Close on January 11, 2019
Theme(s): 10 diverse categories
Eligibility: The Professional Competition is open to all Photographers entering a body of work. All entrants must be over 18.
Prize: Cash Prize
Judged on a body of work across 10 diverse categories
Photographers must submit a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 images
1 overall winner, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place + up to 10 shortlisted photographers per category
The Professional competition is looking to reward and showcase the world's most outstanding bodies of work. At the pinnacle of the competition is the title of "Photographer of the Year", one of the most distinguished and highly regarded awards in photography.
The overall winner is chosen each year by the expert jury from among the first place winners of the ten Professional categories: Architecture, Brief, Creative, Discovery, Documentary, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Still Life, and Sport.
The past winners of the "Photographer of the Year" title are: Vanessa Winship (2008), David Zimmerman (2009), Tommaso Ausili (2010), Alejandro Chaskielberg (2011), Mitch Dobrowner (2012), Andrea Gjestvang (2013), Sara Naomi Lewkowicz (2014), John Moore (2015), Ashgar Khamseh (2016), Frederick Buyckx (2017) and Alys Tomlinson (2018).
Photographer of the Year - $25,000 (USD) / Sony digital imaging equipment / Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London
Category winners - Flights & accommodation to awards ceremony in London / Sony digital imaging equipment / Publication in winners' book / Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London
2nd / 3rd place - Awards ceremony ticket / Publication in winners' book / Included in the annual exhibition at Somerset House, London
Shortlist - Digital exhibition at Somerset House, London