The World Photography Organisation has announced that the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards is now open for entries. Professional, amateur, youth and student photographers from all over the world can enter their best work for free at www.worldphoto.org. Prizes include a range of cash prizes and the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.
The 2013 winner of the L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year was Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang. She was awarded the prize for her portraits of youth who survived the July 2011 massacre at the youth camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya.
The categories of the 2014 awards are:
- Professional – 15 categories judged on a series of work
- Open – 10 categories judged on a single image
- Youth – three categories for photographers under 20
- Student Focus – for higher education photography students aged 18-30
The key dates for the 2014 awards are:
- 6 December – Student Focus competition closes
- 6 January – Open and Youth competition close
- 9 January – Professional competition closes
- 4 February – shortlist for Professional, Open and Youth competitions revealed
- 18 February – Student Focus shortlist announced
- 18 March – Open and Youth winners revealed
- 31 March – Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient announced
- 30 April – L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year plus Professional category winners and Open, Youth and Student Focus Photographers of the Year revealed at gala awards ceremony held in London
- 1-18 May– 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London
World Photography Organisation (WPO) has also launched a new monthly online magazine at worldphoto.org/the-magazine. Each issue will highlight one topic affecting the photography industry and will include interviews, discussions and interactive webinars on this topic. This month’s theme is Awards. For more information on Sony World Photography Awards and the World Photography Organisation please visit their website.