A Global Photographic Portraiture Competition
from TIME logo and ASMP logo

TIME, with an audience of more than 120 million people worldwide across its platforms, and the American Society of Media Photographers, for over 75 years one of the world's leading photography organizations, have joined forces to create the most important new photo competition in a generation, showcasing the photographic portrait in all its forms, and celebrating the amazing diversity of the people and cultures across our planet.

Open to everyone over 18 around the globe, there are over $16,000 in cash prizes, with other prizes including a paid photo assignment for TIME, a custom three month mentorship with the photo editors of TIME, and Lifetime complimentary Membership in ASMP. All winners will be displayed on and, receive personalized awards to display in their home or office, as well as an invitation to a 2024 event in New York City honoring the winners.


Entry period open
Tuesday, September 26Tuesday, November 14
(Extended Entry Period from November 15-21)

Winners Announced By
Thursday, January 18

Full Dates, Rules, and More Can Be Found in the Official Terms & Conditions


Five categories are open for entries, with full descriptions below, and entrants can enter more than one category, with as many entries as they choose.

Important: All entries must have been created after September 1, 2020. Additionally, the "Portraits of Influence" and "Series" categories require entrants to provide a short written description of how the images fulfill the category requirements.

Extended entry fees now apply through contest close (November 21, 2023)

Single-Image Categories are $22.50 / Entry ($12 / Student Division)
Series Category is $82.50 / Series Entry (both General and Student Divisions)

Portraits in the World

The human element is never more pronounced than when people are in their environment, doing what makes them happy or what makes them complete. This category is to celebrate those portraits showing people in their environments.

Photograph by Martin Schoeller for TIME

Portraits of Influence

We each have been connected by bonds that defy description. In this category, we ask you to feature images that show who has influenced you, and to also tell us why.

Entrants will be required to provide a short description of the way the subject has influenced you, and why it is meaningful to you.

Photograph by Tania Franco Klein for TIME

Portraits of Family

Those closest to us are often our most photographed subjects. If your pictures feature your family — biological or chosen — we want to celebrate those bonds in this category.

Photograph by David Kasnic for TIME

Open Category

This is for portraits of any type created using any method or process, including generative AI, photo illustration, composites, etc.

All generative AI images MUST be submitted in this category to be considered.

Photographs by Haruka Sakaguchi for TIME

Series Category

Sometimes, one image isn't enough to show the breadth of your subject in the way you envision.

This category allows you to submit a series of 3-6 images. Entrants must include an accompanying narrative description of the works and how they are related.

Photographs by NASHCO, an ASMP member


Best In Show Winner

Cash Prizes

Twenty entrants will share in a cash prize pool of over $16,000, broken down as follows:

General Entrants

Student Entrants

Other Prizes

VIP Judges