Lonely Planet Writer

Sony World Photography Awards 2019 reveal eye-catching finalists

The finalists for the Open and Youth sections of the Sony World Photography Awards 2019 have been announced, with the stunning selection showcasing diverse talent from around the world. This year’s competition saw a record-breaking 326,000 submissions from 195 countries and territories. Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards consist of four competitions in total: Professional (for a body of works), Open (for a single image), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (for 12-19-year-olds).

The Youth shortlist features the top eight single images taken by 12-19-year-olds responding to the theme of ‘Diversity’. Shortlisted photographers come from across the world from China and Zimbabwe to Bangladesh and Moldova, and one young photographer will be announced as Youth Photographer of the Year in April.

“I was astonished with the diversity of work that was entered into the Open and Youth competitions. The award represents a very democratic appreciation of photography, from tradition to emergent trends across all genres from nature to fashion. The competition allows the broadest demographic to have a platform,” said Rebecca McClelland, Photography Director & Head of Art Production for Saatchi Saatchi & Prodigious, who is chair of judging in the Open and Youth competition.

A picture on the subject of confidence entitled, "Ignite". © Faiyad Uzzaman, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A picture on the subject of confidence entitled, "Ignite". © Faiyad Uzzaman, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A young shepherd in Moldova. © Ilya Bugaev, Moldova (Republic of), Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A young shepherd in Moldova. © Ilya Bugaev, Moldova (Republic of), Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A piece on loneliness titled, "Fallen Out of the World". © Johannes Weigl, Austria, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A piece on loneliness titled, "Fallen Out of the World". © Johannes Weigl, Austria, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
An image on transgender identities titled, "Sex". © Xinyu Fu, China, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
An image on transgender identities titled, "Sex". © Xinyu Fu, China, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A celebration of the beauty of dark skinned women titled, "Abuot". © Zelle Westfall, United States of America, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A celebration of the beauty of dark skinned women titled, "Abuot". © Zelle Westfall, United States of America, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A photograph titled, "In Between". © Antoine Tiggart, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A photograph titled, "In Between". © Antoine Tiggart, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"The Mirrored Entrance of Tokyu Plaza". © Faiyad Uzzaman, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"The Mirrored Entrance of Tokyu Plaza". © Faiyad Uzzaman, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Walking in the Hell Valley". © Leung Ho Chan, Hong Kong (China), Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Walking in the Hell Valley". © Leung Ho Chan, Hong Kong (China), Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A picture of a tribe in Yunnan, China titled, "Synergy of Humanity". © Eng Chung Tong, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A picture of a tribe in Yunnan, China titled, "Synergy of Humanity". © Eng Chung Tong, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A photo titled, "Flower on the Sea" depicting anchovy fishing in Vietnam. © Trung Pham Huy, Vietnam, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A photo titled, "Flower on the Sea" depicting anchovy fishing in Vietnam. © Trung Pham Huy, Vietnam, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Diamond Skin". © Mikeila Borgia, Argentina, Shortlist, Open, Portraiture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Diamond Skin". © Mikeila Borgia, Argentina, Shortlist, Open, Portraiture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Risky Journey", depicting an overcrowded train and station during the early morning in Tongi railway station in Bangladesh during a Muslim celebration. © Md. Akhlas Uddin, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Risky Journey", depicting an overcrowded train and station during the early morning in Tongi railway station in Bangladesh during a Muslim celebration. © Md. Akhlas Uddin, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A family camping under the stars on the Colo river, New South Wales. © Lauren Hook, Australia, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A family camping under the stars on the Colo river, New South Wales. © Lauren Hook, Australia, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Underwater Gannets". © Tracey Lund, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Underwater Gannets". © Tracey Lund, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Tangshen". A photo showing the contrast of a newly built housing estate versus a much older one. © Jennifer Bin, Canada, Shortlist, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Tangshen". A photo showing the contrast of a newly built housing estate versus a much older one. © Jennifer Bin, Canada, Shortlist, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A portrait titled, "Life is Crushing Me". © Jasem Khlef, Canada, Shortlist, Open, Portraiture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
A portrait titled, "Life is Crushing Me". © Jasem Khlef, Canada, Shortlist, Open, Portraiture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Shadow Puppetry" in the courtyard of a Chinese village. © Pan Jianhua, China, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Shadow Puppetry" in the courtyard of a Chinese village. © Pan Jianhua, China, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Dreamers and Warriors". © Martin Stranka, Czech Republic, Shortlist, Open, Creative (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
"Dreamers and Warriors". © Martin Stranka, Czech Republic, Shortlist, Open, Creative (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards