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A great way to learn and find ideas. Some of these also have mini-games such as post-processing challenges, which is a wonderful way to learn about the different creative ways you can post-process the same image, and what you like best. The smaller and tighter the community, the more likely you will get better and more in-depth critiques.

Reason to be cautious:

  • Beware of scams. (These are typically of the form "Congratulations, your photo has won a prize! We're publishing a very expensive book of the prizewinning photos, would you like to order a copy?". Of course, every entrant has won a prize...)

  • Watch out for the copyright clauses; by entering, you may be assigning all rights in your photo to whoever's running the competition.-

Free:

gizmodo.com/tag/shooting-challenge

dpchallenge.com

dpreview.com

Photo Friday

photocamel.com

photoforum.com

dailyshoot.com

fredmiranda.com

fujimugs.com

pentaxforums.com

dgrin.com

PhotographyBB

About Photography

the mindful eye

Small Aperture

reddit PictureChallenge

streetphotographynowproject

Great Photo Race

Other sources:

twitter.com/dailyshoot - an archive of a daily social game that went for 690 days.

Flickr groups

panachallenge.com - targeted mainly to Panasonic users.

Prizes:

Photography Competitions - Photo Contests - Photo Awards

Photo Compete

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    the link dailyshoot.com is currently unavailable ; ) – xtarsy Feb 29 '12 at 15:03

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Please use answers to rate and comment on each one.

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There's already a big list of suggestions in another answer, so I'll just add:

  • Beware of scams. (These are typically of the form "Congratulations, your photo has won a prize! We're publishing a very expensive book of the prizewinning photos, would you like to order a copy?". Of course, every entrant has won a prize...)

  • Watch out for the copyright clauses; by entering, you may be assigning all rights in your photo to whoever's running the competition.

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One of the biggest, I would think, is DP Challenge which has open and member based challenges across all sorts of areas. You can sign up for free to enter into open challenges, but the member challenges are reserved for paying members.

The other big one is the DP Review challenges, again they span all sorts of areas and concepts. DP Review signup is free and challenges are open to all site members.

Both of them also have extensive archives that you can explore.

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I always try to take part in PhotoFriday.

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Gizmodo has a weekly shooting challenge - http://gizmodo.com/tag/shooting-challenge

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Nobody seems to have mentioned photo.net yet (though I'm not sure whether you'd consider their photo critique forum a "competition" or not -- but it's on the same general order as photosig, for one example).

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Don't forget about flickr groups. While the badges you get are worthless, it still is a good way to get critiques of your photos.

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In redbubble.com you have a lot of challenges! You can even win vouchers for printing photos. Check this:

http://www.redbubble.com/challenges/open

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Check out www.photoscramble.com lots of contests going on and you can even create one for free. There was one that is ending that has free tickets to WPPI photo trade show.

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