Photographers are well catered for this week, with four new opportunities to get showcased. Dust off your lens and hit the streets. 

HIPA Photography Award

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award aims to highlight photography’s role in creation of culture, and recognises and artistic and innovative eye. There’s five categories in total, but it’s “Challenge” that stands out, asking photographers to interpret that word with one shot, without digital manipulation.

It could be a moment in time that may not be repeated, a vantage point difficult to reach, or a technique hard to achieve. Don’t limit yourself to what the challenge is – go get it.

My City Photography Competition

What does the urban environment mean to you? The European Environment Agency is inviting you to share shots of your favourite European cities in this competition.

City photography comes so naturally to urban dwellers these days – how many times have you been struck by an image and stopped dead in your tracks to capture it? The three categories are ‘Sustainable Living’, ‘Leisure’ and ‘Getting Around’, with a €1000 prize for each, and a separate prize for 18-24 year olds.

Royal Horticultural Society Photography Competition

From the city to the garden now, and this competition from the Royal Horticultural Society. Plant photography can be incredibly challenging, given the huge array of subject choices available, and how intricate they can be. However, perfectly executed, you could have something beautiful on your hands.

This free-to-enter competition has a £500 top prize, and a judging panel made up of some really influential garden and nature photographers, including Clive Nichols and Marianne Majerus.

Michael The Maven Photography Competition

Looking to add some photography tools to your collection? This might be the prize for you. Blogger and photography guru Michael The Maven is offering an array of prizes including crash courses, lighting stands, and gift cards to really help photographers make the step from amateur to pro.

With seven categories in total, including ones for portrait photography and street photography (get some tips on that from Zealous artist Colin Cheong), there’s plenty of opportunities to enter.