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Sony World Photography Awards 2017
Celebrating 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.
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
Contest Prize & TERMS
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 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 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 Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
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