The 2024 EISA Maestro Photography Contest is open for entries! This year’s competition is themed ‘Sports and Games’.

How to enter the EISA Maestro Photography Contest 2024

The EISA Maestro Photography Contest is open to Amateur and Professional photographers, and is FREE to enter!

Entrants should provide 5-8 photographs on the theme of ‘Sports and Games’. Your subject matter may include professional and amateur sports as well as games. All entries must be in digital format (camera or scanned film originals) and must be taken by you between 1 May 2023 and 30 April 2024 (EXIF data will be checked as proof). Older portfolios and AI-generated images are excluded.

Unlike most competitions that are based on a single image, we want to see a selection of images that should hang together as a coherent whole, for example telling a story.

How to shoot action and sports photography

Tips for creating your EISA Maestro portfolio:

  • Your portfolio should be formed of a coherent set of 5-8 images responding to the theme of ‘Sports and Games’.
  • Consider how you use colour, light and composition within your photographs – as well as the subjects and sports included within the photos.
  • For the best results we recommend not mixing colour and B&W images.

For guidance on how to create a portfolio, see our guide.

Photographers entering the UK National round of this competition must be UK residents.


snowboarding eisa maestro sports competition open

Credit: Felipe Giacometti, Unsplash

National Deadline: 1 May 2024

Judging: 1 May 2023 to 17 May 2024
UK Winners announced: 17 May 2023

All entries must be in by 1st May, 11:59pm UK time.

The top three will be chosen by the team at Amateur Photographer magazine and published in a June or July 2024 issue of AP. The winner will receive a one-year digital subscription to AP and will go forward to the International round of the contest.

International Judging: June 2024

The winning entries from all 16 participating EISA countries will be judged together at the Association’s General Meeting in June 2024. The International results will be celebrated at the EISA Awards Gala in Sept 2024 and revealed, online, alongside the EISA product Awards on 15 August 2024.

  • 1st prize: €1,500 and EISA Maestro Trophy
  • 2nd prize: €1,000 and EISA Maestro Trophy
  • 3rd prize: €750 and EISA Maestro Trophy
green tennis court with player in white on the line from above

Image credit: Renith R, Unsplash

AP is running this EISA contest in conjunction with our friends at Photocrowd. Check out Photocrowd and take part in some great photo contests. It’s a great way to share your best work.

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Featured image credit: Jannes Glas, Unsplash

EISA – Expert Imaging and Sound Association

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Amateur Photographer is a founding member of the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) which was formed in 1982 by the editors-in-chief of five European photo magazines came together to select a European Camera of the Year.

Since then it has grown to become a unique association or 59 special interest magazines and websites around the world covering the fields of photography, video, hifi, home theatre, in-car and mobile electronics. Every year EISA presents the EISA Awards for the best products in each of these fields, as voted for by the members.

For more information on EISA visit

Further reading:

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