The Sony World Photography Awards 2022 – All You Need To Know

The World Photography Organisation have announced the dates and judging panel for the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards. The ceremony is set to take place at Somerset House in London in April 2022 and in November, for the first time ever, will be on show in the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool. (Image top of page – Takrim Ahmed, Dockyard Worker, Copyright: © Takrim Ahmed, Bangladesh, entry, Open, Lifestyle, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Entering the 15th year of the competition, the Sony World Photography Awards are cemented as one of the world’s leading photography ceremonies, celebrating the best contemporary photography from around the world.

For both established and emerging artists, the awards offer world-class opportunities for exposure of their work and career-building opportunities. The hosts of the competition, the World Photography Organisation work across 220 countries across the world aiming to raise the conversation levels around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet.

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The Awards additionally recognise the world’s most influential artists working in the medium through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Awards; previous recipients include Martin Parr, William Eggleston, Candida Hofer, Nadav Kander, Gerhard Steidl and Graciela Iturbide.

Distinguished multinational corporation Sony supports the awards to help the continued development of photographic culture by giving a worldwide platform to today’s talented photographers. Entry to the awards is absolutely free and photographers are judged anonymously by a panel filled with some of the industry’s leading judges.

Hardijanto Budyman, Mirror Mirror In The Locker Wall, Copyright: © Hardijanto Budyman, Indonesia, entry, Open, Creative, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

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Exhibition and European Tour Dates

The Sony World Photography Awards exhibition will return to Somerset House from 15th April until 2nd May 2022. This will be followed by the first ever presentation at the Open Eye Gallery from 10th November until 11th December 2022.

Dates for the 2021 exhibition have also been announced which take place in various European venues including:

  • Fotofestival Lenzburg, Switzerland, 3rd September – 3rd October
  • Bern, Austria, Foto Zumstein, 9th September – 6th October
  • Berlin, Germany, Willy-Brandt Haus, 28th October 2021 – 12th January 2022,
  • Paris, France Galerie Joseph, 5th – 15th November

Founder and CEO of the World Photography Organisation, Scott Gray expressed his eagerness for the exhibitions, stating: “We are delighted to once again welcome visitors to exhibitions of the Sony World Photography Awards across Europe and look forward to collaborating with long-time and new partners Somerset House, London and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.

“Although challenging, the last two years have highlighted the importance of the Awards in not just providing a valuable platform for rewards and opportunities but also in bringing together a global community which elevates and champions the extraordinary and creative work of contemporary photographers.”

Vijay Paniselvum, Bugs Mating, Copyright: © Vijay Paniselvum, Malaysia, entry, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

The Judges

This year’s judges will bring vast amounts of knowledge and expertise from different photographic backgrounds.

Professional Competition:

  • Rahaab Allana (Curator and Publisher, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi
  • Angela Ferreira (Artist, Independent Curator, Writer and Educator)
  • Nathalie Herschdorfer (Director, Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland)
  • Deborah Klochko (Executive Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California)
  • Richmond Orlando Mensah (Founder and Creative Director, Manju Journal, Ghana)
  • Mike Trow (Independent Curator and Photo Editor and Chair of the Jury)

Open and Youth Competition:

  • Hideko Kataoka (Director of Photography, Newsweek Japan

Student Competition:

  • Colin Czerwinski (Photographer and Founder, NOICE Magazine, USA)
Arifayan Taiwo, Epe Lagoon, Copyright: © Arifayan Taiwo, Nigeria, entry, Open, Lifestyle, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

Prizes and Deadlines

Deadlines across the Awards’ four competitions are:
Professional: 14th January 2022, 13:00 GMT
Open: 7th January, 13:00 GMT
Student: 30th November 2021, 13:00 GMT
Youth: Monthly competitions with a changing theme running from 1st June to 31st December 2021.

Andre Durao, Rio de Janeiro, The Fatal Kick
Copyright: © Andre Durao, Brazil, entry, Open, Motion, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

All category winner of the Professional, Open, Student and Youth competitions will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be given to the Photographer of the year and $5,000 (USD) to the Open Photographer of the year. All winning and shortlisted photographer’s works will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London and will then be toured across the globe. The winning images will also be published in the annual awards book.

Full competition and categories descriptions can be found at:

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