How do I know that my images were successfully uploaded?

Once you have submitted your photo(s), you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure that your photos are marked as ‘submitted’ on your login page and not as ‘awaiting submission’.

I haven’t received an email confirming my images were successful uploaded.

Please check your email’s spam folder for the confirmation email. It is also recommended to check that the status of your photo(s) is marked as ‘submitted’ on the registration page on the Urban Photographer of the Year website.

What if I have two photos taken during the same hour of the day?

You can upload both photos in two different time slots. The Photo submitted for a specific hour need not have been taken during that hour, but should look as if it was.

I am having trouble uploading images to the website.

Please ensure that your browser is running at the most up-to-date version. Also check that your photo(s) comply with our photo upload size and format requirements.

Do all 24 photographs have to be taken in the same place?

No, the photos can be taken in as many locations as your would like.

Can I upload the same photo in more than one time slot?

Yes. As long as you ensure the photo submitted for a specific hour looks as if it was taken in that hour.

How many photos can I submit?

You can submit a minimum of one photo or a maximum of 24 photos (one for each hourly category).

Why do I have to select whether the photo was taken on a mobile device?

The Urban Photographer of the Year competition features a mobile category, introduced in 2015, reflecting the impact and contribution of mobile photography to the evolution of art. Photos taken on a mobile phone or tablet will be entered in both the mobile and overall prize categories.

How do I submit a photo in the competition?

Once the competition opens you will first need to register . You can then upload up to 24 photos on the upload page per the instructions provided.

How many winning categories are there in UPOTY?

UPOTY has the following winning categories: 

How will I be notified that I’m a winner?

We will contact you via the contact details you provided when registering for the competition. To that end, please ensure you provide accurate contact details.

When will winners be notified?

Winners will be notified after the final judging process, which is finalized approximately two months from the competition’s close.

Where can I find out more about the competition?

You can read more about the competition on our home page, Facebook page or Twitter profile; you may view past winning entries via our past winners page.

How can I edit/delete my entry?

Images that are marked ‘Awaiting Submission’ can be edited or deleted as needed. However, once you submit your final entry you are no longer able to edit or delete it.

What are the terms and conditions of the competition?

You can read the full terms and conditions here.

My photo has already been entered into another photography competition and won. Can I still enter that photo?

No, the photo(s) that you submit must never have won or been listed as a runner-up in any photography competition.

I’m not a professional photographer. Can I still enter?

Yes, both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter the competition.

Can I submit a photo with a watermark?

Watermarks are allowed but not encouraged. If your photo is selected as a winner, you will be expected to supply a photograph without a watermark for use in any competition promotion, including the Urban Photographer of the Year coffee table book.

Can I delete my account?

Yes, you can permanently delete your account by heading to

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