyright of his or her images, and proper credit lines will be attributed to each photographer when exhibited or screened anywhere by The TINCAN Magazine.

3.4. The full name of each entrant whose work is selected as a winner, juror’s pick, or finalist will be published online.

4.1. The TINCAN Magazine reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any photograph that does not comply with the following requirements, even after the photograph appears on the website. You warrant, in respect of the photographs submitted by you, as follows:

4.1.1. You are the sole copyright owner and creator of the photographs.

4.1.2. You have the right to enter your photographs in this competition.

4.1.3. To the best of your knowledge, the photographs do not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, or profane content.

4.1.4. To the best of your knowledge, the photographs do not contain any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.

4.1.5. The photograph does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity, and your photograph does not include: trademarks owned by third parties. copyrighted materials owned by third parties. names, likenesses, or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead. entries in which you have purchased or secured the rights to use stock images.

4.2. You agree to fully indemnify The TINCAN Magazine in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of your breaching any of the foregoing.

4.3. You confirm that each person depicted in the photograph has granted permission to be portrayed as shown—and has the right to grant that permission. Any costumes, props or other materials used must be rented or borrowed with the permission of the owner, and all other relevant permissions must have been obtained.

4.4. Images that purport to be “news” photographs, reporting, photojournalism, or documentary photography, should comply with the ethical guidelines of the National Press Photographers Association in general, as well as those proposed by UNICEF for ethical reporting on children. No people or objects may be added, rearranged, reversed, distorted, or removed from a photograph. If images are staged, this should be made clear in the written statements and captions. It is important, always, to take into account the ethical considerations of photography, and to protect vulnerable people from potential harm that could be inflicted as a result of publishing images that expose or identify individuals or groups who may be or may become vulnerable as a result of the publication of the photographs.

5.1. The TINCAN Magazine recognizes you retain full ownership of the copyright in each photograph that you have submitted.

5.2. Not every photograph submitted to the competition will be publicly visible on The TINCAN Magazine. There are too many submissions for each one to be shown on the site. The pictures on the website are pre-selected by The TINCAN Magazine’s editors. Whether or not your entry is selected by the editors for display has no effect on your standing in the competition—the jury’s judgments begin after the competition deadline has passed.

6.1. All entrants agree that all photograph(s) submitted to the competition may be reproduced (with photographer copyright credit) and used to conduct and promote The TINCAN Magazine competitions. You hereby grant The TINCAN Magazine with a right to use submitted photographs in the framework of such promotional activities.

7.1. Any photograph used by The TINCAN Magazine shall carry a credit line. Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as The TINCAN Magazine uses its reasonable endeavors to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure.

7.2. You acknowledge that The TINCAN Magazine and its event partners assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse.

8.1. The TINCAN Magazine assumes no responsibility for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition, and The TINCAN Magazine assumes no responsibility for technical, hardware or software failure of any kind, for lost network connections, garbled computer transmissions, other problems or technical malfunctions with regard to the Competition. The TINCAN Magazine assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, corruption, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries. The TINCAN Magazine is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail addressed to The TINCAN Magazine on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the internet or any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Competition. If for any reason a contestant’s photograph cannot be viewed or is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures, The TINCAN Magazine assumes no responsibility.

9.1. In no event will The TINCAN Magazine, its members, event partners or its officers, directors, employees, be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or punitive damages arising out of any contestant’s access to and use of the website and participation in the competition. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, everything on the Website is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for purpose or use or non-infringement.

10.1. You agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of your name and winning images for the purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity for The TINCAN Magazine and the Competition without additional compensation. Such requests will not be unreasonably withheld.


The TINCAN Magazine Photography Awards