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2016 Sony World Photography Awards Open for Entries

The free to enter 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition, is now open for entries. Free to enter, the Awards feature five competitions: Professional; Open; Youth; National Awards and Student Focus. New for 2016, the 14 Professional categories are now divided into two distinct genres – Art and Documentary. The change is to provide a clearer structure in which photographers can be recognised. Both genres also include new category additions, with Art presenting the new Staged and Candid categories and Documentary now including Daily Life and Environment.

Free to enter at http://www.worldphoto.org, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit work to any of the awards’ five competitions: Professional; Open; Youth; National Awards and Student Focus.

Speaking about this change, Astrid Merget, Creative Director at the World Photography Organisation, comments:


“Each year we review our awards with a view of sharpening and expanding our offer to the photographic community. Creating the Art and Documentary genres within the Professional competition provides a clearer structure in which photographers can be recognised. With these re-defined sections, we are also pleased to announce new category additions, with Art presenting the new Staged and Candid categories and Documentary now including Daily Life and Environment.”

Also new this year, the British Journal of Photography will partner with the World Photography Organisation and its Student Focus competition. As part of this partnership, the winning Student Focus photographer will receive an online feature showcasing a body of work on the jounral’s website.

KEY DATES

  • 4 December 2015 – Student Focus competition closes
  • 5 January 2016 – Open, Youth, National Awards competitions close
  • 12 January 2016 – Professional competition closes
  • 23 February 2016 – Shortlist for Professional, Open, National Award and Youth competitions revealed
  • 1 March 2016 – Student focus shortlist revealed
  • 15 March 2016 – National Award winners revealed
  • 29 March 2016 – Open and Youth winners revealed
  • 21 April 2016 – L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year plus Professional category winners and Open, Youth and Student Focus Photographers of the Year revealed at gala ceremony held in London
  • 22 April – 8 May – 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London

Sony Press Release

2016 edition of the world’s largest photography competition opens for entries

  • New Art and Documentary genres in Professional competition
  • Record entries and exhibition visitors for 2015 awards
  • British Journal of Photography named media partner for Student Focus competition

1 June 2015: The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition organised by the World Photography Organisation, are open for entries.

Now in its ninth year, the awards are an authoritative voice in the photographic world. Each year they attract both emerging talent and established artists and present the world’s best contemporary photography from the last 12 months.

Free to enter at http://www.worldphoto.org, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit work to any of the awards’ five competitions: Professional; Open; Youth; National Awards and Student Focus.

New for 2016, the 14 Professional categories are now divided into two distinct genres – Art and Documentary. The change is to provide a clearer structure in which photographers can be recognised. Both genres also include new category additions, with Art presenting the new Staged and Candid categories and Documentary now including Daily Life and Environment.

Also new this year, British Journal of Photography (BJP), the world’s longest running photography magazine, will partner with the World Photography Organisation and its Student Focus competition. As part of this partnership, the winning Student Focus photographer will receive an online feature showcasing a body of work on BJP website and will also have the opportunity to take over the magazine’s Instagram feed.

The Sony World Photography Awards offer a range of benefits to those who enter. Firstly, all submitted images are seen by juries made of up leading experts from across the photographic industry. Beyond this, awarded shortlisted and winning photographers are given global exposure and recognition and have the opportunity to promote and sell their work via the World Photography Organisation.

The awards’ prizes include: the latest Sony digital imaging equipment; inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London; inclusion in the 2016 awards’ book and $30,000 (USD) for the overall winners.

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards attracted 173, 444 entries from 171 countries. The 2015 L’Iris d’Or / Professional Photographer of the Year title was awarded to Getty Images photographer John Moore. The awards’ annual exhibition of the winning and shortlisted works returned to Somerset House, London and saw a record 33,394 visitors.

The Sony World Photography Awards shortlist will be announced on 23 February and overall winners on 21 April, with an exhibition at Somerset House, London running from 22 April – 8 May 2016.

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