Google Launches Photo Contest to Find the “Stars of the Future”

In the first 100 days after Google+ was launched, 3.4 billion photographs were uploaded to the service. In light of this, Google is launching an international photo competition to “find the photography stars of the future.”

From far-away places to up-close faces, there are 10 different categories to spark your imagination. And there are some great prizes to be won: 10 finalists chosen by a jury of renowned photographers will show their work at Saatchi Gallery, London for two months in 2012 alongside Out of Focus, a major photography exhibition, and win a trip to London to attend the exhibition opening event with a friend. One winner will go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to an amazing destination with a professional photography coach.

The contest is open to college students, and can be entered by uploading entries to Google+ and then submitting it through an online form. The deadline to enter is January 31, 2012.

Google Photography Prize (via Google)

  • Ranger 9

    Not only does the contest exclude anyone who isn’t a college student (Google’s way of saying, “Get lost, geezers!”) it also isn’t open to residents of [copied directly from rules] “BRAZIL, QUEBEC, CUBA, IRAN, IRAQ, SYRIA, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN, LIBYA, LIBERIA, ZIMBABWE, MYANMAR (BURMA)).”

    Come on, how is Quebec similar to North Korea or Myanmar?

  • Chris Hoskins

    I’m not 100% clear, is this only open to full time students?

  • Kylend_l

    My son would love to get in on this… but he’s in Grade 7…

  • Erin Wilson

    Quebec has laws that prohibit entering this kind of contest.  Not unusual to see the ‘Quebec claus’ on contest forms.

  • Jesse

    It should be open to at least students in general. I mean c’mon, I’m a high school senior, I would love to enter this, but I’m a year too young. Dumb!

  • Ranger 9

    From the rules posted on Google’s site:

    “To be eligible to enter the Contest, you must be: (1) 18 years or older on the submission date and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate course at any higher education institute, college, the equivalent of college, graduate school, or trade school (“Higher Education Institution”); (2) not a resident of Brazil, Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Libya, Liberia, Zimbabwe, or Myanmar (Burma); (3) have access to the Internet as of November 10, 20111; and (4) able to attend the private exhibition and announcement of the Contest winner, as detailed in Section 8, on or around 23 May 2012 at Saatchi Gallery, London in the UK.”

    So it sounds as if you don’t need to be full-time as long as you’re “enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate course.”

  • Asdf

    BRAZIL!? WHY!?

  • fai ho fu

    how about if you are enrolled on the #Phonar online course?

  • Amando96

    Not everyone can afford to go to college, stupid rule, google is dumb, I will now use only yahoo. U MAD BRO

  • Daniel

    Uhhh DigitalRev already has a contest sort of like this & it’s called The Internets Most Talented Photographer!!!

  • Austin Cauthon

     (3) have access to the Internet as of November 10, 20111This part worries me a bit.  I am not sure if I will have internet access that far into the future.  Should I still enter?

  • Howard Owens

    So, Google is agist.  If you’re not a young (a college student) get lost.