Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Open Eye Gallery
19 Mann Island
L3 1BP
five people stood in a row wearing traditional clothing in black and white © George Tatakis, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards.


The Sony World Photography Awards 2022 are on at Open Eye Gallery!

Created by the World Photography Organisation and sponsored by Sony, the Awards have run for 16 years, with four main competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student. Bringing together compelling stories from around the globe, the work you see here pushes the boundaries of creativity and shows the depth and versatility of the medium.

The competition categories are as follows:

The Professional Competition

The Professional competition recognises exceptional series across 10 distinct categories: Architecture & Design, Creative, Documentary Projects, Environment, Landscape, Portfolio, Portraiture, Sport, Still Life, Wildlife & Nature. Photographer of the Year is awarded $25,000, global exposure and Sony digital imaging kit.

The Latin America Professional Award

To celebrate the best dynamic and inspiring photographic work currently created in Latin America, the World Photography Organisation and Sony Latin America launched the Latin America Professional Award. The prize is open to all photographers from Latin American countries entering bodies of work to the Professional competition. Since its inception in 2020, the programme has uncovered some of the most interesting and talented photographers from the region and put their work on a local as well as global stage. Photographers receive Sony digital imaging equipment and exposure through a dedicated exhibition touring Latin America.

The Student Competition

The Student competition is open to all students aged 18 to 30 years old enrolled in academic institutions worldwide. Student photographers were challenged to interpret the theme ‘Connections’ and show a story that highlights how they, or someone they have documented, interacts with the world.

Photographer of the Year

Due to the global pandemic, the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition has been online for the past two years, available for audiences around the globe to enjoy on the World Photography Organisation website. On show in this year’s exhibition is 2020 Photographer of the Year Pablo Albarenga’s series Seeds of Resistance. Following this exhibition, Craig Easton, Photographer of the Year of the 2021 Awards, will have a solo exhibition featuring the award-winning series Bank Top, alongside the series Thatcher’s Children.

The Open Competition

The Open competition welcomes photographers – both established and emerging – to submit their striking single images across 10 distinct categories: Architecture, Creative, Motion, Landscape, Lifestyle, Natural World & Wildlife, Object, Portraiture, Street Photography and Travel. Open Photographer of the Year is awarded $5,000, global exposure and Sony digital imaging kit.

The Youth Competition

The 2022 edition of the Youth competition was open to photographers aged 12 to 19 years-old who could submit images relating to a specific theme each month. Running from June to December, the seven themes were Composition and Design, Street Photography, Landscape, Culture and Travel, Wildlife and Nature, Portraiture and an Open Call. Alongside worldwide exposure with today’s leading image-makers, the Youth Photographer of the Year is awarded a range of Sony digital imaging kit.

The Alpha Female Award

The Alpha Female Award stems from the Sony Alpha Universe’s Alpha Female initiative, which focuses on creating opportunities for professional photographers, videographers, and filmmakers to help foster a richer, more diverse industry where all creators can build strong voices and bodies of work.


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