$20,000 Microsoft Photo Contest

2009 Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Competition

 Pin Pan Ricefields by Arjan Koetsier

by Jeff Greene /


Once again, I am quite pleased to announce the 4th annual Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Competition


This is the most lucrative and influential international student photo contest in the world. The Grand prize is $20,000 and some great photo gear, but more importantly, it provides all four winners the opportunity to kick-start their careers.


Full time college and university students from around the world are invited to submit their three best photos in one of three categories; Nature & Landscape,

People & Portraits, and

Sports & Photojournalism.  







There are no entry fees and all rights remain with the photographer. Dust Bowl by Colin Miller



Prizes include a $20,000 Grand Prize and three 1st Place prizes of $3000 in each category.  In addition, winners will receive an Epson printer, Lenovo PC mobile workstation, and a five year membership in the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).



Untitled by Whitney Dafoe





In addition, winners are invited all expenses paid, to the annual Microsoft Pro Photo Summit held in Redmond, WA each year. Past winners have leveraged this opportunity to network with some of the most influential stakeholders in the digital imaging industry which has resulted in portfolio reviews, internships, and job opportunities. The Microsoft Pro Photo Summit is invitation only, and an unsurpassed networking opportunity that most pros can only dream of attending.



Break Dance by Ed Salter



The 2009 Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Competition is open to ALL full time college and university students world-wide*.


For more information including complete Rules and requirements, please visit the Microsoft Pro Photo website...






Past Winners Galleries page.

See last year winners at the Summit.


Microsoft Pro Photo Communtiy Website

*Void in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, and the Province of Quebec