© Zol Straub, Australia, Shortlist, Low Light, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
· Three Australians shortlisted across the Open Architecture, Low Light and Nature & Wildlife categories
Sydney, 24 February 2015 – The 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, today announces the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth categories.
Recognising and rewarding the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year, the 2015 competition received the highest number of entries in its eight-year history – 173,444 images from 171 countries – and a 24% increase from 2014.
The judging, which is done anonymously by a panel of experts from the World Photographic Academy, has uncovered inspiring, arresting and thought-provoking work by a wide range of professional photographers and enthusiasts from around the world. See full list of judges and bios here.
Across the 13 Professional, 10 Open and 3 Youth categories, the judges were refreshed by the bold approach of the shortlisted photographers to familiar topics, and the ability of these photographers to surprise the judges with images and stories they have not previously seen. This includes three talented Australian photographers – Gina Alder-Hicks, Zol Straub and Melissa Little, who have been recognised by the judges for their entries in the Open Architecture, Low Light and Nature & Wildlife categories respectively.
Speaking about the shortlisted images, Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation and organiser of the awards said:
“The sole purpose of the Sony World Photography Awards is to celebrate and appreciate the talented artists working in the photographic industry. Once again, the shortlist demonstrates the vibrancy, diversity and skill of both today’s established photographers and, as importantly, the growing army of citizen photographers for whom the awards offer unprecedented exposure and opportunity.
The record number of entries gave our expert panel of judges a monumental task but we are incredibly proud to present to you a shortlist which truly showcases some of the world’s best photography.”
The shortlisted photographers for all categories are listed below and names included are both new and familiar to the competition. Those recognised again by the awards include: Peter Franck (Germany); Donald Webber (Canada); Amit Madheshiya (India); Brent Stirton (South Africa); Simon Norfolk (UK), Fan Li (China) and Massimo Siragusa (Italy). New names include Julia Fullerton-Batten (UK) and Sebastian Gil Miranda (France).
Those in the awards’ Professional categories will now compete for a $25,000 USD prize and the coveted L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year title. The recipient, along with the winners of the Professional categories, overall Youth and Student winners plus the Open Photographer of the Year, who receives a $5,000 USD prize, will all be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on Thursday, 23 April 2015. Competition winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.
The Australian National Award winner will be announced on March 17, with the winner to be selected by Australian industry leaders including James Ostinga, Managing Editor, Yaffa Publishing and Mark Galer, Sony Alpha Ambassador.
The winning and shortlisted images will go on show at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May 2015 and published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.
Notes to editors:
· 177, 444 images were entered in total to the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards -
87,505 Professional entries; 79,264 Open entries and 6,675 Youth entries images
· 139,554 images were entered to the 2014 awards
Sony World Photography Awards forthcoming announcements:
· 3 March – Student Focus shortlist revealed
· 17 March – Australian National Award winner revealed
· 31 March – Open and Youth category winners announced
· 23 April – Professional/Open/Student/Youth Photographers of the Year announced plus Professional category winners
· 24 April – 10 May – Exhibition at Somerset House, London
2015 Honorary Jury:
Taken from the World Photographic Academy, the judges of the professional category were:
· Sasha Erwitt, Photography Editor and Researcher, US
· Xingxin Guo, Vice Director of New Media, Xinhua News Agency, China
· Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Photographer, VII Photo, UK
· Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor, VICE Magazine, US
· Joanna Milter, Deputy Photo Editor, New York Times Magazine, US
· Maria Pieri, Editorial Director, National Geographic Traveller, UK
· Oliver Schmitt, Deputy Director of Photography, Spiegel Online, Germany
· Sue Steward: writer and photography curator, UK
· Enrica Viganò, Curator and Writer, Italy
Photographers were invited to enter a series of between 3 and 10 images into any of the following 13 categories. Judges were asked to select up to 10 photographers for the shortlist. Photographers are listed alphabetically.
Arts & Culture
Presiding Chair: Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries (US)
Judged on a single shot and open to photographers of all abilities, judges were asked to select up to 10 shortlisted images per category.
Arts and Culture
Nature & Wildlife
Open to photographers aged 19 and under, judged by the World Photography Organisation.
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