The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the largest and most prestigious photography competitions in the world. The awards look at the best contemporary photography worldwide, and the awards offer participating photographers international exposure and many career opportunities.
Sony supports the awards to contribute to the further development of photography culture by providing a global platform for contemporary talent. Entry to the awards is free and photographers are judged anonymously by a panel of leading judges.
The World Photography Organization recently announced the jury, awards and exhibition elements for the Sony World Photography Awards 2023. This year’s prize will be $5,000 to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and a new solo presentation for the Photographer of the Year.
From 14 April to 1 May 2023, this organization returns to Somerset House in London and presents several exhibitions highlighting different photographers. The 2022 Awards exhibition will continue the international tour in 2022. The 2022 Awards will include the first ever at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California (October 8, 2022 – March 19, 2023) and the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, UK (10 . November – 11 December 2022).
The jury for the Sony World Photography Awards 2023 includes a wide range of knowledge and expertise and has diverse photographic backgrounds:
- Mariama Attah, Exhibition Manager at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
- Tandazani Dhlakama, Assistant Curator at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
- Elisa Medde, editor-in-chief, FOAM Magazine, The Netherlands
- Ioana Mello, independent curator and photo editor; Director, FotoRio, Brazil
- Sujong Song, independent curator and photo editor; Co-founder of Seoul Lunar Festival,
- Republic of Korea
- Mike Trow, independent curator and photo editor and chairman of the jury
Open and Youth Competition
- Eric Schlosser, Art Director, Tbilisi Art Fair, Georgia
- Eliza Williams, Editor, Creative Review, UK
NEW IN 2023
The Sustainability Award
This year, the World Photography Organization is launching a brand new award to celebrate stories, people and organizations whose actions advance one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It can be images of climate change, ecological technologies and innovations, or a celebration of individuals and groups committed to making a difference in the world.
This sustainability award rewards the winning photographer with a cash prize of $5,000 and a presentation of their project as part of the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London. All photographers participating in the professional competition are eligible for this award.
Solo presentation of the photographer of the year
In 2023, the Photography Organization will also introduce the new prize element for Photographer of the Year. In addition to the $25,000 cash prize, a collection of Sony camera equipment, inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition and book, the winner will also be awarded a solo presentation of their work as part of the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London this year 2024. This opportunity allows photographers to further develop their winning project or showcase brand new work, gain additional exposure and advance their careers. The first of these presentations is dedicated to the work of Photographer of the Year 2022 Adam Ferguson (Australia) and will take place during the exhibition at Somerset House in April 2023. Youth Competition Format
Youth Photographer of the Year
The Sony World Photography Awards 2023 also introduces a new format for the youth competition: anyone under the age of 19 can enter and will be asked to submit up to three images under the theme Your Everyday. The jury selects a shortlist of 10 photographers who will compete for the title of Youth Photographer of the Year.
EXHIBITION DATES 2023 AND INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES 2022
In 2023, the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition will open from 14 April to 1 May 2023 at Somerset House, London.
Following the exhibition in London and a later presentation in Tokyo, the World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition will travel to various international locations:
- Lenzburg, Switzerland, Lenzburg Photo Festival, 27 August – 2 October 2022
- Milan, Italy, Fondazione Stelline, 14 September – 30 October 2022
- Buenos Aires, Argentina, artexarte, 27 September – 23 October 2022
- San Diego, USA, Museum of Photographic Arts, October 8, 2022 – March 19, 2023
- Berlin, Germany, Willy-Brandt-Haus, 21 October 2022 – 15 January 2023
- Liverpool, UK, Open Eye, 10 November – 11 December 2022
2023 PRICES AND DEADLINES
The Sony World Photography Awards started on June 1, 2022. Full competition and category descriptions can be found at worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards
The deadlines for the four competitions of the awards are:
- Professional: 13 January 2023, 13:00 GMT (only 21 days left)
- Open: 6 January 2023, 13:00 GMT (only 14 days left)
- Students: 30 November 2022, 13:00 GMT (Closed)
- Youth: 6 January 2023, 13:00 GMT (only 14 days left)
All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student competitions will receive camera equipment from Sony. Additionally, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be awarded to Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) to Open Photographer of the Year. The work of all the winning and shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London and will then tour internationally. The winning photos are also published in the annual prize book. The overall winners will be announced on April 13, 2023.
Youth Photographer of the Year 2022
In 2022, Ezra Bohm won the award as youth photographer of the year. With this, he won no less than €30,000 in Sony equipment for his school, The Dutch Academy for Image Creation.
Ezra searches for the meaning of ‘human identity’ in his photography. ‘Who are we?’ “What made us who we are?” “What kind of life has formed us?” “How can a trained mind help us on this journey?” To find an answer to this, Ezra photographs history, culture and tries to capture the spiritual consciousness of man.