The judges of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards have shortlisted the work of 10 Australian photographers in the Professional and Open competitions.
Photographers from more than 200 countries and territories entered nearly 320,000 images across the Awards’ competitions, the highest ever number of entries to date and a 40% increase on 2017. Joining Australian photographers Patrick BrownandAdam Ferguson, whoare among the six finalists for the World Press Photo of the Year are the following photographers shortlisted in this year’s competitions.
In the Professional competition, photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson offers aerial photographs of razed African villages in his series Nigeria’s Battles With Boko Haram Scar the Land and Its People. Michael Wickham offers portraits of young Rwandan entrepreneurs in his series Rwandan Hope. Andrew Quilty, who is based in Afghanistan, presented a series of portraits of female fighters in Afghanistan. Adam Pretty, nominated in the Sport category offers dramatic scenes from international water polo matches in his series Waterpolo Warriors. Christina Simons with two images in the Discovery category, is of Icelandic & American origin but resident in Australia with a focus on human rights and civil liberties.
Photographers shortlisted in the top 50 entrants for the Awards’ Open competition include Mihai Florea, Architecture (Melbourne), Chris Round, Architecture (Sydney), Monica Flannery, Architecture (Australian nationality, based Abu Dhabi, UAE), Federico Rekowski, Enhanced (Sydney) and Pat Kay, Motion (Sydney).
The work of the shortlisted and commended photographers will be exhibited at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 20 – May 6. The Open category winners will be revealed March 20, and the Professional category winners on April 19. For more information, visit www.worldphoto.org.