London, UK—The World Photography Organization (WPO) announced a last call for entries for the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photographic awards programs. It also name Heathrow Express as the official travel partner for the awards and the World Photo London festival in April 2013.
There is just one month remaining for professional and amateur photographers from around the world to select and enter their best images of the year. Professional photographers will compete for the title of L’Iris d’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year 2013, plus a $25,000 cash prize. Amateur photographers will contend for the Open Photographer of the Year 2013 title, plus $5,000.
All category winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. Plus, both winning and short-listed photographers across the competition categories receive worldwide recognition and exposure as a result of the awards.
“The awards allow you to reach a much wider audience, they open doors and enable you to take advantage of opportunities that otherwise might not be available,” said British photographers Palmer + Pawel, 2012 category winners. “Winning the Professional Sport category not only allowed us to gain more exposure, but it also resulted in us being funded to carry out our Sao Paulo Nights project; we shot the first part when we were invited by Sony Brazil to the city to talk about our work.”
The 2013 winning and finalist photographers will receive an exhibition of their work at Somerset House, one of London’s historical landmarks, from April through May 2013. They will also be featured across the WPO website, and all winners as well as a selection of short-listed photographers will be published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards hardcover book.
The deadline for entries for the 10 Open categories, for amateurs and enthusiasts, is January 4, 2013. The Professional competition, with 15 categories, closes on January 9, 2013. All entries are free via worldphoto.org and the short list will be revealed on February 5, 2013.
The 2013 Honorary Jury, who will judge the professional competition, is chaired by leading American agency director and newly appointed Magnum Foundation director, Catherine Chermayeff. The panel comprises photography professionals from the World Photographic Academy, including: travel photographer Macduff Everton; Guardian picture editor Fiona Shields; Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang; and director of the Moscow House of Photography, Olga Sviblova. worldphoto.org