Calling all budding
Have you got what it takes to be the next Ezra Stoller? The Sony World Photography Awards - the global competition which honours both professional and amateur photographers - is inviting all budding photographers of architecture to submit their work for the 2009 SWPA Architecture amateur category. Our built environment has long been a subject of innovative photography, and this is your chance to get your work seen by some of the world’s leading photographers.
The Sony World Photography Awards are entirely international, welcoming people from across the globe to submit their photographs into an exciting amateur competition, which is run alongside the Professional Awards. They are judged by some of the most renowned names in the industry including Tom Stoddart and Elliott Erwitt.
· The competition is free to enter and the submission deadline is 31 December 2008. The winner will be announced on 17 March 2009. There are eight amateur categories in total
· The SWPA Amateur Architecture Photographer of the Year will be showcased as part of the official 2009 Finalists exhibition in Cannes and be part of the annual SWPA Global Tour
· One grand prize winner will be selected from the eight category winners by the 2009 Judging Committee and will be awarded The Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Year. The overall winner and a guest will be flown to Cannes, receive two nights’ accommodation in a luxury hotel on the famous Croisette, receive VIP tickets to attend the evening gala awards ceremony on 16 April 2009, and will receive $5000 and a Sony prize 16th
For further information contact: Jill Cotton and Elise Oliver
T: 00 44 20 7631 2666
Notes to editors
· The Sony World Photography Awards (WPA), launched in 2007, lend a global platform for the photographic industry and community. Through a variety of international programmes including the week-long Festival @ The Sony World Photography Awards, the launch of an online magazine and a gallery, an international student programme and a touring exhibition, the WPA will continue to discover new talent and create avenues through which to reward photographers with the support and expertise of industry professionals. The winner of L’iris d’Or – the best photograph for both the amateur and the professional awards – will be announced at the awards ceremony in Cannes on 16 April 2009
· The WPA website - www.worldphotographyawards.org now features an online magazine and gallery. It also includes comprehensive information about the awards, the categories,
a current list of World Photographic Academy members, and key dates. Images from the 2008 awards are available via the website’s press centre
· Amateur Awards
The eight amateur categories are: Architecture; Conceptual and Constructed; Fashion; Landscape; Music; Natural History; Portraiture; Sport
The Sony Campaign Award, which has been introduced this year, looks for images that transcend beyond the standard snapshot of an action moment and capture the vibrancy, the magic, the celebration, the camaraderie and the cultural phenomenon that is football.
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