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. 

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Sony’s stunning new Xperia™ XZ Premium with the world’s first Super slow motion video in a smartphone


 This morning in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, 27th February 2017 – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced its most ground-breaking smartphone to date, Xperia XZ Premium, with a camera so advanced it captures motion that the human eye can’t see, a beautiful 4K HDR display, super-fast download speeds, a stunning loop design and even more intelligent features.

Encapsulating decades of Sony innovation, Xperia XZ Premium incorporates imaging know-how embedded on Sony ‘α’ and Cyber-shotTM cameras to create the new Motion EyeTM camera system, for capturing life in ways no other smartphone can. The first smartphone to feature a memory stacked ExmorTMRS sensor with technologies usually only found on premium compact cameras, it provides 5 x faster image scanning and data transfer. This means you can create sensational videos from your everyday moments by recording in 960 frames per second, providing Super slow motion video playback that is four times slower than other smartphonesiv giving you more detail than has ever been possible in the palm of your hand. Plus Predictive Capture stays one step ahead and automatically starts buffering images when it detects motion even before you press the button, so you can find a moment your eye may just have missed from a selection of up to four shots taken a second before you clicked. On top of this, the new 19MP high resolution sensor has 19% larger pixels to capture more light and provides exceptional detail and sharp images even in low-light and backlit conditions. Additional improvements have been made inside Motion EyeTM to the BionzTM for mobile processing engine meaning it detects moving objects more precisely to enable Predictive Capture.Clarity, detail and texture are also improved to give exceptional image quality thanks to the redesigned G lens with high optical clarity.

For the first time ever in a smartphone, Xperia XZ Premium features a 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range, 2160 x 3840) 5.5 display. A truly unique Sony experience, it uses Sonys BRAVIA TV technology to give you an immersive 4K HDR viewing experience in the palm of your hand, removing the constraints of your sofa. Astonishing brightness, colour, clarity and contrast are realised to create levels of realism you almost feel part of the scene. The sharp, vivid quality of the display is enriched by Sonys native technologies TRILUMINOSTM Display for mobile, X-Reality for mobile and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer.

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Sony Creates 48K 360 Degree Video with 12 Xperia Z5 Smartphones


Sony currently holds first place (with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus) smartphone for the best camera in a leading smartphone with their Sony Xperia Z5 (see here).

Utililsing this position, Sony created a 360 degree video shot entirely on 12 Xperia Z5 smartphones, eaching filming simultaneously in 4K (essentially, that’s a total of 48Ks).

Sony explain (as part of their recent photography trip to Rise Ski & Snowboard Festival in Les Deux Alpes, France), The short film is the result of an ambitious, creative R&D experiment, where each Xperia Z5 Compact device was mounted on a custom 3D printed rig. We set about capturing scenes from the slopes, including freestylers performing jaw dropping tricks in the park, high-speed racers on a giant slalom course and the stunning panorama looking out across some of the Alp’s best known peaks. The footage from each phone was painstakingly edited together to create our first 360 degree video, showcasing the unique capabilities of Xperia Z5’s camera technology.

It’s fully interactive, so feel free to explore the environment using the on-screen navigation keys. For a truly immersive experience, try watching on your Xperia Z5 series device or using Google Cardboard and the YouTube Android app”.

Take a look at the film below…

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Public voting open for inaugural Mobile Phone Award winner at 2015 Sony World Photography Awards


Public voting opens today to decide the winner of the first Mobile Phone Award at the Sony World Photography Awards.  Members of the public can choose from 20 spectacular shots shortlisted by an expert judging panel at www.worldphoto.org

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and this year it launched a new competition dedicated to mobile phone photography.  The Mobile Phone Award was introduced in recognition of the increased accessibility the latest camera technology within mobile phones has given photographers of all abilities and the creative freedom this has allowed.

Photographers had just one month from 27th January to enter their best shots taken with any mobile phone.  The competition received a staggering 10,293 entries from across the world in this short time.

A shortlist of 20 images has been compiled by the following experts from across the photographic industry:

  • Anna Dickson, Deputy Director of Photography, Wall Street Journal, USA
  • Chris Hudson, Group Art Editor, National Geographic Traveller, UK
  • Anthony Lepinay, Photographer and Creative Director, France
  • Alvin Soon, Associate Editor, HWM and HardwareZone.com, Singapore
  • Evgeny Tchebotarev, CPO and Co-Founder, 500px, Canada

The 20 shortlisted photographers are:

  • Craig Atkinson, UK
  • Salvatore Calafato, Italy
  • Monica Coteriano, Portugal
  • Emanuel Faria, Portugal
  • Henny Gylfa, Iceland
  • Weronika Kaźmierczak, Poland
  • Olga Nazarova, Russia
  • Luca Laghetti, Italy
  • Hamed Nazari, Iran (shortlisted for two images)
  • Nuno Perestrelo, Portugal
  • Atle Rønningen, Norway
  • Ako Salemi, Iran
  • Janos Schmidt, Hungary (shortlisted for two images)
  • Gerard Trang, France
  • Mijail Vallejo, Ecuador (shortlisted for two images)
  • Carla Vermeend, Netherlands
  • Helen Whelton, UK


 The winner is now to be chosen via public vote at www.worldphoto.org

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New SmartWear Products from Sony announced at CES 2015


At CES 2015, Sony introduced new products, partners and experiences to its evolving SmartWear range – a sleek stainless steel edition of SmartWatch 3, new Lifelog collaborations, and concept wearable devices, including a multi-sensor, waterproof headset prototype, from Sony Corporation, designed for optimising performance and providing real time insight on the running track.

“Our approach to smart, wearable technology is based on the fundamentals of building depth and variety in user experiences, and providing choice with beautiful, functional products,” said Kaz Tajima, Senior Vice President, Head of UX Creative Design and Planning at Sony Mobile Communications. “The expansion of Lifelog – both in terms of its open API and our vision for new wearable concepts – will allow creative partners to integrate their apps and services to our platform – giving our users access to the richest, most varied wearable ecosystem.”

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2014 Sony World Photography Awards Judge shares what he’s looking for in this year’s competition


You have seen the call for entries to the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards but how can you make sure yours is the photograph that the judges choose?  WPO gives you an exclusive insight into the thoughts of our 2014 Honorary Jury members and exactly what they are looking for in an award-winning image. This … Read more 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Judge shares what he’s looking for in this year’s competition

iQuit – Good News For Sony, Nokia And Samsung


With the latest news that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple going viral around the web, it has had a negative effect on Apple’s share price, currently sporting a 5% drop. Meanwhile, according to Bloomberg, Sony, Nokia and Samsung were among Apple rivals whose shares advanced during Asian and European trading amid speculation … Read more iQuit – Good News For Sony, Nokia And Samsung

Adobe & Sony Team Up To Bring Android Apps To Sony Tablets


Adobe and Sony today announced the ‘Adobe® AIR® App Challenge Sponsored by Sony’ to drive the creation of innovative Android applications for the two models of “Sony Tablet” devices and offer developers a chance to win $200,000 in total cash prizes. Adobe and Sony also announced the expansion of their long-standing relationship to deliver great … Read more Adobe & Sony Team Up To Bring Android Apps To Sony Tablets

Next iPhone To Feature Camera With Global Shutter


According to this patent application by OmniVision Technologies Inc, the incumbent supplier of cameras to Apple, the next iPhone and maybe iPad could feature a mobile-phone camera with a backside illuminated sensor along with the highly anticipated global shutter. Why’s that important? Backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensors offer significant improvement in light gathering capabilities over … Read more Next iPhone To Feature Camera With Global Shutter

Our App Of The Day – PhotoMeta For iPad


PhotoMeta 1.0, a brand new iPad app, EXIF, GPS and TIFF metadata tags of any photo are instantly available. The pinch-and-zoom map gives an extra dimension to geotagged photos. PhotoMeta goes the extra mile by supporting camera maker specific metadata (a.k.a. makernotes) for photos of the most popular camera brands, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus and … Read more Our App Of The Day – PhotoMeta For iPad

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