Photo-Imaging Competitions : 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Release Professional and Open Short ListsFebruary 6, 2013
Topics range from haunting shots of the Syrian conflict and the Obama presidential campaign to an intimate study of cinemagoers in Kabul and quirky shots of the animal kingdom.
The honorary jury that selected the Professional short list was chaired by Catherine Chermayeff, director of Special Projects at Magnum Photos. “What an invigorating three days, which resulted in lively and passionate debates. I think we, the jurors, all began this process and felt overwhelmed. I am delighted to say that by day three, each group proudly presented and argued for our respective shortlists and found surprising strength in the shortlist submissions across all categories,” said Chermayeff.
“The World Photography Organization is dedicated to finding the best international contemporary photography from across the world,” added Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organization. “The short list is a clear indication of the exciting photography which is out there and, as we do every year, we are looking forward to presenting this collection of photographers to a global audience.”
The work of all the short-listed photographers will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, from April 26 to May 12, 2013, as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition. The images will also be published in the 2013 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. The Open and Youth category winners will be announced on March 19.
Professional category winners and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 25. The L’Iris D’Or winner will receive $25,000, and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000. All winners, including category winners, will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.
The honorary jury was required to choose a minimum of three and a maximum of 10 photographers per category. Photographers entered 3–10 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 April 25, 2013. Photographers are listed below alphabetically.