SWPA 2016 call for entries

02 June 2015


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

Free to enter at www.worldphoto.org, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit work to any of the awards’ five competitions: Professional; Open; Youth; National Awards and Student Focus.

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

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. 

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. 

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

Image: © Ioulia Chvetsova, France, Hello!  A Little beggar girl with her monkey on the Chennai beach. Shortlist, Travel, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards