The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Deadline: 12 January 2016
Open to: photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels
Prizes: up to $25 000, Sony digital equipment, flights and accommodation to the ceremony in London


The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition organized by the World Photography Organisation, are open for entries. Now in its ninth year, the awards are an authoritative voice in the photographic world. Each year they attract both emerging talent and established artists and present the world’s best contemporary photography from the last 12 months. The awards offer an unparalleled opportunity for exposure for photographers at all stages of their career and are known worldwide by industry leaders. The awards offer categories across all genres of photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography.  The categories include: current affairs; nature & wildlife; arts & culture, portraiture; contemporary issues; sport; landscape; still life; lifestyle; architecture, and more. For 2016 there are five competitions of Sony World Photography Awards:

  • Professional;
  • Open;
  • Youth;
  • National Awards;
  • Student Focus.


The Sony World Photography Awards is free to enter and photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to join the competitions. Please note that each competition has its own eligibility rules regarding age or experience level. For more details please check HERE.


The prizes depend on specific category. It is possible to win up to $25 000, flights and accommodation to the annual awards gala and ceremony in London, the latest Sony digital imaging equipment or publication in winners’ book. In addition to prizes there are other possibilities of benefits. The World Photography Organisation has a thriving online presence and engages with photography enthusiast and professionals worldwide via its:

  • Website
  • Blog
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Photographers connected to the awards are used across all these platforms throughout the year – from offering top tips on shooting in low light on Instagram, to a showcase interview seen by millions on the WPO website or tweets about a photographer’s latest show on Twitter.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is in December and January 2016. Please check the specific deadline for each competition in FAQ section. All images should be submitted online through the Competitions section of the WPO website. Please note that images should be no smaller than 800KB and no larger than 5MB. Images should be either JPEG or TIFF files. All images must be saved in the RGB colour model and all entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials should the image be required.

For more information please follow the official website and FAQ section.

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