Images of Asia Monthly Competition strives to constantly push and expose beautiful snapshots of Asia. It is a lead-up to the annual Images of Asia Competition with the live-judging session which will be happening in two phases:


Images of Asia (IOA) Monthly
Rules & Regulations

Rewards for Winners

  • Exclusive Spotlight: Photographer Feature interview in the winning month on AG website and social media.
  • Free one-year subscription to Asian Geographic e-magazine
  • Winning Photos will enter IOA 2021/2 Annual Competition automatically
  • 3 free entries for IOA 2021 Annual Competition (One entry fee is worth USD $10)

Reward for Finalists


  • Only photographs taken within Asia as outlined in the United Nations geoscheme for Asia will be eligible for the contest.
  • Photos submitted must not be winning entries of any other competition in the past 6 months.
  • Digital manipulation of photographs other than cropping is disallowed.
  • Asian Geographic Magazines reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not adhere to the stipulated rules and guidelines or are obscene, vulgar, profane, libellous, false and pornographic in nature.
  • Entrants should be the sole producer and owner of the photographs submitted.

Additional Rules for Youth Category:

  • You should be 21 years of age and below on the day of submission. You are still eligible if your birthday falls on the day of submission itself.
  • Written consent should accompany entries of participants who are below 16 years of age.

Additional Rules for Short Films Category:

  • A feature film is defined as a work of fiction or non-fiction that equals or exceeds 60 minutes in length including opening and end credits.
  • A short film is defined as a work of fiction or non-fiction that is 30 minutes or less in length including opening and end credits.
  • Southeast Asia is defined as Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Asia is defined as Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Armenia, Artsakh, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Cyrups, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, South Ossetia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.
  • The entrant is responsible for all necessary copyright clearances for material used in their submitted works, and shall fully indemnify the Festival from any damage resulting from copyright infringement lawsuits from other parties.

Time frame

  • Submission of entries closes at the end of every month (23:59).
  • Winners will be announced on the first day of the month.


  • Photography – Mirrorless Camera/DSLR
  • Photography – Mobile (iPhone/Android)
  • [NEW] Videography – Mirrorless Camera/DSLR/Camcorder/GoPro*
  • [NEW] Videography – Mobile (iPhone/Android)** Video submissions must fulfil at least 60 seconds

Seeking out all photographers, film lovers, filmmakers, photography & film and cultural institutions working on Asian and Southeast Asian’s finest imageries to participate!


1. Street/People

Anything under the sun in Asia: the mundane, the unusual, or the unexpected.

2. Landscape

Asia is home to vastly diverse landscapes. We want to see your interpretation of them whether natural or man-made.

3. [NEW] Ocean

Ocean lovers submit your best shots while you explore the diverse biodiversity and elusive world of the blue.

4. [NEW] Mobile

Asia is home to vastly diverse landscapes. We want to see your interpretation of them whether natural or man-made from your most accessible gadget – your mobile phone.

5. Food

Showcase the aesthetic and sensual side of food, be it their colours, patterns, the concept or context from the food that spurns the dynamic life in Asia.

6. Wildlife

They walk, crawl, swim, fly or not move at all. Capture plants or animals on land or in water. Wide-angle or macro doesn’t matter as long as your shot inspires appreciation for the beauty of life forms that share the planet with us.

7. Black+White

Seeing things in black, white and greys. Showcase your best shots ranging from images of people to landscape, architecture and skyline photography, and more, in monochrome mode.

8. Youth

This arena welcomes participants who are below 21 years old to submit works interpreting Asia in all categories mentioned.

9. Photojournalism

Entrants should submit a photo that focuses on impactful storytelling together with a writeup of between 500-1500 words.

10. [NEW] Short Films

Seeking out all film lovers, filmmakers, film and cultural institutions working on Asian and Southeast Asian cinema to participate to create a visual voice on Asia or Southeast Asia for groundbreaking Asian Cinema in Singapore and the region.

Submission Guidelines

  • No entry fee is applicable for the monthly photo competitions.
  • You can submit entries regardless of your nationality and place of residence.
  • Entrants should adhere to category briefs.
  • The size of submitted photos should be larger than 1MB and smaller than 5MB.
  • There is no limit on the number of photos you can submit.
  • Entrants retain ownership of their photographs.
  • Send your photos to
  • Title your email “Month IOA Photo of the Month_Category” (December IOA Photo of the Month_Landscape) and include your name in your photo name.
  • You are encouraged to include captions with your entries.

Submissions should include the following information:

  • Name
  • Nationality and place of residence
  • Location photo is taken
  • Date photo is taken
  • Category entered (Include a word count for your story if you are entering the photojournalism category)
  • Camera used
  • Optional:
    Please include your Facebook/Instagram name for us to tag the winning image.

Submit your applications for the following categories now. If you have any enquiries, please write in to

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