San Diego, CA—The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, organized by the World Photography Organization, are now open for entries. Professional, amateur, youth and student photographers from across the world can enter their best work for free at worldphoto.org. Photographers will compete for a range of cash prizes and the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. Overall winners will be announced at a gala ceremony held in London on April 23, 2015.
Since the launch of the Sony World Photography Awards in 2007, over 700,000 images from 230 countries have been submitted. Seeking the very best in international contemporary photography, the awards have established themselves as one of the leading photography competitions. The most recent winner of the L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title is American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz for her series Shane and Maggie, a powerful and intimate examination of domestic violence as a process.
The winner of the 2015 L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title and the Open Photographer of the Year will both receive cash prizes. All category winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony, and the Student Focus winner will receive cutting-edge Sony digital imaging equipment for his or her university. Winning and shortlisted photographs will also be published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book and exhibited at Somerset House, London.
The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards include the following competitions: Professional, 15 categories judged on a series of work; Open, 10 categories judged on a single image; Youth, three categories for photographers under 20, judged on a single image; and Student Focus, for higher education photography students aged 18–30.
The Open and Youth competitions will close for entries on January 5, 2015 with the exception of the Professional competition, which will close January 8, 2015.
The brief for the 2015 Student Focus competition is to shoot a single image that symbolizes contemporary consumer culture. The image can be sensationalist or low key, but it must be something the photographer feels is a reflection of today’s society. Entries to the Student Focus competition close on December 6, 2014. worldphoto.org