The response to the opening rounds of APOY 2021 was huge, but we’ve only just started!

With its varied categories, there should be a round for you, no matter what you like to shoot. You might choose to enter just one category or enter them all with the aim of taking home the main prize and, of course, the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers* and we have again teamed up with Photocrowd, who will be hosting the competition on a simple and intuitive platform.

This year we have two new categories. Under-21s can enter the Young Amateur Photographer of the Year, with each category winner receiving a £250 voucher for MPB, and the overall winner being awarded a £500 voucher.

Finally, there’s a camera club category, where you can accumulate points for your society. The most successful club will receive a voucher for £500.

*For the purposes of this competition, an amateur photographer is defined as someone who earns 10% or less of their income from photography or photographic services

Home is where the art is
For round three, which opens today on our partner Photocrowd’s site, we are looking for your best images on the theme of ‘Home’. We’ve all had plenty of opportunity to hone our home-photography skills over the past few months.

All that’s needed to create a creative still life such as this one, is a lightbox and some imagination

Anything taken at home is fair game here, whether that’s portraits of your nearest and dearest (including pets), food, close-ups, flowers from the garden, and beyond to include more creative and unusual skills such as abstracts and smoke trails. This is a broad subject with 1000s of different possibilities – it just needs to have been taken in your home. This round closes on April 16th and we wish you the best of luck.


Take your pick from MPB’s huge catalogue of used gear

The winner of each round of APOY receives a £500 voucher to spend on anything at MPB. From top-of-the-range digital medium-format camera bodies, to entry-level DSLRs, telephoto zooms and wideangle lenses, MPB is a one-stop shop for used kit. And, of course, you can use your voucher towards your dream piece of kit, if it happens to cost more than £500.

For £524, you could bag yourself a Sony A6300 in like-new condition. This versatile, lightweight and affordable 24.2MP camera features 425 focus-detection points, 11fps shooting and a weather-sealed body.

A versatile, wide-aperture zoom lens is a must for almost every photographer, and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM ticks all the right boxes. At £1,099 in good condition, it’s at the pricier end of things, but you’d be putting your £500 voucher towards an extremely high-quality piece of glass.

There are second- and third-placed prizes of £100 and £50 vouchers respectively, while the winner of the Youth category wins a £250 voucher. Check out MPB’s website to take your pick from thousands of items.

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