News: Sony World Photography Award 2016 – Open for Entries

The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition organised by the World Photography Organisation, are now open for entries.

Now in its ninth year, the awards attract both emerging talent and established artists, and present the world’s best contemporary photography from the last 12 months.

Free to enter at, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit their work to any of the awards’ five competitions:

  • Professional – for serious photographers, 14 categories in two genres judged on a series of work (submission closes 12 January 2016)

○     Art – Architecture, Conceptual, Landscape, Portraiture, Staged, Still Life, Candid

○     Documentary – Campaign, Current Affairs, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Environment, People, Sport

  • Open – open to all, 10 categories judged on a single shot (submission closes 05 January 2016)

○     Architecture, Arts & Culture, Enhanced, Low Light, Nature & Wildlife, Panoramic, People, Smile, Split Second, Travel

  • Youth – for young photographers aged 12-19, three categories judged on a single image (submission closes 05 January 2016)

○     Culture, Environment, Portraits

  • National Awards – looking for the best single shot by a local photographer from over 50 countries (image submission closes 05 January 2016)
  • Student Focus – for emerging photographic talent studying any degree level photography course (submission closes 04 December 2015)

For full list of participating countries see


Newly added for 2016, the 14 Professional categories are now divided into two distinct genres – Art and Documentary. The change is to provide a clearer structure in which photographers can be recognised. Both genres also include new category additions, with Art presenting the new Staged and Candid categories and Documentary now including Daily Life and Environment.

Also new this year, British Journal of Photography (BJP), the world’s longest-running photography magazine, will partner with the World Photography Organisation and its Student Focus competition. As part of this partnership, the winning Student Focus photographer will receive an online feature showcasing a body of work on the BJP website and will also have the opportunity to take over the magazine’s Instagram feed.

The Sony World Photography Awards offer a range of benefits to those who enter. All submitted images are seen by juries made up of leading experts from across the photographic industry. Beyond this, shortlisted and winning photographers are given global exposure and recognition, and have the opportunity to promote and sell their work via the World Photography Organisation.


The awards’ prizes include: the latest Sony digital imaging equipment, inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London, inclusion in the 2016 awards’ book and $30,000 (USD) for the overall winners.

In addition to the global Sony World Photography Awards, local countries in the Asia Pacific region such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Philipines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, and many more are also holding a National Award where local winners will be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony. The winning image will also be exhibited at Somerset House, London. The National Awards programme honours and rewards the best single image taken by a local photographer and runs across the world from Argentina to Australia.

The Sony World Photography Awards shortlisted images will be announced on 23 February 2016 and overall winners on 21 April 2016, with an exhibition at Somerset House, London running from 22 April to 8 May 2016.


If you are interested to showcase your work, do send in before 05 / 12 January 2016.

Best of luck and creativity to all 🙂