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Photo News: Sony World Photography Awards 2013 Shortlist announced


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Photos from top to bottom: © Jens Juule, Finalist, Portraiture; © Fausto Podavini, Italy, Finalist, Lifestyle; © Paolo Pellegrin, Italy, Finalist, Current Affairs; © Satirat Damampai, Thailand, Shortlist, Campaign.

122,665 images were entered in total to the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – 62,654 Professional entries, 54,851 Open entries and 5,160 Youth entries images

Just announced, I’ve had my finger on the Publish button ready to fly with news that the World Photography Organisation today reveals the shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories of the sixth 2013 Sony World Photography Awards with the highest number of entries to date.

“In a year that saw over 122,000 entries from 170 countries… the judges have selected a shortlist of photographs that stood out beyond all others for their impressive high quality, originality and modern appeal. Topics ranged from haunting shots of the Syrian conflict to the Obama presidential campaign; an intimate study of cinema-goers in Kabul to quirky and witty shots of the animal kingdom. Photographers returning to the awards include: Javier Arcenillas (Spain); Robin Hammond (New Zealand) and Paolo Pellegrin (Italy). Exciting up-and-coming photographers new to the awards include Ed Kashi (USA) and Andrea Gjestvang (Norway).” From press release.

Professional Competition
Honorary Jury
Presiding Chair: Catherine Chermayoff (USA), Director of Special Projects at Magnum Photos

Chairs: Edmund Clark (UK) Photographer; Tim Paton (UK), Managing Director, Balcony Jump; Francesca Sears (UK), Director, Panos Profile at Panos Pictures and Monica Suder (Germany) Photographic Consultant and Coach

Additional Jury: Juana de Aizpuru (Spain), Gallery Director, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru; Chien-Chi Chang (Taiwan) Magnum Photographer; Brandei Estes (France), Assistant Director, Galerie Nelson Freeman; Macduff Everton (USA), Photographer; Caroline Metcalfe (UK), Director of Photography, Conde Nast Traveller: Andrew Sanigar (UK), Commissioning Editor, Thames & Hudson and Fiona Shields (UK), Picture Editor, The Guardian.

The Honorary Jury were required to choose a minimum of three and a maximum of 10 photographers per category. Photographers entered a minimum of three and maximum of 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 25 April 2013.

*Photographers are listed alphabetically

Fabrice Fouillet, France
Reinis Hofmanis, Latvia
Christof Pluemacher, Germany


© Reinis Hofmanis, Latvia, Finalist, Architecture

Dilip Bhatia, India
Yannic Bartolozzi, Switzerland,
André Ferreira, Brazil
Julia Anna Gospodarou, Greece

Arts & Culture
Myriam Meloni, Italy  Niccolo Rastrelli, Italy
Danish Siddiqui, India

Yannick Cormier, France
Fausto Podavini, Italy
Daniele Tamagni, Italy

Christian Aslund, Sweden
Spencer Murphy, UK
Scout Tufankjian, USA


© Christian Aslund, Sweden, Finalist, Campaign, Professional Competition

Satirat Damampai, Thailand
Tomoe Hayakawa, Japan
Kelly Hesburn, USA
Andreas Meichsner, Germany
Tine Poppe, Norway
F. Scott Schafer, USA
Michael Schnabel, Germany

Edurne Aguinaga, Spain
Florian Ruiz, France
Roman Pyatkovka, Ukraine

Julia Borissova, Russia
Maia Flore, France
Gail Albert Halana, USA
Jenny Magruder, USA
Sergey Varaksin, Russia

Current Affairs
Manuel Brabo, Spain
Paolo Pellegrin, Italy
Ilya Pitalev, Russia

Fabio Bucciarelli, Italy
Colin Delfosse, Belgium
Ed Kashi, USA
Andrew Lubimov, Ukraine
Angelos Tzortzinis, Greece
Oliver Weiken, Germany
Alexander Junior Zemlianichenko, Russia

Contemporary Issues
Valerio Bispuri, Italy
Samuel James, USA
Daesung Lee, Republic of Korea

Niger Delta

© Samuel James, USA, Finalist, Contemporary Issues

Javier Arcenillas, Spain
Adam Dean, UK
Robin Hammond, New Zealand
Justin Jin, Hong Kong
Peter Muller, USA
Altaf Qadri, India

Fashion & Beauty
Thierry Bouët, France
Alice Pavesi, Italy
Klaus Thymann, Denmark

Rory Carnegie, UK
Rafal Milach, Poland
Filippo Mutani, Italy
Meeghan Ogilvie, Canada
Dominik Tarabanski, Poland

Regis Boileau, France
Arjen Schmitz, Netherlands
Nenad Slijic, Croatia

Sandra Herd, Australia
Li Fan, China
Bernhard Winkler, Germany
Kechun Zhang, China

Alice Caputo, Italy
Fausto Podavini, Italy
Kuni Takahashi, Japan

Aleksey Myakishev, Russia
Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, Bangladesh

Nature & Wildlife
Hudson Garcia, Brazil
Ernest Goh, Singapore
Satoru Kondo, Japan


© Ernest Goh, Singapore, Finalist, Wildlife, Professional Category

Regis Boileau, France
Walter Fogel, Germany
Mehmet Karaca, Turkey
Jose Ramon Moreno, Spain

Balazs Gardi, Hungary
Andrea Gjestvang, Norway
Pete Muller, US

Adam Dean, UK
Ivan Kashinsky, United States Minor Outlying Islands
Jacek Świerczyński, Poland
Michela Taeggi, Italy
Paul Wenham-Clarke, UK
Lisa Whiltse, US

Jens Juul, Denmark

Marcco Ceccaroni, Italy
Maxim Dondyuk, Ukraine
Li Fan, China
Davide Monteleone, Italy
Agnieszka Rayss, Poland

Isabela Pacini, Brazil
Ryan Pierse, Australia
Adam Pretty, Australia

Fernando Borges, Brazil
Michael Löwa, Germany
Yusuke Murata, Japan
Alma Photos, Italy
Vilhelm Stokstad, Sweden
Rob van Thienen, Belgium
Robin Utrecht, Netherlands

Still Life
Vanessa Colareta, Peru

Rastislav Čambal, Czech Republic
Nick Todak, USA

Daniel Duart, Spain
Johannes Heuckeroth, Germany
Gali Tibbon, Israel

Matteo Butturini, Italy
Agurtxane Concellon, Norway
Kelly Hesburn, USA
Val Proudkii, USA

For the shortlists for the Open and Youth, read more…

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Photo News – Norwich University of the Creative Arts student Simon Bell recognised in annual D&AD awards

Photos above and below: © Simon Bell

In June I was invited to give a talk to photo degree students, across all years, at Norwich University for the Creative Arts (NUCA), and in the afternoon, I looked at third-year students’ portfolios.

Some of the students took the initiative to speak to me afterwards and contact me by email with feedback and some questions. One of the photographic briefs given to the students was to enter the D&AD student awards with a task set by celebrity and portrait photographer Rankin, who took the black-and-white portrait of me that I use for social media purposes.

Congratulations to NUCA student Simon Bell who scooped the Best of Year Award. “This is something like a Special Commendation,” Bell says, “and is awarded to work that has taken a particular aspect of the criteria and developed it to a point of excellence making it worthy of a special mention.”

This year’s brief was “to find a way of making a 2D image appear more 3D” and to create an image that “doesn’t appear flat – which has depth, texture, life – it jumps out of the page at you”. The international competition is open to students and was judged this year by Rankin and Nadav Kander. D&AD‘s remit is “to inform, educate and inspire those who work in and around the creative industries”.

Of his working practice Bell writes: “Having had a mostly scientific and mathematical educational background, prior to university, I find my work and photographic interests centre around the themes of geometry, order and shape. These themes I translate into visual elements of pattern, line and space to create geometric and abstract images.

“Whilst maintaining these ideals within all of my work, I exploit the subject matter of my surroundings in an attempt to attribute new meaning, to otherwise dull situations.”