This is a list of competitions, grants, fellowships and residencies which either don’t charge for entry, offer fee waiver programs, or charge relatively little. I compiled it out of irritation at the way some sections of the photography industry see photographers as cash cows, a tendency which is evident in competitions which charge large amounts for participation, often with little accountability about their internal processes of what that money is used for. We don’t need those prizes, and the best way to stop them is to ignore them.
I try to keep this list updated when I have time (which is rare) but it also depends heavily on public suggestions for additions and corrects, so if something is missing or a link isn’t working, let me know. You can suggest additions and corrections here.