2016 Edition of the World’s Largest Photography Competition Opens for Entries

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

Free to enter at www.worldphoto.org, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit work to any of the awards’ five competitions: Professional; Open; Youth; National Awards and Student Focus.  

Now in its ninth year, the awards are an authoritative voice in the photographic world. Each year they attract both emerging talent and established artists and presents the world’s best contemporary photography from the last 12 months. 

New 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 BJP website and will also have the opportunity to take over the magazine’s Instagram feed.

 

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Simon Norfolk – Wins at 2015 Sony World Photography Awards for Landscape

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The Honorary Jury of the world’s largest photography competition today names Simon Norfolk as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ Landscape Photographer of the Year. “Norfolk is an incredible photographer and my husband Kevin, has previously interviewed him and featured his work in The Times”.

Norfolk, a landscape photographer who lives and works in Brighton and is represented by INSTITUTE, was selected from over 87,000 entries to the Professional competition for a series called “When I Am Laid In Earth”.  In the series the photographer maps with a pyrograph the melting away of the Lewis Glacier on Mt. Kenya.

Norfolk had previously been awarded 1st place in the Professional People category of the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards and 2nd place in the Professional Architecture category in the same year.

The photographer was presented his award and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony held in London attended by industry leaders. 

Talking about his win Norfolk comments “As Photography with a capital ‘P’ seems to be happy to decline into purposeless ‘picture-making’ and Photoshop gimmicks, it’s great to see that Sony are still rewarding real documentary photography with a focus on an issue as important as climate change. I hope that continues.”

Three further British photographers were also recognised at the awards:

  • Jonathan Syer, 2nd place, Professional Campaign
  • Dougie Wallace, 2nd place, Professional Portraiture
  • Rich Wiles, 3rd place, Professional Arts & Culture

Prize and Exhibition 

  • The latest Sony digital imaging equipment
  • Exhibited in the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24th April – 10th May
  • Published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards winners book 

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Open, Youth and Mobile Phone winners revealed for 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition

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The Open and Youth winners along with the inaugural Mobile Phone winner of the world’s biggest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards, are announced today.

Drawn from the four corners of the world and covering a huge range of subjects, the winning Open, Youth and Mobile Phone photographers were chosen from over 96,000 entries to the 2015 SonyWorld Photography Awards.  

MOBILE PHONE COMPETITION

Awarded to the photographer of the best single image taken using any mobile phone camera, the inaugural winner and runners up are:

  • Winner – Turi Calafato, Italy
  • 2nd place – Janos M Schmidt, Hungary
  • 3rd place – Ako Salemi, Iran

The winning image was chosen by the public via the World Photography Organisation website with6, 718 votes.  Entries to the Mobile Phone competition was open for just four weeks and in this time over 10,200 images were received.  A shortlist of 20 images were selected by a panel of experts from across the photographic industry and public had just one week to decide their winner, in which time over 15,200 votes were cast.

PRIZES

The winners of the Mobile Phone competitions will each receive the latest Sony digital imaging equipment and Xperia™ smartphone and their images will be shown at the iconic Somerset House, London as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition from 24th April – 10th May.

The Open and Youth category winners will now compete for the overall Open Photographer of the Year and Youth Photographer of the Year titles, which will be revealed at the Sony Worldphotography Awards gala ceremony on 23rd April in London.  The overall winners will be selected from the 13 category winners.  The overall Open and Youth winners along with the Mobile Phone winner will be flown to London to attend the ceremony and the overall Open winner will also receive a $5,000 (USD) cash prize

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

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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 Mobile Photography Competition – FREE To Enter – World Photography Organisation

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Today, the World Photography Organisation, alongside Sony Mobile, launches the 2015 Mobile Phone Award. You have until 27th February to submit your best images to the brief:

You get out of life what you put in. Push past the obvious and see the inspiration all around you. Discover the extraordinary by using your mobile phone to view the world through a different lens.”

Prizes include:

Trip to London to attend the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony 

Sony Xperia™ smartphone and tablet.

Don’t miss this – go here to enter

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2015 Sony World Photography Awards – Call for Entries

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Open to photographers of all ages and skill levels, the Awards have welcomed over 700,000 entries from more than 230 countries since their launch in 2007. 

The Sony World Photography Awards is widely recognised as the leading global photographic awards programme in existence today. 

Launched in 2008, the awards are dedicated to supporting and cultivating photographic culture.  Through a range of annual competitions, we hope to discover new talent in the world of photography and moving image. Whether you are just starting out or a fully-fledged professional you can enter whichever competition you believe suit your level and experience.

The annual awards gala and ceremony takes place in London, welcoming an international attendance of industry leaders to celebrate the recognition of the best in contemporary photography and each year also pays tribute to one of our masters with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award.  

Supporting the celebration, is a month-long exhibition of the winners and finalists, comprising of hundreds of photographs expertly curated inside the historic London landmark, Somerset House.

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Our Live Event With World Photography Organisation – Today – Join Us Live Online!

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We are getting really excitied here as the time comes closer to our live PhotoTALK with the World Photography Organisation. The event is being held at The Strand Palace Hotel in London, I am on the Panel and have invited JQ Gaines, Maddy McCoy and Nettie Edwards as my guests to discuss black and white … Read more Our Live Event With World Photography Organisation – Today – Join Us Live Online!

World Photography Organisation (WPO) Interviews The App Whisperer – Now Live!

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The World Photography Organisation (WPO) has just published an interview with me regarding mobile photography and art. In this interview you may find out a little more about theappwhisperer.com and myself, than you previously knew, or thought you knew. There’s even a picture! I’m on the left, second image in the article (thanks Dilshad). I … Read more World Photography Organisation (WPO) Interviews The App Whisperer – Now Live!

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