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April 25, 2008

VIP Gala Awards Ceremony of the Sony World Photography Awards
- World Largest Photographic Awards Sponsored by Sony -

The Sony World Photography Awards sponsored by Sony Europe with a view to recognizing world's finest photographers was held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres in Cannes, France from April 21st to 25th 2008. The event showcased approximately 330 short-listed photographs out of the over 70,000(*) works submitted via the website The short-listed photographs are represented from the 11 sections that belong to the professional category as well as the 8 sections that belong to the amateur category.

  • (*)There were 25,934 submissions for the amateur category and 44,641 submissions for the professional category.

The "Sony World Photography Awards" is the first truly global photographic awards for amateur and professional photographers across all categories, being sponsored by Sony from 2007. Supported by hundreds of the industry's top photographers, critics, gallery owners and other industry experts, it is the first awards show of its kind, providing an unprecedented international platform in the culturally important and diverse world of photography.

Being in the business of photography with its digital-SLR "α" series and digital still camera "Cyber-shot", Sony is honoured to support and promote the skills and creativity of amateur and professional photographers around the world through a sponsorship of Sony World Photography Awards.

The final decision of the Awards was made just hours before the ceremony by the Honorary Board, some of the industry's highest regarded members, including Nan Goldin, Bruce Davidson, Tom Stoddart, Elliott Erwitt and Martine Franck. The Awards Ceremony was the finale of series of event in Cannes, where Shigeki Ishizuka, president of Sony Corporation's Digital Imaging Business Group and Toru Katsumoto, Head of AMC Division in charge of Sony's digital SLR cameras presented the awards; the overall winner of Sony World Photography Awards Cannes 2008, the L'iris d'Or, and the winner of the Sony World Photography Amateur Award respectively.

Winning Photographs

-Professional Category

(c)Vanessa Whinship,
courtesy of Sony World
Photography Awards

-Amateur Category

(c)Arup Ghosh,
courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards


Professional Category Winners
-The L'iris d'Or Sony World Photographer of the Year, with a prize of $25,000
-11 sections belonging to the category
Abstract, Advertising, Architectural, Fashion, Music/Performance, Nature, Nude, Photojournalism/Documentary, Portraiture, Science, Sport

Amateur Category Winners
-Sony World Photography Amateur Awards, with a prize of $5,000
-The 8 sections belonging to the category
Abstract, Architectural, Fashion, Music/Performance, Nature, Portraiture, Science, Sport

-Sony World Photography Awards Official Site
*this link is no longer active and a revised page does not exist.

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