Sony World Photography Awards 2019
Apr 18 – May 6, 2019 / Somerset House

Nur Hidayati Binti Abd. Rahim, Faculty Of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia, Student Shortlist, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most celebrated and diverse photography competitions in the world. Now in its 12th year, our goal is to showcase the best contemporary photography worldwide. This year saw a record-breaking number of entries with more than 327,000 images entered into the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards four competitions: Professional, Open, Student and Youth. Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition is on show at Somerset House April 18 to May 6, 2019. Submissions to the 2020 awards will open June 1, 2019.

 

Boyuan Zhang, China Mainland, 2nd Place, Professional competition, Discovery, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Pan Jianhua, China Mainland, Winner, Open competition, Culture , 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Federico Borella, Italy, Photographer of the Year, 1st Place, Professional competition, Documentary, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The Awards are free to enter and open to all levels of photographer, from emerging 12-19 year-olds, enthusiastic hobbyists, and students, to established professionals. There is a competition and a category for everyone, from Architecture, Documentary, Landscape, Portraiture, Sports, Street Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Culture, and more.

All images are judged by leading industry experts, who come together each year in London to decide the best images. A total prize fund of $30,000 (USD) plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment is shared between winning photographers.

 

Thomas Nielsen, Denmark, 3rd Place, Professional competition, Sport , 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Hal Gage, United States, Winner, Open competition, Landscape, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Ilya Bugaev, Moldova, Republic Of, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

With the power to kick-start and shape careers, photographers are provided with an unprecedented stage to showcase their work, powered by a series of tailored global press and media campaigns. Previous winners and shortlisted photographers have gone on to be represented by renowned galleries and institutions, and their work has been featured in major publications around the world.

Equally, each year we recognize one of the world’s most influential photographers through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award; previous recipients have included Martin Parr, William Eggleston and Candida Höfer.

 

Philippe Sarfati, France, Winner, Open competition, Architecture, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Marinka Masseus, Netherlands, 1st Place, Professional competition, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Tracey Lund, United Kingdom, Winner, Open competition, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Sony’s commitment

The objective of the Sony World Photography Awards is to establish a platform for the continuous development of photographic culture. The Awards do this by recognizing great contributions to photography in the past through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize as well as finding new talents of the future and providing them with the opportunity to be promoted and exhibited around the world. This is achieved through the Awards program and by integrating a Student and Youth competition as well as Student and Professional Sony Grants. The latter further prove Sony’s commitment to photographic culture by extending their relationship with individual winners beyond the Awards themselves and helping develop their careers. The Grants of 7,000 USD and 3,500 USD each is awarded to 4 professional and 3 student recipients respectively so they can continue developing their projects.

 

Carla Meyer-Kleynhans, Michaelis School of Fine Art University of Cape Town, South Africa, Student Shortlist, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Johannes Weigl, Austria, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The Exhibition

Each Spring, the hugely popular Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, featuring the spectacular winning, shortlisted and commended images, is curated at the famous London landmark, Somerset House. Attracting around 30,000 visitors each year, featuring over 600 images and taking up both East and West wings of this magnificent building, the exhibition is a must-see event in London’s cultural calendar.

 

Sony World Photography Awards 2019
World Photography Organisation
April 18 – May 6, 2019 / Somerset House
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