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2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Entry: Free Entry
Winner is: Judged & Voted
Deadline: January 09, 2014

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2014 Sony World Photography Awards The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, organised by the World Photography Organisation, is now open for entry. Professional, amateur, youth and student photographers from across the world can enter their best work for free. Photographers will compete for a range of cash prizes and the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.  Overall winners will be announced in London on 30 April 2014. Seeking the very best in international contemporary photography, the awards have established themselves as one of the world’s leading photography competitions.

The winner of the 2014 L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title will be awarded with $25,000 (USD) and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000 (USD).  All category winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony and the Student Focus winner will receive a range of new, cutting edge Sony equipment for their university.  Winning and shortlisted photographs will also be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book and exhibited at Somerset House, London.

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards include the following competitions:

Professional – 15 categories judged on a series of work: Closes 9 January 2014

Open – 10 categories judged on a single image:  Closes 6 January 2014

Youth – three categories for photographers under 20: Closes 6 January 2014

Student Focus – for higher education photography students aged 18-30: Closes  6 December 2013

PROFESSIONAL COMPETITION – Categories

●     Architecture
●     Arts & Culture
●     Campaign
●     Conceptual
●     Contemporary Issues
●     Current Affairs
●     Fashion & Beauty
●     Landscape
●     Lifestyle
●     Nature & Wildlife
●     People
●     Portraiture
●     Sport
●     Still Life
●     Travel

OPEN COMPETITION – Categories

●     Architecture
●     Arts & Culture
●     Enhanced
●     Low-light
●     Nature & Wildlife
●     Panoramic
●     People
●     Smile
●     Split second
●     Travel

YOUTH COMPETITION – Categories

●     Culture
●     Environment
●     Portrait

The brief for the Student Focus competition is to shoot a single image for the front page of a newspaper.  The image can be sensationalist or low-key but it must make the viewer want to learn more and draw attention to an issue that has meaning for the photographer



Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Winner of the “L’iris d’Or” will receive:
Title of “Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of The Year"
$25,000
Membership to the “World Photography Academy”
Exhibition showcase of entire winning series at the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 exhibition and winners book
International exposure on the WPO website
Global media coverage
Flights to London, 2 nights accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, April 2014
Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony

Winners of each individual category will receive:
Recipient of the title “Sony World Photography Awards Professional category name Winner"
Flights to London, 2 nights accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, April 2014
Winning images showcased in the London exhibition and the winners book
International exposure in the winners galleries on the WPO website
Global media coverage
Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony

Finalists of each individual category will receive:
Images showcased as part of the official Sony World Photography Awards 2014 exhibition in London
Images published in the winners book
Announced to international press
International exposure in the winners galleries on the WPO website


Winner of the Open Category will receive:
Title of “Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of The Year”
$5,000
Winning image showcased in the London exhibition and the winners book
International exposure on the WPO website
Global media coverage
Flights to London, 2 nights accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in April 2014
Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony

Winners of each individual category will receive:
Title of “Sony World Photography Awards category name Winner"
Winning image showcased in the London exhibition and the winners book
International exposure on the WPO website
Global media coverage
Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony


Winner of the best Youth Award overall photograph will receive:
Title of “Sony World Photography Awards Youth Award Winner”
Winning image showcased in the London exhibition and the winners book
International exposure on the WPO website
Global media coverage
Flights to London, 2 nights accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, April 2014
Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony

Winners of each individual category will receive:
Title of “Sony World Photography Awards Youth Award category name Winner"
Winning image showcased in the London exhibition and the winners book
International exposure on the WPO website
Global media coverage

Winners of each individual category will receive:
Title of “Sony World Photography Awards Youth Award category name Winner"
Winning image showcased in the London exhibition and the winners book
International exposure on the WPO website
Global media coverage
Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony


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COPYRIGHT: Each Entry does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity, and Your Entry does not include trademarks owned by third parties or copyrighted materials owned by third parties (including movie dialogue or musical compositions).

WPO recognizes you, the author of the image, retain full ownership of the copyright in each Entry.

USAGE RIGHTS: All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by WPO, and its Event Partners, for marketing and promotional purposes of the event only, for a maximum of three years after the awards ceremony date in April 2014. You hereby grant WPO a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence in each Entry throughout the world for three years in all media for any use connected to the promotion of the SWPA event and/or competition, including, but not limited to:
(a) judging the Competition
(b) displaying the winning entries and runners up at public exhibitions promoting WPO and organised by WPO
(c) inclusion within the Website, a World Photography Awards book, magazine or similar
(d) inclusion within any materials promoting of the Competition and / or any exhibition organised by WPO, in the promotion of the WPO
(e) inclusion on Competition- and exhibition-related products to be sold by the WPO or any third party following the individual agreement by the author
(f) sub-licencing the Entries to the press for reproduction in connection with the Competition and any exhibition
(g) allowing viewers of the Website to view images on a computer screen, PDA or mobile telephone and store such pages in electronic form on disk or on a PDA or mobile telephone (but not on any server or other storage device connected to a network) for their personal, non-commercial use only.

Any photograph used by WPO shall carry a credit line. Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as WPO uses its reasonable endeavours to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure.




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