Sep 19, 2019

Sony World Photography Awards- Youth Competition

  • Crimson Education
  • Worldwide



Youth competition

Best single images by emerging photographers aged between 12-19 years-old


Free to enter and open to all 12-19 year-olds, asked to submit single images taken in 2019
New format for 2020: Monthly competitions with a changing theme running from June 1 to December 31, 2019
Photographers can enter up to three single images per month
Judges will select up to 10 images per month, including one winner
All the judge’s monthly picks will compete to be named Youth Photographer of the Year
Once you enter the Youth competition you cannot submit work to the Professional or Open competitions
Please see 'Rules' below for full image eligibility criteria
Closing deadlines available here (see Themes, deadlines and announcements)

The Youth competition rewards the next generation of talented photographers. Judges are looking for fresh approaches to photography and images showing the vision of the young photographer.

For the new format for 2020, photographers aged 12-19 are set monthly challenges. Each photographer can enter up to three single images answering the set challenge per month from June 2019 to December 2019.

Judges will select up to 10 of their favorite single images per month, and one winner. All the monthly winners will then go on to compete for the Youth Photographer of the Year title.

Entering the Youth competition couldn’t be simpler – click the link below and upload your image(s) directly from your mobile phone or from your desktop.


“Becoming the Youth Photographer of the Year showed me that my work, my talent, and my vision for the future are respected and appreciated, not just within the local community, but on a global scale. It finally gave me a chance to allow myself to be considered as an artist.”

Megan Johnson, United States - 2018 Youth Photographer of the Year

Youth Photographer of the Year receives flights and accommodation to the Awards ceremony in London, a range of Sony digital imaging equipment and inclusion at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London
Monthly judges’ selection - showcased on the World Photography Organisation website and Instagram account



Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

12-19 years

Participation Cost


Application Deadline

December 31st 2019

Application Process Includes

Read this month’s competition theme and select one to three images relating to that theme

Register or login to your account

Navigate to the competition section and select Youth

Read the checklist below to ensure your submission will upload successfully

Upload one to three images relating to that month’s competition theme

Before you enter make sure all of your images are:

JPG format and saved at quality 10 or above, or the maximum quality possible (depending on which software you use)

That your image is between 1-5 MB

Your image is set to the sRGB color mode (just make sure the mode is not CMYK)

Don’t forget! This competition is open to 12 to 19 year olds, if you’re over 19 why not considering Student, Open or Professional competitions

If you’re not entirely sure how to resize or reformat your images have a search online, there are loads of great resource immediately available to help you out. If for some reason your photographs aren’t uploading to the World Photography Organisation website, please double check your images are JPEG format and try again. If you’re still having trouble, contact us here.