The Winners of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Are Here

In its 12th year, the Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) is back to take your breath away. The winners of this gigantic photography competition have been announced and they're just as stunning as you'd hope they'd be.

Phenomenal Photos

The objective of the SWPA is to establish a platform for the continuous development of photographic culture. Already one of the largest photography competitions in the world, the SWPA hit a new record for its 2018 contest: it received 230,000 entries from photographers at every corner of the globe. The contest is totally free to enter and open to anyone who thinks they have a knack for photography, whether they're professional or otherwise. The photos are judged by leading industry experts who come together in London every year to pick out the winners. The winners share a total prize fund of $30,000, plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment.

The hopeful shutterbugs vie for a winning spot in one or more categories of these separate competitions:

Professional: 10 categories, judged on a body of work

Open: 10 categories, rewarding the most outstanding images

National Awards: Entries submitted to this competition are automatically entered into the National Awards based on nationality

Youth: for all photographers aged 12-19, a single image responding to one brief

Student Focus: for those studying photography

The 10 categories of the professional and open competitions include the following:

  • Architecture
  • Culture
  • Enhanced
  • Landscape & Nature
  • Motion
  • Portraiture
  • Still Life
  • Street Photography
  • Travel
  • Wildlife

Check out some of our favorite winning photos from the 2018 contest below. Which one is your fave?

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Written by Joanie Faletto May 10, 2018

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