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2016 Sony World Photography Awards Open for Entries

The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards are now open for entries! This is a photography competition that I have been sharing for the past few years to my friends and readers! I entered into my maiden international photography competition last year in 2014 for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, a year that received quite a huge number of submissions! The experiences in submission and challenging myself to the international photography competitions, it was humbling and very fulfilling. A great learning experience for me in my photography journeys over the decades and I am looking forward to test myself again for 2016 Sony World Photography Awards. Time to plan some holiday trips overseas!

Let me share with you the Press Release and key information on the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Open for Entries below –

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

Free to enter at www.worldphoto.org, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit their work to any of the awards’ five competitions: Professional, Open, Youth, National Awards, and Student Focus. Please see Notes to Editors for competition definitions and categories.

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

The Sony World Photography Awards offer a range of benefits to those who enter. Firstly, all submitted images are seen by juries made up of leading experts from across the photographic industry. Beyond this, shortlisted and winning photographers are given global exposure and recognition, and have the opportunity to promote and sell their work via the World Photography Organisation.

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.

In addition to the global Sony World Photography Awards, local countries in the Asia Pacific region such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Philipines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, and many more are also holding a National Award where local winners will be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony. The winning image will also be exhibited at Somerset House, London. The National Awards programme honours and rewards the best single image taken by a local photographer and runs across the world from Argentina to Australia. It is open to photographers of all abilities.

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards attracted 173,444 entries from 171 countries. The 2015 L’Iris d’Or / Professional Photographer of the Year title was awarded to Getty Images photographer John Moore. The awards’ annual exhibition of the winning and shortlisted works returned to Somerset House, London and saw a record 33,394 visitors last year.

The Sony World Photography Awards shortlist will be announced on 23 February 2016 and overall winners on 21 April 2016, with an exhibition at Somerset House, London running from 22 April to 8 May 2016.

Winning and shortlisted images from the 2015 awards are available to download at press.worldphoto.org

Further details about the Sony World Photography Awards and the World Photography Organisation can be found at www.worldphoto.org and www.sony-asia/swpa

Key Information for 2016 Sony World Photography Awards –

2016 COMPETITION CATEGORIES

  • Professional – for serious photographers, 14 categories in two genres judged on a series of work
    • Art – Architecture, Conceptual, Landscape, Portraiture, Staged, Still Life, Candid
    • Documentary – Campaign, Current Affairs, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Environment, People, Sport
  • Open – open to all, 10 categories judged on a single shot
    • Architecture, Arts & Culture, Enhanced, Low Light, Nature & Wildlife, Panoramic, People, Smile, Split Second, Travel
  • Youth – for young photographers aged 12-19, three categories judged on a single image
    • Culture, Environment, Portraits
  • National Awards – looking for the best single shot by a local photographer from over 50 countries
  • Student Focus – for emerging photographic talent studying any degree level photography course

KEY DATES

  • 4 December 2015 – Student Focus competition closes
  • 5 January 2016 – Open, Youth, National Awards competitions close
  • 12 January 2016 – Professional competition closes
  • 23 February 2016 – Shortlist for Professional, Open, National Award and Youth competitions revealed
  • 1 March 2016 – Student focus shortlist revealed
  • 15 March 2016 – National Award winners revealed
  • 29 March 2016 – Open and Youth winners revealed
  • 21 April 2016 – L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year plus Professional category winners and Open, Youth and Student Focus Photographers of the Year revealed at gala ceremony held in London
  • 22 April to 8 May 2016 – 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London

* Information and Picture Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and Waggener Edstrom Communications *

2014 Sony World Photography Award Winners

The winners for the Open, Youth and National Award competitions of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards were announced today by the World Photography Organisation.

Selected from over 70,000 entries from across the world, the achievement of each of the winners from across the three competitions is extraordinary – both in terms of the number of photographs they have been chosen from but also that the photographers themselves are not professionals, but individuals who are passionate about photography, enthusiasts and amateurs.

Under the Staircase

Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Architecture © Holger Schmidtke, Germany

Rodeo

Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Arts and Culture © Valerie Prudon, Australia

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Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Enhanced © Kylli Sparre, Estonia

All three competitions were judged on a single shot and prizes range from the latest Sony digital imaging equipment to trips to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 30 April.  The ten Open winners will also compete for a $5,000 (USD) prize and the Overall Open Photographer of the Year title.

First Snow

Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Low Light © Vlad Eftenie, Romania

The Cold Pony

Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Nature & Wildlife © Gert van den Bosch, Netherlands

 

Starry Lighthouse

Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Panoramic © Ivan Pedretti, Italy

All the winning photographers can also enjoy the international exposure and recognition brought to them and their image by the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

OPEN COMPETITION

Open to all photography enthusiasts, the jury, chaired by Nigel Atherton, Group Editor, IPC Photo, UK, selected ten category winners who are:

  • Architecture – Holger Schmidtke, Germany
  • Arts and Culture – Valerie Prudon, Australia
  • Enhanced – Kylli Sparre, Estonia
  • Low Light – Vlad Eftenie, Romania
  • Nature & Wildlife – Gert van den Bosch, Netherlands
  • Panoramic – Ivan Pedretti, Italy
  • People – Arup Ghosh, India
  • Smile – Alpay Erdem, Turkey
  • Split Second – Hairul Azizi Harun, Malaysia
  • Travel – Li Chen, China

Each of the ten category winners will receive a Sony 6000 camera.  In addition the photographers will have their work exhibited at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May and the images will be published in the 2014 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.

Poor God

Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, People © Arup Ghosh, India

 

Muddy Smile

Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Smile © Alpay Erdem, Turkey

 

Behind the Scene

Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Split Second © Hairul Azizi Harun, Malaysia

 

Rain in an Ancient Town

Winner: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Travel © Li Chen, China

The ten winners will now compete for the Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title and $5,000 (USD) prize.  The overall winning Open photographer will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 30 April and this photographer will be flown to London to collect his/her prize.

YOUTH COMPETITION

Open to photographers under the age of 20, the Youth competition uncovers emerging talent.  The category winners are:

  • Culture – Anastasia Zhetvina, Russia
  • Environment – Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh
  • Portraits – Paulina Metzscher, Germany

Young Talents

Winner: Youth Award 2014 Sony World Photography Awards – Culture © Anastasia Zhetvina, Russia

Life and Line

Winner: Youth Award 2014 Sony World Photography Awards – Environment © Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh

Untitled

Winner: Youth Award 2014 Sony World Photography Awards – Portraits © Paulina Metzscher, Germany

Each winner will receive a Sony 5000 camera and will have their work exhibited as part of the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London in May and published in the annual book.

From the three category winners, one overall Youth Photographer of the Year will be selected and will be flown to London to collect their award on 30 April.

NATIONAL AWARDS

38 countries, from Colombia to New Zealand, Kenya to the Nordics, took part in the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards’ National Award programme.

The National Awards uncover and honour the best single image taken by a local photographer and are judged by a local jury of photography experts.

The winners are given a range of prizes from a trip to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala dinner on 30 April to the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.

Singapore National Award Winners at 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 

Singaporean photographer Chin Boon Leng has been announced today as the winner of the Singapore National Award as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions.

Open to photographers of all abilities, the Singapore National Award seeks to uncover and honour the single best image taken by a local photographer entered into any of the ten Open categories of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

What are you staring at !?

1st Place, Singapore National Award 2014 Sony World Photography Awards – © Chin Boon Leng

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2nd Place, Singapore National Award 2014 Sony World Photography Awards  – © Joyce Le Mesurier

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3rd Place Singapore National Award 2014 Sony World Photography Awards – © Daniel Chia

Chin Boon Leng, a children’s book illustrator, was chosen as the winner for a charming shot of a baby Orang-utan peeking out from its Mother’s embrace titled “What are you staring at?”  It was selected by a local panel of judges from over 1,300 entries by Singaporean photographers.

The local judges also awarded runner up positions to:

  • 2nd place – Joyce Le Mesurier
  • 3rd place – Daniel Chia

Talking about his success, Chin Boon Leng comments “I’m extremely honoured to be shortlisted as this is a global competition with so many talented photographers participating.  To deserve such great recognition is definitely overwhelming, and I hope this will ignite fellow Singaporeans’ interest in photography.”

As the Singapore National Award winner, Chin Boon Leng receives the latest Sony digital camera equipment and will be flown to London to attend the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 30 April.  The winning photograph will also be exhibited at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May as part of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition and published on www.worldphoto.org.

* Information and Details Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

* Award Winning Photographs Courtesy of respective Award Winning Photographers *