Call for Sony World Photography Awards

Deadline: 31 December, 2019


The World Photography Organization is accepting entries for its annual Sony World Photography Awards. Participants can submit work for judging in one of four categories:

  • Professional – Recognizing outstanding bodies of work
  • Open – Rewarding exceptional standalone images
  • Youth – Celebrating the best single images by emerging photographers aged between 12-19 years-old
  • Student – Providing a platform for photography students worldwide


The professional category winner will receive US$25,000. The winner of the open competition will be awarded US$5,000.


In addition, all winners, including the youth winner, will receive photo equipment from Sony, flights to London, accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in the spring of 2020. The winners’ entries will be presented at the World Photo London exhibition.


The deadline is December 31, 2019 for the youth competition and January 7, 2020 for the open competition. For the professional competition, the deadline is January 14, 2020.


Why you should enter
  • The Awards are your chance to have your work recognized globally and has the power to change the careers of those who win and are shortlisted.
  • The democratic approach of the Awards means all artists working across photography have equal opportunity to win and be seen by leading industry experts.
  • Every competition is free to enter and categories are designed to be open to all photographic genres and abilities.


Successful photographers can receive:

  • Inclusion in global and country-specific media and marketing campaigns
  • Exhibition at Somerset House, London
  • Potential to be included in international exhibitions
  • Inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards book
  • Opportunity to apply for the Sony Grant to further personal photographic projects


The World Photography Organisation has a thriving online presence and creates dedicated campaigns to give unprecedented worldwide exposure to the Awards’ successful photographers across its social media platforms, mailers and website.


For more information about the annual Sony World Photography Awards and submission of the application, please follow the link HERE.