2019 Sony World Photography Awards Now Open For 12th Edition


We are delighted to invite all photographers to enter the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. Celebrating the finest contemporary photography from the past year, the Awards are FREE to enter and offer amazing prizes, vast exposure, visibility, and opportunities to photographers worldwide. 


  • Professional – outstanding bodies of work between 5-10 images across ten categories
  • Open rewarding the world’s best single images across ten categories
  • Youth  a single brief for emerging talent aged 12-19
  • Student – for photography students across the globe


The 2019 Awards sees the introduction of two challenging new categories in the Professional competition: Brief and DocumentaryBrief asks photographers to compose a body of work on a specific theme. The inaugural theme for this year is “Identity”. Documentary is a new category for bodies of work portraying facts about a chosen subject, giving insight into contemporary issues and news. 

Click here to enter for free


All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student competitions will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) to the Open Photographer of the Year.

All winning and shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London and will then be toured internationally. The winning images will also be published in the annual Awards’ book.


This year, the editors will again be rewarding monthly winners (from June – January, chosen from the best entries to the Open competition). You could win: The Official 2018 Book (worth £39.98), a blog feature showcasing your best work, plus a 20 Image Bundle, so you can enter more images into the Open competition! 

Find out more about their monthly prizes here


Student: November 30, 2018

Open / Youth: January 4, 2019 

Professional: January 11, 2019 


Image © Alfio Tommasini, Switzerland, 3rd Place, Professional competition, Contemporary Issues , 2018 Sony World Photography Awards 

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