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Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) 2016

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

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 present the world’s best contemporary photography from the last 12 months.

The awards’ prizes include: the latest Sony digital imaging equipment; inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London; inclusion in the 2016 awards’ book and $30,000 (USD) for the overall winners.

New for 2016, the 14 Professional categories are now divided into two distinct genres – Art and Documentary. Both genres also include new category additions, with Art presenting the new Staged and Candid categories and Documentary now including Daily Life and Environment.

Photographers of all abilities are invited to submit work to any of the awards’ five competitions:

  • Professional;
  • Open;
  • Youth;
  • National Awards and
  • Student Focus.

Last year, SWPA attracted 173, 444 entries from 171 countries. The awards’ annual exhibition of the winning and shortlisted works returned to Somerset House, London and saw a record 33,394 visitors.