The year 2019 has definitely been a record breaking one for Sony World Photography Awards that has received massive number of 326,000 submissions from photographers from all over the world in 195 countries. However the race has yet begun and the best photographer of the year will not be announced sooner than mid-April. The World Photography Organisation has finally revealed their chosen ones “Open and Youth” shortlisted photos.
These dynamically upright pictures portray the sheer diversity of scenic beauty for the ten categories of the Open merit contest. Like every other year, the cult classic Landscape and Portraiture categories like before received the best of the competition. However as far as the newer categories like Creative have come out with freaking awesome entrants. The professional photographers from the UK, Italy, and the USA have contributed in a greater number as compared to the number of submissions from Mexico, Korea, and India but the volume of submissions from the later have also increased a great deal.
The Youth photography contest, which has been an absolutely open and unbiased to photographers from the age group 12 to 19, after a hectic amount of research eight images were shortlisted. However, as per rule the juvenile creatives were required to follow the thin themeline “Diversity” and the results yielded have shown us some of the rare gems we missed many times. “I was astonished with the diversity of work that was entered into the Open and Youth competitions,” shares Youth and Open judging chair Rebecca McClelland, Photography Director & Head of Art Production for Saatchi Saatchi & Prodigious. “The award represents a very democratic appreciation of photography, from tradition to emergent trends across all genres from nature to fashion. The competition allows the broadest demographic to have a platform.”
Finally, both not only the winners but the shortlisted photos will also be featured in 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition to be held at Somerset House in London this year. The contest featuring these photos will be commenced from April 18 to May 6, 2019.
In the course of time during the whole process, these contestants shall await the next announcement of February 26 for the Open category and also National Awards winners and also the Overall Open Youth Winners’ to be declared on April 17.
“This is the European plum ‘President’ that I grow. ‘President’ is a variety discovered in the state of Hertfordshire in England in the early 20th century. In Nagano Prefecture where my farm is located, it is a late-seed variety that ripens in late September. “
“Prunus Domestica ‘President’ European Plum” by Masumi Shiohara, Japan, Shortlist, Open, Still Life (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. “This work is aimed at showing the identity of the variety in detail. I photographed flowers with branches in spring and fruits with branches in autumn. Furthermore, I shot three aspects of flowers and fruits, their cross section, and a seed. Three sides of flower and fruit, a seed and fruits with branches have focus stacking.”
“Arabian Red Fox” by Msaaed Al Gharibah, Kuwait, Open, Natural World & Wildlife.
“The Arabian Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes arabica ) is a subspecies of the Red Fox and is native to Arabia and adapted to life in the desert. It inhabits virtually every environment in Arabia from cities along the coast to desert and mountains.”
“Huddle” by Nadia Aly, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Lights and shadows, wires and pigeons, draw a dense pattern in a river channel in Funchal, Madeira (Portugal).”
“Wires and Pigeons” by Alessandro Zunino, Italy, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.
“A jellyfish pulsates its umbrella right beneath the surface at the end of the blooming season in Mar Menor (Spain) coastal lagoon.”
“Dusk of the jellyfish” by Angel Fitor, Spain, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife
“The Harvest” by Dikpal Thapa, Nepal, Shortlist, Open, Culture.
“Hubris Part I” by Katarzyna Young, South Africa, Shortlist, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Sentinel” by Shaun Mills, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Architecture.
“Long Exposure shot of the Old Victorian Lighthouse off the coast of Dovercourt, Essex. 40-second exposure was taken at high tide on an overcast day on 17th February 2018. The long exposure combined with sea and cloud movement enabled me to produce the minimalist effect I was looking for.”
“Walking Among the Stars”
Rosaria Sabrina Pantano, Italy, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography. “Taken in Turin, Piazza Castello, during a performance.”
“A walk on the bike”
Photographer Alexandr Vlassyuk, Russian Federation, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. “This is one shot from my series of shots taken in the yard of a private house with the help of a drone.” Credits: Website | Facebook | Instagram
“Tarian Ikan Cupang” by Dhiky Aditya, Indonesia, Shortlist, Open, Creative.
“Stumps, Alder Lake, Nisqually River, Washington” by Hal Gage, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Landscape (Open Competition).
“Stumps exposed from in spring when water levels on the man-made Alder lake on the Nisqually River Dam, Washington are low.”
“Illusion” by Gérard Bret, France, Shortlist, Open, Landscape.
“Like a checkerboard representing the oyster tables of Thau pond, near Sète, France.”
“A Dog and its Best Friend” by Arvids Baranovs, Latvia, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Face to Face” by Manuel Enrique González Carmona, Spain-Natural World & Wildlife
“From China, Shortlist, Category, Culture (Open competition) “Thousands of women Buddhists line up the hillside to go to the mountains to practice the dharma, which is called Da Yuan Sheng Hui, in Sichuan, China.”
“This Photo is called ‘Hey You’ from my Series ‘The Least Miserable Country’ made in Thailand in February 2018.
“Hey You” by Fabian Ruchti, Switzerland, Street Photography. After a photo tour, I went to the beach restaurant to drink a coffee. When I saw that girl came out from the sea and walk to the salesman—’klick’.” Photo Credits: Website | Facebook | Instagram:
“Circle of Power”
“Every year, at Sheffield Mills, Nova Scotia photographers come from all over the world to attend the annual Eagle Watch event.
Photographed by Sandi Little, Canada, Natural World & Wildlife. The eagles fill the trees surrounding a field where they are fed dead chickens who die during the night at local hatcheries .. it is amazing to watch as the eagles have great patience… until the crows and the seagulls start to fly in and enjoy the free lunch .. one or two eagles start to fly out of the trees to scare the crows and other birds of prey from eating what they consider to be their lunch and other eagles follow.. a feeding frenzy ensues…eagles soar to the ground, grabbing dead chickens in their large talons, sometimes two at a time…anything can happen, and often does.. my photo capture was a lucky one.. one eagle had landed in a crevice to enjoy his catch when he sensed another eagle was approaching to steal it from him.. he turned around, in full wingspan, to protect his lunch and I captured his look of ‘don’t you dare ‘ to his approaching threat…It was worth standing for hours in minus 10 degrees (C) to capture this shot of wildlife’s amazing beauty.”
“Morning view from my hotel in Stockholm.”
“Abuot” by Zelle Westfall, United States of America, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity.
“I had this image in my mind before I took it. This was the very first shot, just to test the lighting. Right away, I knew this was exactly what I was going for. The rest of the shoot was spent collaborating with Jordan. Abuot is my friend from school and she is one of the funniest people I know. In today’s society, with skin bleaching products and colorism flooding the media, it’s important to highlight the beauty of dark-skinned women who are often told that they are ‘too dark’.”
“Bright Minuet” by Alessandro Zanoni, Italy Shortlist Open Culture
“This picture has been taken next to the Gyeongbokgung Palace main gate, in Seoul. The ancient buildings are surrounded by several shops that rent and sell traditional costume for the visitors. For the people who wear one of that dress, the entrance is free. This shot underlines the contrast of a city in a fast-changing, where traditions and modernity are often crossing each other.”
Sergio Ferreira Ruiz, Spain, Shortlist, Open, Motion (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Open water swimming competition in Cabo de Palos, Region of Murcia, Spain.”
“Forest of Resonating Lamps” by Yukihito Ono, Japan, Open, Travel
“Portrait of Father and Son”
Photography by Artem Mikryukov, Russian Federation, Portraiture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. Photo Credits: Website | Facebook | Instagram:
“Converge” by Lu Quanhou, China, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open contest)
A familial ryokan in Beppu with the mother drinking her tea while her daughter is reading manga. Ryokans [旅館] are traditional Japanese inns often run in a family home with bedding (futon) spread out on the tatami floor & common bathing areas
Photo Credits: Website | Facebook | Instagram: “Familial Ryokan in Beppu” by Nicolas Boyer, France, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. “ (ofuro – 風炉).”018.
“National Police Day” by Piotr Cyganik, Poland, Open, Motion
“Photo was taken during show given by special horse unit from police forces from Chorzow, Poland. Show was the part of Polish National Police Day celebrations.”
“Synergy of Humanity” by Eng Chung Tong, Malaysia, Culture
“A humanity view of one of the minorities tribes in Yunnan going about their daily working life. Teamwork, coordination, and cooperation are essential for efficiency otherwise it will be chaos. An impression of once upon a time in Yunnan.”