Submissions for the 13th edition of the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards are now open and free for all to enter.

This image comes from the winning portfolio of Italian artist Federico Borella’s powerful photographic essay on the human effects of climate change in Tamil Nadu, India.  © Federico Borella, winner of the Professional, Documentary (Professional), Photographer of the Year award for 2019, Sony World Photography Awards.

This year sees the addition of a new Environment category in the professional competition, which will challenge artists to address environmental concerns affecting the world today, and winning and shortlisted photographers are given a global platform upon which to showcase their work. The new Youth competition will give young photographers aged 12 – 19, the opportunity to enter up to three single images per month from June – December 2019. Each month will have a different theme and judges will select one winner and a shortlist per month. The seven monthly winners will then compete to be named Youth Photographer of the Year.

In addition to the Professional and Youth competitions, the 2020 Awards includes the Open competition, rewarding outstanding single images across ten categories, and the Student competition, for photography students worldwide. The National Awards program also runs in 60+ countries and celebrates local photographic talent.  The Awards are judged anonymously, giving all photographers across the world equal opportunity to be seen by juries of industry leading experts and win. A total prize fund of US$60,000, plus Sony digital imaging equipment, is shared between winning photographers, with many also being flown to London to attend the annual awards ceremony. All shortlisted photographers are given exposure via the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, which opens in London before touring globally.

Click here for full details of all the competitions and categories.