Sony World Photography Awards 

Open & National Winners   

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards are one of the most important fixtures on the global photographic calendar.

The Awards are now in their 12th year and consist of four competitions in total: Professional (for a body of works), Open (for a single image), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (for 12-19 year olds). The 12th edition saw a record-breaking 326,997 submissions by photographers from 195 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.

The 2019 winners have been announced for both the Open and National categories and we’re pleased to showcase them here.

Open Category

Spanning ten genres, the Open category is judged on a single entry. Selected from a record-breaking number of entries submitted from 195 countries and territories, the judges have rewarded ten exceptional single images that each fit the brief of the diverse categories.

4497 12641 PhilippeSarfati France Open ArchitectureOpencompetition 2019

© Philippe Sarfati | France | Architecture

4491 12631 PanJianhua China Open CultureOpencompetition 2019

© Pan Jianhua | China | Culture

4493 12633 MartinStranka CzechRepublicRepublic Open CreativeOpencompetition 2019

© Martin Stranka | Czech Republic | Creative

4501 12643 ChristyLeeRogers UnitedStatesofAmerica Open MotionOpencompetition 2019

© Christy Lee Rogers | USA | Motion

4503 12645 HalGage UnitedStatesofAmerica Open LandscapeOpenCompetition 2019

© Hal Gage | USA | Landscape

4495 12635 TraceyLund UnitedKingdom NationalAwards NaturalWorldWildlifeOpencompetition 2019

© Tracey Lund | UK | Natural World and Wildlife

4505 12647 RichardAnsett UnitedKingdom Open PortraitureOpencompetition 2019

© Richard Ansett | UK | Portraiture

4487 12591 RachelYeeLamLai HongKongChina Open StillLifeOpencompetition 2019

© Rachel Yee Laam Lai | Hong Kong | Still Life

4529 12739 CarolePariat France Open StreetPhotographyOpencompetition 2019

© Carole Pariat | France | Street Photography

4509 12651 NicolasBoyer France Open TravelOpencompetition 2019

© Nicolas Boyer | France | Travel

The winning photographers come from a broad range of countries and backgrounds and include full-time professional photographers, photographers who have recently converted from other careers, and enthusiasts alike.

The ten Open category winners will now go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year, winning $5,000 (USD). This photographer, along with the Professional categories’ winners, will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on April 17.     

National Award winners

Now in its seventh year, the National Awards demonstrates the World Photography Organisation and Sony’s commitment to supporting local photographic talent by recognising the work of photographers from 62 countries and promoting it on a global scale. With winners from Myanmar to Peru, Mexico to Vietnam, the National Awards offer a unique opportunity for photographers of all abilities showcase their work.

You can see the full gallery of National Award Winners on the World Photography Organisation website below.

The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

The exhibition will feature more than 800 photographs on show at Somerset House, London, from the 18th April to the 6th May. Winning and shortlisted images from the Award’s four competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student, will be spread across the East and West Wings of the venue. A unique curation of images by the Awards’ 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Nadav Kander will be exhibited in the East Wing.


18th April - 6th May 2019
Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 21:00, Sat - Sun: 10:00 - 20:00