Sony World Photography Awards 2016 Shortlists Announced, And They Are Awesome!

Feb 28, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sony World Photography Awards 2016 Shortlists Announced, And They Are Awesome!

Feb 28, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The shortlists for the world’s biggest photography competition, the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards has been released this week.

This year’s competition has broken all records this year, receiving a massive 230,201 entries, up 28% on last year.

The Sony World Photography Awards is split into four separate photography competitions for Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus, with each divided group into various categories.  There are also National Awards for the best entries from different countries.

So far, the short listed entries have been announced for the Professional, Open and Youth competitions and images have been posted on the World Photography Organisation website.

The Student Focus shortlist is expected to be announced on March 1st.

Despite being “short” lists, there are still a massive number of images available for you to see, and there are truly wonderful and inspiring photographs amongst them.

The Youth competition is particularly interesting.  Looking at some of the images shown in the Youth categories, there’s at least one or two names we should definitely be keeping an eye out for in the future.

The Professional Photographer of the Year plus overall Professional, Open and Youth category winners will be revealed in London, England on April 21st.  They will share a $30,000 cash prize and receive the latest Sony digital imaging equipment.

The Sony World Photography Awards also have a travelling exhibition, taking place in cities all over the world.  So far, the only location announced is at Somerset House in London, England, starting on April 22nd, the day after the winners are announced, and running until May 8th.

Here are a selection of the shortlisted entries from each category.

Professional Competition

© Rob Gregory, United States, Shortlist, Professional , Campaign
© Rob Gregory, United States, Shortlist, Professional , Campaign
Giancarlo Ceraudo, Italy, Shortlist, Professional , Candid
Giancarlo Ceraudo, Italy, Shortlist, Professional , Candid
© Alexander Semenov, Russia, Shortlist, Professional Environment
© Alexander Semenov, Russia, Shortlist, Professional Environment
Marielle Van Uitert, Netherlands, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues
Marielle Van Uitert, Netherlands, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues
© Andrew Burton, United States, Shortlist, Professional , Current Affairs,
© Andrew Burton, United States, Shortlist, Professional , Current Affairs
© Andrew Burton, United States, Shortlist, Professional , Current Affairs,
© Mohammed Yousef, Kuwait, Shortlist, Professional Environment

Open Competition

© Peter Voss, Germany, Shortlist, Open Competition, Smile, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
© Peter Voss, Germany, Shortlist, Open Competition, Smile
© Valter Bernardeschi, Italy, Shortlist, Open Nature and Wildlife
© Valter Bernardeschi, Italy, Shortlist, Open Nature and Wildlife
© Valter Bernardeschi, Italy, Shortlist, Open Nature and Wildlife
© Valter Bernardeschi, Italy, Shortlist, Open Nature and Wildlife
© Hendra Permana, Indonesia, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Smile
© Hendra Permana, Indonesia, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Smile
© Amir Hoosein Kamali, Iran, Shortlist, Open Arts and Culture
© Amir Hoosein Kamali, Iran, Shortlist, Open Arts and Culture
© Swee Choo Oh, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open Arts and Culture
© Swee Choo Oh, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open Arts and Culture

Youth Competition

© Ivana Pejak, Serbia, Shortlist, Youth Portrait, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
© Ivana Pejak, Serbia, Shortlist, Youth Portrait
©Agung Krisna Wibawa, Indonesia, Shortlist, Youth Culture
©Agung Krisna Wibawa, Indonesia, Shortlist, Youth Culture
Hongbo Zhu, China, Shortlisted, Youth Competition, Environment
Hongbo Zhu, China, Shortlisted, Youth Competition, Environment
©Ahmed Gaber, Egypt, Shortlist, Youth, Portrait
©Ahmed Gaber, Egypt, Shortlist, Youth, Portrait
© Ramadhan Sinclair, Malaysia, Shortlist, Youth Culture
© Ramadhan Sinclair, Malaysia, Shortlist, Youth Culture

You can browse the full list of this year’s shortlisted entries here :

If you’ve still not had enough, and want to browse through some of the previous years winners, you can also check out the Sony World Photography Awards Galleries from 2010-2015.

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the winners.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Sony World Photography Awards 2016 Shortlists Announced, And They Are Awesome!”

  1. Mark Niebauer Avatar
    Mark Niebauer

    Awesome Images

  2. Paul Avatar
    Paul

    Wrong photographer credit on the cheetah photograph.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Thank you, this has been fixed. :)