© Vanessa Winship, winner of 2008 I’iris d’or The call for entries to the second Sony World Photography Awards has been announced. Submissions are being accepted from both professional and amateur photographers, over a broad range of catagories from photojournalism to sport, architecture to fashion. In addition, a new partnership has been set up with The Prince’s Rainforests Project for the PRP Awards which will complement this year’s theme of the environment.

Professional photographers will be submitting their portfolios in the hope of being selected for a fully-funded project to document the rainforest regions of the world. Amateur photographers will also be invited to submit their images for a global awareness campaign, using photography to educate and inform. The awards are judged by the World Photographic Academy which today comprises close to 100 of the world’s leading photographers including Elliott Erwitt, Mary-Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, Bruce Davidson and Tom Stoddart; gallery owners; representatives of international photo agencies; international Guilds; photo editors; critics and publishers.

For more information and to enter, go to: www.worldphotographyawards.org. The closing date is 31 December 2008.