American Photography Open 2021: See This Year's Shortlist...and Vote For Your Favorites

By David Schonauer   Monday September 20, 2021

A perfect dive.

A dog in lavender.

A Black madonna and child.

A portrait of covid-19’s agony.

These are the subjects of some of the images shortlisted in the American Photography Open 2021 competition. The judges have had their say, and now you can view all the shortlisted entries and vote for your favorites.

Since last March, our hardworking judges have been looking at images pouring into the contest from around the world. The competition, as we’ve noted, is open to photographers at every level shooting with any kind of device. Across the board, the work we’ve seen this year has been both powerful and beautiful, timely and timeless. Choosing which images to move forward has been difficult—at times excruciatingly so—but also inspiring. Ultimately, 50 photos from among thousands have been selected. Now it’s your turn.

If you would like to vote for your favorites, it's easy. Just “Like” the images you admire. You can vote for as many as you’d like. The entry with the most likes will win a prize from SanDisk and three runners up will receive a copy of this year's Open book.

And stay tuned, because we’ll be back shortly to announce the Tamron and SanDisk prize winners along with this year’s 10 finalists. All will receive awesome prizes from our partners, and the Open Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000.

Go here to vote now.


  1. R E commented on: October 1, 2021 at 1:57 p.m.
    Any chance you can have voting that isn't just on Facebook?

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