Australian photographers, Daniel Berehulak and Paul Strø¶m, have been named on the shortlist of the Sony World Photography Awards.


‘In Mexico, Mennonite Farmers struggle with water shortage’   © Daniel Berehulak, Shortlist, Professional, People category,  2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

A native of Sydney, Daniel Berehulak is an award-winning photojournalist based in New Delhi, India, from where he has covered history-shaping events including the Iraq war, the trial of Saddam Hussein, Afghanistan elections and the return of Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan. Berehulak’s shortlisted series, ‘In Mexico, Mennonite Farmers Struggle With Water Shortage’, is an intriguing series looking at the challenges a group of Anabaptist Mennonites living in Chihuahua State in Northern Mexico face on a daily basis. Nearly a century after they migrated from Canada to Mexico hundreds of Mennonites are trading the land they call home in search of cheaper land, where water is more plentiful.


‘China’s Expanding Urban Landscape’     © Paul Strø¶m, Australia, Shortlist, Professional, Architecture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Based in Perth, fine art and documentary photographer Paul Strø¶m learned photography from Magnum photographer Donovan Wylie. Strø¶m’s shortlisted series, ‘China’s Expanding Urban Landscape’, is s beautiful series looking at architectural development on the outskirts of China’s cities. The series explores how the new developments encroach on the landscape and how the nature needs to yield to the every expanding urbanisation of China.

Both Berehulak and Strø¶m are each competing to win their category and the L’Iris d’Or Photographer of the Year title, which will be announced at a Gala Ceremony in London 21st April. In addition, both photographers will also have their work shown in London as part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in April and May and be published in the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. More information about the awards can be found at