IFWTWA Photo Contest


  • Nature: Animals; anything with an emphasis on nature; plants (not landscape)
  • Landscape: Anything outdoors
  • Urban Landscape: Cityscape; architecture; urban scenes; street art
  • Environmental Portraiture: Focus is on people in their environment–desert, market, restaurant, park, etc
  • Night Photography: Photos taken at night
  • Food: Any kind of food photographs
  • Wine and Spirits: Anything related to wine and spirits

Judging Criteria

  • Adherence to Official Rules
  • Appropriateness to Theme
  • Originality & Creativity
  • Visual Design
  • Overall Artistic Impression
  • Composition
  • Clarity and Quality of Submission
  • Color, Lighting, Exposure and Focus
  • No AI Images


These rules are in place to protect your rights as well as those of the International Food Wine Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). They constitute the entire agreement. By entering the IFWTWA Photo Contest, you agree that you have read and accepted all of the rules outlined on this page. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at admin@ifwtwa.org.
  • By submitting an entry to the IFWTWA Photo Contest, you certify that you created your entry (entries) within the last two years, 2021, 2022, and 2023, that you own all of the copyrights in said entries, and that it does not include trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
  • You hereby grant IFWTWA a non-exclusive, royalty-free license for each entry; IFWTWA may use said entry in all media described above in perpetuity. Embed your name, copyrights, and caption information in the photo’s metadata.
  • You acknowledge your responsibility for protecting your entry against misuse by third parties. IFWTWA assumes no responsibility and is not liable for any misuse of your work by third parties.
  • The member entry fee is $20 for submission of the first image and $15 for additional entries. To receive the member discount, the member must be in good standing at entry and through the awards and be logged into the member’s IFWTWA account.
  • Photographs must be in digital format and without a watermark. Only online entries are eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted.
  • Images must be sized to 1200 pixels on the long edge.

Entry Period

  • The IFWTWA Photo Contest begins at 12:00 am on Thursday, June 1, 2023, and ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 23, 2023, Pacific Standard Time. Entries before or after this entry period will not be eligible.
  • Winners will be announced in September 2023.

How to Enter

  • Please submit all images on the ifwtwa.org contest site.
  • Please provide the following information in the entry form:
    • Title of the photo
    • Indicate Category you are entering
    • Photos must have a title, entry category and your name (e.g., Wine Casks at Winery_Wine and Spirits_J.Smith)
  • The following submissions are ineligible:
    • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright and photographs of persons without the necessary consent required by law in your jurisdiction. NOTE: You are responsible for obtaining a legally enforceable waiver from any photographed subject.
    • Images that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent, or other objectionable or inappropriate subject matter.
    • Images that the entrant did not take.
    • Images that involve putting any person or animal in danger.
  • IFWTWA shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.


  • IFWTWA Members: $20 first entry, $15 each additional entry
  • Non-members: $25 first entry, $20 each additional entry
  • NOTE: IFWTWA members must be logged into the IFWTWA website to receive their member discount.

Proceeds from the contest go towards contest prizes and IFWTWA operations.


  • Best in Show – $100
  • 1st Place in each Category – $50
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • Honorable Mention

FWT Magazine article featuring the winning images.

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