San Diego, CA—The World Photography Organization revealed the short lists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. In a year that saw a record 122,000+ entries from 170 countries, the judges selected a short list of photographs that stood out for their quality, originality and modern appeal.
Topics range from haunting shots of the Syrian conflict and the Obama presidential campaign to an intimate study of cinemagoers in Kabul and quirky shots of the animal kingdom.
The honorary jury that selected the Professional short list was chaired by Catherine Chermayeff, director of Special Projects at Magnum Photos. “What an invigorating three days, which resulted in lively and passionate debates. I think we, the jurors, all began this process and felt overwhelmed. I am delighted to say that by day three, each group proudly presented and argued for our respective shortlists and found surprising strength in the shortlist submissions across all categories,” said Chermayeff.
“The World Photography Organization is dedicated to finding the best international contemporary photography from across the world,” added Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organization. “The short list is a clear indication of the exciting photography which is out there and, as we do every year, we are looking forward to presenting this collection of photographers to a global audience.”
The work of all the short-listed photographers will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, from April 26 to May 12, 2013, as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition. The images will also be published in the 2013 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. The Open and Youth category winners will be announced on March 19.
Professional category winners and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 25. The L’Iris D’Or winner will receive $25,000, and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000. All winners, including category winners, will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.
The honorary jury was required to choose a minimum of three and a maximum of 10 photographers per category. Photographers entered 3–10 images per category and were judged on a body of work. All images must have been taken in 2012 or first published in 2012. One winner per category will be chosen from the finalists and announced on April 25, 2013. Photographers are listed below alphabetically.
Finalists: Fabrice Fouillet, France; Reinis Hofmanis, Latvia; Christof Pluemacher, Germany
Short List: Dilip Bhatia, India; Yannic Bartolozzi, Switzerland; André Ferreira, Brazil; Julia Anna Gospodarou, Greece
Arts & Culture
Finalists: Myriam Meloni, Italy; Niccolo Rastrelli, Italy; Danish Siddiqui, India
Short List: Yannick Cormier, France; Fausto Podavini, Italy; Daniele Tamagni, Italy
Finalists: Christian Aslund, Sweden; Spencer Murphy, UK; Scout Tufankjian, USA
Short List: Satirat Damampai, Thailand; Tomoe Hayakawa, Japan; Kelly Hesburn, USA; Andreas Meichsner, Germany; Tine Poppe, Norway; F. Scott Schafer, USA; Michael Schnabel, Germany
Finalists: Edurne Aguinaga, Spain; Florian Ruiz, France; Roman Pyatkovka, Ukraine
Short List:Julia Borissova, Russia; Maia Flore, France; Gail Albert Halana, USA; Jenny Magruder, USA; Sergey Varaksin, Russia
Finalists: Manuel Brabo, Spain; Paolo Pellegrin, Italy; Ilya Pitalev, Russia
Short List: Fabio Bucciarelli, Italy; Colin Delfosse, Belgium; Ed Kashi, USA; Andrew Lubimov, Ukraine; Angelos Tzortzinis, Greece; Oliver Weiken, Germany; Alexander Junior Zemlianichenko, Russia
Finalists: Valerio Bispuri, Italy; Samuel James, USA; Daesung Lee, Republic of Korea
Short List: Javier Arcenillas, Spain; Adam Dean, UK; Robin Hammond, New Zealand; Justin Jin, Hong Kong; Peter Muller, USA; Altaf Qadri, India
Fashion & Beauty
Finalists: Thierry Bouët, France; Alice Pavesi, Italy; Klaus Thymann, Denmark
Short List: Rory Carnegie, UK; Rafal Milach, Poland; Filippo Mutani, Italy; Meeghan Ogilvie, Canada; Dominik Tarabanski, Poland
Finalists: Regis Boileau, France; Arjen Schmitz, Netherlands; Nenad Slijic, Croatia
Short List: Sandra Herd, Australia; Li Fan, China; Bernhard Winkler, Germany; Kechun Zhang, China
Finalists: Alice Caputo, Italy; Fausto Podavini, Italy; Kuni Takahashi, Japan
Short List: Aleksey Myakishev, Russia; Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, Bangladesh
Nature & Wildlife
Finalists: Hudson Garcia, Brazil; Ernest Goh, Singapore; Satoru Kondo, Japan
Short List: Regis Boileau, France; Walter Fogel, Germany; Mehmet Karaca, Turkey; Jose Ramon Moreno, Spain
Finalists: Balazs Gardi, Hungary; Andrea Gjestvang, Norway; Pete Muller, US
Short List: Adam Dean, UK; Ivan Kashinsky, United States Minor Outlying Islands; Jacek Świerczyński, Poland; Michela Taeggi, Italy; Paul Wenham-Clarke, UK; Lisa Whiltse, US
Short List: Marcco Ceccaroni, Italy; Maxim Dondyuk, Ukraine; Li Fan, China; Jens Juul, Denmark; Davide Monteleone, Italy; Agnieszka Rayss, Poland
Finalists: Isabela Pacini, Brazil; Ryan Pierse, Australia; Adam Pretty, Australia
Short List: Fernando Borges, Brazil; Michael Löwa, Germany; Yusuke Murata, Japan; Alma Photos, Italy; Vilhelm Stokstad, Sweden; Rob van Thienen, Belgium; Robin Utrecht, Netherlands
Short List: Rastislav Čambal, Czech Republic; Vanessa Colareta, Peru; Nick Todak, USA
Finalists: Daniel Duart, Spain; Johannes Heuckeroth, Germany; Gali Tibbon, Israel
Short List: Matteo Butturini, Italy; Agurtxane Concellon, Norway; Kelly Hesburn, USA; Val Proudkii, USA
Open Competition Short List
Judges could select up to 10 short-listed images per category, and photographers were judged on a single snapshot in any category. All photographs must have been taken in 2012. One winner will be chosen per category and announced on March 19, 2013. The overall Open winner will be announced April 25.
Martina Biccheri, Italy; Flavio D'Aquino, Italy; István Forgács, Hungary; Ralph Gräf, Germany; Paweł Karasiński, Poland; Igor Krieg, Germany; Peter Mysticdidge Plorin, Germany; Jens Oliver Klaffs, Germany; Max van Son, Netherlands; Алексей Скрипин, Russia
Arts and Culture
Mohdfaridzazhar Azhar, Malaysia; Dibyendu Dey Choudhury, India; Arup Ghosh, India; Jessica Hetke, Germany; Hg Chai Hock, Singapore; Fahmy Husain, Indonesia; Anurag Kumar, India; Chen Long Wen, Malaysia; Mohammad reza Masoumi, Iran; Gilbert Yu, Hong Kong
Gerhard Burger, Germany; Danny Cohen, Australia; Michal Giedrojc, Poland; Samad Ghorbanzadeh, Iran; Michel Lagarde, France; Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam; Nina Piatrouskaya, Belarus; Christine Simpson, Ireland; Victoria Panasenko, Ukraine; Chanhoe Kim, Korea
Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan; Tatjana Bachmistova, Lithuania; Harry Fisch, Spain; Yi-Hsien Lee, Taiwan; Torsten Muehlbacher, Austria; Manish Patel, UK; Chris Round, Australia; Cemil Seyis, Turkey; Tino Solomon, UK
Nature & Wildlife
Marek Andrzejewski, Poland; Roberto Bettacchi, Italy; Peter Delaney, South Africa; Frederick van Heerden, South Africa; Krasimir Matarov, Bulgaria;f John Matzick, USA; Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam; Petar Sabol, Croatia; Ricardo Venerando, Brazil; Christian Vizl, Mexico
Luca Benini, Italy; Florian Breuer, South Africa; Jason Hipp, USA; Konrad Lenz, Germany; Fabricio Pretti, UK; Anatoly Rudakov, Germany; Michael Schulze, Germany; Christian Stangl, Austria; Pawel Uchorczak, Poland; Yeow Kwang Yeo, Singapore
Ahmad Al Rikaby, UK; Ali Asadi, Iran; Miguel Candela, Spain; Karolina Grabowska, Poland; Paolo Mezzera, Italy; Reza Nezamdust, Iran; Louise Porter, USA; Roman Shalenkin, Russia; Natalia Wiernik, Poland; Tadahiko Hisatomi, Japan
Abhijit Dey, India; Eleri Griffiths, UK; Madhabendu Hensh, India, Huu Hung Truong, Vietnam; Mac Kwan, China; Dinh Manh Tai, Vietnam; Paulo Mittelman, Brazil; Sandipan Mukherjee, India; Nick Riley, UK; Boguslawa Trela, Poland
Ata Mohammad Adnan, Bangladesh; Gregory Bogaert, Belgium; Massimo Ferrero, Italy; Matías Gálvez, Chile; Nicola Genchi, Italy; Tamás Nagy, Hungary; Fabian Oefner, Switzerland; Barbara Roppo, Italy; Markus Reugels, Germany; Kazi Riasat Alve, Bangladesh
Peyman Bordbar, Iran; Andrey Ermolaev Russia x 2; Manny Fajutag, Philippines; Maciej Grzegorzek, Poland; Maciej Makowski, Poland; Hajdu Tamas, Romania; Nathan Wills, Australia; Елена Мозговая, Ukraine; Artem Zhushman, Russia
Youth Competition Short List
This category was open to photographers under 20 years of age.
Biswajit Biswas, Bangladesh; Ilia Filin, Hungary; Achilleas Georgallidis, Greece; Abdelrhman Hussein, Egypt; Yusuf Kadermia, USA; Julia Merrick, Australia; Toby Pickard, UK; Fyodor Telkov, Russia x 2
Anders Austrheim, Norway; Henrik Follesø Egeland, Norway; Robert Gifford, UK; Galina Kapitonova, Russia; Jimmy, Taiwan; Lior Kestenberg, Israel; Ramin Krause, Germany; Joe Stockdale, UK; Marin Sušlić, Croatia; Michael Wilkie, Australia
Marina Abdullaeva, Russia; Valida Babayeva, Azerbaijan; Samantha Bermúdez, Argentina; Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania; Alyona Korolyova, Russia; Jonathan Liu, Singapore; Julia Merrick, Australia; Diko Risanto, Indonesia; Berta Vicente, Spain
Created by the World Photography Organization (WPO), the World Photography Awards, sponsored by Sony, launched in 2007. WPO supports professional, amateur and student photography, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are the World Photography Student Focus Competition, the World Photo international festivals and events and the World Photography Focus Program. sony.com