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Competition FAQ & Rules

How to enter and all the smallprint

General FAQ:

We are delighted to have partnered with The Golf Trust, in the UK, and will be donating all our profits from the competition entry fees to them for the 2023 and 2024 competitions. All our future competitions will always have a social mission, with profits being donated to a charitable cause within golf generated from the entry fees of the competition.

The good news is that everyone gets one image entry for free, but you must be signed up on our mailing list to receive your free entry. Thereafter, the entry fee is as follows:

  • $0 free – 1 entry
  • $20 – 5 entries (incl. the free entry)
  • $40 – 9 entries (incl. the free entry)
  • $60 – 13 entries (incl. the free entry)
  • $80 – 17 entries…

Please remember, that all profits from the entry fees will be donated to our charity partner for the year. Think of you entry fee as a donation to a good cause.

Yes, everyone entering The Golf Photography Awards is entitled to one free submission to the competition. Every submission thereafter will cost a fee, and the more images you submit, the better chance you have to win. Please remember that you must have signed up on the mailing list to get your free submission, and all the profits generated from the entry fees with be donated to our charity partner.

The submission or entry fees are used to pay for the costs associated with the running of the competition, with all surplus income (profit) being donated to the nominated charity partner for the year.

All the fantastic prizes and winners structures are found in more detail at the bottom of the Categories & Prizes page. With a broad range of categories and a competition aimed at both the amateur and professional photographer, there really are many ways to win.

Yes, absolutely. Echoing the true spirit of the game of golf, entries to the competitions will be separated into professional and amateur sections. Each category will have professional and amateur winners, and we have a dedicated ‘Smartphone Only’ category which is geared more to the casual amateur shooter on the course.

A professional is defined as someone who makes more than 50% of their annual income from photography and photography related services, such as selling prints, teaching workshops etc.

Entry to The Golf Photography Awards is really easy. Head over to the Entry page and start your entry process. You will be guided through a series of pages allowing for the upload of images and entry fee payments. If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

No, you may submit as many entires, in as many categories, as you wish. The more you enter, the more chance you have to win.

No, the image can be taken as far back in time as you wish.

Yes, you may enter the same photograph into as many categories as you wish. In fact, doing so may increase your chances of winning. Please note that an image entered into two or more categories will incur additional entry fees.

No, after payment has been made, entries cannot be altered. Please review your work carefully before finalising payment.

All images must be submitted in digital format, not exceed 5MB in size and be in JEPG format.

It is vital that the image files are named correctly. Incorrectly named files will not be able to be recognised and may result in the image not being submitted correctly.

Files should start with your name, followed by the category you are submitting the image for. For example:



If you are submitting more than one image for a category, simply number each image after the category, like this:




Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the specifications for uploading the images.

Once the submission period closes, The Golfer’s Image will review all submitted images with the help from some of the judges on the panel, with the aim of producing a shortlist of images for each category.

The global panel of judges will then review and vote on the shortlisted images for each category. Judging is completely independent and anonymous. All entrant’s personal information is removed from the images and captions to prevent any bias or conflict of interest. Independence in the voting and judging process is critical to the awards and competition.

Following the judges review and voting period, the winners will be announced and the awards will be completed.

Use of Images & Terms:

Your images are never used for any purpose other than the promotion of The Golfer’s Image, The Golf Photography Awards and projects by The Golfer’s Image. By submitting your image you agree for us to use them freely on our social media channels and website. We will never sell, licence or allow any third parties access to the images. More on this is included in the Terms of Entry.

Yes, all photographers keep 100% of copyright.

One of the great things about this competition is its global reach. Depending on what your image is chosen for, your image will be viewed with your full credit all around the world. This will mainly be through our social media channels and website, but will also include The Golfer’s Image annual calendar, print projects and in-person exhibitions. The destination and promotion of your work and images is potentially endless

All winning images will be published on The Golfer’s Image owned assets and platforms, such as the website and social media channels. We will be working with other publishers and media outlets to get the winning images published to an even wider audience, which will always be with prior consent of the photographer.

All winning photographers will be given the opportunity to sell their prints through The Golfer’s Image. Terms and conditions to be agreed individually after the winners have been awarded.

The full ‘Terms of Entry’ can be located here by clicking this link. By making a submission to the competition you are agreeing to the Terms of Entry.