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Photo News: Sony World Photography Awards 2012 Shortlist announced

The World Photography Organisation announces the shortlist for the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.  Billed as the global photographic event of the year, the Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the very best in photography from around the world, from the next generation of emerging photographers through to the established masters of the art.

The 2012 competition has garnered increased worldwide interest with over 112,000 entries from 171 countries, with the shortlisted images depicting the stories of extraordinary lives from around the world.  The Professional competition reflects a turbulent year of global events with the war in Libya; the Greek and European economic crisis; the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and the fall of Gaddafi, in the Photojournalism & Documentary categories.  The shortlist for the Fine Art and Commercial categories gets to the very heart of daily life –  a small sheep-farming community in Iceland; the rice harvest in South China; a religious pilgrimage in Poland and gold diggers in Chile.

This year the honorary jury found the quality of work exceptionally strong across all categories, discovering many photographers new to the Sony World Photography Awards roster.  Manuel Geerinck (Belgium);  Lee Chee Wai (China); Alejandro Cartagena (Mexico), Irina Werning (Argentina); Gwenn Dubourthoumieu (Republic of the Congo) and Simon Norfolk (UK), are but a few of the new names to place as finalists and shortlisted photographers.

Returning photographers from previous years, include 2010 Professional Landscape winner, Peter Franck (Germany); who this year is a finalist in three categories; 2011 Professional Contemporary Issues and Current Affairs winner, Javier Arcenillas (Spain); and Chan Kwok Hung (Hong Kong) whose stunningly dramatic image ‘Buffalo Race’ won the  Overall Open Competition in 2011.

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Hereford Photo Festival 2010 celebrates twenty years and Jason Larkin wins OPEN HERE – Press preview photo stroll

This is the year that Hereford Photo Festival celebrates its twentieth anniversary which makes it, I believe, the longest running annual photography festival in the UK.

Hotshoe editor Melissa Dewitt was on the selection panel with Paul Seawright, Stuart Whipps, artistic director Caitlin Griffiths and Nina Gustavsson for the the OPEN HERE submissions where the work of 23 photographers was selected from over 200 applicants. The winner of OPEN HERE is Jason Larkin with his project, Past Perfect Museum II. He wins a £2000 commission to make new work for the festival next year. More of this tomorrow when I post some images from the OPEN show with a couple of audio recordings from photographer Jackie Nickerson‘s talk and co-curator/photographer Paul Seawright.

For today, here’s a preview of some of the work on show shot on my iPhone.

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery

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Photo Auction London – look online and get a feel for the art market territory

Wish you knew more about photography auctions and the art market? If you do, why not spend a few minutes researching the market and prices (at least, the estimated prices) of photographs up for sale. With Frieze, Zoo and photomonth on the way, this is the time to sell, sell, sell, and buy, buy, buy.

Philips de Pury and Company will be holding an auction of art, design and photography NOW: ART OF THE 21st CENTURY taking place in London on Saturday 26 September at 14:00.

However, if you want to cyber shop, just follow these links for previews of some of the works for sale. These include photographs by Edgar Martins who curates Crude Metaphors section of HotShoe (£2,000-3,000); Simon Norfolk (£3,500-4,500); emerging photographer and HotShoe LCC winner 2008, Geir Moseid (£2,500-3,500); Gao Brothers (£3,000-5,000); Eve Sussman (£5,000-7,000);  Chris Steele-Perkins (£3,000-4,000) and Justine Kurland (£2,000-£3,000).

See the online catalogue for more information on all the photographic works (Lots 1 – 82). Viewing takes place from 19 – 26 September.