The theme for the sixth edition of Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) is the “Sport and action” competition. We are interested in seeing images of all kinds of sports and the definition of action is very broad, it could be your dog jumping for a ball, a ballerina pirouetting or even a splash of water – whatever has a feeling of movement.
This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 BST (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on June 30, 2022.
To submit your entry visit cjpoty.com. You can submit one image per entry, but make up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing fee (£0.26).
Sports and action inspired
One of the great things about sports photography is that it’s very easy to find willing subjects, as most athletes in any sport would love a photo of themselves in action. So if you’ve never tried it before, it’s worth hitting up a local club, your friend with a sleek bike, or the crazy skateboard kid next door.
Eddie Keogh, the official photographer for the England men’s football team, has some great sports photography tips, with advice on preparation, shooting angle and composition. And our competition sponsor, MPB, also has some tips on selection of mirrorless kits for high speed sports photography.
There are also many creative possibilities with action photography. Instead of freezing it with a fast shutter speed, for example, you can decide to use a slightly longer exposure to blur it. It’s up to you and what makes a great picture.
Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year Award
At the end of the month, the Camera Jabber team will select one winning image and nine finalists from the April entries. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher MPB.com to the value of £500 which can be spent on anything from a huge range of kits from the world’s largest platform for used camera gear.
The 10 selected images will appear in our shortlist of the year.
We will do this every month in 2022 so that at the end of the year there will be 120 shortlisted images. These will then go before our fantastic panel of judges who will decide which images are ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
The photographer in the image ranked first overall, as decided by the jury, will receive a voucher worth £1,000 from MPB.com as well as a trophy and the title’Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year 2023‘. Second and third place photographers will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250 respectively.
The judges are:
Ben Brain – Photographer, journalist & Sigma ambassador
Sophie Collins – Marketing Director at MPB
Donna Crous – Food photographer, author, Nikon Europe Ambassador and Rotolight Master of Light
Kate Hopewell Smith – Wedding, portrait & boudoir photographer, Sony ambassador
Sanjay Jogia – Wedding photographer and Canon Ambassador
Peter Reed OBE – Three-time Olympic gold medalist rower and avid documentary photographer
Dominique Shaw – Photographer and co-founder of York Place Studios and Fujifilm ambassador
Craig Strong – Founder of Lensbaby
Christina Vaughan – Founder of Cultura Creative, the home of inclusive archival photography
Jeremy Walker – Landscape photographer, author and former Nikon Ambassador
You don’t have to enter the contest every month, but you are welcome and the more images you have shortlisted at the end of the year, the higher your chance of winning the top prize.
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