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February 23, 2016

Sony World Photography Awards 2016 Shortlists Announced

Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: The bridge to Mandalay. The U Bein bridge in Myanmar. Photographer Copyright © Lesley Hall, UK, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Travel, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: Protection. Photographer Copyright © Mohammed Yousef, Kuwait, Shortlist, Professional Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: Running Away with the Circus. More than 300 people in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, representing 25 different countries, spend 44 weeks of the year traveling an average of 20,000 miles from coast to coast in a train. Photographer Copyright © Stephanie Sinclair, US, Shortlist, Professional Daily Life, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards / National Geographic Creative.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: Tajiks on the Pamir Plateau. The life of Tajiks living in the Tashkurghan Autonomous County in Xinjiang, China. Life is hard in this cold place on the Pamirs where there are vast stretches of the Gobi Desert. Tajiks have been living a semi-nomadic life here for generations, mainly relying on livestock raising for a tenacious survival. Photographer Copyright © Fan Li, China, Shortlist, Professional, Candid, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: Yuxian County village, China. Photographer Copyright © Maoyuan Cui, China, Shortlist, Professional, Landscape, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: Worshipping the Sun. Every year in the month of January, devotees come to Gangasagar fair in West Bengal, India. Devotees worshipping the Sun just after their bath. Photographer Copyright © Abhijit Banerjee, India, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Travel, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: Farming the Sea. A fisherman is farming the sea in between the bamboo rods constructed for aquaculture off the coast in southern China. Photographer Copyright © Tugo Cheng, Hong Kong, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Travel, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

Photo: Love at First Sight. The very first eye contact of a mother with her newborn baby. Photographer Copyright © Hernan Churba, Argentina, Shortlist, Professional, Campaign, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: Vienna, Austria architecture. Photograph inspired by a quote by famous architect Le Corbusier — “Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.” Photographer Copyright © Werner Elmer, Austria, Shortlist, Professional, Architecture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: The environment we live in. Photographer Copyright © Kumail Rizvi, Pakistan, Shortlisted, Youth Competition, Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

The 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, organised by the World Photography Organisation, today announced the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth competitions.

This year’s shortlist is defined by its sheer internationality, with over 270 photographers from nearly 60 countries being represented.

A record-breaking 230,103 images were entered into the Professional, Open and Youth competitions from 186 countries.

Recognising the best contemporary photography from 2015, the Honorary Jury, chaired by Dominque Green (Consultant, UK) and Sue Steward (Writer/ Curator, UK), have identified exceptional work by both emerging talent and seasoned photographers from all corners of the world.

SHORTLISTED PHOTOGRAPHERS

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

Photographers were invited to enter a series of between 3 and 10 images into any of the following 14 categories. Judges were asked to select up to 10 photographers for the shortlist. Photographers are listed alphabetically.

Architecture

Candid

Conceptual

Landscape

Portraiture

Staged

Still Life

Campaign

Contemporary Issues

Current Affairs

Daily Life

Environment

People

Sport

OPEN CATEGORIES

Judged on a single shot and open to photographers of all abilities, judges were asked to select up to 10 shortlisted images per category.

Architecture

Arts and Culture

Enhanced

Low Light

Nature and Wildlife

Panoramic

People

Smile

Split Second

Travel

YOUTH COMPETITION

Open to photographers aged 19 and under, judged by the World Photography Organisation.

Culture

Environment

Portraits

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