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2022 Sony World Photography Awards

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Submissions open:

1 June 2021

Submissions close:

• Professional competition – 14 January 2022

• Open competition – 7 January 2022

• Youth competition – 31 December 2021

• Student competition – 30 November 2021


The Sony World Photography Awards are held annually by the World Photography Organisation.

The Sony World Photography Awards features four competitions:

• Professional competition 

All entrants must be over 18. Photographers must submit a series of 5 to 10 images per category. Ten diverse categories to enter: Architecture & Design, Creative, Documentary Projects, Environment, Landscape, Portraiture, Portfolio, Wildlife & Nature, Still Life, Sport.

Open competition

The competition is open to anyone over 18. The Open competition rewards outstanding single images across ten categories: Architecture, Creative, Motion, Landscape, Lifestyle, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Object, Street Photography, and Travel.

Youth competition

Photographers aged 12-19 are set monthly challenges. Each photographer can enter up to three single images answering the set challenge per month from June 2021 to December 2021. Judges will select up to 10 images per month, including one winner.

Student competition 

The competition is open to all students of photography from World Photography Organisation’s selected Universities. Check if your institution is registered. Students are required to submit five (5) - ten (10) images responding to a brief. 

Entry fees

There are no entry fees.


• Professional competition

Photographer of the Year – $25,000 (USD) and Sony digital imaging equipment.

Category winners – Sony digital imaging equipment.

• Open competition

Overall winner – $5,000 (USD) and Sony digital imaging equipment.

Category winners – Sony digital imaging equipment.

• Youth competition

Youth Photographer of the Year – Sony digital imaging equipment 

• Student competition

Overall winner – Sony digital imaging equipment.

Competition website

For further information visit the official competition website.



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