The Sony World Photography Awards are back! For photographers who are looking to challenge themselves to the next level, this competition is definitely a good consideration for photographers to enter! There are a number of different categories that you can enter, a total of ten categories! Let me share with you more on the Sony World Photography Awards from the media press release information below!

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The Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, together with Sony Singapore, today launches a competition to discover Singapore’s best photographer.

Singapore National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from Singapore. Entries are free via www.worldphoto.org and photographers can enter any of ten categories. The judges will uncover and honour the best single image by a Singaporean national from across these categories. This special award offers an amazing opportunity for budding photographers to have their work seen globally and be recognised alongside the world’s leading photographers.

The winner of Singapore National Award will be announced on 18 March 2015. The winning photographer will receive the latest Sony α7S full frame camera and flown to London to attend the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, while the second and third place winners will receive runner-up prizes. All three photographers will have their work displayed alongside professional photographers from around the globe as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition held in London from 24th of April to 10th of May 2015 and showcased online at www.worldphoto.org. More details of the top three prizes can be found below.

Each year the Sony World Photography Awards celebrates the very best international contemporary photography. The awards include: 15 Professional categories for serious photographers; 10 Open categories for enthusiasts; the Student Focus competition for higher education photography students aged 18-28 and a Youth Competition for photographers under 20.

The winner of Singapore National Award will be chosen from entries to the Open competition of the 2015 Sony Word Photography Awards taken by Singaporean nationals. Once the participant enters the Open competition, he or she will not be able to enter the Youth or Professional competition.

The Open competition includes ten categories:

  •     Architecture
  •     Arts & Culture
  •     Enhanced
  •     Low-light
  •     Nature & Wildlife
  •     Panoramic
  •     People
  •     Smile
  •     Split second
  •     Travel

The competition will close on 5 January 2015. Entries will firstly be judged by WPO’s pre-selection committee and a winner will be decided by a special judging panel including Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation.

Scott Gray, Managing Director of the World Photography Organisation comments, “The Sony World Photography Awards are committed to engaging with and supporting talented photographers from around the globe. It is for this reason that we are thrilled to be able to work closely with Sony Singapore to identify the local photographers that are producing great work and pushing their own creative boundaries, so that we can raise their profile across the globe and provide inspiration to other budding Singaporean photographers.”

Melvin Pang, Head, Marketing Division, Sony Singapore comments, “The National Awards are a great vehicle to recognise talent on a regional basis and it’s extremely interesting to see the different styles emanating from individual countries. We want to support these national talents and provide them with the best cameras and lenses so that they can focus on the creative subjects in front of them.”

The top three prizes for the Singapore National Award are:

1st Place

  • Sony α7S camera with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS
  • A trip to attend Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London
  • Winning image will be showcased as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015
  • Winning image will be showcased on worldphoto.org

2nd Place

  • Sony α7 camera with Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
  • Image will be digitally showcased as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015
  • Image will be showcased on worldphoto.org

3rd Place

  • Sony α6000 with Vario-Tessar T*E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS
  • 12 months WPO advanced membership on worldphoto.org
  • Image will be digitally showcased as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015
  • Image will be showcased on worldphoto.org

* Information and Picture Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and Waggener Edstrom Communications *