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01 June 2016
2017 Sony World Photography Awards now open for entries
  • World's largest photography competition celebrates its 10th anniversary
  • New categories in Professional, Open, and Youth competitions
  • Hunt launched to discover Australia’s best photographer

“We are committed to challenging photographers to push their creative boundaries in the years to come.” – Scott Gray, CEO, World Photography Organisation

Scott Portelli - 1st Place Australian National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

© Scott Portelli, 1st Place, Australia National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Sydney, 1 June 2016 – The Sony World Photography Awards, the world's largest photography competition, opens for entries today. Created by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 marks the awards’ 10th anniversary.

In addition to the Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions, the hunt is also on to find Australia’s best photographer in the Australia National award.

The Sony World Photography Awards annually recognises the world’s best photography. Open to all photographers, the awards are an authoritative voice in the photographic industry that has the power to shape the careers of its winning and shortlisted photographers. Each year the competition attracts both emerging talent and established artists, and presents the world’s best photography from the last 12 months to a global audience.

Speaking of his achievement, Scott Portelli said: “Winning the Australian National award at the Sony World Photography Awards was an honour and a privilege to say the least. As one of the most well respected and internationally acclaimed photography competitions in the world, I truly am ecstatic to be recognised for my work and humbled to be among such talented photographers competing on the world stage. Definitely a proud moment for me as a photographer and a representative of Australia." – Scott Portelli, Winner, 2016 Australia National Award

Photographers are welcome to enter their work for free into any of the awards’ four competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus via www.worldphoto.org. The newly re-launched website gives a greater visual platform to the awards’ photographers and makes the entry process simpler than before.

Entries to the Australian National Award will be taken from those with Australian nationality entering any of the ten Open categories.

The 2017 edition also sees new categories introduced across the all competitions aimed at challenging photographers to push their creative boundaries. Please see notes to editors for competition definitions and categories or click here.

The Sony World Photography Awards offer a wide range of benefits for its winning photographers, including:

  • The latest Sony digital imaging equipment
  • Inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London
  • Inclusion in the annual Sony World Photography Awards winners book
  • USD$25,000 for the winner of the Photographer of the Year title
  • USD$5,000 for the winner of the Open competition
  • Worldwide media exposure and increased recognition

 

Scott Gray, CEO of World Photography Organisation, comments: "We are extremely proud to reach our 10th anniversary. Since launching in 2007, the Sony World Photography Awards has grown consistently in both size and credibility. Across the years, the awards have discovered and celebrated a huge variety of photography. I am honoured that emerging photographers across the world have been able to use the awards to launch their careers, and established photographers can use us to extend their networks. We are committed to challenging photographers to push their creative boundaries in the years to come."

The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards attracted a record-breaking 230,103 entries from 186 countries. The Australian National Award was presented to Australian photographer, Scott Portelli for his winning image “Cuttlefish Aggregation”, which was chosen as the single best photograph taken by an Australian photographer entered into any of the awards’ ten Open categories.
  
The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards shortlist will be announced on 28 February 2017, Open and National Awards winners will be revealed on 28 March 2017, and the overall winners will be announced on 20 April 2017. This includes an exhibition at Somerset House, London, running from 21 April to 7 May 2017.

Winning and shortlisted images from the 2016 awards are available to download at press.worldphoto.org.

 

Notes to Editors
2017 COMPETITION CATEGORIES – see full category descriptions here

  • Professional – Judged on a body of work
    • Art categories: Architecture, Conceptual, Landscape, Natural World, Portraiture, Still Life
    • Documentary categories: Current Affairs & News, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Sport
  • Open – Judged on a single shot
    • Categories: Architecture, Culture, Enhanced, Motion, Nature, Wildlife, Portraits, Still Life, Street Photography, Travel
  • Youth – For photographers aged 12 to 19, judged on a single image responding to the brief of 'Beauty'
  • Student Focus – For photography students, judged on a single image responding to a brief
   
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