Youth Competition by Sony World Photography Awards

People Photography Youth Competition

Deadline: November 30, 2020
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: valuable prizes, participation in the exhibition, Youth Photographer of the Year Title

The Sony World Photography Awards Youth competition is structured to give more opportunities to young photographers to receive recognition for their imagery.

If you’re aged between 12 to 19 years old you can submit up to three images relating to that month’s theme. Running from July to December, there’ll be six themes to inspire you. Themes will embrace genres such as wildlife, landscape, portraiture, still life and travel.

We’ll be using the hashtag #youthofswpa on our social channels throughout the month to shout about the competition, we encourage you to do the same!

November’s Competition: People

A good portrait gives the viewer a deeper insight into your sitter. Be it studio, candid or even a self-portrait we want to see your pictures of people that evoke, arrest, inspire. Injecting feeling and emotion are key to this month’s competition and a creative eye will also be rewarded.

A family member or friend can be a great subject for this month.

How to enter

  • Select one to three images you’ve taken this year that relate to this month’s 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


Every month a shortlist (including the winner) of up to ten photographers will be celebrated on the World Photography Organisation Instagram feed and blog. The winner will be promoted on our weekly newsletter and then go on to be in with a chance of the overall Youth Photographer of the Year title in April 2021. Not only does the Youth winner receive international recognition and exposure, they’ll also enjoy a range of Sony digital imaging equipment to nurture their vision.


  • Open for entries 1 to 30 November, 2020
  • Winner announced 11 December, 2020
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