Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition Now Open for Entries

The Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition returns for 2020 to discover the very best images which capture facets of the gem world in all its diversity and beauty.

Gem-A is pleased to announce that the Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition is returning for 2020! We would like to see gripping images which represent the vast breadth and variety of the field of gemmology. If you’ve captured a truly dazzling piece of jewellery, an incredible inclusion or an eye-opening image of gem mining in the field, we want to see it!

This year’s competition has three themed categories: Cover Shot, The World of Gems and Photomicrographs and Special Details.

The Categories in Detail

Cover Shot: Entries to this category should be images suitable for a magazine cover; images should be shot in portrait and feature striking subjects. Images representing the vast breadth and variety of the field of gemmology are welcomed.

The World of Gems: We want to see images that illustrate the full spectrum of gemstone culture, including people, places and finished jewellery products. Examples of subject matter may include jewellery making, gem trading, mining, finished jewellery, rough and cut gems and gem artistry.

Photomicrographs and Special Details: This category is exclusively for photomicrographs and photographs of special gem features, for example, intriguing inclusions and visual phenomena such chatoyancy, fluoresence and colour-change – the list is extensive!

Why Enter?

+ Win the chance to have your photograph featured in Gems&Jewellery magazine. Winners could be featured on our cover, our Last Impression or our Big Picture feature page

+ You can add the accolade of being named Gem-A’s Photographer of the Year to your portfolio

+ Entry is free and open to all

Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition Now Open for Entries - - Evgenios Petrides Microchip min scaled

‘Microchip’ by Evgenios Petrides, a photomicrograph of an iron oxide inclusion in quartz from Brazil, was named the winner of the Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition 2019. Image credit: Evgenios Petrides FGA.

The Prize

+ The overall winner will be gifted a £300 voucher to spend at Gem-A Instruments and one year’s free Membership of Gem-A

+ Two runners-up will win a £50 Gem-A Instruments voucher

+ All three winning entries will see their photographs published in Gems&Jewellery magazine

Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition Now Open for Entries - - Danny Sanchez Play of Colour in Opal from Jalisco Mexico min

Danny Sanchez’s ‘Play of Colour in Opal from Jalisco, Mexico’ made the final shortlist of Gem-A’s 2019 competition. Image credit: Danny J. Sanchez.

Judging Process

+ The Gems&Jewellery editorial team will shortlist nine entries (three from each category) which will be uploaded to the Gem-A Facebook page where the public can vote for their top five.

+ A guest judge will then choose a winner and two runners-up from the final five photographs.

How to Enter

Email your entry to The Competition is open now and will be accepting entries until 30 September 2020. The winner will be announced on Gem-A’s Facebook page shortly after the Competition has closed.

Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition Now Open for Entries - - Wim Vertriest A Hard Days Work min

Wim Vertriest’s ‘A Hard Day’s Work’ was a shortlisted entry in last year’s competition. Image credit: Wim Vertriest FGA GG.

Competition Rules

+ A maximum of three photographs may be entered per person and each photograph must fit into at least one of the three listed categories

+ Entries must be accompanied by your name and post-nominals (if applicable)

+ Images must be captioned with a title and a description of no more than 150 words telling the story behind the photograph

+ All photographs entered into the Competition must have been taken within the last 18 months

+ The image must be your own work and not belonging to a third party

+ Photographs must be high resolution, with a minimum of 300dpi and ideally a minimum of 1mb in size

+ Please send files larger than 10mb via or (these are free to use media transfer services)

+ By entering the Competition you accept that your image may be used in Gems&Jewellery magazine, on the Gem-A Blog and on Gem-A’s social media channels. You will always be credited as the creator of the work

For more information on the Competition rules, terms and conditions click here. If you have any further questions you can email

We can’t wait to see your entries – good luck!

Cover image: ‘Floating Mushroom’ by Billie Hughes FGA was a runner-up in last year’s Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition. The photomicrograph shows a mushroom-shaped cristobalite inclusion in amethyst. Image credit: Billie Hughes FGA.

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