Sony World Photography Awards 2024

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Sony World Photography Awards 2018Prizes:

  • Professional Photographer of the Year receives $25,000 (USD)
  • Open Photographer of the Year receives $5,000 (USD)


  • Professional – 10 categories, judged on a body of work
  • Open – 10 categories, rewarding the best single images. Entries submitted to the Open competition are automatically entered into the National Awards based on nationality
  • Youth – for all photographers aged 12-19, a single image responding to one brief
  • Student Focus – for those studying photography

Categories: Architecture, Creative, Motion, Documentary, Object, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Street, and Travel.

A shortlist of up to fifteen photographers from each category and category winners will be selected and announced prior to April 2024; the overall winner will be announced in April 2024.

Image requirements: no smaller than 1MB and no larger than 5MB. Images should be JPEG files; RGB colour profile.

Online submission of digital photographs via the website. Each Entrant can submit up to three images for free.


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