#008 Sony World Photography Awards 2019

Ginza Sony Park will host around 250 prize-winning works from among the roughly 330,000 total entries in one of the world's largest photography contests!

Duration: June 1 (Sat) - 23 (Sun), 2019

May 27, 2019

Sony Enterprise Co., Ltd.

Ginza Sony Park is a limited-time experimental park in the middle of the city which will be open until fall 2020, offering programs such as live performances and a variety of experiential events that stimulate surprise and playful enjoyment throughout the year. The park has had over 3 million visitors (as of May 12, 2019) since first opening on August 9 last year.

#008 Sony World Photography Awards: Where the World’s Photographs Converge starting on June 1 (Sat), the eighth edition of this program series at Ginza Sony Park, is an exhibition of prize-winning works from the 12th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards ("SWPA") in 2019, one of the world's largest photography contests which this year had 326,997 total entries from throughout the world. Come and experience the diversity-rich world of photography in this casual photo exhibition at the park in the middle of the city.

#008 Sony World Photography Awards 2019  June 1 sat - 23 sun, 2019

The Awards are free to enter and open to all demographics, nationalities, and levels of photographers from professionals to photo hobbyists or emerging young talents. One of the most celebrated and diverse photography competitions in the world, there is a competition and category for everyone including Architecture, Documentaries, Landscapes, Portraits, Sports, Streets, Wildlife, Travel, Culture, and more.

Works displayed at this exhibit were selected from a wide range of genres, from photos expressing "society today" that capture the current state of the world, to those that convey "photographic expression today" using the latest perspectives and technologies.

"Beneath the Surface of Competitive Freediving" by Kohei Ueno (2nd place winner in the Sport category of the Professional competition), the only Japanese award winner at this year's awards, will be among the 250 works on display at this exhibition which will also include the Japan-only exhibits of six top works from the National Awards program for Japan, and screenings of video interviews with prize winners.

Interact with world-class photos in any number of ways at this exhibition. You can even casually take commemorative photos with the works on display and share them with friends and family on social media.

Event overview

Duration June 1 (Sat) - 23 (Sun), 2019

10:00 - 20:00

*Pre-opening to the general public starting at 18:00 on May 31 (Fri)

Venue Ginza Sony Park PARK B1/Basement 1 - PARK B3/Basement 3
Cost Entry is free
URL https://www.ginzasonypark.jp/e/ginza/014/

@ginzasonypark (instagram, twitter, facebook)

#ginzasonypark #SWPA2019

Organizers Ginza Sony Park, Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc.
Cooperation World Photography Organisation

Exhibition overview

There will be award-winning works from the four competitions of the SWPA, "Professional" (10 categories), "Open" (10 categories), "Youth," and "Student," in addition to introductions and displays sharing the history and general idea of the SWPA on each floor.

  • PARK B1 / Basement 1: Award winning works from SWPA 2019 will be introduced via slide projector.
  • PARK B2 / Basement 2: Works from the Professional (series photos) and Open (single photos) competitions will be on display.
  • PARK B3 / Basement 3: Works from the Student, Japan National Awards, and Youth competitions will be on display. There will also be an introduction of the award winner for Outstanding Contribution to Photography in the past.

PARK B2/Basement 2 *The photo is for illustrative purposes only.

PARK B3/Basement 3 *The photo is for illustrative purposes only.

Related events

Discussion events

Discussion events will be held throughout the duration of the exhibition on the PARK B3/Basement 3 exhibition hall (participation free of charge).

On the first day June 1 (Sat) Scott Gray, the CEO and founder of the World Photography Organisation which is cooperating the exhibition, will lead a discussion and guided tour event. He will be explaining the messages that the works contain, and reasons for the selections of the award winners. (Japanese language interpretation available)

On June 16 (Sun) and 22 (Sat), editor and author of various magazines and books Masanobu Sugatsuke will be on hand as a "listener" for in-depth theoretical discussions about photography from various viewpoints with domestically and internationally active photographers Chikashi Suzuki and Mikiya Takimoto as guests.

On June 23 (Sun) Ihiro Hayami who founded the international photo festival "T3 Photo Festival Tokyo" will be on hand as "listener" for a discussion with SWPA 2019 Japan National Awards first place winner Toshio Ishido and street photographer (Ash) Shinya Kawaoto who was shortlisted in the Open Competition in SWPA 2017 about the path to a greater more expansive world through SWPA.

Global Photography Trends Seen at the Sony World Photography Awards

Date/time June 1 (Sat) two times - starting at 14:00 and 16:00 (around 30 minutes each)
Guest World Photography Organisation CEO Scott Gray

Getting Photography to Cross Over

Date/time June 16 (Sun) 15:00 - 16:30
Guest Mikiya Takimoto (photographer)
Listener Masanobu Sugatsuke (editor)

Photography as an Universal Language

Date/time June 22 (Sat) 15:00 - 16:30
Guest Chikashi Suzuki (photographer)
Listener Masanobu Sugatsuke (editor)

Path to the World - What SWPA Shows Us

Date/time June 23 (Sun) 14:00 - 15:30
Guests Toshio Ishido (SWPA 2019 Japan National Awards first place winner) / (Ash) Shinya Kawaoto (SWPA 2017 Open Competition shortlist)
Listener Ihiro Hayami (founder of T3 Photo Festival Tokyo)

Related Exhibition of Works from the Student

Evolution/ Belong - Sony World Photography Awards 2019 Works from the Student Competition

Duration June 7 (Fri) - 20 (Thu), 2019
Time 11:00 - 19:00
Venue Sony Imaging Gallery (5-8-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Ginza Place 6F)
Cost Entry is free
URL https://www.sony.co.jp/imaging/gallery/

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