San Diego, CA—Five American photographers were named when the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards announced the short lists for its Professional, Open and Youth categories. The American photographers and their categories are: Aristide Economopoulos, Professional Arts & Culture; Lisa Krant, Professional Contemporary Issues; John Moore, Professional Current Affairs; Kerry Mansfield, Professional Portraiture; and Jassen Todorov, Open Nature & Wildlife.
Recognizing 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—and a 24% increase on 2014. The judging, which is done anonymously by a panel of experts from the World Photographic Academy, uncovered inspiring, arresting and thought-provoking work by a range of professional photographers and enthusiasts from around the world.
“The sole purpose of the Sony World Photography Awards is to celebrate and appreciate the talented artists working in the photographic industry,” said Astrid Merget Motsenigos, creative director of the World Photography Organization and organizer of the awards. “Once again, the short list demonstrates the vibrancy, diversity and skill of both today’s established photographers and, as importantly, the growing army of citizen photographers for whom the awards offer unprecedented exposure and opportunity. The record number of entries gave our expert panel of judges a monumental task, but we are incredibly proud to present to you a short list which truly showcases some of the world’s best photography.”
Across the 13 Professional, 10 Open and a trio of Youth categories, the judges were refreshed by the bold approach of the short-listed photographers to familiar topics and the ability of these photographers to surprise the judges with images and stories they have not previously seen.
The short-listed photographers recognized again by the awards 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.
Those short-listed in the Professional categories will now compete for a $25,000 prize and the coveted L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title. The recipient, along with the winners of the Professional categories, overall Youth and Student winners, plus the Open Photographer of the Year, who all will receive a $5,000 prize, will be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on April 23, 2015. All winners also receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.
The winning and short-listed images will be on show at Somerset House in London from April 24 through May 10 and will be published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. Tickets can be booked at www.worldphoto.org/2015exhibition. The exhibition will also include an intimate display of still images, books and films by Elliott Erwitt, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award. worldphoto.org