Sony Commences 2019 Edition of World Photography Awards

Carmel Miguel
The World Photography Organization, in collaboration with Sony, has launched the 12th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s most diverse photography competition.

Sony Commences 2019 Edition of World Photography Awards
Sony Commences 2019 Edition of World Photography Awards

The 2019 World Photography Awards will have two new categories in the Professional competition -- the Brief and Documentary. The Brief category will put the photographer’s abilities in producing a body of work on a specific theme, which for this year will be ‘Identity.’

For the Documentary category, participants will be tasked to create bodies of work that portrays facts about a chosen subject, expressing more insight in terms of contemporary issues and news.
Photographers from all over the world can also join the Awards’ four competitions which include Professional, Open, Youth, and Student.

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The Professional competition will host bodies of work between 5-10 images across ten categories, while the Open competition will reward the world’s best single images across ten categories. The Youth, meanwhile, will gather entries from participants aged 12-19, and lastly, the Student competition will be for photography students across the globe.

The Open competition also has a new Creative category that has been introduced together with Culture Trip and Eurostar as category partners.

The deadline of submission of entries will be on November 30, 2018 for the Student competition, January 4, 2019 for the Open and Youth competitions, and January 11, 2019 for the Professional.
Winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student competitions will receive brand new digital imaging equipment from Sony. The Photographer of the Year will take home a cash prize worth USD 25,000, while the overall Open competition winner will be granted USD 5,000.

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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.

For more information about the Sony World Photography Awards competitions and categories, visit

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