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Compete for Mensa International Photographer of the Year

  • Mar 23, 2022
2021 PhotoCup Winner
Since 2004, the Mensa Convergence Project has sought entries from around the Mensan world for the International PhotoCup competition. John Page of British Mensa took top honors in Mensa International’s 2021 photography contest with his entry “Angler Angling.” John Page

The art of photography is an area where Mensans from more than 50 countries with different languages, customs, and traditions can converge with a single, visual language. Use your creativity, skills, and technical expertise to produce your entry in this year’s PhotoCup competition.

The theme for 2022 is Nature.

American Mensans can participate by submitting up to three photos no later than July 1. Photos should be in .jpg format. All entries must be the sole work of the entrant. The top three winners will be sent to the International competition to compete with other Mensan entrants from around the world.

Complete rules

  1. This competition is organized by American Mensa as part of the International Project Convergence.
  2. The theme for 2022 is “Nature.”
  3. There is no fee for entry into the Competition. The entrant must be a financial member in good standing of American Mensa for the duration of the competition.
  4. Entries in the national competition must be received by July 1, 2022.
  5. Name, membership number, and title of photograph should be included in the photo information/label or in the text of the email.
  6. The photos should be in .jpg format and emailed to
  7. Each entrant may submit up to three images only.
  8. All entries must be the sole work of the entrant.
  9. The three best entries in the national competition will be selected by a locally organized judging panel. Entries will be judged on the effectiveness of how they convey the theme as well as composition, technical, and other considerations. The decision of the judging panel is final. The national winner will win the title of American Mensa Photographer of the Year 2022.
  10. The three best entries in each national Mensa competition will be included in the Mensa World PhotoCup competition run under the supervision of Mensa International.
  11. The closing date for the (International) Mensa World PhotoCup is July 15, 2022. The International winner (MIL Photographer of the Year) will be selected by a professional judging panel which will include the Mensa International Chairman ex-officio.
  12. Winning photographs will become part of the “Mensa IPC Collection” and will be exhibited at the Annual Gatherings and otherwise publicized, inside and outside Mensa.
  13. Entrants will retain copyright of their photos but will grant Mensa non-exclusive rights for publication in Mensa journals, on Mensa websites, on Photo SIG posters, for display in exhibitions, or other appropriate places as part of the Mensa IPC Collection without any financial reward to the contestant.
  14. Contestants agree that their name and country may be published nationally and internationally.
  15. By submitting entries for the competition, the entrant accepts all the conditions listed above.