Syngenta Photography Award 2016

Deadline:  22 August 2016
Open to: photographers who are 18 years or older on August 22, 2016
Awards: two types of awards available


Launched in 2012, the Syngenta Photography Award is an international competition that aims to draw attention to and stimulate dialogue around key global challenges through powerful photography. Since the inaugural competition, the Award has received over 5,000 submissions from all over the world.

The Syngenta Photography Award invites professional and amateur photographers to submit applications in two categories – The Professional Commission and the Open Competition. The Award offers total prize money of US$65,000, including a US$25,000 professional commission.

This year’s theme is Grow-Conserve. As the world’s population continues to increase, so does the tension between our growing demand for more food, energy and resources, and the protection of our planet. How can we manage economic, social and technological growth in a way that supports the needs of today as well as for future generations? Bold and transformative action is needed*.

Photographers, whatever their approach, are invited to submit images that explore the theme of Grow-Conserve and tell stories about the relationship and trade-offs that exist between these two forces that are shaping the sustainability of our planet. An exhibition of photographs submitted for the Award alongside the winning images will be open from March 2017 in various international venues. Previous Syngenta Photography Award exhibitions have toured in countries including Belgium, Brazil, Italy and the UK.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Applications for the Professional Commission:

Professional photographers are invited to submit a series of 5–10 compelling images relating to the theme of Grow-Conserve, accompanied by a creative project proposal of a maximum of 500 words. The proposal should include description of the project as well as a budget that would require the grant of US$25,000. For further information on how to apply please visit the Professional Commission web page.

Professional photographers are also invited to apply for the Open Competition.

  • Applications for the Open Competition:

The Open Competition is open to all photographers who are 18 years or older on August 22, 2016 whether amateur, professional or student. Photographers are invited to submit between 1–3 thought-provoking and captivating images exploring the theme of Grow-Conserve. For further information on how to apply please visit the Open Competition web page.


Prizes – Professional Commission Category:

  • First prize: US$15,000 – the winner will also receive a commission worth up to an additional US$25,000 to explore the theme of the Award in a more in-depth way
  • Second prize: US$10,000
  • Third prize: US$5,000

The Commission allows the Award to generate a new body of work that contributes to the contemporary debate about the topic, allowing the Award to continue to spark discussion around key global challenges.

Prizes – Open Competition:

  • First prize: US$5,000
  • Second prize: US$3,000
  • Third prize: US$2,000

The Syngenta Photography Award – previous themes and winners:

The inaugural Syngenta Photography Award (2012/13) theme was ‘Rural-Urban’, which explored the relationship and tensions between urban and rural environments.


The Award is free to enter. Applications to the Syngenta Photography Award must be submitted by completing the online application form at

If you have any questions,feel free to contact at :

The official web-page.

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