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Calling all photographers worldwide!

The 6th Chelsea International Photography Competition provides the selected participants the opportunity to exhibit at one of our New York spaces, located in the heart of the Chelsea art district. The sprawling and elegant street-level space attracts hundreds of visitors with its striking exterior.

With prizes valued over $70,000, the competition is open to photographers from around the world at any stage of their careers.

Enter 5 images for

$45 Amateur category | $55 Professional category


  • Collective Exhibition - 30 photographers will be selected to exhibit in New York City

  • Cash Prizes - 5 photographers will each receive a cash award of $500.

  • Online Promotion - 5 photographers will have the chance to receive a year-long spotlight on

  • Social Media Promotion - 5 photographers will be awarded one week of promotion during the competition exhibition on our social media platforms.

  • Honorable Mention - 10 photographers will be awarded with an honorable mention which grants complimentary entry to the 7th Chelsea International Photography Competition.

Read our guidelines to help you with your entry.

Find here testimonials of previously selected artists. 

Being part of the Photo Competition show at the Agora Gallery was a great experience. The team was very helpful and supportive. It was an honor to be included with all the other artists and the show itself was top-notch! I will definitely enter again! Thank you to Agora and NY Art Competitions!

Morgan Anderson​, United States, 2021/2022 Selected Artist

I would HIGHLY recommend that anyone thinking about entering the competition do so. It was an absolutely amazing experience and I could not believe how packed the opening reception was, at points it was getting hard to move! It was great fun, great exposure, great space and hopefully won’t be the last time!

Bill Stephens (Billamack), United States, 2021/2022 Selected Artist

Being invited and involved with the Chelsea International Photography competition was a wonderful and seamless experience. Everyone was beyond helpful, cordial, and well-organized about getting the work there. The collection of images was fabulousI was honored to have made the cut. Opening night was a wonderful eventso many interested viewers, and fellow artists. Many thanks for the opportunity to show my work in Chelsea!

Jo Ann Chaus​, United States, 2021/2022 Selected Artist

My experience with Agora gallery and the CIPC has been solid from start to finish. Forthright, proactive, professional, helpful, communication throughout. The exhibition itself was well put together and looked great at every level. Thanks for everything!

Bradly Dever Treadaway​, United States, 2021/2022 Selected Artist

Meet our Partners

The Chelsea International Photography Competition is grateful to its partners and sponsors for their support and collaboration.

They include AGI Fine Art, which provides exhibition opportunities and career guidance, ARTmine, an online fine art gallery, Agora Gallery, a contemporary art space in Chelsea, and White Space Chelsea, a modern street-level event venue in the heart of Chelsea, and more.

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Enter 5 images for:

$45 Amateur category | $55 Professional category

Competition Guidelines


Who is an amateur photographer?

Amateur photographers are the ones who engage in photography for pleasure rather than for financial benefit. They enjoy photography on different levels, considering it a hobby.

Who is a professional photographer?

Professional photographers are the ones who run a profitable business, have a solid body of work, a number of publications in their name, and earn the majority of their income from photography.

Entry Fee

Amateur Photography:

There is a $45 entry fee for up to 5 images in this category. There will be a charge of $5 for each additional image.

Professional Photography:

There is a $55 entry fee for up to 5 images in this category. There will be a charge of $5 for each additional image.

Submission Material

Amateur Photography:

Each photographer must submit at least one image on any topic of their choice.

All images must be accompanied by a title.

Professional Photography:

Each photographer must submit a minimum of five images. The images may be part of a series or individual photographs.

All entries must be accompanied by a title. You may also send in a series description (not mandatory).

Accepted Media

Digital, analog, phone images, and images taken with any camera are all accepted. Videos are not allowed.

The competition does not impose any restrictions as to the subject of the submitted photographs. The images may investigate any topic, from regional cultures and travel photography to commercial work and photojournalism.

Please note that all submitted images must be available for sale.

If you have any further questions, send us an email at [email protected].

Meet our Jurors

Art submitted to the competition will be reviewed by a rotating panel of expert jurors, each representing a different field in the art world, ensuring a fair and balanced selection process.


Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Award-winning Photographer, Writer, and Curator
New York

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is an award-winning documentary and portrait photographer, writer, and curator in New York City.


Susan Ressler

Author, Educator, and Social Documentary Photographer

New Mexico

Susan Ressler is an author, educator and social documentary photographer. She has been making photographs for about 50 years.

Enter 5 images for:

$45 Amateur category | $55 Professional category