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2020 Youth competition

Seven competitions, seven chances: this year’s format for our Youth competition gives you more opportunities to be the next Youth Photographer of the Year. 

If you’re aged between 12-19 years old, you’re can submit up to three images relating to a specific theme each month. Each competition starts on the first and ends on the last day of that month. Running from June to December, they’ll be seven themes to inspire you. 
We’ll be updating this page with each month’s theme. For those that need a bit of inspiration, we’ll be sharing some great photographs relating to that month’s theme to spark your creativity. You don’t have to enter every month but the more times you do take part, the greater the chance you have of being awarded that exciting Youth Photographer of the Year as the seven monthly winners will then compete to win the prestigious title – announced in April 2020.


December's competition

open for entries from December 1 to 31, 2019 WINNER ANNOUNCED January 10, 2019

The Sony World Photography Awards embraces the diversity of photography so this month, our last monthly youth competition for the 2020 Awards, we've decided to make it an OPEN CALL!

Rather than limiting this month's competition to a single theme, we're asking you to enter your favorite photographs taken in 2019. You can submit up to three photographs depicting any subject matter, shot in any style and on any device. So what are you waiting for? You've got until December 31 to enter your best architecture, portrait, documentary, wildlife, landscape. street images – to name just a few! 

  • Select your favorite single images from the past year and share them with the judges. The jury will consider all photographic styles and topics, but are looking for standout works that catch their eye and imagination.


One winner and a shortlist will be announced on the World Photography Organisation’s social media and the winner will also be featured on our weekly newsletter. Share your images with us on Instagram by using the hashtag #youthofswpa.

How to enter

  • Read this month’s competition theme and select one to three images relating to that theme

  • Register or login to your account

  • Navigate to the competition section and select Youth 

  • Read the checklist below to ensure your submission will upload successfully

  • Upload one to three images relating to that month’s competition theme

Before you enter checklist

Before you enter make sure all of your images are:

  • JPG format and saved at quality 10 or above, or the maximum quality possible (depending on which software you use)

  • That your image is between 1-5 MB

  • Your image is set to the sRGB color mode (just make sure the mode is not CMYK)

  • Don’t forget! This competition is open to 12 to 19 year olds, if you’re over 19 why not considering Student, Open or Professional competitions

If you’re not entirely sure how to resize or reformat your images have a search online, there are loads of great resource immediately available to help you out. If for some reason your photographs aren’t uploading to the World Photography Organisation website, please double check your images are JPEG format and try again. If you’re still having trouble, contact us here


  • Before you get started we recommend studying these successful photographs from the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. Take note of the composition, approach and post-processing to really consider why each photographs were regarded as a successful image by the judging panel.   



Themes, deadlines and announcements

All you need to know

All competitions close on the last day of each month at 13:00 (BST)

June competition: LANDSCAPE, open for entries from June 1 to 30 23.59.59 BST

July competition: ENVIRONMENT, open for entries from July 1 to 31 23.59.59 BST

August competition: NATURE & WILDLIFE, open for entries from August 1 to 31 23.59.59 BST

September competition: TRAVEL, open for entries from September 1 to 30 23.59.59 BST

October competition: PORTRAITURE, open for entries from October 1 to 31 23.59.59 GMT

November competition: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY, open for entries from November 1 to 30 23.59.59 GMT

December competition: OPEN CALL - YOUR FAVORITE IMAGE FROM 2019, open for entries from December 1 to 31 23.59.59 GMT

Click on the competition theme below to enter your images to the Youth competition!