Photography Awards by Sony World

The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions

*Please note: you may only enter one of the below competitions. Once you have succesfully submitted your images into one of the below, you will not be able to enter the other competitions.

  • Professional – 10 categories, judged on a body of work (Deadline: 13:00 GMT – January 11, 2018)
  • Open – 10 categories, rewarding the best single images (Deadline: 13:00 GMT – January 4, 2018)
    ○ National Awards – Entries submitted to the Open competition are automatically entered into the National Awards based on nationality
  • Youth – for all photographers aged 12-19, a single image responding to one brief (Deadline: 13:00 GMT – January 4, 2018)
  • Student Focus – for those studying photography (Deadline: 13:00 GMT – December 4, 2017
  • Success Stories:

    The awards have the power to change the lives of those who enter them. Here are a few of the stories from those:

    Andrea Gjestvang

    Although already an established photographer in Norway, winning the 2013 L’Iris d’Or, Photographer of the Year title, propelled Andrea Gjestvang onto the global stage.

    Her stunning series of portraits of the children and youths who survived the July 2011 massacre on the island of Utøya, outside Oslo, “One Day in History”, were published around the world and, despite being a mum to a very young baby at the time of the win, has barely stopped working since.

    Andrea says: “Winning the L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year 2013 was a great recognition and it made my work reach out to a worldwide audience. Both editors, collectors, potential collaborators in the business, but most important the normal readers that were moved and engaged by the images. It opened up new opportunities for me, and was a huge motivation to continue following the stories that I believe in.”

    Natalia Weirnik

    Natalia was a student at the Faculty of Graphic Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow when she entered the Student Focus competition in 2013. An aspiring photographer with a strong artistic style, her series of work caught the judges’ attention and she was named the 2013 Student Photographer of the Year.

    Since winning, Natalia has had her work shown in many of the world’s leading photography magazines and has delivered masterclass on behalf of Sony.

    Peter Franck

    One of the awards’ most prolific winners, German photographer Peter Franck has won professional categories in both 2010 and 2012 and received placements in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2015. His unique style explores the border between painting and photography and has captured the imagination of the awards’ judges over the last eight years.

    He comments: “The multiple wins at the awards has made, with certainty, me better known in the photographic and artistic circles. Plus it has helped with future projects to refer to past exhibitions around the world which my images have been shown in.The selection of the jury members and the entire organisation of the competition is very convincing. The exhibition which accompanied the awards is a great thing and the public relations for the competition also has a very big role.“

    Daniel Duart

    Spanish photographer Daniel Duart won 2nd prize in the Professional Travel category of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

    Since then, Daniel has worked with Sony Europe to promote the Sony RX1 camera, travelled around Latin America with Sony delivering workshops and masterclasses on travel photography.

    Speaking about his involvement with the awards Daniel says: “ »Being part of the SWPA made my work visible in half Latin America, they helped me spread the word (or the images) all around the world and I was even on TV! »

concours:The Societies of Photographers’ Competitions

The Societies of Photographers run a variety of competitions for both members and non-members alike.

Members’ Monthly Image Competition

The member’s monthly competition runs for 11 months per year and has a range of categories, which cover just about all aspects of popular photographic subjects. Images from this competition are judges monthly with the top images being awarded the converted ‘Gold’ award. Images which can also receive a highly commended and may go forward to the annual judging which takes place in December when all the ‘Gold Awards’ are reassessed, with the category winners and the prestigious ‘Photographer of the year is chosen. Prizes and trophies are awarded on the Awards Evening at The Societies of Photographers’ Convention.

The Societies of Photographers’ Monthly Image Competitions and Photographer of the Year

Who Will Win the Photographer of the Year?

The winners of the Monthly Image Competition will be announced at a glamorous awards ceremony at The Societies of Photographers’ Convention which takes place in January each year.

Over 500 people will attend this prestigious event to find out on the night who is being recognised for creativity, innovation and effectiveness for their photographic skills. Make sure that you are there to celebrate excellence within the photographic trade.

Enter the Monthly Image Competition

Results: 2015 | 2016 | 2017

20×16″ Print Competition

Judged at the annual Convention in public so that anyone can attend and watch the process and learn from the experience. Open to all photographers this highly prestigious competition is sponsored with terrific prizes given by leading photographic manufacturers. Highly commended images will also be included in the Convention exhibition area for attendees to see entries.

Get the latest information on this year’s international 20×16″ Print Competition

Open to All Competitions

These competitions are run throughout the year and are promoted through social media sites. Each competition offers prizes which are awarded once the judging has taken place.

Latest competitions open to members and non-members alike

May 2017 Photographic Competitions – Open to both members and non-members alike

The Societies of Photographers are pleased to launch May’s Photographic Competitions. We would like to thank all those who have previously entered The Societies of Photographers’ monthly open to all photographic competitions. This month we launch another two competitions for you to enter and we look forward to seeing more stunning images. Entries are invited …

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