The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, organised by the World Photography Organisation, are now open for entries.

Photographers will compete for a range of cash prizes and the latest cutting edge digital imaging equipment from Sony.   Overall winners will be announced at a gala ceremony held in London on 23 April 2015.

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards include the following competitions:

  • Professional ““ 15 categories judged on a series of work
  • Open ““ 10 categories judged on a single image
  • Youth ““ three categories for photographers under 20. Judged on a single image
  • Student Focus ““ for higher education photography students aged 18-30

The Open and Youth competitions will close for entries at 23.59 GMT on Monday 5 January 2015 with the exception of the Professional competition, which will close at 23.59 GMT on Thursday 8 January 2015.  

The brief for the 2015 Student Focus competition is to shoot a single image that symbolises contemporary consumer culture. The image can be sensationalist or low-key but it must be something the photographer feels is a reflection of today’s society. Entries to the Student Focus competition close on 6 December 2014.  

The key dates for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards are:

  • 6 December 2014 ““ Student Focus competition closes
  • 5 January 2015 ““ Open and Youth competition close
  • 8 January 2015 ““ Professional competition closes
  • 10 February 2015 ““ Shortlist for Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions revealed
  • 17 March 2015 ““ Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient announced
  • 31 March 2015 ““ Open and Youth winners revealed
  • 23 April 2015 ““ L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year plus Professional category winners and Open, Youth and Student Focus Photographers of the Year revealed at gala ceremony held in London
  • 24 April-10 May ““ 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London  

Professional, amateur, youth and student photographers from across the world can enter their best work for free at