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Sony World Photography Awards launch hunt to uncover UK’s best photographer

Press release   •   Oct 08, 2014 09:00 BST

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

The UK National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from the UK. Entries are free via and photographers can enter any of ten categories. The judges, including Nigel Atherton, Editor in Chief at Amateur Photographer, will uncover and honour the best single image by a photographer from the United Kingdom 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 the UK National Award will be announced on 18 March 2015.  The winning photographer will receive the latest photographic equipment from Sony, while two further photographers will receive runners-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 24 April to 10 May 2015 and showcased online at

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 the UK National Award will be chosen from entries to the Open competition of the 2015 Sony Word Photography Awards taken by UK nationals.

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 judging panel including Nigel Atherton, Editor in Chief at Amateur Photographer and 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's UK office 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 UK photographers."

Yann Salmon-Legagneur, Head of Strategic Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe 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.” 

Notes to editors

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  • The UK National Award is open for entries and will close at 23.59 GMT on Monday 5 January 2015.
  • The Sony World Photography Awards and the UK National Award are free to enter.  All images submitted must have been shot in 2014. Full conditions of entry are available at

·  Images from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards are available via the World Photography Organisation press centre. Please register at
About World Photography Organisation (WPO)
WPO supports professional, amateur and young photographers, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends across all genres of photography. Delivering various initiatives to this global community, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating events for the public to participate in. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are: the Sony World Photography Awards; the World Photography Student Focus Competition and Youth on Assignment. In addition the WPO have recently launched Photo Shanghai, Asia-Pacific’s premiere international Art Fair focused on photography and The Magazine, a monthly online publication where photography is explored, debated and discussed.  WPO also has a thriving online presence via its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and engages its online audience via regular PhotoTALK discussions. For more information please visit

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