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The World Photography Organisation is delighted to announce the judging panel for the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 and upcoming exhibition dates. The Sony World Photography Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House, London in April 2022 and in November, for the first time ever, will be on show in Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.

Now in its 15th year, the Sony World Photography Awards are one of the world’s leading photography competitions, celebrating the best contemporary photography from across the globe and providing photographers with significant exposure and career-building opportunities.

Sony 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 are judged anonymously by a panel of industry leading judges.


This year’s jury brings a range of knowledge and expertise from varied photographic backgrounds.

Professional Competition

  • Rahaab Allana, Curator and Publisher, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi
  • Ângela Ferreira, Artist, Independent curator, writer and educator
  • Nathalie Herschdorfer, Director, 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, Manju Journal, Ghana
  • Mike Trow, Independent Curator and Photo Editor and Chair of the Jury

Open and Youth Competition

Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography, Newsweek Japan

Student Competition

Colin Czerwinski, photographer and Founder, NOICE Magazine, USA


In 2022 the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House, London from 15 April – 2 May 2022 followed by its first ever presentation at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool from 10 November – 11 December 2022.

We are also pleased to announce upcoming dates for the Sony World Photography Awards  2021 exhibition in various European venues, including:

  • Berlin, Germany, Willy-Brandt Haus, 28 October 2021 – 12 January 2022,
  • Paris, France  Galerie Joseph, 5 – 15 November 2021
  • Bern, Austria, Foto Zumstien, 9 September – 6 October, 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 Sony World Photography Awards opened on 1 June 2021. Full competition and categories descriptions can be found at worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards

Deadlines across the Awards’ four competitions are:

Professional: 14 January 2022, 13:00 GMT

Open: 7 January 2022, 13:00 GMT

Student: 30 November 2021, 13:00 GMT

Youth: Monthly competitions with a changing theme running from 1 June to 31 December, 2021

All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student competitions will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) 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.