The final round of Amateur Photographer of the Year is now open for entries! The theme for this round of the competition is Action

One of the biggest challenges in photography is capturing movement. Whether that’s freezing the action unfolding in front of you with fast shutter speeds or flash or creating an implied sense of movement with long exposures or camera panning. Whichever technique you choose, there are a whole host of potential subjects on offer. For the final round of APOY 2022, we’d like to see your creative interpretations of action and movement, whether it’s people on the go, animals in motion, the dynamism of sports, or trains, planes and automobiles.

Your Guest Judge for APOY 2022 Round 10, Action

Will Cheung

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Your guest judge for Round Ten, Action, is Will Cheung, who is a regular competition judge and exhibition selector. Earlier this year, he selected for the Edinburgh International Print Exhibition and has been a selector for the Trierenberg Super Circuit on several occasions. He is Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and is currently a member of the Travel distinctions panel. See more at


Round Ten, Action, closes Friday 4th November.

Christine Johnson received a commended in APOY 2021 for her great action shots of dogs at play

Christine Johnson received a commended in APOY 2021 for her great action shots of dogs at play

Need some inspiration or guidance for your APOY 2022 Action entries?

See our beginners guide to action and sports photography here.

How to capture movement creatively in photography

Featured image: Alexa Popovich 9th place movement round of APOY 2021

Young Amateur Photographer of the Year

We have added a Young Photographer of the Year category to APOY, in order to encourage our up-and-coming snappers. Entrants should be 21 years old or younger by the competition’s final closing date of 4 November 2022. All the categories are the same as for the main competition – simply select the Young APOY option on Photocrowd when you upload your images. This category is free to enter; each category winner receives a £250 voucher, and the overall winner receives a voucher for £500 to spend at MPB.


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Andrew Leinster. Fifth place Young APOY 2021 Movement round

Camera Club award

Do you belong to a camera club? You can accumulate points for your society when you enter APOY. After all the ten rounds are complete, the one with the most points will win a voucher for £500 to spend at MPB. The club might want to spend it on gear for use by members, or even run its own in-house competition with the prize going to the most successful photographer. It’s entirely up to the winning group to decide.

See the current leaderboards here: APOY 2022 Leaderboard

What you win

Take your pick from MPB’s huge catalogue of used gear.

The winner of each round of APOY 2022 receives a £500 voucher to spend on anything at MPB.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is a camera designed for demanding action shooting. It uses a 20.2-million-pixel full frame CMOS sensor, with a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51,200. It’s capable of 14fps shooting, or 16fps in live view. Plus, a 61-point autofocus system includes 41 cross-type points for accuracy. While Canon’s exclusive Dual Pixel AF allows focusing in live view and movie mode. This camera can be found at MPB for between £1,129 and £1,949.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport for apoy 2022 action photography

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM SPORT is Sigma’s flagship telephoto zoom in its Sport series. It’s a multipurpose zoom that’s well suited to a wide range of subjects and situations. Including touchline sports and telephoto landscapes through to candid portraits at weddings and events. It is composed of 24 elements in 22 groups with 11 diaphragm blades, and is weather sealed. When reviewed in AP it was described as ‘a solid and robust performer at great value’. Find this lens at MPB for £1,099 in like-new condition.

The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G VR is a high-powered 5.5x DX zoom lens with super-telephoto reach that’s equivalent to 82.5-450mm in full-frame terms. It features the Vibration Reduction II stabilisation system, as well as a Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet autofocus. It’s weather sealed, too, and is easy to handle, weighing a relatively light 580g. This lens can be purchased at MPB for between £54 and £208, depending on condition.

Check out the website at to take your pick from thousands of items of second-hand gear.

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More information about Amateur Photographer of the Year can be found here: Amateur Photographer of the Year 2022

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