Two Australian photographers have been shortlisted for this year’s Sony World Photography Awards, which attracted more than 227,000 images from 183 countries.


  © Jason O’Brien, Australia, Shortlist,  Professional Competition, Sport, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

Jason O’Brien has been shortlisted in the Professional Sport category for a series of images capturing the unpredictable nature and incredible motion of one of the photographer’s favourite tennis players, Gael Monfils.

The  series was taken for Reuters during the Australian Open tennis tournament in January 2016.

O’Brien has covered top global sporting events, including the Olympic Games, Tennis Grand Slams and Rugby World Cups and continues to cover major local and international sporting events from his home in Pottsville Beach.

He also contributes to big national publications, such as The Australian Newspaper and Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.


  © Tayla Martin, Charles Sturt University, Australia, Student Focus Shortlist, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

Tayla Martin, aged 21 and a student at Charles Sturt University, has been shortlisted in the Student Focus category for an image titled ‘Remission’, which recreates the emotionally charged moment of when her mother emerged from hospital, having been told her cancer was in remission.  

Now in her final year of a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography and Graphic Design double  degree), she is planning to continue her studies at a postgraduate  level, with a focus on advocating for photography and the creative arts in regional Australia.

The full list of shortlisted photographers can be found on the World Photography Organisation website at