There's less than two weeks until 2009 turns into 2010 and over at The New York Times they're looking for photographs to document this first decade of the 21st century. If you've got photos that you think capture important moments of the last 10 years you can submit them over there and maybe you'll start the new year by having your work published by The New York Times! You can submit up to 5 photos and a short essay to go with them explaining why you think they fit the bill for illustrating the past decade. If nothing else it's a good excuse to look back through your archives with a nostalgic smile!
If you're looking for something to do now the turkey has all been eaten and the choice of holiday TV shows has worn thin, then check out the National Geographic International Photography Contest 2009. The deadline to enter has past but you can vote for your favourite in the Viewer's Choice category here or just enjoy some of the breathtaking entries here.
Fresh M.I.L.K, a competition that launched a year ago, now has it's winner's gallery online and if you're looking for inspiration for portrait photography then it's definitely worth a look. The grand prize winning image is funny and beautifully composed and many of the photos in the large winner's gallery are funny, beautiful, and poignant. Head on over to the Fresh M.I.L.K site and get inspired!
If you're into travel photography or you've got some holiday snaps you think are just fantastic then you might want to enter this year's Travel Photographer of the Year competition. In it's 7th year this year the TPOTY competition is open to everyone, amateur or professional, any age, from anywhere in the world.
This year they've got a category called First Shot which invites people new to photography to submit a photo they think they could send to a friend as a postcard. There's also the New Talent Award on the theme Traveller's Tale which is the category for semi-pros, students & amatuers looking to turn professional, and a Young Travel Photographer of the Year Category open to under 17s.
The prizes include trips to China, Costa Rica, & Morocco, photography courses, Photoshop software, money to spend on equipment, and an Apple Macbook (+ a trip to Slovenia and various other goodies) for the overall winner. Plus, of course, getting your photography displayed in the TPOTY exhibition and book which include the winning photographs and some selected non-winning best images.
Worth the £10 entry fee and with the deadline set at 22nd September you've got all summer to get the perfect travel shot to enter. Click here to visit the competition's website.
If you want to see some truly amazing photography check out the World Press Photo 2009 winners gallery.
There are some great shots including a photo series of Obama's campaign, a photo of schoolchildren looking at a victim of gang violence, a daily life series following a family in New York, and the winning shot showing a detective checking a repossesed house in Ohio.
The exhibition of all the winning photos kicks off on 4 May in the Netherlands and will travel the world, you can check out the calendar to see when it'll be arriving in your country (dates before 4 May are for the exhibition of last year's winners).