The Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year Awards are now open for entries at www.irishtimes.com/photography. The competition celebrates the great work done by keen amateur photographers throughout the island of Ireland and beyond. The competition is open to all amateur photographers, from the serious hobbyist to the casual snapper and we welcome great images whether they are carefully composed sets of photographs, works of photographic art, or snapshots which show inventiveness and spontaneity. Judges are looking for photographers who demonstrate a keen eye, and images that have impact, originality, and creativity. Entries are welcome from students and any amateur practicing the art of photography in any style once it conforms to the rules of the contest. There are two major awards up for grabs – the overall Amateur Photographer of the Year award and the Photograph of the Year award. Both awards come with a cash prize of €1,000 as well as a trophy. The term amateur simply denotes those who are passionate about their photography but do not make their living from it. A selection of photographs entered in this year’s Awards will appear online at irishtimes.com and in print editions of The Irish Times showcasing individual photographers work – the photographers will be fully credited when their work appears, and the work will only appear in connection with the Awards. In addition once the entries start flowing in we plan to run weekly galleries of entries at irishtimes.com/photography for the eight-week duration of the competition.

The Photographer of the Year will receive a cash prize of €1,000 for the best portfolio or set of images entered in the awards.

The photographer who is judged to have taken the overall Photograph of the Year will also receive a cash prize of €1,000 for a single outstanding image selected by the judges as the most impressive image entered in the awards.

New this year: the People’s Choice Prize

Keep an eye out for the People’s Choice competition, which will open in June at irishtimes.com/photography. The competition judges will open a shortlisted selection from the competition to public vote and readers can chose their favourite image. The prize sponsor, Bermingham Cameras, (www.berminghamcameras.ie) have provided us with a prize of a €500 voucher for photographic equipment from their store. This will be presented to one lucky reader who chooses the winning image, and the photographer who took the photo will receive a bespoke, hand-crafted trophy.

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Winners will be announced in early July, and the prize-giving will take place in July also.

For more details of the Awards visit www.irishtimes.com/photography.