Urban World

Exploring the architecture, street culture, and human interactions that define the urban experience


The brief /

This category invites photographers to capture the essence of city life. From bustling streets and towering skyscrapers to quiet corners and hidden gems, it celebrates diverse and vibrant urban environments. Photographers are encouraged to explore the unique architecture, street culture, and human interactions that define the urban experience. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of daily life, the beauty of urban decay, or moments of quiet amidst the chaos, entries in this category should reflect the dynamic and multi-faceted nature of city living.


Submission guidelines /

  • Images must be taken using SIGMA ‘Art’ series lenses
  • You may enter up to two images in each category, making a maximum of eight across the four categories. Any additional uploads will be discarded. Once an image is submitted it is not possible to withdraw it and resubmit another, so please select images carefully before entry. 
  • If you wish to enter two images, you can upload both on this form, or if you prefer you can enter one now and submit the other on a new form at a later date.
  • Maximum upload size 4MB per image.
  • Images must be in JPEG format.
  • Digital editing of images is permitted – see Ts and Cs for full details.
  • Images can have been taken at any time.
  • You must be a UK resident.
  • By entering this competition you agree to the Ts and Cs at the bottom of this page.


Key dates /

This timeline should give you all the important dates you need to know before entering. There’s lots more information in our Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the page, or you can email us with any questions on info@sigmauk.com.

1 April
Entry opens

Click on the button below each category to enter. 4MB max per file, JPEG only, max two entries per category.

15 August
Submission deadline

All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on 15 August. Late submissions will not be considered.

31 August
Category shortlists announced

Find out if your image has been shortlisted within its category.

15 September
Winners announced

The four category winners will be announced after judging, and one overall winner.


Urban World /

    Your details /




    Image upload /

    If you want to submit two images you can upload both to this form, or if you prefer, one to this form and one to a new form at a later date. Note that once an image is submitted it is not possible to withdraw it and resubmit another, so please select images carefully before entry. 

    First image

    (Max size 4mb, JPEG only)

    Second image (OPTIONAL)

    (Max size 4mb, JPEG only)



    Confirm submission /

    By clicking Submit, you are confirming you have read and agree to our Ts and Cs below.


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     Please tick here to confirm you are a resident of the UK.




    Please read these carefully to ensure your submission complies with the terms of entry.

    The Promoter is Sigma Imaging UK, 1 Little Mundells, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1EW, hereinafter referred to as Sigma UK.

    1. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that they have read and will abide by Sigma UK’s Terms & Conditions. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to these rules, that their entry complies with these rules, and that they will be liable to the Promoter and their licensees in respect of any damages or losses incurred as a breach of the rules.

    2. The Promoter reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify or remove any entry that does not comply with the rules or the spirit of the awards, at any stage of the awards.

    3. Entries

    3.1. No purchase is necessary to win or enter.

    3.2. All entries must be submitted via Sigma’s online competition platform at www.sigmauk.com/apoty

    3.3. Sigma Art Photographer of the Year 2024 is free to enter and is open to photographers of any skill level, aged 18 or over.

    3.4. Entry to Sigma Art Photographer of the Year is open to UK residents only.

    3.5. Employees or agents of Sigma UK, their families or other persons connected with this promotion are not eligible to enter.

    3.6. Proof of eligibility must be provided upon request. Use of a false name or other false details will result in disqualification.

    3.7. Participants can submit a maximum of two entries per category.

    4. Images

    4.1. Images submitted to the Sigma Art Photographer of the Year competition must be submitted in JPEG format at a maximum size 4 megabytes (MB) per image, with the EXIF data intact. If shortlisted, entrants must be able to supply images as original JPEG or RAW files.

    4.2. Images can be submitted anytime during the active competition window, until midnight on the last day of the submission deadline.

    4.3. Images can be taken on any camera, however must be used with a Sigma ‘Art’ series lens. A full range of Sigma Art lenses can be found at www.sigmauk.com. Images captured with a non-Sigma ‘Art’ lens are not permitted.

    4.4. No AI generated imagery is permitted to be entered into the awards.

    4.5. Imagery that is unlawful, harmful, vulgar, obscene, damaging to other’s privacy, racist, classist or otherwise objectionable is not permitted and will be disqualified at Sigma UK’s sole discretion.

    4.6. Minor post processing is allowed however images must not distort reality through addition/ removal of subjects/objects to or from the image. Image-wide manipulation of digital files that include; HDR, focus stacking, cropping, noise reduction, dodging, burning, dust spot removal, sharpening, contrast, tone, and multiple exposure layering (provided that the Images were all taken in the same session in the same location) are permitted. This list is exhaustive.

    4.7 All Images must be free from the addition of false or unrelated data that does not originate from the original photograph.

    5. Judging and Prizes

    5.1. Entries will be judged by our panel of experts. Please refer to our judges page for more information on the judging panel.

    5.2. The judges’ decisions are final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decisions.

    5.3. The winner of each of the 4 categories will be awarded a Sigma Art lens of their choice, the overall winner will receive a further 2 Sigma Art lenses of their choice (each lens must be different).

    5.4. The shortlisted entries will be contacted via email and invited submit original JPEG/RAW images where required.

    5.6. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted within 28 days of the competition winner’s announcement, Sigma UK reserves the right to offer the prize to the runner-up.

    5.7. The promoter is excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to any of the winners arising from their acceptance of the prizes. Entrants indemnify the Promoter for all liabilities, including legal costs, in relation to any action or complaint taken by any third party against the Promoter in relation to the entrant’s photograph(s).

    6. Copyright

    6.1. All imagery MUST be the exclusive work of the submitting photographer and may not include any element that is the copyright of another. The Copyright for each image entered will remain with the submitting photographer.

    6.2. Sigma UK reserves the right to ask entrants to supply a high-resolution JPEG or RAW version of any submission (with metadata embedded) to verify any images it suspects may not be the person’s own work. Anyone found to be entering images belonging to others will be immediately disqualified.

    6.3. By entering the Competition and submitting your image(s), you hereby grant the Promoter and its partners a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to use your photograph(s) for any purpose connected with the Competition, including (but not limited to), promoting the Competition within printed and online media, use in press, promotional and marketing materials, social media networks and for the promotion of any future photographic competition in both print and online media.

    6.4. Images submitted in the Competition will be credited wherever possible, when used by Sigma UK.

    7. Personal Information

    7.1. All entrants agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of their name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity without additional compensation.

    7.2. Any personal data required for the sending of prizes or acquiring images/videos are collected and processed under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679. We do not disclose data to any third parties unless disclosure is necessary for the fulfilment of a service or prize; you have specifically given consent for a particular service; or we have a legitimate interest in disclosing data. For more information about the kind of personal data we collect, read our full Privacy and Personal Data Policy.

    7.3. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that any image submitted is law-abiding and does not breach the General Data Protection Regulation.

    8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel this Competition at any time and without notice.

    9. The competition is subject to the general Privacy Policy Privacy policy – SIGMA UK

    10. Sigma UK reserves the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time and without notice.

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