Applications are open for the world’s leading awards for artists working in contemporary photography

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards are one of the most important fixtures in the global photographic calendar.

The Awards are a global voice for photography and provide a vital insight into contemporary photography today. For both established and emerging artists, the Awards offer world-class opportunities for exposure of their work.

Always free to enter, there is a competition and a category for everyone – from Architecture, Documentary, Landscape, Portraiture, Sport, Street Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Culture and more.

All images are judged by industry experts from across the world, who come together each year in London to reward standout works. A total prize fund of $60,000 (USD) plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment is shared between the winning photographers.

With the power to kickstart and shape careers, the Awards provide those working in photography a global stage to showcase their work. Previous winning and shortlisted photographers have gone on to be represented by renowned galleries and institutions worldwide, as well as their work being featured in major international publications.

In addition, the Awards recognize the world’s most influential artists working in the medium through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award; previous recipients include Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr, William Eggleston, Candida Höfer and, most recently, Nadav Kander.

Now in its 13th year. The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions:

Professional – Recognizing outstanding bodies of work

Open – Rewarding exceptional standalone images

Youth – Celebrating the best single images by emerging photographers aged between 12-19 years-old

Student – Providing a platform for photography students worldwide

Exposure & Benefits

The Awards are your chance to have your work recognized globally and has the power to change the careers of those who win and are shortlisted. 

The democratic approach of the Awards means all artists working across photography have equal opportunity to win and be seen by leading industry experts.

Successful photographers can receive:

• Inclusion in global and country-specific media and marketing campaigns

• Exhibition at Somerset House, London

• Potential to be included in international exhibitions

• Inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards book

• Opportunity to apply for the Sony Grant to further personal photographic projects


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Deadline: Varies

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