2023 MUSE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS THEME

UNLEASH YOUSELF

What have you left unexpressed?

Within the expanse of one’s mind, that which is unexplored is far greater than what has been materialized. In every decision we make within every instance available to us, our thoughts stand a chance to come to life. Now, what if your every conscious decision is dedicated towards expressing your untapped creativity?

The MUSE Awards honors those who are unbridled in their expression; who create with every fibre of their being. They raise the bar and define the path forward, creating a benchmark for all to follow after.

MUSE is where those who break through the mundane flock to; for those who speak with their works despite the adversity and uncertainty. The MUSE Awards honors you and your uninhibited expressions, through which you create waves of influence in the world today.

Unleash yourself, speak your mind through your craft, and be crowned a MUSE.

ENTRY INFORMATION

The MUSE Awards is designed for the convenience of our entrants by way of online registrations and submissions.

The MUSE Photography Awards is open to anyone aged 18 and above residing anywhere in the world. The entries are open to professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global level, where we invite amazing photographers such as yourselves to enter and become a part of the MUSE family.

The competition is open to all forms of photography taken up to 5 years from 2019, from commissioned, published, unpublished, and personal work from professional and photography aficionados.

Enter Awards

The MUSE Photography Awards competition is designed for the convenience of the entrant by entering online and uploading your entries.

MUSE Awards - Online Registration
Step 1
Online Registration
MUSE Awards - Online Submission
Step 2
Online Submission
MUSE Awards - Entry Evaluation
Step 3
Entry Evaluation
MUSE Awards - Winners Selection
Step 4
Winners Selection

There are FIVE (5) levels of achievement in the competition:

MUSE Photographer of the Year

MUSE Category Winners of the Year (10 Categories)

Platinum MUSE (85-100 points)

Gold MUSE (70-84 points)

Silver MUSE (50-69 points)

The number of awards presented by MUSE Photography Awards is determined by the number of submissions in a given category, the scoring range and the number of tie scores.

Judges are senior-level, experienced in their field/industry, including creative designers and art directors from international agencies, architects, fashion designers, interior designers, product designers, educators, marketers or business owners. Judges are selected based on experience, credibility and availability.

Judging is blind. All entrant information is removed from entries to prevent bias/conflict of interest. Judges score on a scale of 1-100, based on the below criteria:

  • Creativity / Originality / Concept / Idea
  • Content / Brief / Objective / Planning / Execution
  • Innovation / Technology
  • Quality / Functionality / Sustainability
  • Overall Impression / Wow! Factor / Memorable

Nominate a Juror

To uphold IAA’s mission, MUSE Photography Awards strives to keep the awards financially accessible and its judging process impartial. To further accommodate professionals of varying disciplines, numerous categories are made available to entrants.

MUSE Photography Awards also keeps its submission process simple, and everything can be completed online. When an entrant wins, they would not need to pay any acceptance fees to have their achievement announced globally.

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Entry Fees

Standard Entry Fees

$35/image for professional and $30/image for amateur/student categories. There are no limits in the number of entries.

Fees are non-refundable. Withdrawn entries (whether withdrawn by entrant or by the MUSE Awards for entrant's failure to comply with the entry rules) will NOT be refunded.

Multiple entries must be submitted at the same time as your first entry in order to be counted as "additional entries". An entry submitted at a later time will be counted as a "first entry".

Enter Awards

BUNDLE ENTRIES PACKAGE

Participants may purchase a Bundle Entries Package, which can be used within the year of the competition when the package is purchased. The package is priced at $185 for 10 Credits.

One (1) Entry Category = One (1) Credit. With the package, you are able to save up to $11 per entry.

Get Now, Save On Entry Fee

Entry Deadlines

2023 Entry Period Early Bird
(Oct 14 - Nov 10, 2022)
Regular
(Nov 11 - Dec 8, 2022)
Final
(Dec 9, 2022 - Jan 12, 2023)
Final Extension
(Jan 13 - Feb 23, 2023)

Professional Single

$30

$35

$40

$45

Professional Series
(2-8 images)
$40 $45 $50 $55
Amateur / Student Single $25 $30 $35 $40
Amateur / Student Series $35 $40 $45 $50
Additional Category $20 $25 $30 $35
Results Announcement: April 14, 2023
Work submitted must have been created within the last 5 years (2019-2023).

WINNER'S BENEFITS

Benefits / Winning Level MUSE Photographer of the Year Category Winners of the Year Platinum Winners Gold & Silver Winners
Cash Prizes $3,000 (Pro)
$2,000 (Amateur / Student)
$100 / Category / /
MUSE Statuette YES / / /
Mentioned in Winner Press Release YES YES / /
Photo Showcased at MUSE Gallery Section YES YES / /
Mentioned in MUSE e-Newsletter YES YES / /
Mentioned in MUSE Media Partner Website: Muse.World YES YES YES /
Winner's Interview YES YES YES /
Dedicated Social Post YES YES YES /
Winner's Page YES YES YES YES
Eligible to Purchase MUSE Statuette YES YES YES YES
Winner e-Certificate YES YES YES YES
Winner’s Badge YES YES YES YES

*Note: Cash prizes are not cumulative. Only one cash prize can be awarded to each winner with the highest available prize applied.

For example, if a winner is awarded both MUSE Photographer of the Year (Professional Category) and Category Winner of the Year, they will only receive the $3000 cash prize from the MUSE Photographer of the Year and not $100 from the winning the latter. First placed Category Winners can only receive one $100 cash prize even if they win the title in multiple categories.

If you submitted your entries through an award agent and won either MUSE Photographer or Category Winner of the Year, IAA will proceed to issue the cash prize to the closest representative of the winning entry, the award agent, to collect it on your behalf. Please liaise with your award agent on the matter of cash prizes. Cash prizes will be issued either to the winners or award agent within a month after the announcement of results.

The MUSE Photography Awards and International Awards Associate’s decision are final in its sole discretion and binding in relation to all matters relating to Competitions and may not be subject to any discussions or correspondence.

WHY MUSE Photography AWARDS

The MUSE Photography Awards captures, retains and celebrates the many talented photographers of all levels and genres with their timeless imagery and ingenuity. Evoking emotions from all senses, we believe that a single photograph can transcend all languages and country, becoming truly international by telling a story of its own. This is your time to show your creativity, and this is the perfect platform to do so.

  • 1 | $7,000 CASH PRIZES

    Up to $7,000 worth of cash prizes to be won annually.

  • 2 | LIFETIME RECOGNITION

    Your winning entries will be displayed on our MUSE Awards site for all to see.

  • 3 | AFFORDABLE ENTRY FEE

    MUSE Photography Awards keep entry fees low to encourage individual/agency participation.

  • 4 | COLLECTABLE STATUETTE

    Add a custom designed MUSE statuette for your awards collection each year.

  • 5 | ADOBE AFFILIATE

    MUSE Photography Awards is an Adobe Authorized Affiliate.

  • 6 | FEATURED IN MUSE.WORLD

    Most Platinum entries will be featured on Muse Media Partner website - Muse.World, an international blog for creative inspiration.

  • 7 | REPUTABLE BLIND JUDGING

    Each year, more than 40 international jurors evaluate your work.

  • 8 | SIMPLE ONLINE SUBMISSION

    Simple entry steps with online submissions only.

  • 9 | NO “ACCEPTANCE FEES”

    There is never an acceptance fee for winners.

  • 10 | PRESTIGE & HONOR

    Your name / company name will be able to reach new international audiences, clients or press members.

  • 11 | GET INTERNATIONAL

    Winning the MUSE Photography Awards & Competition is a great achievement that brings fame, prestige and recognition.

  • 12 | INCREASED SALES

    Winning designs get enough exposure to increase the sales of products significantly; more fame means more business.