Sabanci University has been accepted for Sony World Photography Awards University Programme

Sabanci University, Turkey, has been accepted as one of the 120 institutions for the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus 2010.


The Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) has further expanded its student initiative creating a truly global competition to discover tomorrow’s professional photographers.

Building on the success of the 2008 and 2009 competitions, Student Focus incorporates students and photography institutions across six continents – North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. This year’s programme welcomes an incredible 120 institutions all competing with the hope of reaching the final stage of the competition in Cannes, France in April 2010.


The competition’s brief is for the students to create an image which encapsulates ‘War and Peace’, as reflected in their country.


Students from 120 institutions, will submit their work online. A shortlist of two students from one institution on each continent will then be selected by the esteemed judging panel chosen from the World Photographic Academy. Judges include:


Adrian Evans, Director of Panos pictures agency

Adrian Boot, Music photographer and co-founder of

Jonathon Torgovnik, widely exhibited documentary photographer and co-founder of NGO, Foundation Rwanda

Idris Khan, artist

Sue Steward, photography critic, writer, radio broadcaster, photo-editor and journalist for a variety of national newspapers


The twelve shortlisted students, along with their tutors, win a trip to Cannes in April 2010, where, as part of the World Photography Festival, finalists will conduct their final assignment. They will also participate in a series of lectures, talks and master classes led by the judging panel, industry figureheads and Academy members.


The overall winner will be announced, along with the winners of the professional and amateur categories, at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony at the Palais des Festival. The Student Focus prize represents approximately 50,000 Euros’ worth of photography equipment for the individual students and their institution department, courtesy of the sponsor, Sony.


A highlight of the festival in Cannes will be a showcase of photographs selected from the student submissions from all of the 120 participating institutions. When presented together, the photographs are expected to create a moving and truly global picture of the world today through the eyes of the student population.


Scott Gray, World Photography Awards founder, comments: “Student Focus is an integral part of our programme It provides a platform for both students and educational institutions from across the globe to compete, interact and develop through the medium of photography as well as providing us with the opportunity to support those students in taking their first steps into a professional career.”


This year also sees the launch of the new Student Focus Facebook fan page which will be an opportunity for students and tutors to share their ideas as the competition progresses. Please visit




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The 120 selected institutions are:




Belgium, La Cambre University

Czech Republic, Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem

Denmark, The Danish School of Media and Journalism

France, École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie

France, Ecole Nationale Superieure Louis Lumiere

Germany, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund

Germany, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover

Germany, Folkwang Hochschule, Essen

Hungary, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology

Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Italy, Instituto Europeo di Design, Rome

Poland, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts

Poland, Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw

Poland, University of Silesia

Portugal, Universidade Lusofona

Portugal, Instituto de Artes Visuais Design e Marketing

Portugal, Instituto Português de  Fotografia

Russia, Saint Petersburg State University Of Culture & Arts

Russia, Vgik College of Cinema, Tv And Multimedia

Spain, Institut D’estudis Fotografics de Catalunya

Sweden, Mid Sweden University

Turkey, Marmara University

Turkey, Bahcesehir University

Turkey, Sabanci University

UK, London College of Communication

UK, Manchester Metropolitan University

UK, Falmouth University

UK, Central Saint Martins

UK, Kirklees College

UK, Edinburgh College of Art

UK, University of Westminster




Australia, Raffles College of Design and Commerce

Australia, University of Technology Sydney

Australia, RMIT

Australia, Murdoch University

Australia, The University of Sydney

Australia, University of Wollongong

Australia, Griffith University

New Zealand, The University of Auckland

New Zealand, AUT University

New Zealand, Massey University


North America


California , Art Center College of Design

Canada, Ontario College of Art & Design

Canada, SAIT Polytechnic

Canada, Ryerson University

Canada, School of the Photographic Arts – Ottawa

Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago

Florida, Art institute of Fort Lauderdale

Georgia, Georgia State University, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design

Michigan, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Minnesota, The Art Institutes International Minnesota

Mexico, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

Mexico, Tecnologico de Monterrey – campus ciudad de Mexico

Mexico, Centro Diseño, cine y television

Mexico, Escuela Nacional De Pintura, Escultura y Grabado La Esmerelda

New York, School of Visual Arts

New York, Parsons, The New School for Design

New York, Tisch School of Art, NYU

Oregon, Marylhurst University

Puerto Rico, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

Virginia, James Madison University

Tennessee, NOSSI School of Art


South America


Argentina, Escuela Argentina De Fotografía

Argentina, Motivarte

Brazil, Candido Mendes University, Rio De Janeiro

Brazil, Centro Universitário Senac

Brazil, Miami AD School/ESPM

Brazil, Universidade De Caxias Do Sul

Brazil, Universidade De São Paulo

Chile, Instituto Profesional IPP

Chile, Carrera De Periodismo, Universidad De Concepción

Chile, Escuela De Diseño, Pontificia Universidad Católica De Chile

Chile, Escuela De Periodismo,  Universidad De Santiago De Chile


Chile, Instituto Profesional Santo Tomás

Chile, Instituto Profesional La Araucana

Chile, Instituto AIEP De Universidad Andrés Bello

Chile, Instituto Profesional Duocuc- Sede San Carlos De Apoquindo

Chile, Instituto Profesional Arcos

Chile, Instituto Profesional De Chile

Chile, Instituto Profesional Los Leones

Chile, Universidad Catolica De Temuco

Chile, Universidad De Artes Y Ciencias Sociales ARCIS

Chile, Universidad Diego Portales, Escuela De Diseño

Chile, Universidad De Antofagasta

Chile, Universidad De Las Américas

Chile, Universidad Del Pacífico

Chile, Universidad De Valparaiso

Chile, Universidad Internacional SEK

Chile, Universidad Mayor, Centro Mayor De Innovación Y Diseño

Chile, Universidad Profesional Santo Tomás

Chile, Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana

Chile, Escuela de Comunicaciones Alpes

Colombia, Universidad De Los Andes in Bogotá

Venezuela, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello           




Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

India, Jamia Millia Islamia

India, Jnafau College of Fine Arts,  Hyderabad

India, National Institute of Design

Indonesia, Photo District Jakarta

Indonesia, STIKOM, The London School of Public Relations – Jakarta

Japan, Tokyo Zokei University

Philippines, College Of Fine Arts, Up, Diliman

Pakistan, Fatima Jinnah Women University

Singapore, Nanyang Technological University

Thailand, The Art Center Chulalongkorn University

Turkey, Anadolu University


Africa & The Middle East


Africa, Conser Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers multimédias Balla Fasseké Kouyaté

Dubai, American University in Dubai

Ghana, National Film And Television Institute ( NAFTI )

Palestine, Palestine Polytechnic University

South Africa, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

South Africa, Rhodes University

South Africa, Stellenbosch Academy of Design And Photography

South Africa, Tshwane University of Technology

South Africa, University Of Johannesburg

South Africa, Vaal University of Technology

South Africa, University of Cape Town




  • The Sony World Photography Awards (WPA), launched in 2007, lend a global platform for the photographic industry and community. Through a variety of international programmes including a week-long photography festival, an online magazine, a gallery, an international student programme and a touring exhibition, the WPA continually discovers new talent and creates avenues through which to reward photographers with the support and expertise of industry professionals.


  • Dates for Student Focus are as follows:

Registration ends: 30th November 2009
Judging: 4th-22nd January 2010
Shortlist announcement: 1st February 2010  

Winner Announcement: 23rd April 2010


  • Scott Gray, Managing Director of the WPA, is available for interview


  • The winners of the 2009 student initiative – University Shoot Out – were Neal Kartik and Pranab Kumar Aich from Jamia Millia Islamia in India


  • The WPA website - now features an online magazine and gallery. It also includes comprehensive information about the awards, the categories,

      a current list of World Photographic Academy members, and key dates


  • Images from last year’s competition are available via the website’s press centre




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