Time stops for no one. Its passage brings change, and creates history. Despite the ever-changing nature of our world, we continue to adapt and overcome. Here at MUSE, we recognize those who reign above change, with creativity that pens history and designs which stand against the test of time.
Seasons change, and brings about creation and destruction. A MUSE keeps watch, and captures these moments. They predict what is to come, and they watch ever closer, all to record these instances for posterity, and to tell of the beauty that comes with time, or lost to its throes. Amidst it all, the MUSE is unmoved.
You are indomitable. You conquer change.
By entering and uploading your entries online, the MUSE Awards is designed for the convenience of each entrant.
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The competition is open to all forms of photography taken up to 5 years from 2016, from commissioned, published, unpublished, and personal work from professional and photography aficionados.
The MUSE Photography Awards competition is designed for the convenience of the entrant by entering online and uploading your entries.
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.
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.
Originality (Uniqueness of Concept / Expression of Theme)
Creativity / Story / Mood Technical Execution (Composition, Color, Lighting, Exposure and Focus) Marketability / Newsworthiness / Current / Potential Social Impact Overall Impression / Wow! Factor / Memorable
Entries receiving an average score under 50 do not receive an award.
The MUSE Photography Awards categories consists of Architecture Photography, Commercial Photography, Editorial Photography, Event Photography, Fine Art Photography, Nature Photography, People Photography, Mobile Photography, Black & White Photography and other special categories, such as Covid-19 Related Photography, Stock Photography, Film Photography, etc.
$30/image for professional and $25/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".
Award agents may purchase an Agent Discount Package, which can be used within the year of the competition when the package is purchased.
Select “AGENT” under experience level selection when you sign up.
|2021 Entry Period||Early Bird
(15 Oct 2020 - 21 Jan 2021)
(22 Jan - 25 Mar 2021)
(26 Mar - 13 May 2021)
(14 May - 15 Jul 2021)
|Amateur / Student Single||$20||$25||$30||$35|
|Amateur / Student Series||$30||$35||$40||$45|
|Judging: 16 Aug – 1 Oct 2021|
|Winners Announcement: 8 Oct 2021|
|Work submitted must have been created within the last 5 years (2016-2021).|
|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||/||/|
|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||/|
|Dedicated Social Post||YES||YES||YES||/|
|Eligible to Purchase MUSE Statuette||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.
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.
Up to $7,000 cash prize to be won annually.
Your winning entries will be displayed our MUSE Awards site for all to see.
MUSE Photography Awards keep entry fees low to encourage individual/agency participation.
Add a custom designed MUSE statuette for your awards collection each year.
MUSE Photography Awards is an Adobe Authorized Affiliate.
Most Platinum entries will be featured on Muse Media Partner website - Muse.World, an international blog for creative inspiration.
Each year, more than 40 international jurors evaluate your work.
Simple entry steps with online submissions only.
There is never an acceptance fee for winners.
Your name / company name will be able to reach new international audiences, clients or press members.
Winning the MUSE Photography Award & Competition is a great achievement that brings fame, prestige and recognition.
Winning designs get enough exposure to increase the sales of products significantly; more fame means more business.