Get your entries ready: the inaugural 360º Photo Awards open March 1

360º Photo Awards 2021
(Image credit: Ignacio Palacios)

The first-ever 360º Photo Awards is about to get underway and will begin accepting entries from March 1, 2021.

This new international photography competition is open to both amateurs and professionals, and will have nine different categories for entrants to choose from, two of which are for portfolios of four images each.

Aspiring entrants can enter multiple times, with no limits set to the number of entries you submit to each category. There is a non-refundable entry fee to take into consideration though.

Entries submitted by 30 June will be considered 'early birds' and will cost US$12 per entry (about AU$15 or £8.50), while entries submitted between July 1 and October 31, 2021 will be charged US$20 each (around AU$25 or £14).

If you're entering either of the portfolio categories, all four images in each portfolio will be considered as a single entry and you will be charged either US$12 or US$20 depending on when you submit them.

Winners will be announced in December.

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Winner takes it all

Winners will be picked for each category and there will be a couple of overall winners chosen as well.

While the photo competition is open to anyone around the world, there will be a 360º Photo Awards Australian Photographer of the Year winner who will receive a prize sponsored by Nikon Australia and, of course, only open to Australian residents.

On the other hand, the 360º Photo Awards International Photographer of the Year winner prizes will be sponsored by Epson, and this is open to both Aussie and international photographers. 

For more information on how to enter, the various categories, the prizes you can expect and who the judging panel will consist of, head to the 360º Photo Awards website (opens in new tab).

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Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

In addition to looking after they day-to-day functioning of Digital Camera World in Australia, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar as well, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under. Her passion for photography started when she was wandering the wilds of India studying monkeys (yes, life took a sharp turn somewhere along the way) and is entirely self-taught. That puts her in the unique position of understanding what a beginner or enthusiast is looking for in a camera or lens, and writes to help those like her on their path to developing their skills or finding the best gear. While she experiments with quite a few genres of photography, her main area of interest is nature photography – wildlife, landscapes and macro. She still prefers an optical viewfinder but is utterly fascinated with what mirrorless technology has been able to achieve. 


With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 


She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!