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25 February 2015
Shortlist revealed for Sony World Photography Awards – the world’s biggest photography competition

© 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

  • Professional, Open and Youth competitions
  • Record number of entries – 173,444 from 171 countries, 24% increase in 2014
  • Shortlisted images to be shown at Somerset House, London, 24 April – 10 May
  • Australian National Award winner to be announced March 17, with overall winners revealed 23 April
  • Images available at or

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. 

  • Images from the shortlist are available to download at or via
  • Please note, only Open and Youth images can be used on social media platforms and all photographs must have credits overlaid
  • If using on Twitter please #SWPA and tag @WorldPhotoOrg




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


Shortlisted Photographers:

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.


  • Joanna Bałaś, Poland
  • Cosmin Bumbutz, Romania
  • Jonathan Carvajal, Colombia
  • Antonio La Grotta, Italy
  • Massimo Siragusa, Italy
  • Vadim Sivak, Ukraine

Arts & Culture

  • Alessandra Bello, Italy
  • Maurizio Beucci, Italy
  • Aristide Economopoulos, United States
  • Dennis Fung, Hong Kong
  • Olaf Schuelke, Germany
  • Koh Soon, Malaysia
  • Brent Stirton, South Africa
  • Pierre André Transunto, Italy
  • Rich Wiles, United Kingdom
  • Gili Yaari, Israel


  • Jonathan Banks, United Kingdom
  • 片村 文人/ Katamura Fumihito, Japan
  • Eduardo Leal, Portugal
  • Amit Madheshiya, India
  • Sebastian Gil Miranda, France
  • Fei Maohua, China
  • Jonathan Syer, United Kingdom


  • Alejandro Almaraz, Argentina
  • Kursad Bayhan, Turkey
  • Meike Fischer, Germany
  • Lisa Gimenez, Argentina
  • Daesung Lee, South Korean
  • Jordi Pizarro, Spain
  • Katia Platonova, Russia
  • Rahul Talukder, Bangladesh
  • Julie van der Vaart, Netherlands


Contemporary Issues

  • Corentin Fohlen, France
  • Shah Newaz Khan, Bangladesh
  • Lisa Krant, United States
  • Annalisa Natali Murri, Italy
  • Brent Stirton, South Africa
  • Boguslawa Trela, Poland
  • Scott Typaldos, Switzerland

Current Affairs

  • Valery Melnikov, Russia
  • John Moore, United States
  • Vladyslav Musiienko, Ukraine
  • Herman Verwey, South Africa


  • 鵬峻 顏/ Peng-Chun Yen, Taiwan
  • Laia Abril, Spain
  • Armando Avallone, Italy
  • Simon Butterworth, United Kingdom
  • Simon Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • Rudi Sebastian, Germany
  • Eva Skalak, Czech Republic
  • Giulio di Sturco, Italy
  • Danila Tkachenko, Russia


  • Dovile Dagiene, Lithuania
  • Julia Fullerton-Batten, United Kingdom
  • Ramil Gilvanov, Russia
  • Alvaro Gomez Vidal, Spain
  • Chen Jian, China
  • Fan Li, China
  • Jiangsong Li, China
  • JM Lopez, Spain
  • Yoko Naito, Japan
  • Mahadev Rojas Torres, Venezuela


  • Johan Bavman, Sweden
  • Carla Kogelman, Netherlands
  • Sabine Lewandowski, Germany
  • Tali Mayer & Janos Chiala, Italy
  • Cecila Meller, France
  • Jennifer Osborne, Canada
  • Liza Van der Stock, Belgium
  • Giovanni Troilo, Italy


  • Christian Berthelot, France
  • Rodrigo Illescas, Argentina
  • Jens Juul, Denmark
  • Tomasz Lazar, Poland
  • Kerry Mansfield, United States
  • Ruben Salgado Escudero, Spain
  • Dougie Wallace, United Kingdom


  • Salil Bera, India
  • Riccardo Bonomi, Italy
  • Irina Dainakova, Belarus
  • Sascha Fromm, Germany
  • Guorong Jia, China
  • Anthony Kham, Cambodia
  • Marcin Klocek, Poland
  • Clas Kristensen, Norway
  • Ronaldo Land, Brazil
  • Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong, Singapore

Still Life

  • Peter Franck, Germany
  • Kirill Golovchenko, Ukraine
  • Kimmo Metsäranta, Finland
  • Vova Pomortzeff, Russia
  • Emanuele Satolli, Italy
  • Mong-Yong Sim, Malaysia
  • Krishna Tummalapalli, India
  • Donald Weber, Canada


  • Nazir Azhari Bin Mohd Anis, Malaysia
  • Nadia Maria Dias, India
  • Andrea de Franciscis, Italy
  • Peter Franck, Germany
  • Zbynek Hrbata, Czech Republic
  • Bernhard Lang, Germany
  • Yoko Naito, Japan
  • Vasilis Ntamplis, Greece
  • Adhi Prayoga, Indonesia
  • Farid Sani, Iran

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.


  • Gina Alderson-Hicks, Australia
  • Armin Appel, Germany x 2
  • Marcus Bayer, Germany
  • Goran Erfani, Iran
  • Michiel Hageman, Netherlands
  • Cesar March, Spain
  • Andrea Rossato, Italy
  • Jürgen Schrepfer, Germany
  • Klaus Wäscher, Germany

Arts and Culture

  • Aprison Aprison, Indonesia
  • Muhammad Berkati, Indonesia
  • Kai Heimberg, Germany
  • David Martin Huamani Bedoya, Peru
  • Hector Muñoz Huerta, Mexico
  • Adrian Jaszczak, Poland
  • Partha Sen, India
  • Alessandro Spiga, Italy
  • Elangovan Subrmania, India
  • Marius Vieth, Germany


  • Lione Bakker, Netherlands
  • Ceslovas Cesnakevicius, Lithuania
  • Antony Crossfield, United Kingdom
  • Lisa Griffin, Ireland
  • Nenad Martic, Croatia
  • Daniel Necula, Romania
  • Manh Ngoc Nguyen, Germany
  • Milad Safabakhsh, Iran
  • Zoltan Toth, Hungary
  • Theo de Witte, Netherlands

Low Light

  • Zol Straub, Australia
  • Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee, India
  • Katja Gragert, Germany
  • Rodrigo Jardon, Mexico
  • Tsang Kam Man, China
  • Alexander Kitsenko, Ukraine
  • Nick Ng Yeow Kee, Malaysia
  • Darren Nisbett, United Kingdom
  • Iskra Parvanova, Bulgaria
  • Ian Thuillier, Ireland

Nature & Wildlife

  • Melissa Little, Australia
  • Seyed Babak Musavi, Iran
  • Gal Gross, Israel
  • Harfian Herdi, Indonesia x 2
  • Peep Loorits, Estonia
  • Yasuyuki Oono, Japan
  • Yvonne Spane, Germany
  • Jassen Todorov, United States
  • Antoine Weis, Switzerland/Luxemberg


  • Marcio Cabral, Brazil
  • Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, Iran x 2
  • Alexander Klebe, Germany
  • Wojciech Kruczynski, Poland
  • Markus Kuhn, Germany
  • Mike MacKinven, New Zealand
  • Pierumberto Pampanin, Italy
  • Norman Quinn, United Kingdom
  • Klaus-Peter Selzer, Germany


  • Saeed Barikani, Iran
  • Amitava Chandra, India
  • Sergio Diaz, Spain
  • Krzysztof Kowalski, Poland
  • Raquel Lopez-Chicheri, Spain
  • Simon Morris, United Kingdom
  • Agus Purnomo, Indonesia
  • Saleh Rozati, Iran
  • Peter Voss, Germany
  • Hui Hua Wang, Singapore


  • Tzu-Hsun Fang, Taiwan
  • Mohammad Amir Hamja, Bangladesh
  • Ummu Kandilcioglu, Turkey
  • Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson, Austria
  • Kiatthaworn Khorthawornwong, Thailand
  • Wilson Lee, Hong Kong
  • Joseph Makeni, Kenya
  • Steffen Rothammel, Germany
  • Peter Voss, Germany
  • Umair Wadood, Pakistan

Split Second

  • Ata Mohammad Adnan, Bangladesh
  • Panom Archarit, Thailand
  • Uwe Hennig, Germany
  • Small Monte Lee, China
  • Cesar March, Spain
  • Jaime Massieu, Spain
  • Eko Prihariyanto, Indonesia
  • Lessy Sebastian, Indonesia x 2
  • Tarek Touma, Lebanon


  • Kumar Bishwajit, Bangladesh
  • Ioulia Chvetsova, France
  • Byron Dilkes, United Kingdom
  • Jorge Fernandez, Spain
  • Yasen Georgiev, Bulgaria
  • Kok Keong Na, Malaysia
  • Enrico Madini, Italy
  • Ismail Abdul Mutalib, Indonesia
  • Vladimir Proshin, Russia
  • Massimo Rumi, Italy

Open to photographers aged 19 and under, judged by the World Photography Organisation.


  • Mohammad Baggale Asghari Baghmishe, Iran
  • Gaurang Bhatt, India
  • Zhu Lin Ch'ng, Malaysia
  • Pnar Efe, Turkey
  • Reuben Foong, Singapore
  • David Pereira, Singapore
  • Beatriz Rocha, Portugal
  • Andres Felipe Caicedo Sierra, Colombia x 2


  • Krishan Bansal, United States
  • Alex Foden, United Kingdom
  • Fernando Henrique, Venezuela
  • Nihal Koppath, United Arab Emirates
  • Daniel Malikyar, United States
  • Sepehr Razmju, Iran
  • Jacopo Sironi, Italy
  • Yong Lin Tan, Malaysia x 2
  • Ivan Turukhano, Russia


  • Adi Dekel, Israel
  • Daniil Maksyukov, Russia
  • Marco Toc, Guatemala

About World Photography Organisation (WPO): WPO supports professional, amateur and young photographers, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends across all genres of photography. Delivering various initiatives to this global community, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating events for the public to participate in. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are: the Sony World Photography Awards; the World Photography Student Focus Competition and Youth on Assignment. In addition the WPO have recently launched Photo Shanghai, Asia-Pacific’s premiere international Art Fair focused on photography and The Magazine, a monthly online publication where photography is explored, debated and discussed.  WPO also has a thriving online presence via its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and engages its online audience via regular PhotoTALK discussions. For more information please visit


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