2013 Sony World Photography Awards Professional and Open shortlists announced

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The World Photography Organisation today reveals the shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

In a year that saw over 122,000 entries from 170 countries – the highest number of submissions to date – the judges have selected a shortlist of photographs that stood out beyond all others for their impressive high quality, originality and modern appeal. Topics ranged from haunting shots of the Syrian conflict to the Obama presidential campaign; an intimate study of cinema-goers in Kabul to quirky and witty shots of the animal kingdom.

Bringing together the very best international contemporary photography, the shortlist offers a unique insight into 2012 through the eyes of some of the world’s best emerging and established photography talents. Photographers returning to the awards include: Javier Arcenillas (Spain); Robin Hammond (New Zealand) and Paolo Pellegrin (Italy). Exciting up-and-coming photographers new to the awards include Ed Kashi (USA) and Andrea Gjestvang (Norway).

The Honorary Jury, which selected the Professional shortlist, was chaired by Catherine Chermayeff, Director of Special Projects at Magnum Photos.

The work of all the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at Somerset House, London,from 26 April – 12 May as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. The images will also be published in the 2013 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. The Open and Youth category winners will be announced on 19 March. Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 25 April. The L’Iris D’Or winner will receive $25,000 (USD) and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000 (USD). All winners, including category winners, will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.

Shortlist Open :

torsten_muehlbacherTorsten Muehlbacher, Austria, Shortlist, Low Light, Open Competition 2013

sandipan_mukherjeeSandipan Mukherjee, India, Shortlist, Smile, Open Competition 2013

peter_mysticdidge_plorinPeter Mysticdidge Plorin, Germany, Shortlist, Architecture, Open 2013

pawel_uchorczakPawel Uchorczak, Poland, Shortlist, Panoramic, Open Competition 2013

paulo_mittelmanPaulo Mittelman, Brazil, Shortlist, Smile, Open Competition 2013

paolo_mezzeraPaolo Mezzera, Italy, Shortlist, People, Open Competition 2013

ng_chai_hockNg Chai Hock, Singapore, Shortlist, Arts and Culture, Open competition 2013

nathan_willsNathan Wills, Australia, Shortlist, Travel, Open Competition 2013

michel_lagardeMichel Lagarde, France Shortlist, Enhanced Open Competition 2013

markus_reugelsMarkus Reugels, Germany, Shortlist Split Second Open Competition 2013

maciej_makowskiMaciej Makowski, Poland, Shortlist, Travel, Open Competition 2013

louise_porterLouise Porter, USA, Shortlist, People, Open Competition 2013

kazi_riasat_alveKazi Riasat Alve, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Split Second, Open Competition 2013

hiep_nguyen_hoangHiep Nguyen Hoang, Vietnam, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition 2013

frederick_van_heerdenFrederick van Heerden, South Africa, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition 2013

florian_breuerFlorian Breuer, South Africa, Shortlist, Panoramic, Open Competition 2013

elmar_akhmetovElmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan, Shortlist, Low Light, Open Competition 2013

danny_cohenDanny Cohen, Australia, Shortlist, Enhanced, Open Competition 2013

anurag_kumarAnurag Kumar, India, Arts and Culture, Shortlist, Arts and Culture, Open Competition 2013

Shortlist Professional :

adam_prettyAdam Pretty, Australia, Finalist, Sport, Professional Competition, 2013

agnieszka_rayssAgnieszka Rayss, Poland, Shortlist, Portraiture, Professional Competition, 2013

agurtxane_concellonAgurtxane Concellon, Norway, Shortlist, Travel, Professional Competition, 2013

christian_aslunChristian Aslund, Sweden, Finalist, Campaign, Professional Competition 2013

daesung_leeDaesung Lee, Korea, Finalist, Contemporary Issues,Professional Competition 2013

daniel_duartDaniel Duart, Spain, Finalist, Travel, Professional Competition 2013

danish_siddiquiDanish Siddiqui, India, Finalist, Arts and Culture, Professional Competition 2013

delfosse_colinDelfosse Colin, Belgium, Shortlist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition 2013

edurne_aguinagaEdurne Aguinaga, United Kingdom, Finalist Conceptual, Professional Competition 2013

ernest_gohErnest Goh, Singapore, Finalist, Nature & Wildlife, Professional Competition 2013

fausto_podaviniFausto Podavini, Italy, Finalist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition 2013

gali_tibbonGali Tibbon, Israel, Finalist, Travel, Professional Competition 2013

jens_juulJens Juul, Denmark, Finalist, Portraiture, Professional Competition 2013

kuni_takahashiKuni Takahashi, Japan, Finalist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition 2013

manuel_braboManuel Brabo, Spain, Finalist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition 2013

michael_schnabelMichael Schnabel, Germany, Shortlist, Campaign, Professional Competition 2013

myriam_meloniMyriam Meloni, Argentina, Finalist, Arts and Culture, Professional Competition 2013

oliver_weikenOliver Weiken, Germany, Shortlist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition 2013

paolo_pellegrinPaolo Pellegrin, Italy, Finalist, Current Affairs, Professional Competiiton 2013

pete_mullerPete Muller, United States, Finalist, People, Professional Competition 2013

reinis_hofmanisReinis Hofmanis, Latvia, Shortlist, Architecture, Professional Competition 2013

ryan_pierseRyan Pierse, Australia,Finalist, Sport, Professional competition 2013

samuel_jamesSamuel James, USA, Finalist, Contemporary Issues, Professional Competition 2013

satirat_damampaiSatirat Damampai, Thailand, Shortlist, Campaign, Professional Competition 2013

scout_tufankjianScout Tufankjian, United States, Finalist, Campaign, Professional Competition 2013

Created by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), the World Photography Awards, sponsored by Sony, launched in 2007. WPO supports professional, amateur and student photography, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in Photojournalism, Fine Art and Commercial photography. Delivering various initiatives and programmes across this global community, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating cultural activities for the public to participate in. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are the World Photography Student Focus Competition; the World Photo international festivals and events, and the World Photography Focus Programme.

Link : www.worldphoto.org

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