* 2008/03/18 update * winners announced!

Thanks to our partnership with the Sony World Photography Awards, we are proud to offer the ipernity community access to the (beautiful) shortlisted images for the 2009 Amateur competition.

We invite you to explore the pages that ipernity has dedicated to SWPA. You will come across outstanding images!

Play with us & have you say!

For each category, vote for your favorite image adding this comment: "My choice" or "My vote"... We will count your votes and compare the result with the official one. A PRO account will be given to ipernity members whose choice will match the Judging Committee judgment.



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About the SWPA 2009 Amateur competition

The Sony World Photography Awards are entirely international, welcoming people from across the globe to submit their photographs into an exciting amateur competition, which is run alongside the Professional Awards.

Amateur photographers have the opportunity to be judged by the
World Photographic Academy in the hopes of taking the stage in Cannes to receive one of the most sought after prizes in the competition: The Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Year.

Each photographer may submit up to a total of 3 photographs into the competition for free. The 3 photographs can be submitted into any one amateur category or spread across two - three different categories.

The Judging Process: images will go through various pre-selection rounds by SWPA officially selected 2009 Pre-Selection Committee, iStock.

A shortlist of top ten amateur photographers per category was announced on 24th of February, 2009.

The 8 Category Winners, will be showcased as part of the official 2009 Finalists exhibitions in Cannes and announced to the worldwide press as Sony World Photography Awards Category Winners on 17th of March, 2009. These winners will also have the opportunity to be part of an annual SWPA Global Tour and showcased on the SWPA website for all of 2009.

One grand prize winner will be selected from the 8 category winners by the 2009 Judging Committee and be awarded The Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Year.

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