2012 01 06 Sony World Photography Awards 2012; Professionals

The Competition


World Photography Awards


The World Photography Organisation delivers various initiatives and programmes across the global photographic community under the "World Photography" brand. These programmes involve the amateur and professional photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the photographic industry.

Current programmes include the Sony World Photography Awards, proudly sponsored by Sony; the Student Focus Programme; the World Photography Festival, the World Photography Collection and the Focus Award.

Judged by the World Photography Academy, the Sony World Photography Awards' mission is to discover talent across many diverse fields of photography and to unveil captivating stories photographed by people around the globe. We aim to support photographers beyond just receiving their award; once discovered, winners gain unparalleled exposure and promotion through our annual marketing campaign, publication across international media, global exhibitions, publication inside the annual Sony World Photography Awards book and are featured across the WPO website.

Sony World Photography Awards; Professional Competition

Entry Start; 1 June 2011  Entry Close 6 January 2012


Are you a serious photographer with a true passion for the job? Do you understand the craft of taking pictures, documenting a story, conceptualising an idea, capturing emotions and evoking a response from those who view the finished product?

Submit your best work for the chance to become the next Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year and win our most coveted prize, the L’Iris d’Or, along with prize money of $25,000. 

The Professional Competition has 15 diverse categories spread across 3 genres of photography: Fine Art, Commercial, Photojournalism & Documentary.

Important points to note:

  • Submissions must be based on a body of work.
  • Each photographer may submit a minimum of 3 images and a maximum of 10 images in to each Professional category. 
  • Photographs submitted in to a category must be from the same body of work and will be judged as such.
  • Images entered in to the Professional Competition must have been completed or first published in 2011.
  • First published in 2011, means that the photographs entered may have been taken before 2011 but due to having been commissioned by a client to be published in 2011, have not been publicly exhibited or published in any online or print media before 2011. For more details see the rules below.

For further information and to enter your work to the Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition please the competition website.

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