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Sony World Photography Awards

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Posted October 29, 2015

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is simple: to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world.

The awards have brought untold reward and recognition to those involved and each year offers an incredible $30,000 (USD) in cash prizes plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment.

Free to enter, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit either their best single shots or series of work.  The images are judged by the World Photography Organisation and a specially selected jury from the World Photographic Academy which is made up on the photographic industry’s most esteemed individuals.

The awards offer an unparalleled opportunity for exposure for photographers at all stages of their career and are known worldwide by industry leaders.

The annual awards gala and ceremony takes place in London, welcoming an international attendance of industry leaders to celebrate the recognition of the best in contemporary photography and each year also pays tribute to one of our masters with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award. Supporting the celebration is an exhibition of the winners and shortlist, comprising of hundreds of photographs expertly curated inside the historic London landmark, Somerset House.

The Competitions: 

The Sony World Photography Awards has five competitions:

  • Professional – 14 categories, judged on a series of images, aimed at serious photographers
  • Open – 10 categories, judged on a single image, open to all
  • Youth – 3 categories, for photographers aged 12-19
  • Student Focus – for those studying photography
  • National Award – finding the best single image taken by a local photographer in over 50 countries

Source: WPO

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