Sony World Photography Award 2016 Win The Prize USD 30,000


International Competition | This Photography Competition is the world's biggest photography competition which is held on January 2016. The Sony World Photography Award 2016 is aimed to recognize and reward the best contemporary photography in the world. Each year, Sony World Photography Award offers an incredible cash prizes USD 30,000 plus the latest Sony Digital Imaging equipment.

Sony World Photography Award 2016 invites photographers of all abilities to submit their best single shots or series of work, and the images will be judged by the World Photography Organization and a specially selected jury from the World Photography Academy. Sony World Photography Award 2016 offers an unparalleled opportunity for exposure for photographers at all stages of their career and are known worldwide by industry leaders.

DEADLINE: January 5th, 2016

Sony World Photography Award 2016 Win The Prize USD 30,000

The Competitions: 

The Sony World Photography Awards has five competitions:

  • Professional - 14 categories, judged on a series of images, aimed at serious photographers
  • Open - 10 categories, judged on a single image, open to all
  • Youth - 3 categories, for photographers aged 12-19
  • Student Focus - for those studying photography
  • National Award - finding the best single image taken by a local photographer in over 50 countries

The awards offer categories across all genres of photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography.  The 2015 edition attracted over 173,000 entries from 171 countries. View winners galleries here.  In addition to cash prizes for the overall Professional and Open Photographers of the Year, category winners also receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.

Exposure and Benefits:

Exposure is given to not only the winning but also the shortlisted photographers.  

Recognised photographers can receive:

  • Exhibition at Somerset House, London
  • Potential to be included in international exhibitions
  • Inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards book
  • Potential to work with Sony on a variety of digital imaging projects

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.

The annual PR campaign for the awards permeates all types of media and generates huge interest not only in the awards’ winners, but for those on the shortlist too. Coverage can be seen everywhere from the world’s highest circulation newspapers and most read websites to spreads in luxury magazines and key photographic trade titles. There is worldwide media interest not only in the awards’ winners, but those on the shortlist too and bespoke PR campaigns are created for nearly all those involved.

In 2015 over 740,660 articles worldwide were published about the awards and its photographers. English language articles were read by 950,814,837 people.

Entry Start:
Entry Close:

All submitted images must have been taken in 2015.

Photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to enter the Open categories of the world’s biggest photography competition.
Aimed at photography enthusiasts, the judges are looking to award the best single shots across 10 diverse categories, from Architecture to Travel.  Full list of categories are below.

In each category judges will award:

  • 1 winner
  • Up to 10 shortlisted photographers
  • Up to 40 commended photographers

Prizes and Benefits

All winning and shortlisted photographers will be included in a global press campaign, featured across the WPO website and exhibited at Somerset House, London in April 2016.  

Additional prizes include:

  • Open Photographer of the Year - $5,000 (USD) plus flights and accommodation to awards in London
  • Category winners - Sony product.  Publication in winners’ book.  Exhibition
  • Shortlist - Digital exhibition.  Publication in winners’ book
“All the main newspapers in Spain talked about me and the award.  My Facebook page have increased hugely and I have followers from all over the world now. (I encourage others to enter because) it’s free and is one the biggest chances you have to get known.  The risk is none and the opportunities are endless.  There's no a single reason not to try.” Jaime Massieu Marcos, Winner, Open, Split Second, 2015


  • Basic Member - up to 3 photographs for free, submitted into one category or spread across multiple categories
  • Increase your chances by upgrading to Advanced Membership (enter up to 8 images) or Premium Membership (enter up to 20 images).

Please note once you enter this competition you will not be able to enter the Youth or Professional Competitions.

By entering the Open competition you are automatically entered into the National Awards competition.  Please ensure your nationality is filled in correctly when you enter otherwise you will not be entered into your local National Award competition.

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