Syngenta Photography Award third edition

05 May 2016


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.

Important dates:

  • August 22, 2016: Application deadline for both the Professional Commission and Open Competition
  • October 4, 2016: Shortlist announcement for both Professional Commission and Open Competition
  • March 2017: Winners announcement at the Syngenta Photography Award ceremony and opening of exhibition

Judges and selection process:

Entries will be judged by a distinguished international judging panel chaired by William A. Ewing (Canada), Curator, Photography Author and Director of Curatorial Projects at Thames & Hudson Publishing.

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

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.

For further assistance with applications, please email