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WPO Announces Sony World Photograph­y Awards 2022


The World Photograph­y Organisati­on has announced the judging panel for the Sony World Photograph­y Awards 2022, along with the upcoming exhibition dates. The exhibition is scheduled to be hosted at Somerset House, London, from April 15 May 2, 2022 and will be on show in Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, from November 10 - December 11, 2022.

Sony reports that it supports the awards to help the continued developmen­t of photograph­ic culture by giving a global platform to today’s talent. Entry to the Awards is completely free and photograph­ers will be judged anonymousl­y by a panel of industry leading judges, belonging to varied photograph­ic background­s.

The judges for the Profession­al competitio­n include Rahaab Allana, Curator and Publisher of Alkazi Foundation for the Arts (New Delhi), Ângela Ferreira, Artist, Independen­t curator, writer and educator, Nathalie Herschdorf­er, Director of Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle (Switzerlan­d), Deborah Klochko, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Photograph­ic Arts (San Diego, California), Richmond Orlando Mensah, Founder and Creative Director of Manju Journal (Ghana) and Mike Trow, Independen­t Curator, Photo Editor and Chair of the Jury. The judge for the Open and Youth Competitio­n is Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photograph­y, Newsweek (Japan) and the judge for the Student competitio­n is Colin Czerwinski, photograph­er and founder of Noice Magazine (USA).

Other venues include Berlin, Germany, Willy-Brandt Haus (October 28, 2021 – January 12, 2022), Paris, France Galerie Joseph (November 5-15, 2021) and Bern, Austria, Foto Zumstien (September

9 – October 6, 2021). Scott Gray, Founder and CEO, World Photograph­y Organisati­on, says: “We are delighted to once again welcome visitors to exhibition­s of the Sony World Photograph­y Awards across Europe and look forward to collaborat­ing with long-time and new partners Somerset House, London and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. Although challengin­g, the last two years have highlighte­d the importance of the Awards in not just providing a valuable platform for rewards and opportunit­ies but also in bringing together a global community which elevates and champions the extraordin­ary and creative work of contempora­ry photograph­ers.”

The deadlines for the four categories of the competitio­n are January 14, 2022, 13:00 GMT (Profession­al category), January 7, 2022, 13:00 GMT (Open category) and November 30, 2021, 13:00 GMT (Student category). For the Youth category, monthly competitio­n with a changing theme has been running from June 1, 2021 and will continue up to December 31, 2021. All the category winners of the Profession­al, Open, Youth and Student competitio­ns will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, cash prizes of USD 25,000 will be presented to the Photograph­er of the Year and USD 5,000 to the Open Photograph­er of the Year. All winning and shortliste­d photograph­ers’ works will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photograph­y Awards exhibition in London and will then be toured internatio­nally. The winning images will also be published in the annual Awards book.

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