Sony World Photography Awards Launches UK And Irish National Awards

The World Photography Organisation is delighted to announce that the UK and Irish National Awards are now open for entries. A longstanding part of the Sony World Photography Awards, the National Awards provide the unique opportunity for entrants of all levels, from more than 50 countries, to be recognized in an internationally renowned photography competition.

UK and Irish photographers who enter any of the Sony World Photography Awards’ ten Open categories will be automatically entered into the National Awards. Judges are looking for single images across categories including Architecture, Travel, Culture and Street Photography (see full list below).

The winner of the National Awards will not only receive Sony Imaging kit the image will be promoted globally and shown at the annual Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London, April 2019.

Now in its 12th year, the Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the finest contemporary photography from the past 12 months across all genres of the medium. All entries are free at www.worldphoto.org/swpa. The Awards’ winning and shortlisted photographers can enjoy worldwide recognition and exposure in addition to cash prizes, the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony and inclusion in global exhibitions.

Announced today, the Awards is judged by a leading international panel of photography industry experts from across museums, publishing, media and festivals. The Open, Youth and National Awards competition’s Chair is Rebecca McClelland, Photography Director & Head of Art Production for Saatchi Saatchi & Prodigious (UK).

For full biographies please go to: https://www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards/judges

Offering words of advice to entrants, 2019 Professional Competition Chair, Mike Trow says:

“What makes the Sony World Photography Awards so exciting is the range of subjects and global reach of the stories and images selected. My advice for entrants is to choose your categories carefully and believe in your story. Show how you see the world, and avoid cliché. Photography techniques and styles are getting more adventurous and dynamic, so technical excellence is also necessary. To impress this world-leading panel of judges will take your best output, and the ability to edit your work so it is coherent, dynamic and beautiful.”

Forthcoming deadlines and announcements

The closing dates for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards are:

  • November 30, 2018 (13.00 GMT) – Student competition
  • January 4, 2019 (13.00 GMT) – Open, Youth and National Award competitions
  • January 11, 2019 (13.00 GMT) – Professional competition

The Open and Youth shortlist for the Awards will be announced on February 5, 2019. The Open and National Awards winners will be announced February 26, 2019. The Professional and Student competitions’ shortlist will be announced on April 2, 2019. The Photographer of the Year, Overall Open, Student, Youth and Professional category winners will be announced April 17, 2019.



Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He also has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He also has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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