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2017 Sony Wold Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions

Professional - 10 categories, judged on a body of work

Open - 10 categories, rewarding the best single images
○ National Awards - Entries submitted to the Open competition are automatically entered into the National Awards based on nationality (please check if your individual country is participating).

Youth - for all photographers aged 12-19, a single image responding to one brief

Student Focus - for those studying photography

Closing dates

Professional: January 10, 2017 - 11:59pm GMT
Youth & Open: January 5, 2017 - 11:59pm GMT
Student Focus: December 5, 2016 - 11:59pm GMT

Marking its 10th anniversary in 2017, the Sony World Photography Awards showcases the best photography in the world from the past year.

Free to enter and open to all photographers, the awards’ are an authoritative voice in the photographic industry, with the power to shape the careers of its winning, shortlisted and commended photographers.

In 2016 the total number of entries received since the first edition in 2007 surpassed 1 million images, reinforcing its position as one of the most respected and influential photography competitions in existence.

Each year 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 untold exposure and providing a global stage on which to present their work.

The hugely popular Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, featuring a selection of winning, shortlisted and commended images, is curated at the prestigious Somerset House, London each Spring.

Fees:

Free

Prizes:

Professional Competition:

Photographer of the Year - $25,000 (USD) / Sony digital imaging equipment / Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London

Category winners - Flights & accommodation to awards ceremony in London / Sony digital imaging equipment / Publication in winners’ book / Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London

Shortlist - Digital exhibition at Somerset House, London

Open Competition:
Open Competition winner​ - $5,000 (USD) / Sony digital imaging equipment / Flights and accommodation to the awards ceremony in London / Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London

Category winners - Sony digital imaging equipment / Publication in winners’ book / Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London

Shortlist - Digital exhibition at Somerset House, London / Publication in winners’ book

Youth Competition:
Youth competition winner - Flights and accommodation to awards in London / Sony digital imaging equipment / Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London

Shortlist - Digital exhibition at Somerset House, London / Publication in winners’ book

Eligibility:

Free to enter.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The World Photography Organisation recognises you, the author of the image, retain full ownership of the copyright in each Entry.

Theme:

Abstract Architecture Documentary Fine Art Landscape Nature People Portrait Wildlife