If you haven’t heard about the Sony World Photography Awards prepare to be impressed.


So what actually is it?

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is simple: to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world. Photographers of all abilities are invited to submit their best shots. The images are judged and the awards offer an unparalleled opportunity for exposure. It allows for photographers at all stages of their career to become known worldwide by industry leaders. This year saw 173,444 entries from 171 different countries.
[paraphrased from worldphoto.org]

There is 5 different entry levels. I’ll only be focussing on the main three; Professional, Open and Youth.

At the moment the World Photo site has a lot of traffic which makes it slightly hard to access. If you are able to get on there have an amazing look around. I found these 18 photos truly amazing and that’s why I’ve shared them.




* © each respective artist.

I have no doubt you’ll find something in the shortlist that you think is truly outstanding, even if you don’t agree with my above selection.

What makes a lot of these works even more impressive is the stories behind each moment captured. 171 countries offered works for this award, and it’s so engaging to see things someone else’s eyes. This is award is the “largest and most comprehensive photography competition in existence today” and it’s not hard to see why. The World Photography Organisation does an amazing job in this world for creative individuals.

I have enormous respect for the World Photography Organisation due to their incredible support for professional, amateur and young photographers. It’s become a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends across all genres of photography. It’s even more impressive that they offer such an outstanding award. (without an entry fee)

※ Liam Barr

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