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How to win: top tips for the Sony World Photography Awards 2024

4 months ago

© Andres Gallardo Albajar, Spain, 3rd Place, Professional competition, Architecture & Design, Sony World Photography Awards 2023

Photography competitions are a great way for photographers to gain more opportunities to help them take the next step in their careers. If you achieve success, your work can be showcased in new corners of the industry and lead to agency or gallery reputation, publishing deals, and having your work included in worldwide exhibitions.  

Whether you’re an established or emerging photographer (the Sony World Photography Awards welcomes individuals of all skill levels and who use any device), the entry process gives you a chance to reflect and articulate what your work is really about. With the deadline fast approaching, make sure you read our top tips to help you go further in this year’s competition. 

  • Images can be taken on any device - be it a smartphone, DSLR, or pinhole camera, all types of cameras and different brands are allowed.
  • It’s a technical point but make sure your images are in JPG format, saved at quality 10 or above, are set to sRGB colour mode, and between 1-5MB.
  • Keep your imagery watermarks free otherwise your entry will be disqualified. 
  • Once you’re ready, take some time to see where your entry would fit best. If you have a compelling photo project then the Professional competition would be the right fit (remember you don’t have to be a full-time professional photographer to enter this competition). If you have a striking standalone image, then the Open competition is for you. If you’re under 19 years old then the Youth competition - which has the theme Your Everyday - is waiting for your entry. 
  • Decided on the Open or Professional competitions? Now take some time to consider the right category for your work - a graphic architectural shot won’t go far in the Natural World & Wildlife category. 
  • Read through the instructions carefully before you take the time to enter. If entering the Open competition, make sure your image was taken in 2023. If you’re entering the Professional competition make sure your images weren’t published before 2023. 
  • Successful entries need to work on a variety of platforms. While most of the images are viewed digitally through the World Photography Organisation website and social media channels, the final presentation of the works in the annual exhibition and book form is key.
  • Don’t enter at the last minute - give yourself time and don’t rush! The Open and Youth competitions close on 5th January at 13:00 (GMT); the Professional competition closes on 12th January at 13:00 (GMT).