Sony has issued a statement about its World Photography Awards ceremony, due to take place this week, following the European flight chaos caused by the Iceland volcano.

At the time of writing it seemed that Sony was planning to go ahead with a gala prize-giving ceremony to mark the climax of the contest on Thursday, despite transport disruption brought on by the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano.

Photographers and journalists are among invited guests to the annual presentation which is set to take place at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

Ash from the volcano has grounded flights to and from the UK, forcing organisers to seek alternative transport to the south of France.

Asked whether the event will be effected, a spokeswoman for the organisers told Amateur Photographer (AP): ?At present, we have every intention of going forward as scheduled with all events of the Sony World Photography Awards, the World Photography Festival, UNICEF and Student Focus programmes.

?The organisers and staff are now secured on alternate transportation from London to Cannes and will be there as planned to prepare the event.?

She said Sony will review the situation at the end of today.

The Sony World Photography Awards is open to amateur and professional photographers.

The Photographer of the Year will walk away with prizes including $25,000 cash.

For further news updates visit Sony Photography Awards website

? AP understands that among those stranded by flight cancellations last week was renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite, who was away in France at the time