Dear competitors,

Please set date in your camera to GMT time. 

Winners and all receivers of honorable mentions will have to send their original (raw) photo files for date and manipulation-free check.

Please see 24 themes below:

PhotOlympic 2018 Competition THEMES

  1. Array
  2. Abstraction
  3. Architecture
  4. Art
  5. Border
  6. Contrast
  7. Crowd
  8. Diagonal
  9. Family
  10. Fashion
  11. Geometry
  12. Hand(s)
  13. History
  14. Love
  15. Minimalism
  16. Morning
  17. Number
  18. Portrait
  19. Reflection
  20. Shadows
  21. Symmetry
  22. Street
  23. Two in one
  24. Water

A few last minutes tips: 

  • The very first one is: PLEASE BE SAFE!

We urge you not to take any risks while competing, it’s not worth it.

  • 26th May 2018 at 00:01 (GMT, London time) 24 themes will be announced on the website at the start of the competition.
  • You will have 48 hours to photograph and upload your photos.
  • Please remember – one image per theme.
  • Take your time, don’t rush things up. It’s better to read the themes through and take a moment to conceptualize rather then to rush to get it done.
  • You don’t have to deliver 24 photos, BUT, you should! Its better to have a photo uploaded than no photo. No photo means 0 points, while an uploaded photo among 24 judges might get some points. So, do you’re best to send all 24 photos, no obligation though.
  • Dont stress about editing or Photoshop! DONT!!! This competition is not about that. PhotOlympic judges, as you might have seen in their work, will not value your Photoshop editing skills. Keep it simple, basic editing like: conversion to black and white, contrast, levels, etc.
  • Dont manipulate photos youll be disqualified! Adding or removing things from photos is against the rules.
  • PhotOlympic and its judges value creativity. Try to find the most creative way to answer each theme. Keep it simple!
  • Check some of the themes we had in the past and try to anticipate how you would do it.

Lastly, some tech and survivor tips and tricks

  • Charge your batteries
  • Free up your memory card(s)
  • Print 24 themes or put it as a wallpaper on your phone to have it handy
  • Relax and take your time
  • Always have some water with you! (obvious but very important!)
  • Bring some snacks and chocolates, you will need some extra energy – we bet you will!
  • Think about how you will move around: public transport, bicycle, car, skate board…

We would love to see you in action, please share some photos of you while competing. We’d like to share it on our social media channels with the world. It would be great to see in action our fellow photographers competing around the world, so please don’t be shy, send us some photos! BE SAFE! and again, BE SAFE at all times! Wish you good luck and good light!

26th & 27 MAY 2018

PhotOlympic is a real-time, 48-hour Street Photo Competition.

Competitors will be provided 24 themes to photograph and deliver during the 48-hour photo competition.

To ensure non-biased results, PhotOlympic counts with 24 judges and a transparent (public) scoring system.


PhotOlympic is like a real Olympic discipline! As described by previous participants, PhotOlympic is challenging, interesting and demanding, both physically and mentally, as well as a real thrill.

24 Themes to photograph

48 HOURS to deliver photos

24 Judges

$1,000 Cash Prize

$500 Cash Prize

$250 Cash Prize

NON-BIASED RESULTS!

It’s not a standard 3 or 5 jury members – IT’S 24 JURY MEMBERS! Personal styles, preferences, and subjectivity of the jury simply blend into a broader picture of 24 people who vote which guarantees the quality to rise to the top.

Photo Exhibition in NEW YORK CITY

PhotOlympic 2018 photo exhibit will be held in October in New York City where 72 photos will be displayed.

With 24 themes and Top ranked 3 photos per category, 72 photos will be displayed and presented to the visitors.

Also, all Honorable Mentions photos will be projected on the wall, each signed by its author’s name.

The Vision

Our contribution to Street Photography, we believe, is organizing this unique, one of a kind worldwide live photo contest with stimulating concept and distinguished judges for appreciative competitors.

You can contribute too. We’re trying to spread the word of what we believe to be a new and unique concept of photo competition that will shake up the world of photography.

Change is not an easy process, but it has a long-term effect.

Let’s do it together!