Contest closed

Welcome to the 2023 Whalebone Magazine Photography Contest for Photographers…which has ended. It was $6 to enter and a portion of all proceeds are being donated to the non-profit, No Kid Hungry.

There are five categories (listed below), so five chances for you to win the top prize of $6,000—that’s real money folks. Two additional finalists in each category will also win $500, and there’s a little something for honorable mentions, too. Plus winners are published in The Photo Issue of Whalebone Magazine. In addition, Whalebone will be selecting 15 photos from the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions entries to participate in The Print Shop from Whalebone Magazine, available online and in our shop on Bleecker in New York City. 

Have questions? Check here. For rules and all of the things the lawyers made us put in check here.

Contest ended Monday, March 13th at 11:59 PM (EST). Winners announced mid-April.

The 2023 Categories

The essence of wetness and like 70% of your body. 

Where the road or jungle or tour guide takes you.

We’re all this one, so how do we relate?

The one rule, it does really have to be shot on film. But you can talk about it as much as you want.

Just a little something that might put a smile on anyone’s face.

Contest ended Monday, March 13th at 11:59 PM (EST). Winners announced mid-April.

The 2023 Judges

Donal Boyd

Wildlife Conservation Photographer

Donal Boyd is an American fine art photographer and wildlife conservationist born and raised in Boston, MA, USA. He now splits his time between Africa, Iceland, and Europe, taking on projects which promote the protection of fragile species and ecosystems around the world.

Donal combines his formal education in sustainability and Chemical Engineering (BS/MS) with more than 16 years of professional experience in visual and written arts specializing in storytelling, portraiture, and production, to fulfill his mission of conservation of wildlife and nature through visual advocacy. Donal’s imagery and writing probe his audience to think deeper about the world and to consider the connections we all share.

Wally Koval 

Founder of Accidentally Wes Anderson

AWA is a project that started on Instagram in 2017 with the aim of seeking out idiosyncratic stories and places from all around the world that seem plucked from the world of director Wes Anderson. AWA has grown to encompass a global community of 1.7 million, a New York Times Bestselling book with 500,000 copies sold in seven languages, and a Webby & Addy-award winning website, newsletter, and print series. Wally, his wife Amanda (Co-Founder), and their dog Dexter (Head of Communications) live in Brooklyn.

Emma Reeves

Director of Photography and Deputy Creative Director at Rolling Stone Magazine

Emma has over a decade of creative work under her belt and is most currently curating images for one of the world’s most iconic print publications.