As one of the largest photographic events existing today, the Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA), reach far beyond an awards programme for the still image. The SWPA is a
convergence of festival events, focused photographic agendas, exhibitions, awards schemes, student programmes and an industry-led gala evening ceremony which marks the pinnacle of the week-long event held in April 2009.
From fine art to applied photography in fashion, advertising and sport to humanistic and documentary photography of people,social, cultural and current affairs to the environmental image of landscape, wildlife and ecology, there are few subjects or genres left undiscovered. The celebration of the still image – its roots, conception, adaptation and continuous evolution – is a constant parallel, unifying all categories of the Sony World Photography Awards.
The Sony World Photography Awards are entirely international,welcoming amateur and professional photographers from across the globe to submit their photographs into a highly competitive awards programme.
As an entering professional photographer, you will be judged by the World Photographic Academy in the hopes of being recognized by leading industry figures and taking the stage in Cannes to receive one of the 12 prestigious category awards and, the most coveted prize, L’iris d’Or, given to The Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year, with the recipient taking, amongst other things, prize money of $25,000.
As an amateur photographer, you also have the opportunity to be judged by the World Photographic Academy in the hopes of taking the stage in Cannes to receive one of the most sought after prizes in the competition: The Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Year.
Deadline for submissions: December 4th, 2009
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