The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, are now open for entries.
Submissions are free at www.worldphoto.org.
The 11 edition of the Awards is marked by the introduction of two challenging new categories in the Professional competition, ‘Creative’ and ‘Discovery’, and an important new opportunity for award-winners to secure a grant to fund future photographic projects.
Created by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards are an authoritative voice in the industry. Celebrating the finest contemporary photography from the past year, the Awards give vast exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide on an annual basis.
Changing medium of photography prompts new Professional categories
The new ‘Creative’ and ‘Discovery’ categories are both designed to embrace photographers working at the cutting-edge of the medium. Judges will specifically look to reward originality, experimentation and imagination in these categories and hope to discover what that would otherwise be unseen by the Awards.
Artistic interpretation, integrity and technical ability are the key factors for judges across all categories of the Awards.
The Sony World Photography Awards comprise of four competitions:
- Professional – 10 categories judged upon a body of work (5-10 images)
- Open – best single images across 10 categories
- Youth – young photographers aged 12-19 responding to a brief with a single image
- Student Focus – for those studying photography
For the full list of competition categories and descriptions please go to www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards
New Sony Grant to fund photographic projects
From the winners of the 2018 Professional categories, Sony will award multiple grants of $7,000 to selected photographers to pursue photographic projects of their choice.
In addition, shortlisted photographers from the Student Focus competition will each be given $3,500 (USD) to work together on a new photographic commission set by Sony and the World Photography Organisation.
The inaugural Sony grants in 2016 supported diverse projects including the documentation of young bullfighters in Spain (Linares), landscapes of Iceland and Namibia (Lavigne) and the impact of man on the Tunisian desert (Labourdette).
Prizes: Worldwide exposure, exhibitions and equipment
All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony.
In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) to the overall Open competition winner.
All category winners plus many of the shortlisted Awards photographers will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London 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.
2018 key dates
- December 4, 2017 – Student Focus closes
- January 4, 2018 – Open & Youth competitions close
- January 1, 2018 – Professional competitions close
- February 27, 2018 –Shortlist announced
- March 27, 2018 – Open and National Awards winners revealed
- April 19, 2018 – Photographer of the Year & Professional category winners announced