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February 24, 2015

Sony World Photography Awards 2015 — Shortlists Announced

Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: “Military Walk by a Caravan of Camels carving their Way in the Desert”. Category “Split Second”, Youth Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Tarek Touma, Lebanon.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: “Shepherd surprised by Snow Storm”. Category “People”, Open Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Saeed Barikani, Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Photo: Category “Lifestyle”, Professional Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Fan Li, China.

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Photo: Category “Current Affairs”, Professional Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Herman Verwey, South Africa.

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Photo: Category “Lifestyle”, Professional Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Yoko Naito, Japan.

London, 24 February: The 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, today announced the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth categories.

About 200 images have been shortlisted in the Professional Competition, about 100 in the Open Competition, and about 20 in the Youth Competition.

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.

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.

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. 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 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).

2015 Honorary Jury

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