If contests are your thing there are a few running right now that anyone can enter. For starters those that spend time in the garden with your camera can find a category in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest. Nikon has their own photo contest, Nikon Photo Contest International 2008- 2009 open to all (even those who shoot with non-Nikon cameras) with a deadline of November 30. Nikon’s contest has two categories, one has no theme and the second category is “My Planet”. Sony is hosting their own contest, Sony World Photography Awards, Cannes 2009. There is no entry fee for the Sony contest and it has a December 31, 2008 deadline. If you hurry you can enter in The International Aperture 2008, with an October 29, 2008 deadline. They have just posted a special one entry fee and welcome digitally enhanced images.

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger