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Sony World Photography Awards 2021 New Categories & Judges

The World Photography Organisation has announced the judging panel for the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 along with several new categories for the competition.

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 © Tom Oldham, United Kingdom, Open Photographer of the Year, Open, Portraiture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

 © Tom Oldham, United Kingdom, Open Photographer of the Year, Open, Portraiture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

 

The popular Sony World Photography Awards is now accepting entries for the 2021 competition where new categories have been announced. Plus, the judging panel has been revealed along with entry deadlines. 

The 2021 Awards introduces new categories across the Professional, Youth and Open competitions and a refreshed theme for the Student competition.

In the Professional competition, a new category for single images is introduced titled Portfolio in which photographers are requested to submit 5-10 images not related to each other in subject matter or narrative but where the photographer’s quality and technical skills are evident and consistent throughout.

The Architecture category has also been expanded to include Design giving photographers the option to showcase exteriors and urban landscapes alongside interiors with an architectural approach.

In the Open competition, two new categories have been introduced: Lifestyle and Object. Lifestyle features editorial, fashion or family images of people in situations or events taken in an artistic manner while Object presents images depicting inanimate subject matters. This can include photography for commercial and advertising purposes but must show the photographer’s artistic approach.

In the Youth competition monthly themes have all been updated to include the following:

  • Composition and Design (July)
  • Culture (August)
  • Natural World & Wildlife (September)
  • Street Life (October)
  • People  (November)
  • Show Us Your World (December)
     

For the first brief in the Student competition, entrants are being asked to submit images under the theme of Building a Better Future which showcases the stories of people who are working towards creating a better future for all.

 

© Hsien-Pang Hsieh, Taiwan, Youth Photographer of the Year, Youth, Street photography, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

© Hsien-Pang Hsieh, Taiwan, Youth Photographer of the Year, Youth, Street photography, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

 

This year’s jury brings a range of knowledge and expertise from varied photographic backgrounds and includes:

  • Professional Competition: Mike Trow, Independent Curator and Photo Editor and Chair of the Jury; Natasha Egan, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP); Sunyoung Kim, Curator, Museum of Photography Seoul, South Korea; Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director, African Artists Foundation; Lindsay Taylor, Curator, University of Salford Art Collection; and Hannah Watson, Director, Trolley Books and TJ Boulting.
  • Open and Youth Competition: Gastón Deleau, Director, FOLA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Student Competition: Kate Simpson, Assistant Editor, Aesthetica Magazine.

 

Deadlines for submission across the Awards’ four competitions are:

  • Professional: 14 January 2021
  • Open: 7 January 2021
  • Youth: each monthly theme will run from the first day of the month to the last (1 July - 31 December 2021).
  • Student: 30 November 2020 (first brief) 

Visit the Sony World Photography Awards website for more information. 

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