Sony World Photography Awards
Open & National Winners
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards are one of the most important fixtures on the global photographic calendar.
The Awards are now in their 12th year and consist of four competitions in total: Professional (for a body of works), Open (for a single image), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (for 12-19 year olds). The 12th edition saw a record-breaking 326,997 submissions by photographers from 195 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.
The 2019 winners have been announced for both the Open and National categories and we’re pleased to showcase them here.
Spanning ten genres, the Open category is judged on a single entry. Selected from a record-breaking number of entries submitted from 195 countries and territories, the judges have rewarded ten exceptional single images that each fit the brief of the diverse categories.
© Philippe Sarfati | France | Architecture
© Pan Jianhua | China | Culture
© Martin Stranka | Czech Republic | Creative
© Christy Lee Rogers | USA | Motion
© Hal Gage | USA | Landscape
© Tracey Lund | UK | Natural World and Wildlife
© Richard Ansett | UK | Portraiture
© Rachel Yee Laam Lai | Hong Kong | Still Life
© Carole Pariat | France | Street Photography
© Nicolas Boyer | France | Travel
The winning photographers come from a broad range of countries and backgrounds and include full-time professional photographers, photographers who have recently converted from other careers, and enthusiasts alike.
The ten Open category winners will now go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year, winning $5,000 (USD). This photographer, along with the Professional categories’ winners, will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on April 17.
National Award winners
Now in its seventh year, the National Awards demonstrates the World Photography Organisation and Sony’s commitment to supporting local photographic talent by recognising the work of photographers from 62 countries and promoting it on a global scale. With winners from Myanmar to Peru, Mexico to Vietnam, the National Awards offer a unique opportunity for photographers of all abilities showcase their work.
You can see the full gallery of National Award Winners on the World Photography Organisation website below.
The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
The exhibition will feature more than 800 photographs on show at Somerset House, London, from the 18th April to the 6th May. Winning and shortlisted images from the Award’s four competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student, will be spread across the East and West Wings of the venue. A unique curation of images by the Awards’ 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Nadav Kander will be exhibited in the East Wing.
18th April - 6th May 2019
Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 21:00, Sat - Sun: 10:00 - 20:00