February 19, 2013
Sony World Photography Awards 2013 — Student Focus
Photo: Turning 30. Birthday Party. Photographer - Sarai Rua Fargues. © Sarai Rua Fargues, Spain, Student Focus Finalist, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Jackpot. Grandmother on a slot machine. Photographer - Aimee Turner. © Aimee Turner, UK, Student Focus Finalist, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Offering colors to Pachamama. Celebration of Pachamama — a festival celebrated by the original Andean peoples of Latin America. Photographer - Maria Candelaria Rivera Gadea. © Maria Candelaria Rivera Gadea, Argentina, Student Focus Finalist, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.
• The World Photography Organisation (WPO) today revealed the ten finalists of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition.
• Over 230 universities entered this year’s Student Focus, which has established itself as the globe’s leading student photography program and competition and involves over 20,000 students. Photographers were asked to enter a single image to capture the spirit of celebration in their country.
The judges, photography collector, curator and consultant W.M Hunt plus British photographers Jonathan Worth and Leonie Hampton, were asked to select six images from the six continents, plus four favorites from anywhere in the world to make a list of 10 finalists from the entries.
The finalists are:
• Africa - South Africa: Zanele Plaatjie, Vaal University of Technology
• Asia - Singapore: Eugene Soh, Nanyang Technological University
• Asia - India: Anshul Mehrotra, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
• Europe - Belgium: Andrea Azema, La Cambre, Brussels
• Europe - Poland: Natalia Wiernik, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow
• Europe - Spain: Sarai Rua Fargues, I.E.F.C, Barcelona
• Europe - Wales: Aimee Turner, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen
• North America - Mexico: Marcelo Sanchez, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey
• Oceania - New Zealand: Kim Annan, The University of Auckland, Auckland
• South America - Argentina: Maria Candelaria Rivera Gadea, Escuela Motivarte, Buenos Aires
• All will now compete to win the overall Student Focus title and €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for their university.
All student finalists will have their images exhibited at Somerset House, London, as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition from 26 April - 12 May. The photographs will also be published in the 2013 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.
The finalists also receive a Sony 65 camera on which they will shoot a series of images exploring what the word ‘family’ means to them; the judges will select an overall winner from these images. All students will be flown to London by WPO to find out who has won the 2013 Student Focus title and €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment, when it is revealed at the glamorous Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on 25 April.
• Following its inaugural Student Focus conference on photography education held at Photokina in October 2012, the World Photography Organisation and Sony are publishing a white paper on the future of the education of photography.
• Written by Virginia Morrison, Executive Director, Society for Photography Education, USA, the white paper outlines a series of core competencies for students of photography, a key element missing from the current system of teaching. It also addresses photography curriculum, the need to think digitally and the making of and teaching of the art of photography.