70,000 images entered in Sony World Photography Awards
The World Photography Awards (WPA), sponsored by Sony, proudly announces an impressive number of entries in its inaugural year. Submissions closed on 31st January with a total of 25,934 amateur photograph entries and 44,641 professional photograph entries across the categories.
The anticipation of the shortlist announcement grows with the revelation that the winner of the amateur competition will be awarded a substantial $5,000 cash prize, donated by Sony. This is in addition to being named â€˜Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Yearâ€™ and flown out as a VIP to attend the Awards ceremony in Cannes on 24th April 2008.
The selection process has also been heightened with the news that Saatchi Online, one of the biggest names in the arts and photography world, has signed up to partner the awards and support the amateur community. SaatchiOnline will make a special selection of 100 images from the highly commended amateur entries, to be displayed on the â€˜Saatchi Online Gallery Wallâ€™ in Cannes during the Awards and exhibition in April. This will be followed by the launch of the â€˜WPA Image Bankâ€™ on Saatchi Online which will feature up to 1,000 top commended amateur images for commercial sale.
Scott Gray, Founder of Sony World Photography Awards commented, â€œWhen the World Photography Awards launched last year, we were delighted when Sony came on board as our headline sponsor. This additional support from Saatchi Online further strengthens our ability to raise the profile of photography on both a professional and amateur level.â€