Sony World Photography Awards

By on Thursday, 11th December 2008 at 9:00 pm

Bloc Party headlining the Oyster Stage at Hydro Connect 2008There’s nothing like a good photo of a gig that manages to capture the perfect memory. Something that will stay with you forever. I know I’ve got a few from gigs this year that just bring a smile to my face, be it the smirk on Kele from Bloc Party‘s face as they headlined Hydro Connect this summer (right), or the intimacy of Delays on a Sunday afternoon (below left).

Either way, there’s finally recognition for us amateur photographers out there. Sony have launched the World Photography Awards, and are accepting entries until the end of the month (31st December) for entries in the categories of Architecture; Conceptual and Constructed; Fashion; Landscape; Music; Natural History; Portraiture and Sport, so those of you who are interested in stuff outside of music can branch out and let your artistic flair go.

Now, looking at last year’s winner in the professional music category (top), and the amateur winner, my snaps aren’t going to win any awards, but if yours are looking a bit better you’ll probably want to enter – the prizes look pretty darned good.

The overall winner and a guest will be flown to Cannes, receive two nights’ accommodation in a luxury hotel on the famous Croisette, receive VIP tickets to attend the evening gala awards ceremony on the 16th of April, 2009, and collect their prize of $5,000 and a Sony gift. The winner will also receive week-long passes to attend the World Photography Festival screenings, workshops, exhibitions, talks and other events taking place throughout the city of Cannes from the 14th – 19th of April.

The winner will be announced early next year on 17th March, and if you want to be in with a chance just go over to their website and enter.

An exhibition of the finalists’ work – in both the professional and amateur categories – will be held at the Palais des Festival in Cannes from 14-18 April 2009.

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