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Sony Grant


Since the inauguration of the Sony World Photography Awards over a decade ago, Sony have aimed to inspire and excite photographers through innovation of digital imaging products and support of their talent.

Through the Sony World Photography Awards we can celebrate fantastic and ambitious photographers. With Sony, we are constantly looking at how we can further develop our support of individual photographers.

In demonstration of the Awards’ commitment to create opportunities for its photographers, Sony has once again awarded a number of photographers from the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, whilst continuing for the second year the grant program for select students who participated in the Student Focus competition.


2018 Professional Grant recipients

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Sony has chosen the below category winners to receive the 2018 Grant:

Alys Tomlinson | UK | Discovery Winner & Overall Photography of the Year
Tom Oldham | UK | Portraiture Winner
Luca Locatelli | Italy | Landscape Winner
Balazs Gardi | Hungary | Sport Winner


2018 Student Grant Recipients

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For the second year, Sony has commissioned three photographers from the Student Focus competition to work together on a new body of work. The theme for this body of work will be announced later in the year.

Morgan Mulholland | South Africa | Stellenbosch Academy of Design & Photography
Anshul Mehrotra | India | University of Lucknow
Cao Hongmei | China | Qilu University of Technology

2017 Professional Grant recipients

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Four Professional category winners from the 2017 Awards were chosen by Sony to receive grants to pursue a project of their choice.

The 2017 Sony Grant recipients from the professional category are:

Frederik Buyckx | Belgium |  Landscape Winer & Overall Photographer of the Year
Will Burrard-Lucas | UK |  Natural World Winner
George Mayer | Russia |  Portrait Winner
Yuan Peng | China | Sport Winner


Behind the scenes from the project “Libido and Mortido” by George Mayer

2017 Student Grant recipients

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Continuing to engage with the next generation of photographers, three young artists shortlisted in the 2017 Student Focus competition were commissioned to create a new body of work.

Working together as a collective across three continents, the photographers were challenged discover “How photography transforms our encounters with everyday objects?” 

The three photographers are:

Shravya Kag | USA | School of Visual Arts, New York
Tatsuki Katayama | Japan | Kyoto University of Art and Design
Sarah Schrimpf | Germany | Akademie der Bildenden Künste München


2016 Professional Grant recipients

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Three 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Professional category winners: Amélie Labourdette, Maroesjka Lavigne and Nikola Linares were awarded with a Grant to assist the continuation of a personal project. The inaugural Sony grants supported diverse projects including the documentation of young bullfighters in Spain (Linares), landscapes of Iceland and Namibia (Lavigne) and the impact of man on the Tunisian desert (Labourdette).

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