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Posted On: 30 June 2017 07:08 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:17 pm

Entries open for Sony World Photography competition

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The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, are now open for entries. Submissions are free at
The 11th edition of the awards is marked by the introduction of two challenging new categories in the Professional competition, ‘Creative’ and ‘Discovery’, and an important new opportunity for award-winners to secure a grant to fund future photographic projects.
Created by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards are an authoritative voice in the industry.
Celebrating the finest contemporary photography from the past year, the awards give vast exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide on an annual basis.
The ‘Creative’ and ‘Discovery’ categories are both designed to embrace photographers working at the cutting-edge of the medium.
Judges will specifically look to reward originality, experimentation and imagination in these categories and hope to discover what would otherwise be unseen by the awards. Artistic interpretation, integrity and technical ability are the key factors for judges across all categories of the awards.
The Sony World Photography Awards comprise of four competitions: Professional – 10 categories judged upon a body of work (five-10 images), Open – best single images across 10 categories, Youth - young photographers aged 12-19 responding to a brief with a single image and Student Focus – for those studying photography
For the full list of competition categories and descriptions please go to

2018 Key dates

  • December 4, 2017 – Student Focus closes
  • January 4, 2018 – Open & Youth competitions close
  • January 1, 2018 – Professional competitions close
  • February 27, 2018 –Shortlist announced
  • March 27, 2018 – Open and National Awards winners revealed
  • April 19, 2018 – Photographer of the Year & Professional category winners announced