Competition for Professional Photographers from Sony to Win a Prize of $25,000

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Competition for Professional Photographers from Sony to Win a  Prize of $25,000

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Sony World Photography Award invites professional photographers from all around the world  to participate in the 2020 Professional Photography Competition.  The Professional competition rewards and showcases the world’s most outstanding bodies of work. 

Judges are looking for series that are technically brilliant, exciting and offer a fresh perspective on what contemporary photography can do. They want to uncover work that would otherwise be unseen, and share it with a worldwide audience. 

Competition Categories: 

Artists can enter multiple series of works to the following categories:

  • Architecture: The judges are looking for the ability to capture three-dimensional worlds in two dimensions, whilst retaining the original qualities. Light, angle and scale are factors but the subject matter can be wide-ranging. 
  • Creative: Judges are looking to reward originality, experimentation and imagination. This category actively encourages the creative use of the medium of photography in all its forms - from photograms, to cutting-edge photographic techniques. Subject matter can be varied and may include abstract and conceptual ideas, but creative concept and thematic link between the image is key. 
  • Discovery: purposely not defined by subject matter or photography type, the judges are looking for stunning bodies of work that clearly show the artist's passion for photography. They want to uncover work that would otherwise be unseen. The category embraces all uses of photography and a narrative may or may not be present in the work. However, it is vital that the vision of the photographer is clearly understood by the judges. 
  • Documentary: The judges want bodies of work that give the facts and information about a chosen subject. This could offer insight into a contemporary issue or clearly present a factual story with a news or current affairs agenda. Image processing is allowed but it is the responsibility of the photographer to not manipulate or enhance the images in such a way that they distort or change the reality of the scene shot. 
  • Environment: Judges are seeking bodies of work that showcase the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates. Work should be fine art in its approach and address environmental concerns effecting the world today. 
  • Landscape: Showing spaces within the world in all the varieties, from large scale aerials to intimate views. Judges will focus on the aesthetic quality of the final images. 
  • Natural World & Wildlife: Judges are looking for artistic images of our natural, physical or material world. The category should be understood in its widest sense, from flora and fauna to animals and wildlife. 
  • Portraiture: Judges are looking for interesting, original, strong and evocative photographs, and the category should be interpreted in its widest sense. The resulting images should demonstrate a likeness to the subject and may convey expression, emotion and/ or personality. 
  • Still Life: Often a group or an arrangement of objects, Still Life typically depicts inanimate subject matters. The approach can be classical or innovative and bold. Judges will closely consider the interpretation of the subject (including composition, lighting and framing) when viewing the work.  
  • Sport: Judges are looking for images that capture the intensity, emotions and action of the chosen sport subject. It could be professional or amateur, the focus could be on the sportsperson, the sport environment, the effort expended, the struggle or conflict or the rewards, but a strong narrative must be present.


  • Photographer of the Year receives $25,000 (USD), a range of Sony digital imaging equipment and inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London.
  • Ten category winners receive flights and accommodation to the Awards ceremony in London, a range of Sony digital imaging equipment, publication in the Sony World Photography Awards book, inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners receive Awards ceremony ticket, publication in the Sony World Photography Awards book, inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London.
  • Shortlisted photographers - works shown on digital screens at Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, Londonو UK.

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Both gender
Art, Film

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Anyone Interested
Partial funding
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Sample of your work, others

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All Specialties
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
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