Shatto Gallery International Photo Awards (aka SGIPA) recognizes, rewards and supports outstanding photography from all around the globe. SGIPA introduces talented photographers to the creative community in Los Angeles, United States, providing them an excellent platform to present their work to a new market. We encourage all photographers to participate in the SGIPA photo competition. Share your unique talents with the world and win awards and recognition.


Winners are selected by our respected jury of photographers and leaders in the photography world and are awarded the SGIPA trophy, cash prizes, extensive publicity showcasing their work to an audience, and much more. 





This category should feature images where the intention is aesthetic, revealing the subjective, creative vision of the artist, photos that express an idea, a message, or an emotion through the image and the technique used to create it.

  • Abstract — non-objective, experimental, or conceptual photography depicting a visual image not immediately associated with the object world

  • Collage — any image created by combining or pasting several images or parts of images together to create a new composition or interpretation of reality

  • Landscape — photography featuring landscapes in an artistic way, often enhanced, showing scenes in nature through the creative eye and techniques of the photographer

  • Portrait — artistic images of a person or group of people, capturing the personality of the subject by use of lighting, backdrops, poses, etc.

  • Still Life — photos depicting inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects or with a single object in focus

  • Special Effects — images showing how a subject or scene can be interpreted or captured by the artist using special effects or techniques (manual or digital included)

  • Moving Images — short, cohesive fine art moving image pieces, no longer than 5 minutes. Stop-motion films, videos, slideshows, etc. are all accepted.




The photos are devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.

  • Aerial — photographs taken from an aircraft, with a drone, or other flying objects, either by hand or remotely

  • Flowers — floral photography in any form

  • Landscapes — photos that capture elements of nature and the natural features of land, sky, and water. Photographs of artificial scenery, such as farm fields, orchards, and gardens, can be entered here as well

  • Panoramic — wide format images with horizontally elongated fields of view

  • Pets — photos featuring domesticated animals, including animals kept on a farm, in a zoo, or anywhere outside their natural habitat

  • Seasons — images with a focus on the natural seasons, and their effect on nature

  • Sunset — photos showing the rich colors and dramatic lighting of the sunset

  • Trees — photography of trees and forestry

  • Underwater — photographs taken while underwater, diving on the surface, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, or from a submersible or remotely operated underwater vehicle

  • Wildlife — photos documenting animals and other wildlife in their natural habitat 



This category is for photographs where people are the focus, whether a single person or a group, showing the human aspect of life in all its wonderful variety.


  • Children — portraits of children and youth

  • Culture — images that tell a story about people and their culture or traditions

  • Family — photographs highlighting family and what it means

  • Lifestyle — the art of ‘every day’, photos showing real-life events or milestones, people and their way of life

  • Portrait — artistic images capturing the personality of a person or group of people

  • Self-Portrait — photos representing the artist taken by the artist



$ 1,000 cash prize and SGIPA trophy



$ 200 cash prize and SGIPA trophy



SGIPA winners will enjoy extensive publicity throughout the year in addition to the following benefits:


  • Work exhibited in Los Angeles and beyond

  • Work showcased on the main page of our website

  • Press release and newsletter announcements to SGIPA community

  • Feature winning images in the online gallery exhibition

  • Printable SGIPA certificate of achievement

Winners will enjoy extensive publicity throughout the year in addition to the following benefits:

  • Feature winning images in the online gallery exhibition

  • Press release and newsletter announcements to SGIPA community

  • Printable SGIPA certificate of achievement


The SGIPA competition is open to anyone aged 18+ residing anywhere in the world.


FINAL CLOSING: SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 - Currently Closed

Entry Fees

10 USD/Single Entry





Prepare your files with the following specifications:

- sRGB or Adobe98 color space, 8-bit, no greater than 5MB per image
- the longest dimension equals 1000 pixels,
- saved as a JPEG file (jpg) at a setting of 10 (100%) or higher,
- no watermarks / copyright units / logos on images
- only bleed photographs without borders


Naming the files:

The file name must contain your last name and the title of your image, for example:
LastName titleofimage.jpg

* Please do not include any characters such as @, $, #, as a part of the file name.

Submitting a Series:

If your submission is a series of images, please number them and upload in order of importance. Note: The first image should be the best/strongest in the series.

* Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer. Any photograph used by SGIPA shall carry the photographer’s credit line.

* If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ page or email shattogallery@gmail.com