Funding brief: 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.
Now in its 13th year, the Awards consist of four competitions: Professional (for a body of work), Open (for a single image), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (for 12-19 year-olds).
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.
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
Donor Name: World Photography Organisation
Funding name: Sony World Photography Awards
● Professional – January 14, 2020 at 13.00 (GMT)
● Open – Closing deadline: January 7, 2020 at 13.00 GMT
● Youth – Closing deadlines available here(see Themes, deadlines and announcements)
● Student – Closing deadline- November 29, 2019 at 13.00 (GMT)
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Funding limit: 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.
Every competition is free to enter and categories are designed to be open to all photographic genres and abilities.
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
The World Photography Organisation has a thriving online presence and creates dedicated campaigns to give unprecedented worldwide exposure to the Awards’ successful photographers across its social media platforms, mailers and website.
● Professional – One overall winner selected as Open Photographer of the Year and recipient of the $5,000 (USD) prize
● Open –One overall winner selected as Open Photographer of the Year and recipient of the $5,000 (USD) prize
● Youth – Not found
● Student – Awards for one overall winner and up to 10 shortlisted photographers
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
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Eligible organization: As below
● Professional –
Free to enter and open to anyone submitting a series of five to ten images per category
Ten diverse categories to enter
Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place artists, plus up to ten shortlisted photographers per category
One overall winner selected as the Photographer of the Year and recipient of the $25,000 (USD) prize
Once you enter the Professional competition you cannot submit work to the Open or Youth competitions
● Open –
Free to enter and open to anyone submitting single images taken in 2019 Ten categories to enter
Awards for 1st place plus up to 15 shortlisted photographers per category
One overall winner selected as Open Photographer of the Year and recipient of the $5,000 (USD) prize
Once you enter the Open competition you cannot submit work to the Professional or Youth competitions
● Youth –
Free to enter and open to all 12-19 year-olds, asked to submit single images taken in 2019
New format for 2020: Monthly competitions with a changing theme running from June 1 to December 31, 2019
Photographers can enter up to three single images per month
Judges will select up to 10 images per month, including one winner
All the judge’s monthly picks will compete to be named Youth Photographer of the Year
Once you enter the Youth competition you cannot submit work to the Professional or Open competitions
● Student –
Free to enter for anyone undertaking a full-time photography program*
Institutions must be registered for their students to take part
Students answer a set brief with five to 10 images
Awards for one overall winner and up to 10 shortlisted photographers
Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found