Deadline: January 7, 2020
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: $5,000, valuable prizes
The Open competition celebrates outstanding standalone images from across the world.
Judges are looking for photographs that are striking, well-crafted and of exceptional quality. Successful images will communicate a visual narrative through excellent technical and creative skills. The Open competition aims to uncover images that show the world around us and to give the opportunity to photographers whose work might otherwise never be seen.
Photographers of all abilities can enter multiple single images to the following categories: Architecture, Culture, Creative, Motion, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel.
Please note that if you enter the Open competition you cannot enter the Professional competition.
The Competition is free to enter.
The Open competition is open to all members of the public.
Images must be taken in 2019.
The photographing of buildings or structures, this can be real or an interpretation of a building but the work must have an intended aesthetic.
Consider this category in the widest meaning of the word, this could include: art, sport, traditional customs, history, festivals, local events and / or celebrations.
A photograph which uses the medium of photography creatively. Technically manipulated images – such as abstract, panoramic, stitched and composite, amongst others – are welcomed.
Capturing movement within a single, still image.
Your view of the physical world. Open wide to interpretation, this category covers landscapes, mountains, glaciers, plants and more.
- Natural World & Wildlife
Images of the natural environment and all within it.
The photographer should clearly show the expression and emotion of the person / group of people being photographed. Normally the subject is aware that the photograph is being taken and there is a relationship between the sitter and the portrait.
- Still Life
Typically depicting inanimate subject matter, often a group or an arrangement of objects devoid of human presence. The approach can be classic or innovative and bold.
- Street Photography
An image that records everyday life in a public space.
Inspiring images from your travels; the journeys may be close to home or further afield.
- Open Photographer of the Year receives $5,000 (USD), a range of Sony digital imaging equipment, flights and accommodation to the Awards ceremony in London and inclusion in Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London
- 10 category winners receive a range of Sony digital imaging equipment, publication in Sony World Photography Awards book and inclusion in the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London
- Shortlisted photographers – works shown on digital screens at Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London