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Sony World Photography Awards - 2020 Round Open

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The Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the best contemporary photography from the past year. The Awards give exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide on an annual basis.

A total prize fund of $60,000 (USD) plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment is shared between winning photographers. Photographers are taken on a year-long journey, bringing exposure and providing a global stage on which to present their work.

The Awards are free to enter and open to all photographers operating in the photographic industry across the world.

Four competitions make up the overall programme:

  • Professional - Recognising outstanding bodies of work​.

  • Open - Rewarding the world’s best single images.

  • Youth - Best single images by photographers aged 12-19.

  • Student - For photography students worldwide.

All category winners, plus many of the shortlisted Awards photographers will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition and then toured internationally. The images will also be published in the annual Awards winners' book and all shortlisted and winning photographers are given global exposure via dedicated marketing and press campaigns.

Artistic interpretation, integrity and technical ability are the key factors for judges across all categories of the Awards.

The deadlines for applications to be received are: 29 November 2019 for the Student category; 31 December 2019 for the Youth category; 7 January 2020 for the Open category; and 14 January 2020 for the Professional category.

How To Apply

Submissions to the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards are now open.

Deadlines for 2020 round:

  • Student: 29 November 2019

  • Youth: 31 December 2019

  • Open: 7 January 2020

  • Professional: 14 January 2020

The Awards comprises four competitions:

  • Professional - Recognising outstanding bodies of work​.

  • Open - Rewarding the world’s best single images.

  • Youth - Best single images by photographers aged 12-19

  • Student - For photography students worldwide.

Each year, a pre-selection committee and an honorary judging committee are chosen from the World Photography Academy.  These committees will judge the submitted images.

Shortlisted winners will be individually notified by email prior to the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony in April. The winners will all be announced at the ceremony in London.


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For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    World Photography Awards Limited
    9 Manchester Square
    London

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