Sony World Photography Awards 2013 - Open Competition
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Are you an amateur photographer or a photography enthusiast? If so, then this is the competition for you!
The Open Competition offers 10 diverse categories for you to enter, ranging from Action to Travel. As a Basic Member, you can enter up to 3 photographs for free, submitted into one category or spread across multiple categories.
Increase your chances by upgrading to Advanced Membership (enter up to 8 images) or Premium Membership (enter up to 20 images).
Find out more about upgrading your membership here.
Photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to enter this competition where great imagery is everything, and creativity is the key ingredient!
Please note once you enter this competition you will not be able to enter the Youth Award or Professional Competition.
Architecture offers rich, exotic and diverse photographic possibilitie...
Arts and Culture covers a broad range of subjects – from theatre and m...
Digitally enhancing your photographs has never been more accessible, w...
Capture the ultimate high-speed moment that will be gone in split seco...
Pick up your tripod, crank up your ISO settings and make the most of t...
Venture off in to the great outdoors, do some exploration and put your...
Often referred to as wide format photography, panoramic photography re...
Go beyond the traditional photographic portrait to document one of the...
Smile and the world smiles with you. You’ve heard the saying, but c...
Awaken your curiosity and create exciting images of your adventures, w...
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1.1 By entering the Competition You hereby accept these Competition Rules and the Terms and Conditions.
1.2 .1 The Competition is free to enter.
1.2.2 The Open Competition is open to all members of the public.
1.3 Entries must be submitted by 11.59:59pm (GMT) on Friday 4th January 2013.
2. To enter, You must upload Your image via the following website: www.worldphoto.org (the "Website"), following the on-screen instructions carefully.
2.1 Images must be taken in 2012 and entries should be based on the Categories outlined, information on which can be found on the Website.
3.1 Entries will be judged between the 9th January 2013 and the 31st January 2013.
3.2 A shortlist of up to ten photographers from each category will be selected and announced prior to the Gala Ceremony and the overall winners will be announced during the Ceremony in April 2013.
3.3 The individual category winners and the winner of the Sony World Photography Awards, Open Photographer of the Year will be voted for by the Academy. The overall winner, the Open Photographer of the Year, will be notified by email and will receive return flights to London (economy class) and hotel accommodation, for two consecutive nights including the night of Awards presentation in London, April 2013.
3.4 The decision of the Academy and the WPO is final and no negotiation will be entered into with respect to any such decision.
3.5 Each entrant can submit up to three images for free. The images entered can be entered in different categories or all images can be entered into a single category. Judging will be based on the single image and not the series of images.
4.1 WPO reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any entry that does not comply with the following requirements, even after the entry is submitted on the Website. You warrant and represent, in respect of each entry submitted by You (“Entry”), as follows:
4.1.1 You are the sole owner and author of each Entry
4.1.2 You have the right to make Your entry available to the Competition
4.1.3 Each Entry does not contain personally identifiable information about You or any other person(s)
4.1.4 Each Entry does not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libellous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content
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220.127.116.11 trademarks owned by third parties
18.104.22.168 copyrighted materials owned by third parties (including movie dialogue or musical compositions)
22.214.171.124 names, likenesses, voices or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead
4.1.7 Entries which contain any commercial content that promotes any product or service other than that of WPO.
4.1.8 Entries containing screen credits
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5.1 If you are under 16, you have Your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to participate in the Competition.
5.2 If WPO does not receive a valid signed parental or legal guardian consent form for any winner under the age of 16 within 7 clear days of the contestant being declared a winner (excluding the day on which such declaration is made by WPO) WPO will be entitled to select an alternative winner from among the contestants.
6 WPO may run an online rating process whereby members of the public may vote for a favourite photograph. If there is sufficient evidence (in WPO’s sole discretion) to suggest malpractice and manipulation of the rating process, then WPO has the right to remove the relevant Entry or Entries and, if necessary, award the prize to a different contestant. WPO’s decisions are final.
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(a) judging the Competition
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(d) inclusion within any materials promoting of the Competition and / or any exhibition organised by WPO, in the promotion of the WPO
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(f) sub-licencing the Entries to the press for reproduction in connection with the Competition and any exhibition
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8. Any photograph used by WPO shall carry a credit line. Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as WPO uses its reasonable endeavours to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure.
9 You acknowledge that it is your responsibility for protecting any Entry against image misuse by any third party, for example, but not limited to the insertion of a watermark. WPO and its Event Partners assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse.
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13. All entrants must be able to supply a high resolution image suitable for printing in media and an exhibition should the image be required.
14. There are no cash alternatives available for prize winners.
15. Winners will be announced online.
Promoter: World Photography Awards Limited, 9 Manchester Square, London.
Filippo Di Rosa, Italy, Architecture, Open Winner, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Architecture offers rich, exotic and diverse photographic possibilities; from pencil sketches to 3D virtual models, basic domestic spaces to grand estates, dated office blocks to state of the art sports grounds. Capture buildings from different angles and perspectives to convey their vast scale, the beauty of their geometry, or a minute detail that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Sanket Khuntale, India, Arts & Culture, Open Winner, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Arts and Culture
Arts and Culture covers a broad range of subjects – from theatre and musicals, gigs and dance, to film, literature and the visual arts (photography, video, installation). This category invites images of everything from passive consumers as well as performers, to those working behind the scenes, in productions from Bollywood to Broadway. Find your inspiration and explore the many delights of arts and culture to be found across our vast planet.
Victor Vargas Villafuerte, Mexico, Enhanced, Open Winner, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Digitally enhancing your photographs has never been more accessible, with modern technology providing boundless prospects for stunning post-production effects to be achieved. Apply your technical skills and explore the possibilities of enhancing your photographs.
Capture the ultimate high-speed moment that will be gone in split second. Don’t just think sport for this category, think anything that moves and make sure to have your shutter speed adjusted. Capturing high-speed movement and split second action is tricky; it requires technical skill, patience and imagination to find the perfect moment that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Natalia Belentsova, Russia, Low Light, Open Winner, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Pick up your tripod, crank up your ISO settings and make the most of those challenging low light photographic opportunities. Even the most dimly lit scene has got the potential to produce a great photograph, but the trick is to experiment in order to capture that perfect low light moment.
Giovanni Frescura, Italy, Open Winner, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Nature & Wildlife
Venture off in to the great outdoors, do some exploration and put your skills to the test! Nature and Wildlife photography is regarded as being one of the more challenging fields of photography and refers to a wide range of photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as wildlife, insects, plants, and close-ups of nature's intricate patterns and textures.
Denise Worden, USA, Panoramic, Open Winner, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Often referred to as wide format photography, panoramic photography requires technique, patience, skill and the right tools. Some cameras enable you to create a panoramic in just one sweep, but alternatively, to create the ideal panoramic shot you must use special equipment and software to stitch your panoramic image together. Think cityscapes, landscapes and infinite views of stunning scenery to impress the judges in this tricky category.
Ana Gregorič, Slovenia, People, Open Winner, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Go beyond the traditional photographic portrait to document one of the most photographed of subjects, people. Photographs of people in different contexts can offer diverse and interesting social, cultural and aesthetic qualities, more so perhaps than other subjects. Observe the world around you and find your inspiration amongst the billions of faces that make up the people of the world today.
Piotr Stasiuk, Poland, Open Winner, Smile, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Smile and the world smiles with you. You’ve heard the saying, but capturing the joy in a natural smile at that perfect moment isn’t always easy. Search amongst the smiles around you for a photograph that communicates the valuable emotion of happiness.
Krzysztof Browko, Poland, Travel, Open Winner, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Awaken your curiosity and create exciting images of your adventures, whether close to home or in exotic far away lands. Capture the mood of a city, the tranquillity of a countryside, the marvel of natural wonders, the intrigue of abandoned places or the action of cultural traditions and everyday life. Discover the world and share your passion for photography through your travels.