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2015 Sony World Photography Awards Competition

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, organized by the World Photography Organisation, are now open for entries and professional, amateur, youth and student photographers from across the world are invited to enter their best work for free.

Photographers will compete for a range of cash prizes and the latest cutting edge digital imaging equipment from Sony.

Since its launch in 2007, over 700,000 images from 230 countries have been submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards. Seeking the very best in international contemporary photography, the awards have established themselves as one of the world’s leading photography competitions.

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards include the following competitions:

  • Professional – fifteen (15) categories judged on a series of work
  • Open – ten (10) categories judged on a single image
  • Youth – three (3) categories for photographers under 20. Judged on a single image
  • Student Focus – for higher education photography students aged 18-30

The winner of the 2015 L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title and the Open Photographer of the Year will both receive cash prizes. All category winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony, and the Student Focus winner will receive a range of new, cutting edge Sony digital imaging equipment for his or her university. Winning and shortlisted photographs will also be published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book and exhibited at Somerset House, London.

The Open and Youth competitions will close for entries at 23.59 GMT on Monday 5 January 2015 with the exception of the Professional competition, which will close at 23.59 GMT on Thursday 8 January 2015.

The brief for the 2015 Student Focus competition is to shoot a single image that symbolizes contemporary consumer culture. The image can be sensationalist or low-key but it must be something the photographer feels is a reflection of today’s society. Entries to the Student Focus competition close on 6 December 2014.

The overall winners in the 2015 Competition will be announced at a gala ceremony held in London on 23 April 2015.