Sony has today launched its World Photography Awards 2013, a competition which is free to enter and open to amateurs.

The Open category – which is open to photo enthusiasts – offers a top prize of $5,000.

The overall title winner will bag $25,000 cash.

The contest includes a Student Focus category, open to those aged 18-28, and a youth section for photographers under 20.

The competition closes in January.

For full details visit www.worldphoto.org