Wednesday, 11 December 2013 14:06 , Written by Sue Watiri (Writer)
Are you a recreational photographer or a photography fan? If so, then this is the competition for you! Submit your best work for the chance to become the next Sony Professional Photographer of the Year.
The Sony World Photography Awards,now in its seventh year,are one of the leading photography competitions in the world and it gives international exposure,recognition and opportunity to both its winning and shortlisted photographers.
Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang, winner of the 2013 Sony WorldPhotography Awards Photographer of the Year title, comments: "Winning the L'Iris d'Or was a great recognition and it made my work reach outto a worldwide audience - not only to editors, collectors andpotential collaborators in the business but, most importantly, the everyday readers who were moved and engaged by the images. It opened up new opportunities for me, and was a huge motivation to continue following the stories that I believe in."
In the 2014 awards professional photographers will compete for the coveted title of L'Iris d'Or/Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year, plus a $25,000 (USD) cash prize. Judges will also award the 15 winners for each of the Professional categories for their series of work.
Amateur and enthusiast photographers will contend the Open Photographer of the Year 2014 title, plus a $5,000 (USD) cash prize.The judges will also select the best single winning shot for each of the ten Open categories. In addition, three photographers under 20 years old will be chosen as winners of the Youth competition.
All category winners across the awards will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. Furthermore, the winning and finalist photographers will receive an exhibition of their work at Somerset House, London, from 1-18 May 2014, will be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book and will also be featured across the WPO website.
The shortlists for the 2014 awards will be announced on 4 February,followed by the winners of the Open categories on 18 March. The overall and Professional categories winners will be revealed at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony held in London on 30 April.
The Kenya National Award is new for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards and is open to photographers of all abilities from across the country. Entries are free via