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Sony World Photography Awards in UK 2021

The World Photography Organisation is welcoming entries for its yearly Sony World Photography Awards 2020.

The World Photography Organisation was founded in 2007 by Founder and CEO Scott Gray. Their purpose is to increase the level of conversation around photography globally, through a year-round program of exhibitions, awards and contests.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the globally admired Sony World Photography Awards are one of the most crucial fixtures in the photographic calendar.

The Sony World Photography Awards 2021 are an international voice for photography and offer a crucial insight into present-day photography. For both established and upcoming artists, the Awards provide first-class opportunities for exposure of their work.

Now in its 13th year, the Awards are comprised of four competitions:

  • Professional (for a body of work),
  • Open (for a single image),
  • Student (for academic institutions) and
  • Youth (for 12-19 year-olds).

Always free of charge to enter, there is a contest and a category for everyone – from Documentary, Architecture, Portraiture, Landscape, Street Photography, Sport, Wildlife, Travel, Culture and more. New categories for the 2021 Awards are Portfolio in the Professional competition and Object and Lifestyle in the Open competition. The Architecture class in the Professional competition has been extended to Architecture and Design.

All images are adjudicated by industry professionals from all over the world, who come together every year in London to reward outstanding works.

With the power to jump-start and shape careers, the Awards offer those working in photography an international stage to display their work. Past winning and shortlisted photographers have gone on to be represented by famous galleries and institutions globally, and also their work being featured in major foreign publications.

Furthermore, the Awards acknowledge the world’s most prominent artists working in the medium through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award; past beneficiaries are Elliott Erwitt, Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, Martin Parr, Candida Höfer and, most recently, Nadav Kander.

Benefits of Sony World Photography Awards

The Awards are your opportunity to have your work acknowledged internationally and has the power to transform the careers of those who win and are shortlisted. 

The democratic style of the Awards means all artists working across photography have equal chance to win and be seen by foremost industry professionals.

Every contest is free to enter and categories are structured to be available to all photographic genres and abilities.

The Sony World Photography Awards 2020 provides a total prize fund of $60,000 (USD) plus the newest Sony digital imaging gear is shared between the winning photographers.

Successful photographers can receive:

  • Inclusion in international and nation-specific media and marketing campaigns
  • Exposition at Somerset House, London
  • Possibility to be included in foreign exhibitions
  • Insertion in the Sony World Photography Awards book
  • Chance to apply for the Sony Grant to advance personal photographic projects

The World Photography Organisation possesses a flourishing online presence and creates devoted campaigns to give an unparalleled international exposure to the Awards’ successful photographers all over its social media channels, mailers and website.

Eligibility for Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions:

  • Professional – Recognizing exceptional bodies of work
  • Open – Rewarding outstanding standalone images
  • Youth – Celebrating the best single images by upcoming photographers aged between 12-19 years-old
  • Student – Offering a platform for photography scholars globally
  • Always free of charge to enter, there is a contest and a category for everyone – from Documentary, Architecture, Portraiture, Landscape, Street Photography, Sport, Travel, Wildlife, Culture and more.


  • Professional competition: January 14, 2021, at 13.00 GMT
  • Open Competition: January 7, 2021, at 13.00 GMT
  • Youth competition: (December 31, 2020 13:00 GMT).
  • Student Competition:  November 30, 2020

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