The shortlist for the 2011 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition, which is “open to universities worldwide that hold a photography programme”, has been announced. The competition attracted entries from over 200 institutions across six continents an increase from 120 in 2010 and has grown from ten European universities in its inaugural year in 2007.
Ten photographers from each of the shortlisted institutions have been chosen to take part in the final competition with the winner being announced at an awards ceremony in London on 27 April 2011. Their winning and shortlisted images will also be exhibited as part of the World Photography Festival London.
The ten shortlisted institutions are:
Finland, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Linda Varoma
France, École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Juliette Martin
France, Ecole Nationale Superieure Louis Lumiere, Louis Boulet
Russia, St Petersburg State University of Film and TV, Nadya Gorodetskaya
UK, London College of Fashion, Nicol Vizioli
Australia, RMIT, Rory Gardiner
New York, Tisch School of Art, New York University, Jonno Rattman
Argentina, Motivarte, Escuela de Fotografía, Juan Troncoso
Bangladesh, Pathshala South Asian Media Academy, Tushikur Rahman
South Africa, Tshwane University of Technology, Frank Marshall
The shortlist was selected by a judging panel from the photographic community including: Deborah Willis, Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Eder Chiodetto, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art of Sao Paulo; Roger Tooth, Head of Photography of The Guardian, The Observer and guardian.co.uk; Simon Norfolk, winner of the Foreign Press Club of America Award and Le Prix Dialogue at Les Rencontres d’Arles and Shizuka Yokomizo, photographer known for her portrait series Strangers and exhibited worldwide.
The brief for the next stage of the competition is ‘Actions speak louder than words’. The ten shortlisted photographers will be asked to produce a series of images on the subject of actions and movement with Sony Alpha cameras. They have a month prior to the awards in April to submit their images before they and their tutors fly to London to compete for the 2011 title. The overall winner will be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony in London’s Leicester Square Odeon on 27 April where they will be awarded approximately 45,000 Euros worth of Sony digital imaging equipment.