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The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions:

Professional competition

Deadline for submissions: January 14, 2021 13:00 GMT

The Professional competition rewards and showcases the world’s most outstanding bodies of work.

Artists can enter multiple series of works to the following categories: Architecture & Design, Creative, Documentary Projects, Environment, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Still Life, Sport, and Portfolio.




© Roberto Corinaldesi

Open competition

Deadline for submissions: January 7, 2021 13:00 GMT

The Open competition celebrates outstanding standalone images from across the world.

Photographers of all abilities can enter multiple single images to the following categories: Architecture, Culture, Creative, Motion, Landscape, Lifestyle,  Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Still Life, Object,  Street Photography, and Travel.



© Kolton  Almany

Youth competition

Monthly competitions with a changing theme running from July 1 to December 31, 2020

The Youth competition aims to give more opportunities to young photographers aged 12-19. Judges are looking for fresh approaches to photography and images showing the vision of the young photographer.




© ioanna Sakellaraki

Student competition

Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2020 13:00 GMT

The Student competition rewards and showcases the work of the world’s most talented photography students.

Open to academic institutions worldwide, students are challenged to submit a series of five to ten images responding to a particular brief. Ten shortlisted students are then chosen (one from each continent and four judges’ picks). Please check the list of participating institutions to see if your institution is registered.