The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, organised by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), are now open for entries.

The awards are open to photographers at all levels, with special categories for professional and amateur photographers, students and photographers experimenting with film and narrative formats as well as those using 3D technology in photography or video.

The competitions close on 4 January 2013, with the exception of the Professional competition which will close on 9 January 2013. All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of prestigious photography professionals from the World Photographic Academy. The shortlist will be announced in February and the winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony in London in late April 2013.

The winner of the L’Iris d’Or Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year title will be presented with $25,000 (USD) and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000 (USD).  All winners, including category winners, will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.  The Student Focus winner will receive €40,000 (Euros) worth of digital imaging equipment from Sony for their university.  A full list of rules and prizes for each competition can be found at