Fields of bright flowers in Italy, rainbow-coloured public housing in Singapore and fireflies that light up the night in China are just some of the incredible images that have made the shortlist in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.
The contest, which is celebrating its 10th year, is the world’s largest photography competition, recognizing exceptional images from around the world.
The images are sure to inspire photographers and travelers alike, showing amazing people and places around the world.
The shortlisted and commended images were announced this week in all of the competition’s categories, which include professional, open, youth and student focus. More than 227,000 photos were submitted and there are photographers from 49 countries on the shortlist.
Scott Gray, CEO, World Photography Organisation, said in a statement: “This year, more than any other, the entries to the Sony World Photography Awards have shown great integrity and are characterized by their considered approach. Beautiful works of photographic art, not snapshots, have been presented to the judges and I am delighted to see that our esteemed juries have chosen to reward the pure skill, artistic interpretation and thoughtfulness of the photographer, rather than simply the subject matter the photographer has captured”.
The photographers on the shortlist are competing for the latest Sony digital imaging equipment, plus US$25,000 for the Photographer of the Year, $5000 for the overall open category winner, and €30,000 (Euros) worth of equipment for the university of the Student Focus winner.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 20 April. The winning and shortlisted images will be on display as part of the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition, which will be held at Somerset House in London. The exhibition opens on 21 April and will be in London until 7 May, when it will then go on a world-wide tour.
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