Help and FAQ
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Sony World Photography Awards
No. Once you have selected to ‘submit’ your images into a specified category, you will not be able to change it.
All images should be submitted online through the Competitions section of the World Photography Organisation website.
Yes. You may enter into other photography competitions, we have no exclusivity rights to your images.
Images can be manipulated, however the manipulation must be clearly outlined within the image description.
No. All images must be submitted online, via the website.
Yes they can. These images should still be no smaller than 1MB in order to enter them, and a higher resolution version may still be required.
Entries in any 2019 Sony World Photography Awards competition must have been taken in 2018 (January 1 to December 31, 2018), with the only exception being that entries in the Professional competition may have been taken prior to this, only if they have been first published in 2018.
All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by Sony World Photography Awards, for the sole purpose of promoting the competition and the photographers themselves.
Please read the full list of rules for the Open and Professional competitions for details.
Shortlisted winners will be individually notified by email prior to the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony in April 2019. The winners will all be announced at the ceremony in April 2019.
We would be delighted to hear from you! Please do not hesitate to drop us a message and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
In the Professional competition you can enter a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 images per category. You may enter as many categories as you wish.
In the Open and Youth competitions, you can enter up to 3 images in total for free. These images may be entered across any of the categories. You may enter more images by buying our bundles. There are two image bundles avaliable: the 8 images bundle and the 20 images bundle (You will need to be a registered user in order to access the bundle page)
The Sony World Photography Awards are FREE to enter.
Please ensure that your images are above 1MB size and are in Jpeg format.
It may be that your images are too large for the local Internet connection and we suggest that you resize all the pictures and try again.
If you continue to have problems, please do not hesitate to contact us.
These will need to be scanned into a digital file and then uploaded online via the website. Please state in the image description that the images have been scanned from negatives.
Yes, we respect the integrity of the photographers and therefore judging is anonymous. Judges will not know the names of any of the entrants.
No. All images must be clear of any copyright information so that the photographers identity is not revealed by the image. In the interest of fairness, the judges are not allowed to see the names of the photographers when judging. Any images that do contain photographers names on the image or any other watermark/copyright information, will be disqualified from being presented to the judges.
In the Professional competition only, images that have been commissioned or acquired to be published for the first time in 2018 can also be entered, but only after the published date. You must be able to prove that this is the first time the work has been published and you must also be able to prove that you have not entered the work previously into the Sony World Photography Awards. Please see point 2.1 of the competition rules for further details.
Images should be no smaller than 1MB and no larger than 5MB. Images should be either JPEG or TIFF files.
All images must be saved in the sRGB colour model.
All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in exhibitions and marketing materials should the image be required.
The Awards night will be held in London in April 2019.
The deadline for the National Award, Open and Youth Competitions: January 4, 2019 13.00 GMT
Professional competition deadline: January 11, 2019 13.00 GMT
Student Focus competition deadline: November 30, 2018 13.00 GMT
Each year, a pre-selection committee and an honorary judging committee are chosen from the World Photography Academy. These commitees will judge the submitted images.
The images of the series combined should be no larger than 10 MB and should be submitted as Jpeg file.
You should also have a high res version available for printing:
Shooting negative and supplying scans - Supply at 300dpi at full printing size.
Digital- Supply a Maximum Resolution Tiff File (sizes of files will vary depending on what camera your image is shot with).
Your university must be registered to enter the competition. Universities can register here.
Your image may be in black & white or colour.
You should submit your image to your tutor who will email this to us.
Any enquires please email firstname.lastname@example.org
World Photography Organsiation judges will view all of the submitted works. They will choose 10 images in total, each one representing the 10 final institutions. One institution will be chosen from each of the six continents plus 4 commended institutions from all the continents. All 10 universities will compete to win the Student Focus title.
Digital manipulation is allowed, however you must provide details of how your image has been altered.
You must be aged 18-30.
The 10 shortlisted students, along with each of their tutors representing their institution, will be flown to London, where their images will be exhibited at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. They will also have their images published in the annual World Photography Awards book.
The winner will be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony.
The prize for the winning university consists of over €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment. Out of this amazing prize collection, each of the 10 shortlisted students will be given a professional camera, whilst the overall winning institution receiving the remaining equipment and largest portion of this combined prize, provided by Sony, the sponsor.
Your institution should be teaching higher education photography – a minimum of one module/course in photography as part of a degree course or similar. Students entering the competition should be studying an element/module of photography.
The competition is for all students studying an element of photography within a higher education course.
Please visit the competition page here for all the key dates.
Please visit the competition page here for all the key dates.
The judging panel will be announced soon, check the competition tab for updates.