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SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2022
JUDGES AND UPCOMING EXHIBTION DATES ANNOUNCED

The World Photography Organisation is delighted to announce the judging panel for the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 and upcoming exhibition dates. The Sony World Photography Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House, London in April 2022 and in November, for the first time ever, will be on show in Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.

Now in its 15th year, the Sony World Photography Awards are one of the world’s leading photography competitions, celebrating the best contemporary photography from across the globe and providing photographers with significant exposure and career-building opportunities.

Sony supports the Awards to help the continued development of photographic culture by giving a global platform to today’s talent. Entry to the Awards is completely free and photographers are judged anonymously by a panel of industry leading judges.

2022 JUDGES 

This year’s jury brings a range of knowledge and expertise from varied photographic backgrounds.

Professional Competition: Rahaab Allana, Curator and Publisher, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi; Ângela Ferreira, Artist, Independent curator, writer and educator; Nathalie Herschdorfer, Director, Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland; Deborah Klochko, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California; Richmond Orlando Mensah, Founder and Creative Director, Manju Journal, Ghana; Mike Trow, Independent Curator and Photo Editor and Chair of the Jury

Open and Youth Competition: Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography, Newsweek Japan

Student Competition: Colin Czerwinski, photographer and Founder, NOICE Magazine, USA

2022 EXHIBITION DATES AND 2021 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

In 2022 the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House, London from 15 April – 2 May 2022 followed by its first ever presentation at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool from 10 November – 11 December 2022.

We are also pleased to announce upcoming dates for the Sony World Photography Awards  2021 exhibition in various European venues, including:

  • Fotofestival Lenzburg, Switzerland, 3 September – 3 October
  • Bern, Austria, Foto Zumstein, 9 September – 6 October, 2021
  • Berlin, Germany, Willy-Brandt Haus, 28 October 2021 – 12 January 2022,
  • Paris, France  Galerie Joseph, 5 – 15 November 2021

Scott Gray, Founder and CEO, World Photography Organisation, says: We are delighted to once again welcome visitors to exhibitions of the Sony World Photography Awards across Europe and look forward to collaborating with long-time and new partners Somerset House, London and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. Although challenging, the last two years have highlighted the importance of the Awards in not just providing a valuable platform for rewards and opportunities but also in bringing together a global community which elevates and champions the extraordinary and creative work of contemporary photographers.

2022 PRIZES AND DEADLINES

The Sony World Photography Awards opened on 1 June 2021. Full competition and categories descriptions can be found at worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards

Deadlines across the Awards’ four competitions are:

Professional: 14 January 2022, 13:00 GMT

Open: 7 January 2022, 13:00 GMT

Student: 30 November 2021, 13:00 GMT

Youth: Monthly competitions with a changing theme running from 1 June to 31 December, 2021

All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student competitions will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) to the Open Photographer of the Year. All winning and shortlisted photographers’ works will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London and will then be toured internationally. The winning images will also be published in the annual Awards book.

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For all press inquiries and interview requests, please contact:
Press Department, World Photography Organisation
+ 44 (0) 20 7886 3018 / press@worldphoto.org 
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Image credits – grid (from top row, left to right):
© Taiwo Arifayan, Nigeria, entry, Open competition, Lifestyle, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
© Antonio Bernardino Coelho, Portugal, entry, Open competition, Object, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
© Tom Barnes, United Kingdom, entry, Open competition, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
© Hardijanto Budyman, Indonesia, entry, Open competition, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
© Jim Kateluzos, United States, entry, Open competition, Architecture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
© Asim ijaz, Pakistan, entry, Open competition, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
© Takrim Ahmed, Bangladesh, entry, Open competition, Lifestyle, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
© Anton Bondarev, Russian Federation, entry, Open competition, Natural World & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
© Vijay Paniselvum, Malaysia, entry, Open competition, Natural World & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
© Owen Harvey, United Kingdom, entry, Open competition, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022
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LES GRANDS GAGNANTS 2021
ANNONCE DES LAURÉATS DES CONCOURS PROFESSIONAL, OPEN, STUDENT ET YOUTH

© Craig Easton
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La World Photography Organisation a le plaisir de révéler les grands gagnants des prestigieux Sony World Photography Awards 2021. Le titre de Photographe de l’année, assorti de sa récompense de 25 000 dollars et d’un équipement photo Sony, est attribué au brillant documentariste Craig Easton (Royaume-Uni) pour sa série Bank Top. À cette occasion, le podium des dix lauréats, et les 2e et 3e places, des catégories du concours Professional, ainsi que les lauréats toutes catégories confondues des concours Open, Student et Youth seront aussi dévoilés.

Bank Top est le résultat de l’initiative du musée et galerie d’art de Blackburn, Kick Down the Barriers, un projet lancé en réponse à des articles de presse décrivant la ville comme « la plus isolée de Grande-Bretagne ». Dans le but de contester ce portait, le musée a invité des artistes et des écrivains à collaborer avec les habitants de divers quartiers pour présenter une représentation fiable et authentique de leurs communautés.

Pendant un an, Easton et Hafiz ont travaillé en étroite collaboration avec les habitants pour explorer leurs histoires et leurs expériences à travers une série de portraits en noir et blanc commentés. Leur travail met en lumière les problèmes de dénuement social, de logement, de chômage, d’immigration et de représentation, ainsi que l’impact des politiques étrangères passées et actuelles. Il combat les généralisations simplistes et vise à contextualiser comment ces communautés se sont réunies et à mieux comprendre comment elles s’épanouissent ensemble aujourd’hui.

M. Easton commente ainsi son prix : Je suis ravi que ce travail soit salué par les Sony World Photography Awards. Je photographie pour apprendre, pour essayer de comprendre, pour documenter et partager des histoires. C’est un privilège de pouvoir le faire et de remettre en question les perceptions et les stéréotypes, ce combat m’est particulièrement cher. C’est merveilleux que ces histoires de communautés insuffisamment ou mal représentées du nord de l’Angleterre, au sein desquelles je vis, soient connues et reconnues dans le monde entier. Merci.

LAURÉATS DES CATÉGORIES DU CONCOURS PROFESSIONAL

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

LAURÉAT : Tomáš Vocelka (République tchèque)
2e place Frank Machalowski (Allemagne)
3e place Gu Guanghui (Chine continentale)

CREATIVE 

LAURÉAT : Mark Hamilton Gruchy (Royaume-Uni)
2e place Luigi Bussolati (Italie)
3e place Sasha Bauer (Fédération de Russie)

DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS
LAURÉAT : Vito Fusco (Italie)
2e place Craig Easton (Royaume-Uni)
3e place Lorenzo Tugnoli (Italie)

ENVIRONMENT
LAURÉAT : Simone Tramonte (Italie)
2e place Mohammad Madadi (République islamique d’Iran)
3e place Antonio Pérez (Espagne)

LANDSCAPE

LAURÉAT : Majid Hojjati (République islamique d’Iran)
2e place Andrea Ferro (Italie)
3e place Fyodor Savintsev (Fédération de Russie)

PORTFOLIO
LAURÉAT : Laura Pannack (Royaume-Uni)
2e place Brais Lorenzo (Espagne)
3e place Loli Laboureau (Argentine)

PORTRAITURE
LAURÉAT : Craig Easton (Royaume-Uni)
2e place Julia Fullerton-Batten (Royaume-Uni)
3e place Jane Hilton (Royaume-Uni)

SPORT

LAURÉAT : Anas Alkharboutli (République arabe syrienne)
2e place Patrick Meinhardt (Espagne)
3e place Farzam Saleh (République islamique d’Iran)

STILL LIFE

LAURÉAT : Peter Eleveld (Pays-Bas)
2e place Alessandro Pollio (Italie)
3e place Paloma Rincon (Espagne)

WILDLIFE & NATURE
LAURÉAT : Luis Tato (Espagne)
2e place Graeme Purdy (Royaume-Uni)
3e place Angel Fitor (Espagne)

Pour en savoir plus sur les projets de ces candidats, veuillez consulter nos:
GALLERIES DES LAUREATS EN LIGNE

PHOTOGRAPHE DE L’ANNÉE CONCOURS OPEN

Le concours Open célèbre le pouvoir d’images uniques. Les photographies gagnantes sont sélectionnées pour leur capacité à communiquer un récit visuel remarquable, doublé d’une excellente maîtrise technique. Choisie parmi les dix lauréats des catégories du concours Open, Tamary Kudita (Zimbabwe) est la Photographe de l’année Open 2021. Elle remporte ainsi le prix de 5 000 dollars, un équipement photo Sony, et un accès à une vitrine mondiale.

Kudita doit sa victoire à son remarquable portrait African Victorian proposé dans la catégorie Creative. La photographie dépeint une jeune femme noire en robe victorienne tenant des ustensiles de cuisine Shona traditionnels. L’image explore la contextualisation stéréotypée du corps de la femme noire et offre le prisme d’un langage visuel alternatif pour présenter une identité africaine polymorphe.

PHOTOGRAPHE DE L’ANNÉE CONCOURS STUDENT
Coenraad Heinz Torlage (Afrique du Sud), de l’Académie de design et de photographie Stellenbosch, a été élu Photographe de l’année Student 2021 et remporte, à cette occasion, 30 000 € d’équipement photographique Sony pour son établissement. Dans Young Farmers, Torlage, qui a lui-même grandi dans une ferme, a photographié la prochaine génération d’agriculteurs confrontés aux défis de graves sécheresses, aux problèmes de sécurité et aux débats sur la propriété foncière, et engagés dans la construction d’un avenir plus juste et plus équitable en matière de durabilité et de sécurité alimentaire.

PHOTOGRAPHE DE L’ANNÉE CONCOURS YOUTH

Sélectionné parmi les grands gagnants des six catégories, Pubarun Basu (Inde, 19 ans) a remporté le prix du Photographe de l’année Youth 2021 pour son image No Escape from Reality. Dans cette photographie, les ombres des rampes projetées sur les rideaux créent l’illusion de barreaux de cage à travers lesquels deux mains semblent essayer de s’évader. L’illusion des ombres et le geste des mains traduisent un sentiment d’enfermement commun à tant de personnes à travers le monde au cours de l’année écoulée. Grâce à sa victoire, Basu reçoit un kit photo Sony et fait son entrée sur la scène internationale.

CONTRIBUTION EXCEPTIONNELLE À LA PHOTOGRAPHIE

Cette année, le prix de la Contribution exceptionnelle à la photographie a été décerné à la célèbre artiste photographique mexicaine Graciela Iturbide. Largement reconnue comme la plus grande photographe vivante d’Amérique latine, Iturbide offre dans son œuvre un témoignage photographique du Mexique depuis la fin des années 1970. Elle est ainsi saluée pour sa contribution essentielle à l’identité visuelle du pays. Par le biais d’images de la vie quotidienne et de la culture, mais aussi de rituels et de la religion, l’œuvre d’Iturbide explore les nombreuses complexités et contradictions de son pays, questionnant ses inégalités et soulignant les tensions entre la ville et la campagne, la modernité et les valeurs autochtones. Ses photographies transcendent le simple récit documentaire et visent à offrir une vision poétique de leurs sujets, nourrie par les expériences et le parcours personnels de la photographe.

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL COMPETITION 2021
FINALISTS AND SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The World Photography Organisation is pleased to reveal the finalist and shortlisted photographers in the Professional competition for the Sony World Photography Awards 2021. Now in its 14th year, the Awards’ Professional competition rewards a remarkable body of work for technical excellence and a fresh perspective on contemporary subjects.

The winner of Photographer of the Year 2021 will be selected from the group of Professional finalists and revealed on the 15 April. To mark the occasion a specially commissioned programme featuring the winners and hosted by art historian Jacky Klein and entertainer Nish Kumar will be available to stream via the World Photography Organisation digital platforms on the 15 April.

Over 330,000 images from 220 territories were submitted across the 2021 Awards’ four competitions and more than 145,000 were entered into the Professional competition’s 10 categories – the highest number of entries to date. A Portfolio category has been introduced this year, presenting photographers with the opportunity to submit individual images from various bodies of work but in which their style and technical skills are consistent throughout.

The work of finalist and shortlisted photographers in the Professional competition was judged by: Natasha Egan, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Sunyoung Kim, Curator, Museum of Photography Seoul, South Korea; Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director, African Artists’ Foundation and LagosPhoto Festival; Lindsay Taylor, Curator, University of Salford Art Collection; Hannah Watson, Director, Trolley Books; and Mike Trow, Independent Curator and Photo Editor, Chair of the Jury.

Commenting about this year’s finalists and shortlist Mike Trow says: ‘The integrity, intentionality and  considered edits presented in this year’s projects stirred up debate and genuine appreciation among the jury. Photographers rose up to the challenges of 2020 using the time to delve deeper into personal projects and explore the stories unfolding in their local communities. Their efforts have truly paid off with shortlisted and finalists’ works presenting a noticeable step up in quality, which made the competition feel special this year.’

The overall winners in the Student, Youth, Open and Professional competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 will be announced on the 15 April 2021 via the World Photography Organisation’s digital and video platforms.

This year’s finalists are:

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Image credits (clockwise from top left)
© Luis Tato, Spain, Finalist, Professional competition, Wildlife and Nature, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Craig Easton, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional competition, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Anas Alkharboutli, Syrian Arab Republic, Finalist, Professional competition, Sport, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Jane Hilton, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional competition, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Brais Lorenzo Couto, Spain, Finalist, Professional competition, Portfolio, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Marylise Vigneau, France, Shortlist, Professional competition, Portfolio, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Alessandro Gandolfi, Italy, Shortlist, Professional competition, Portfolio, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Alessandro Gandolfi, Italy, Shortlist, Professional competition, Environment, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Andrea Alkalay, Argentina, Shortlist, Professional competition, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Frank Machalowski, Germany, Finalist, Professional competition, Architecture and Design, Sony World Photography Awards 2021

For all press inquiries and interview requests, please contact:
Press Department, World Photography Organisation
+ 44 (0) 20 7886 3018 / press@worldphoto.org 
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NATIONAL AWARDS 2021
WINNERS ACROSS 51 COUNTRIES ANNOUNCED

The World Photography Organisation is delighted to reveal the National Awards winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021.

The National Awards program is an initiative set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony to support local photographic communities around the world, with 51 countries taking part this year.

For a full list of this year’s winners please CLICK HERE

Over 330,000 images from 220 territories were submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 and over 165,000 were entered to the Open competition (from which the National Awards winner was selected).

The overall winners in the Student, Youth, Open and Professional competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 will be announced on the 15 April 2021 via the World Photography Organisation’s digital and video platforms.

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For all press inquiries and interview requests, please contact:
Press Department, World Photography Organisation
+ 44 (7) 393 023508  / press@worldphoto.org 
www.worldphoto.org

Image credits (from top left)
© Aljaž Žnidaršič, Slovenia, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Iakovos – Thoedoros Apeiranthitis, Greece, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Davide Giannetti, Italy, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Hiroki Nose, Japan, 2nd Place, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Brian Mena Laureano, Mexico, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Vladimir Zivojinovic, Serbia, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Chueh Yu-Liang, Taiwan, 3rd Place, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Hardijanto Budyman, Indonesia, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Krisztina Kovács, Hungary, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Yukihito Ono, Japan, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Simas Bernotas, Lithuania, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Eniz Karadzha, Bulgaria, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
© Michaela Steiner, Austria, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
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SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2021
JUDGES AND NEW COMPETITION CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED

EXHIBITION RUNS FROM 16 APRIL – 3 MAY
SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON

The World Photography Organisation is pleased to announce the judging panel for the Sony World Photography Awards 2021. Also revealed today are new categories in the Awards’ four competitions, entry deadlines and exhibition dates.

Now in its 14th year, the Sony World Photography Awards are an authoritative voice in the industry, celebrating the best contemporary photography from the past year, and giving vast exposure and opportunity to photographers worldwide. Sony supports the Awards to help the continued development of photographic culture by giving a global platform to today’s talent. Entry to the Awards is completely free and photographers are judged anonymously by a panel of industry leading judges.

2021 JUDGES 

This year’s internationally diverse jury brings a range of knowledge and expertise from varied photographic backgrounds and includes:

Professional Competition: Mike Trow, Independent Curator and Photo Editor and Chair of the Jury; Natasha Egan, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP); Sunyoung Kim, Curator, Museum of Photography Seoul, South Korea; Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director, African Artists Foundation; Lindsay Taylor, Curator, University of Salford Art Collection; and Hannah Watson, Director, Trolley Books and TJ Boulting.

Open and Youth Competition: Gastón Deleau, Director, FOLA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Student Competition: Kate Simpson, Assistant Editor, Aesthetica Magazine.

NEW CATEGORIES

The 2021 Awards introduces new categories across the Professional, Youth and Open competitions and a refreshed theme for the Student competition. In choosing these new categories, the Awards hopes to continue appealing to a diverse range of contemporary photographers.

In the Professional competition a new category for single images is introduced titled Portfolio in which photographers are requested to submit 5-10 images not related to each other in subject matter or narrative but where the photographer’s quality and technical skills are evident and consistent throughout.

The Architecture category has also been expanded to include Design giving photographers the option to showcase exteriors and urban landscapes alongside interiors with an architectural approach.

In the Open competition two new categories have been introduced: Lifestyle and Object.

Lifestyle features editorial, fashion or family images of people in situations or events taken in an artistic manner while Object presents images depicting inanimate subject matters. This can include photography for commercial and advertising purposes but must show the photographer’s artistic approach.

In the Youth competition monthly themes have all been updated to include the following:
Composition and Design (July):
creative images from around the home that encapsulate good composition and design.Culture (August):
images that have enriched and expanded our appreciation of the world and its people. Be it immersing in local culture or capturing a unique travel experience away from home.Natural World & Wildlife (September):
photographs of the best wildlife, nature and landscape taken in 2020.Street Life (October):
images of urban landscapes from eye-catching graffiti, architectural details or snapshots that offer a glimpse into everyday life.People  (November):
portrait shots, be it studio, candid or even a self-portrait.Show Us Your World (December):
Open Call! Entries can be on any topic, style or subject matter.

For the first brief in the Student competition entrants are be asked to submit images under the theme of Building a Better Future which showcases the stories of people who are working towards creating a better future for all.

2021 PRIZES AND DEADLINES

The Sony World Photography Awards is open to submissions from 1 July 2020. Full competition and categories descriptions can be found at www.worldphoto.org/swpa

Deadlines for submission across the Awards’ four competitions are:

Professional: 14 January 2021

Open: 7 January 2021

Youth: each monthly theme will run from the first day of the month to the last (1 July – 31 December 2021).

Student: 30 November 2020 (first brief)

All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student competitions receive digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) are presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) to the Open Photographer of the Year. All winning and shortlisted photographers’ works are exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London and toured internationally. The winning images are also published in the annual Awards’ book.

 

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