How To Join The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards!

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Photographers worldwide have only 1 more month to join the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards! Find out how to participate in this prestigious photography competition, and show the world what YOU can do!


Join The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards!

The internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most important fixtures on the global photographic calendar. Annually, the awards recognizes the best contemporary photography from the past year and celebrate a wide variety of photographic genres.

Sony World Photography Awards

These include submissions under the Professional, Open and Youth categories. Participation is free and open to everyone all over the world.

To mark the closing deadlines, 3 leading professional artists describe the unique worldwide platform the awards provide and highlight the benefits to their careers, which includes international press exposure, gallery representation and book deals.


Worldwide Exposure And Entering Collection

Acclaimed Portuguese photographer Edgar Martins grew up in Macau (China) and studied Photography and Social Sciences at the University of the Arts and the Royal College of Art, London.

He has represented Macau as part of the 54th Venice Biennale, and his work has been exhibited widely across the world and is held in major museum collections. He achieved success in both the 2009 and 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Edgar Martins The Sony World Photography Awards

Speaking of this, Martins says: “The media response to the awards was overwhelming, with extensive press and TV coverage all over the world. Apart from providing my work a huge international platform it has also brought my images to the consciousness of collectors, curators, galleries and museums… As a direct result of being part of the Sony World Photography Awards, my work was acquired by several private and public collections.”


Getting Published

British photographer Amanda Harman has worked on a range of commissions, residencies and projects for a variety of public and commercial clients.

Her work has been exhibited widely and is held in museum collections, she is also a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the West of England.

Amanda Harman The Sony World Photography Awards

Harman won the Professional Competition’s Still Life category in 2014, and her series A Fluid Landscape was shortlisted in the Professional Landscape category in 2018. She recently received a book publishing deal for the series with Another Place.

Harman states “Taking part in the Sony World Photography Awards has led to great things for me. I feel that being shortlisted for the 2018 awards – and receiving a book deal – for a series that I took with the Sony camera that I won at the 2014 awards has nicely completed a circle. The awards have undoubtedly helped me in my career, and I am excited for the next steps.”


Gallery Representation

2018’s Photographer of the Year, established British artist Alys Tomlinson studied photography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and combines her editorial, design and advertising photography with personal projects.

Tomlinson says that winning the Award has directly led to multiple new opportunities for her work, including being represented by a prestigious fine art photography gallery.

Alys Tomlinson The Sony World Photography Awards

She comments: “Winning Photographer of the Year has lead to great things for me, including being represented by HackelBury Fine Art. It has been fantastic to gain representation by a prestigious contemporary photography gallery and to see my work exhibited with them at fairs across the world. Adding to this, since winning the award I’ve also found a publisher for the series, and my book is due to be published by GOST Books in spring 2019.”


2019 Sony World Photography Awards Deadlines

The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards judges have been tasked to reward the very best contemporary photography from the past year across the following competitions:

January 4, 2019 Deadline

Open – best single image across 10 categories

Youth – photographers aged 12-19, best single image answering a brief

National Award – best single image taken by a local photographer from 60+ countries

January 11, 2019 Deadline

Professional – best series of works across 10 images

The juries are chaired by Mike Trow, editor, photographer, producer (Professional competition) and Rebecca McClelland, Photography Director / Head of Art Production for Saatchi Saatchi & Prodigious (Open, Youth competitions and National Awards).

Read to participate? Submit your photos here!


Sony World Photography Prizes And Exhibition

Prizes include $25,000 (USD) for the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) for the overall Open competition winner.

All category winners will receive the latest Sony Digital Imaging equipment and the overall competition plus Professional category winners will be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards dinner on Wednesday April 17, 2019.

The awards’ winning and shortlisted images will once again be exhibited at Somerset House, London from April 18 to May 6 2018.

The exhibition will also include exclusive new works by the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award, to be announced March 2019.

Previous recipients include Candida Höfer (2018), Martin Parr (2017), RongRong & inri (2016), Elliot Erwitt (2015) and Mary Ellen Mark (2014).

Future Announcement Dates

  • February 5, 2019 – Open and Youth shortlists
  • February 26, 2019 – Open and National Awards winners
  • March, 2019 – Outstanding Contribution to Photography revealed
  • April 2, 2019 – Professional and Student shortlists
  • April 17, 2019 – Photographer of the Year, Professional category winners and overall Open, Youth and Student winners


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