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Sony World Photo Awards open for entries, including 3D and movie prizes

By dpreview staff on Jun 1, 2012 at 21:21 GMT

The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards are now open for entries, and include categories for 3D and filmmakers. The competition has categories for both amateur and professional photographers and prizes that include both cash and Sony photographic equipment. Submissions must be received before January 4th 2013, with the professional category closing on January 9th. The student competition provides the chance to win 40,000 worth of Sony equipment for the winner's university.


Press Release:

2013 Sony World Photography Awards is now open for entries!

The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, organised by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), are now open for entries. Each year the Sony World Photography Awards uncover and celebrate the very best in international contemporary photography. To date, over 430,000 photographs from 178 countries have been submitted. Free to enter and judged by leading figures of the photography community, the awards bring worldwide recognition and exposure to its winning and shortlisted photographers. Previous winners include Alejandro Chaskielberg, Simon Norfolk, Paolo Pellegrin, Robin Hammond, Rena Effendi, David Zimmerman and the 2012 L’Iris d’Or recipient, US photographer Mitch Dobrowner.

Widely recognised as the leading global photographic awards programme, the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards include:

Professional competition for serious photographers

Open competition for amateurs and enthusiasts

Student Focus for higher education photography students aged 18-28

Youth competition for photographers under 20

• Moving Image Award for those experimenting with film and narrative formats (will be live later in the year)

3D Award for anyone using 3D technology in photography or video

A full list of competitions and categories can be found in the notes to editors. The competitions close on 4 January 2013, with the exception of the Professional competition which will close on 9 January 2013. All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of prestigious photography professionals from the World Photographic Academy. The shortlist will be announced in February and the winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony in London in late April 2013. The winner of the L’Iris d’Or Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year title will be presented with $25,000 (USD) and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000 (USD). All winners, including category winners, will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. The Student Focus winner will receive €40,000 (Euros) worth of digital imaging equipment from Sony for their university.

All winners, plus many shortlisted photographers, will receive an exhibition of their work at London’s spectacular Somerset House from April – May 2013. The exhibition is part of World Photo London, WPO’s month-long celebration of photography and moving image, which returns to Somerset House for the third consecutive year.

The WPO will also feature the winning work across its website, through international exhibitions and inside the annual Sony World Photography Awards hardcover book.

Scott Gray, Managing Director of the World Photography Organisation, said: “Each year we are astonished at the quality, and volume, of entries. It is fantastic to see such a variety of imagery taken from photographers around the world. We look forward to welcoming this year’s entries into a programme that is built to support those photographers and show their work to a worldwide audience.”

Comments

Total comments: 19
Alexander Savin
By Alexander Savin (Jan 1, 2013)

It seems to be impossible at the moment to upload any 3D images or videos. I've tried multiple times to upload MPO file (as requested, 3mb size), and getting server errors after the image is uploaded.

Uploading video file also fails with "connection reset" server error.

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JMCO
By JMCO (Jun 10, 2012)

Student age limited to 28? But many graduate students are over 28, not to mention older students going back to college at 30, 40, 50+

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jun 4, 2012)

From 1990-2011, WPO MD Scott Gray was MD of Navigant Consulting, where he helped steer government money towards worthy contractors and projects and smooth out contract disputes. Contestants in a photo competition might also benefit from some consultants, except that the stakes are too small to cover the cost.

Such consulting looks like a viable business. In 2011, Navigant's average bill rate was $274 / hour, according to its 10K. $18 hours of consulting would earn one the equivalent of the POY; 100 hours to bag the equivalent of the L'Iiris d'Or.

But photographers prefer honor to money, right? So many of them are vexed over the brand of equipment they use, as if the photo judges new or cared.

Leave money to the mere mortals who build roads or hospitals.

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digitalshooter
By digitalshooter (Jun 3, 2012)

WooHoo!

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Dennishh
By Dennishh (Jun 3, 2012)

Anyone read terms and conditions? Do they own the Copyright if you enter?

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kanaddict
By kanaddict (Jun 3, 2012)

You keep the Copyright, but grant them the right to use the pictures to promote the contest.

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Dennishh
By Dennishh (Jun 3, 2012)

Great,Thanks.

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Jun 2, 2012)

Rupert it might be a Sony creation, but unlike you they are not biased about the camera that takes the winning pictures, it's about art not what camera brand is the best

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Rupert Bottomsworth
By Rupert Bottomsworth (Jun 2, 2012)

Why do you think I'm biased? What a bizarre thing to say.

Comment edited 28 seconds after posting
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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Jun 2, 2012)

Well sorry if I judge too fast but who cares if Sony Nikon or Canon sponsor art or keep photography alive in today's over saturated world, so to answer your question it's sponsored by Sony, sorry for my bizarre reaction.

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Jun 2, 2012)

Yawn.

"Increase your chances..."

Should read

"We just want money... thanks"

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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mhike
By mhike (Jun 2, 2012)

This part is kind of a bummer:
"The Open Competition offers 10 diverse categories for you to enter, ranging from Action to Travel. As a Basic Member, you can enter up to 3 photographs for free, submitted into one category or spread across multiple categories.

Increase your chances by upgrading to Advanced Membership (enter up to 8 images) or Premium Membership (enter up to 20 images).
Find out more about upgrading your membership here. "

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jun 4, 2012)

"Bummer"? Why?

All organizations need member lists and raise money by subscription fees or money paid by sponsors who value the member information for marketing purposes. How can WPO be any different than AARP, Publishers Clearinghouse, or a church?

Only Santa Claus possesses the perfect universal name list and doles out gifts for nothing.

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Rupert Bottomsworth
By Rupert Bottomsworth (Jun 2, 2012)

Is WPO an independent organisation or is it a Sony creation?

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rrizw
By rrizw (Jun 3, 2012)

Independent. but it seem Sony is big sponsor

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jun 4, 2012)

How would an "independent" WPO support itself? Subscriptions paid by members, just like the generouos fees everyone pays to DPR? A "foundation" funded by the EEC and staffed by paramours of eurocrats? An endowment funded by a charity that should really be combating malaria? Help from a consumer electronics giant is about the most logical and suitable funding one could expect.

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XmanX
By XmanX (Jun 1, 2012)

I'm Professional but not serious. Bummer there's no category for me. I feel so left out.

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ahoeflak
By ahoeflak (Jun 1, 2012)

Rest assured, we're all very pleased you're not taking part.

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balonger
By balonger (Jun 8, 2012)

Only Santa Claus possesses the perfect universal name list and doles out gifts for nothing.
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