Alejandro Chaskielberg

Last call for World Photo entries

The deadline for one of the world’s biggest photography contests is fast approaching and so the organiser has sent out one final call before the New Year.

The 2012 Sony World Photography Awards, run concurrently with the World Photo festival in London, are free to enter and open to photographers of all levels across the world.

Photographers interested in entering either the Professional or Open categories, with top awards of US$25,000 and US$5000, respectively, will need to have the submissions in to the organisation no later than 11.59pm (GMT), January 4, 2012.

A respected industry panel, including curator and writer Susan Bright and Jon Jones, Director of Photography for the Sunday Times Magazine, will judge the entries.

All shortlisted and finalist images will be exhibited at the World Photo event in at Somerset House and the winners will go on to be shown around the globe.

The competition has been a significant launch pad for many past winners, including this year’s L’Iris d’Or winner, Argentinean Alejandro Chaskielberg.

“The Sony World Photography Awards has had an important effect on my career, and since winning the award my work has been published worldwide,” says Chaskielberg.

New Zealand is no stranger to the competition, below are some examples of kiwi images submitted for the 2012 event – for more info on submitting check the competition website.

© Agata Michalczyk, Open Competition Entry, People, Sony World Photography Awards 2012

© Aroha Awarau, Open Competition Entry, Low Light, Sony World Photography Awards 2012

© Sophia Cooper, Open Competition Entry, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2012

Kiwi scores World Photography award

New Zealand photojournalist Robin Hammond has picked up second place in the current affairs category of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.

The Cape Town-based photographer won for his series titled ‘Rape as a weapon of war’, a photo essay documenting survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hammond has earned international acclaim with his work documenting human rights and environmental issues across the globe, which is regularly published in the likes of The New York Times, Newsweek and The Guardian.

Taking top place in the category was Spanish photographer Javier Arcenillas for his series ‘Citizens of Despair’, documenting the plight of displaced Muslim children in a Bangladesh refugee camp.

The event’s foremost honour, the L’Iris D’Or for the overall best photographer, went to Argentinean Alejandro Chaskielberg for his series on a hidden community living on the Paraná River Delta.

This year the event saw some 105,000 entries from 162 counties, making this 2011 the biggest Sony World Photography Awards on record.

For a look at both Chaskielberg’s and Arcenillas’ award-winning work be sure to pick up the forthcoming issue of D-Photo, on sale May 23.

Photo: © Robin Hammond courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2011/ Panos