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Sony World Photography Awards 2021 announcement digital programme

At the World Photography Organisation, we have a vast audience of thousands of people across the globe via our online platforms so we’ve decided to bring every aspect of the Sony World Photography Awards overall announcement, the biggest event in our calendar, to our wider global community through a dedicated multimedia digital programme.  

From 15 April 2021 we’ll be releasing a whole range of online resources to keep you inspired, informed and thoroughly entertained. The programme includes the first and exclusive Sony World Photography Awards 2021 winners announcement video, a specially commissioned 60-minute film, an extensive virtual exhibition, a downloadable book, plus online galleries to all help further shine a spotlight on this year’s successful photographers.

Additionally, we’re running a print sale – closes soon, 2nd May – where you have the opportunity to purchase your favorite images from this year’s competitions to hang on your wall. If you’d like to continue the conversation and share your thoughts on this year’s results with others in our online community, tag us and use #swpa2021. Here's our Twitter, FacebookLinkedInInstagram.

Don’t forget, the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards open on 1st June 2021. Register your interest now and be the first to be informed with the latest news.

2021 Winners Announcement Video

Watch our exclusive winner announcement video from the Sony World Photography Awards! This announcement video reveals the highly anticipated overall winners from the 2021 Professional, Open, Student, and Youth competitions – plus the Professional competition category winners and the 2021 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Graciela Iturbide. 

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A Year in Photos from the Sony World Photography Awards 2021

Presented by British art historian Jacky Klein and entertainer Nish Kumar, this 60-minute film celebrates the 2021 Award winners. Including interviews and insightful footage with distinguished photographers, rising talents, and industry-leading experts, A Year in Photos takes viewers across the globe to explore powerful contemporary stories and artistic excellence. 

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Sony World Photography Awards 2021 virtual exhibition

Experience 150 of the Award’s most successful images from your home through this dynamic digital display. Learn more about the world we live in through this collection of fantastic photos. You can travel through the exhibition at your own pace and zoom in to photographs to take a closer look, read the accompanying captions or listen to the selected audio descriptions.

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Sony World Photography Awards 2021 book

Showcasing the best global contemporary photography awarded in our 2021 competitions, this year's Sony World Photography Awards book is available as a free downloadable PDF. Readers will also enjoy a unique essay on this year's Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Graciela Iturbide.

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Sony World Photography Awards 2021 Winners’ Print Sale

We've teamed up with expert printing service Art Photo Limited to bring you a special collection of superb images from this year’s competitions to buy as fine art prints. Available for a limited time only - close 2 May 2021 – keep enjoying your favourite images from the 2021 Awards through a dedicated curation of some of the 2021 winners

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Winners’ galleries

Enjoy more selected images from series, full descriptions, and shortlists – plus more in our online galleries. Lookout for links to personal websites of photographers recognised in the Professional competition so you can view more of their work.

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