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Galleries are open again! Many of us have been itching to get our creative juices flowing after so long in confinement. Well, you now have an opportunity to get your photos seen by the crowds… crowds of under 300 at a time, of course.

Returning to Geneva again on 30 July 2020, the Swiss Photo Club (SPC) Photo Awards are a unique opportunity for every photographer – whether amateur or professional – to have their best work exhibited in a real gallery. Submit your best photos to the competition. They’ll be exhibited for nine days at Galerie La Cave in old town Geneva.

How it works

  • A jury of Swiss Photo Club’s photography instructors will select 50 photos from among the submissions to be printed in a large size (offered for sale or yours to keep).
  • All other photos will be printed in a smaller size and exhibited as well.
  • The jury will select one grand prize winner, and public votes from the exhibition visitors will determine the other four winners (including one prize reserved for the most-voted small photo).

The exhibition is free and open to the public. During the exhibition, Swiss Photo Club also provides free photography workshops, as well as a festive opening and closing celebration that are also free to attend. Come and check out the photos of your talented neighbors — and try your own luck at the competition!

SPC awards

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: 22 June 2020, midnight
  • Vernissage (free and open to the public): 30 July 2020
  • Finissage and announcement of winners (free and open to the public): 8 August 2020

There isn't any specific theme: the theme is open so as to give an opportunity to photographers of all genres. Interested photographers can see previous winners on the SPC website to see what kinds of things tend to get prizes. Photos from across a wide variety of genres are represented. Landscape and wildlife are two very popular genres, but certainly not the only ones.

Submission requirements

  • This photography competition has no particular theme; simply submit your best photos
  • Max 5 photos per person
  • Submit your photos as JPG in sRGB, minimum 2000px wide (long edge), 300 dpi
  • Title: max 25 characters. Example: Sunset over the lake
  • Important: the image ratios must be one of the following:
    • 2:3
    • 3:4
    • 1:1
    • 1:3
  • The cost to enter is Fr. 40.-/photo or Fr. 20.- for people who have previously taken a class with Swiss Photo Club. This helps to defray the costs of the gallery rental, printing, and prizes. Every participant also receives a promotional voucher for Fr. 40.- off a future SPC course registration fee — and since SPC courses are discounted during the exhibition, this is a good deal!

To participate in the competition, or to see the dates of the free workshops, visit www.swissphotoclub.com/awards-ge

Swiss Photo Club

Swiss Photo Club Genève
Rue Henri-Christiné 5
1205 Genève

Swiss Photo Club Lausanne
Studio Banana
Avenue des Acacias 7
1006 Lausanne

Galerie La Cave
4 rue Henri-Fazy
1204 Genève