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Celebrating the outstanding individual images that are captured by digital artists everywhere, submissions are open for the Virtual Photograph of the Year Award.

Virtual photographers of all abilities are invited to submit their very best shots across 5 main categories. Images are welcome regardless of the hardware they were captured on, whether they have been previously shared or whether this is their first outing, and irrespective of any perceived success on social media.

Winners will be selected by an impartial two-stage judging panel based on artistic merit, technical ability and interpretation of the category theme, making this an award based on the art and not the popularity.

[ Meet the panel members ]


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Shots that focus on a single or small group of characters as the subject, and that convey a sense of personality, emotion or other connection to the viewer.


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Broad interpretations of the varied and wonderful virtual worlds of video games. This category welcomes anything from plants and forests to moonscapes and other worlds.


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The photography of virtual buildings, cities and other built-up areas with a focus on architectural design and urban lifestyle.


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Experimental, obscure and conceptual shots that don't rely on traditional techniques. Abstract images may not have an immediately obvious connection to any particular subject. 

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Anything from movement and combat to sports and racing, action shots should look to capture movement in a single frame. 


The Virtual Photograph of the Year Awards are open to everyone and it is free to take part.

Entries should indicate which category they are for and can be submitted as detailed below:

  • via Twitter: #TheVPAwards

  • via email:

  • 1 entry per category per person

  • Entries close 4th Jan 23:59 BST

  • Open to all territories

  • 1 winner per category chosen by impartial two-stage judging panel

  • Got questions? Check out the FAQ


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For the first annual Virtual Photography Awards, it seemed fitting to have a virtual trophy to present to the winners. Each winner will receive an animated accolade with which to proudly display their victory along with the exceptional kudos of being named best in category for 2020 of course.

Virtual Photograph of the Year winners will also receive a copy of Topaz Studio 2, courtesy of Topaz Studio.

Winners will be announced in early January 2021, both on this page and across social media.


- When can I enter?

Entries are open from 17th Dec 2020 and close on 4th Jan 2021 at 23:59 BST

- I missed the deadline, can I still enter?

Entries submitted after 23:59 BST on 4th Jan 2021 will not be included

- How many images can I enter?

You can enter up to 1 image per category; it is not necessary to enter all categories

- Can I withdraw my entries?

Entries may be withdrawn at any time by deleting public posts or with a follow-up email clearly marked as a request to withdraw

- Does it matter what hardware I use to capture my shots?

No, just like using different cameras, your virtual photographs can be captured on devices including home consoles and PC

- Are PC camera tools allowed?

Yes, the awards are looking for outstanding individual images that demonstrate creative and artistic use of any virtual photography tools

- Are mods and glitches allowed?

You are free to take advantage of any in-game behaviour that helps to achieve your creative vision

- Are edited images allowed?

Minor edits are permitted to optimise your image for viewing on different devices, however, the awards are looking for virtual photography rather than original digital art creations

- How are the winners chosen?

Entries will be judged in two stages by impartial panels of international judges. Winners will be chosen on artistic merit, technical ability and interpretation of the theme. [ Meet the panel members ]

- Do I need to be an experienced virtual photographer to enter?

No, people of all skill levels are encouraged to take part

- Do I need lots of followers or "likes" to win?

Every image will be judged on merit with no regard for popularity on social media

- Can I enter someone else's image?

No, entries must be your own work. Any entries found to be plagiarised will be disqualified

- Can I enter captures of a cinematic cutscene?

A cutscene capture without original composition would be considered a copy of the original on-screen presentation and as such does not qualify for the virtual photography awards. [ Copyright Ownership Guide ]

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  • About VP Awards

  • List of award categories

  • List of winners once announce


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