It’s the 10th anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards, and photographers from over 50 countries around the world are helping them celebrate.
More than 227,000 images were submitted for consideration this year. The competitors, a mix of professionals and amateurs, are vying for titles in four primary categories (Professional, Open, Youth, and Student Focus) and a variety of subcategories.
In the Professional competition, photojournalism and hard-hitting news photography sit side-by-side with fine-art, still-life and commercial work, as well as awe-inspiring images of the natural world and our travels within it. Photographers must submit a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 images to compete. The winner is selected from the first place winners of all the Professional categories and earns the prestigious title of Photographer of the Year.
The Open category invites photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels to take part in the world’s biggest photography competition. The judges award the best single images from across 10 diverse categories, ranging from Architecture and Landscape to Still Life and Street Photography.
The Youth competition, for all photographers aged 12-19, recognises the next generation of talented young creators. The final category, Student Focus, is open to anyone undertaking a full-time photography course at a registered university.
Scott Gray, CEO of the World Photography Organisation, said in a statement:
“This year, more than any other, the entries to the Sony World Photography Awards have shown great integrity and are characterized by their considered approach. Beautiful works of photographic art, not snapshots, have been presented to the judges and I am delighted to see that our esteemed juries have chosen to reward the pure skill, artistic interpretation and thoughtfulness of the photographer, rather than simply the subject matter the photographer has captured.”
Judge Damien Demolder added, “It has been a pleasure and an inspiration to be exposed to such a volume of great work, and a privilege too that I could share in the personal moments, the joys, tears, life and losses of photographers from all around the globe who recorded their experiences through their pictures.”
The Sony World Photography Awards have now announced the shortlisted winners for 2017. They will go on to compete for the latest Sony digital imaging equipment, plus US$25,000 for the Photographer of the Year, $5000 for the overall open category winner, and €30,000 worth of equipment for the university of the Student Focus winner.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 20th April. Beginning the following day, the winning, shortlisted and commended images will be on show as part of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, also in London. The exhibition will run until 7th May, then go on a worldwide tour.
View a selection of the shortlisted winners above and the full collection here.