2018 Sony World Photography Awards: A snapshot of the entries so far

The countdown is on to the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards – one of the world’s leading photography competitions. As the deadline approaches, this year's judges are announced, comprising a selection of industry experts.

Making up the professional competition jury are Chair: Mike Trow, Picture Editor, British Vogue, UK; Naomi Cass, Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australia; Sue Davies OBE, Founder, The Photographers’ Gallery, UK; Gareth Harris, Chief Contributing Editor, The Art Newspaper, UK; Dewi Lewis, publisher, Dewi Lewis Publishing and Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), China.

Now in its 11th year, the Sony World Photography Awards celebrates the finest contemporary photography from the past 12 months. All competitions – Professional, Open, Youth, Student Focus and National Awards – are free to enter at www.worldphoto.org/swpa.

The Awards’ winning and shortlisted photographers can enjoy worldwide recognition and exposure, in addition to cash prizes, the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony and inclusion in global exhibitions.

New for 2018, award-winners can also secure a grant to fund future photographic projects form Sony. Multiple grants of $7,000 (USD) will be awarded to selected winners of the Professional competition and $3,500 (USD) will be given to chosen shortlisted Student Focus photographers to work together on a new photographic commission set by Sony and the World Photography Organisation.

The shortlist for all competitions of the Awards will be announced on 27 February 2018. The Open and National Award winners will be announced on 20 March 2018, and the Photographer of the Year and the Professional category winners will be announced on 19 April 2018.

Main image: Berufsschule Pool, Copyright: © Robert Götzfried, Germany, Entry, Open, Architecture (Open), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards | All images courtesy of 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled, Copyright: © Anastasia  Kaloshina, Russian Federation, Entry, Open, Portraiture (Open), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled, Copyright: © Anastasia Kaloshina, Russian Federation, Entry, Open, Portraiture (Open), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Happiness is in The Small Things,  Copyright: © Cezar Gabriel Popescu, Romania, Entry, Open, Travel, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Happiness is in The Small Things, Copyright: © Cezar Gabriel Popescu, Romania, Entry, Open, Travel, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Lighthouse, Copyright: © Diego Faus Momparler, Spain, Entry, Open, Motion, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Lighthouse, Copyright: © Diego Faus Momparler, Spain, Entry, Open, Motion, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Sleepy, Copyright: © Ichsan Sudarmanto, Indonesia, Open, Street Photography, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Sleepy, Copyright: © Ichsan Sudarmanto, Indonesia, Open, Street Photography, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Touched by the Sun, Copyright: © Irena Walania, Poland, Entry, Open, Landscape & Nature, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Touched by the Sun, Copyright: © Irena Walania, Poland, Entry, Open, Landscape & Nature, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Sacred Monk Meal, Copyright: © Matheus Hobold Sovernigo, Brazil, Entry, Open, Culture, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Sacred Monk Meal, Copyright: © Matheus Hobold Sovernigo, Brazil, Entry, Open, Culture, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Buildings Forest, Copyright: © Songshen Jiang, China, Open, Architecture (Open), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Buildings Forest, Copyright: © Songshen Jiang, China, Open, Architecture (Open), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards