Submissions for the 16th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards are open from 1 June 2022 and free for all to enter via www.worldphoto.org
Created by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards are an authoritative voice in the industry. Celebrating the best contemporary photography from the past year, the Awards give vast exposure and opportunity to photographers worldwide. Sony supports the Awards to help the continued development of photographic culture by giving a global platform to today’s talent.
Entry to the Awards is completely free and photographers are judged anonymously by a panel of industry leading judges.
Photographers worldwide are invited to submit to the Awards’ four competitions: Professional, celebrating outstanding bodies of work between 5-10 images across ten categories; Open, rewarding the world’s best single images across ten categories; Youth, championing images by emerging talent under 19; and Student, highlight the work of photography students across the globe.
NEW TO 2023
This year we’re launching a brand new prize which recognises the stories, people and organisations whose actions highlight one of the UN’s environmental Sustainable Development Goals. These can include depictions of climate change, a spotlight on ecological technologies and innovations or a celebration of individuals and groups working to make a difference.
The Sustainability Prize rewards the winning photographer with a $5,000 cash prize and a presentation of their project as part of the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London. All photographers entering the Professional competition are eligible to win the prize with the winner selected from a long-list of 30 in each category.
Photographer of the Year Solo Presentation
In 2023 we are introducing a new prize element for Photographer of the Year. In addition to the $25,000 cash prize, a range of Sony digital imaging equipment and inclusion in the Sony World Photography exhibition and book, the winner will also be rewarded with a solo presentation of their work as part of the Sony World Photography London exhibition the following year. This opportunity will allow photographers to further develop their winning project or exhibit a brand new work, gaining them additional exposure for their practice and advance their careers.
Youth Competition Format
The Sony World Photography Awards 2023 introduces a new format to the Youth competition, opening it to anyone under the age of 19 and inviting entrants to submit up to three images related to the theme Your Everyday.
The theme asks photographers to share scenes from their everyday lives and the people surrounding them. Be it bustling streets, idyllic landscapes or compelling portraits, whatever the genre, technique or subject matter, the competitions seeks to embrace individuals’ unique view of the world. Judges will select a shortlist of 10 photographers who will go on to compete for the title of Youth Photographer of the Year.
For this year’s student competition, we’re asking entrants to consider the theme In a Changing World. Our world is changing rapidly and we are looking for photographers who can show us positive stories of development and progress. This could encapsulate a whole range of different topics; from the environment, to technology, to the way we work and live. Students may wish to focus on how we have shifted working patterns and office set-ups, how we are responding to the climate crisis in a more conscientious way or even particular advancements in technology and research.
In five to 10 images photographers should depict how they, or someone they document, are responding to the changes around them. Images can be taken on any device, shot in any style. While creative responses are encouraged, it’s key to stick to the brief.
2023 PRIZES AND DEADLINES
The Sony World Photography Awards is open to submissions from 1 June 2022. Full competition and categories descriptions can be found at www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards
Deadlines for submission across the Awards’ four competitions are:
All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student competitions will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be presented to the Photographer of the Year, $5,000 (USD) to the Open Photographer of the Year and $5,000 to the winner of the Sustainability Prize. All winning and shortlisted photographers’ works will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London and will then be toured internationally. The winning images will also be published in the annual Awards’ book.
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ABOUT SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Established by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most important fixtures in the global photographic calendar. Now in its 16th year, the free-to-enter Awards are a global voice for photography, providing a vital insight into contemporary photography and offering leading and emerging artists world-class opportunities for exposure of their work. The Awards additionally recognises the world’s most influential artists working in the medium through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography; previous recipients include William Eggleston (2013), Marry Ellen Mark (2014), Martin Parr (2017), Candida Höfer (2018), Nadav Kander (2019), Gerhard Steidl (2020), Graciela Iturbide (2021) and Edward Burtynsky (2022). The Awards showcase the works of winning and shortlisted photographers at a prestigious annual exhibition at Somerset House, London. worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards-exhibition . Our hashtags to follow are #sonyworldphotographyawards #swpa #swpanews.
ABOUT WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY ORGANISATION
The World Photography Organisation is a leading global platform dedicated to the development and advancement of photographic culture. Our programming and competition initiatives provide valuable opportunities for artists working in photography and help broaden the conversation around their work. Through our fairs we play a key role in driving the growth of the contemporary art market for photo-based art and deepening audience engagement with the medium. The World Photography Organisation’s portfolio includes: the Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s biggest photography competitions, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai the leading fair in Asia Pacific dedicated to photo-based and digital artworks and Photo London the international fair held annually at Somerset House, London. www.worldphoto.org