Dance Floor, © Aristide Economopoulos, US, Winner, Arts & Culture, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

2016 Sony World Photography Awards

The free to enter 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest and one of the most respected photography competitions, is now open for entries. Photographers of all abilities are invited to submit work to any of the awards’ five competitions: Professional; Open; Youth; National Awards and Student Focus.
All images entered into the Sony World Photography Awards are seen by juries made of up leading experts from across the photographic industry. Winning and shortlisted photographers are given global exposure and recognition throughout the year, and have the opportunity to promote and sell their work via our exclusive partnership with theprintspace, with their new online print fulfilment service, thehub.
New for 2016, the 14 Professional categories have been divided into two distinct genres: Art and Documentary. As explained by Astrid Merget, Creative Director at the World Photography Organisation: «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, British Journal of Photography (BJP), the world's longest running photography magazine, will partner with the WPO 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 for one weekend.
The key dates for this edition are: 23 February 2016 (Shortlist for Professional, Open, National Award and Youth competitions revealed) and 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). Prizes for this year’s competition include: the latest Sony digital imaging equipment, inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London (22 April - 8 May), inclusion in the 2016 awards’ book and $30,000 (USD) for the overall winners.
More information are available here.

deadline: December 4th, 2015 (for Student Focus category) | January 5th, 2016 (for Open, Youth, National Awards categories) | January 12th, 2016 (for Professional category)
entry fee: none
prizes: cash prizes, the latest Sony digital imaging equipment; inclusion both in the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition and in the 2016 awards’ book

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