Experts from across the photographic industry will come together to decide the best images shot in 2016. They will choose from the awards’ Professional, Open, Youth, National Awards and Student Focus competitions.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on April 20, 2017. Prizes for the competition include the latest Sony digital imaging equipment, inclusion in the 2017 official book plus cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) for the overall Professional winner and $5,000 (USD) for the overall Open winner.
“With the visibility you get in all types of media and the people you meet, the Sony World Photography Awards is a major award in any photographer’s journey and cannot be overlooked. I really enjoyed the experience, which did not stop after the night of the award ceremony but continued throughout the year.”
– Julien Mauve, 2016 Professional Conceptual category winner
The judges of the Professional competition are: Zelda Cheatle (Chair) Curator (UK); Allegra Cordero di Montezemolo, Curator and Head of Exhibitions, Centro de la Imagen, (Mexico); Russ O’Connell, Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine (UK); Aida Muluneh, Founder/Director, Addis Foto Fest (Ethiopia); Denis Curti, Creative Director, Tre Oci Foundation (Italy) and Francoise Callier, Program Director at Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops (France).
The Open and Youth competitions will be chaired by journalist / photographer Damien Demolder (UK), who will also judge the National Awards competition which runs across 61 countries worldwide.
The Student Focus competition will be judged by Andrea Kurland, Editor-in-Chief, Huck (UK), Dan Rubin, Photographer & Creative Director, London (UK) and Jennifer Shaw, Founder and Creative Director, PhotoNOLA (USA).