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Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the best contemporary photography from the past year. The Awards give exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide on an annual basis.

A total prize fund of $30,000 (USD) plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment is shared between winning photographers. Photographers are taken on a year-long journey, bringing exposure and providing a global stage on which to present their work.

The Awards are free to enter and open to all photographers operating in the photographic industry across the world.

Four competitions make up the overall programme:
All category winners, plus many of the shortlisted Awards photographers will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition and then toured internationally. The images will also be published in the annual Awards winners’ book and all shortlisted and winning photographers are given global exposure via dedicated marketing and press campaigns.

  • Professional - Recognising outstanding bodies of work​.
  • Open - Rewarding the world’s best single images.
  • Youth - Best single images by photographers aged 12-19.
  • Student - For photography students worldwide.

Artistic interpretation, integrity and technical ability are the key factors for judges across all categories of the Awards.

The deadlines for applications to be received are: 30 November 2018 for the Student category; 4 January 2019 for the Youth and Open categories; and 11 January 2019 for the Professional category. For more details