The World Photography Organisation has announced the opening of entries to the2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition.

Now in its ninth year, the awards attract both emerging talent and established artists and present the world’s best contemporary photography from the previous 12 months.  Entries will be accepted in five competitions:  Professional; Open; Youth; National Awards and Student Focus.    For 2016, the 14 Professional categories have been divided into two distinct genres ““ Art and Documentary ““ to provide a clearer structure in which photographers can be recognised.   Both genres also include new category additions, with Art presenting the new Staged and Candid categories and Documentary now including Daily Life and Environment.

Also new this year, British Journal of Photography (BJP), the world’s longest running photography magazine, will partner with the World Photography Organisation and its Student Focus competition, which closes on 4 December.   As part of this partnership, the winning Student Focus photographer will receive an online feature showcasing a body of work on BJP website and will also have the opportunity to take over the magazine’s Instagram feed. The closing date for entries to the Open, Youth, National Awards competitions is 5 January, 2016, while the Professional competition will close a week later.

The awards’ prizes include the latest Sony digital imaging equipment participation in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London, inclusion in the 2016 awards’ book and $30,000 (USD) for the overall winners.  
Photographers interested in entering the competition can do so at, where they will also find full details of the competition.