Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sony World Photography Awards Announces Extraordinary Shortlisted Entries

The Sony World Photography Awards have just released their stunning shortlisted entries for 2016. This year, a record breaking 230,103 images from all across the globe were submitted to the three categories of Professional, Youth and Open. The competition remains one of the most influential and respected of its kind, and with over 1 million images received since the initial launch, it has grown to be the world’s largest photography competition. This year over 270 photographers participated from nearly 60 countries, creating a diverse collection of international moments.
This year an honorary jury, made up of Dominque Green (Consultant, UK) and Sue Steward (Writer/ Curator, UK), have shortlisted some of the exceptional entries from both seasoned and emerging photographers. Overall winners are set to be announced April 21st and will then be displayed at the Somerset House, London from April 22 through May 8th, but in the meantime we have hand-picked some of our favourite images from the spectacular contenders.
Above: Open Shortlist, SplitSecond
Too Much Practice ….. by khairel anuar che ani, Bali
Image was taken in Bali during Melasti Festival. This Festival is conducted once a year in conjunction with Nyepi or Silent Day. These young girls were waiting for their turn to perform. They looked stunning with their bright coloured costumes and heavy make-up on, however the expression on each of the girls' face especially the yawning girl gives this image an extra 'ummpph'.

Open Shortlist, Arts and Culture
Lightning Dream by Minh Ngo Thanh, Vietnam
Annually on holidays Vu Lan – signaling parents. people want them to pray for his parents. They were released on river use candles temple.

Open Shortlist, Enhanced
Dream – The Little Dancer by Mickael Szymanski, France

Open Shortlist, Travel
Farming the Sea by Tugo Cheng, Hong Kong
A fisherman is farming the sea in between the bamboo rods constructed for aquaculture off the coast in southern China.

Open Shortlist, Arts and Culture
By Nader Saadallah, Egypt
This is the Impression Lijiang, it is a cultural theatrical show that describes the lifestyle and several interesting traditions of the Naxi, Yi and Bai people in a colourful and flamboyant outdoor production.The show is innovatively staged in the morning and afternoon. Lijiang city, China.

Open Shortlist, Travel
Gangasagar Fair by Abhijit Banerjee, India
Every year in the month of January few lacks of devotee come to Gangasagar fair in West Bengal. It is the 2nd largest fair of India. Captured the devotees while they worship sun just after their bath.

Open Shortlist, Smile
Reindeer Farmer Kids by Peter Voss, Germany
Reindeer farmer kids in Mongolia.

Open Shortlist, Split Second
Creation of Love by Cheung Yin Fang, Malaysia
A boy creatively made a LOVE shape at the River of Tukad Yeh Unda in Klungkung Sub-District, Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia.

Professional Shortlist, Environment
Art in the Wild- Respect the Tusk by Mohammed Yousef, Kuwait, 
Series of Wildlife Images Taken in Masai Mara Reserve in Africa; The love story between the lion and the lioness in Masai Mara is fascinating. Anger in this case is translated as romance and care.

Professional Shortlist, Staged
Feral Children by Julia Fullerton-Batten, United Kingdom
A feral child is one which

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