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2018 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist Images Inspire

By Brittany Smith on March 2nd 2018

The Sony World Photography Awards is recognized as one of the most prestigious photography competitions. The partnership between Sony and The World Photography Awards aims to showcase the most engaging, inspiring, and emotional images of the previous year captured around the globe.

The worldwide competition attracts a fair amount of stylistic diversity and showcases social and contemporary issues from around the world. Celebrating their 11th anniversary, The Sony World Photography Awards received nearly 320,000 spectacular entries, a 140% increase from the previous year, from over 200 countries and territories for the main four competitions:

  • Professional – Consists of 10 categories. The Photographer of the Year receives $25,000, Sony digital imaging equipment and is included in exhibition at Somerset House, London.
  • Open – Consists of 10 categories. The winner receives $5,000, Sony digital imaging equipment and is included in exhibition at Somerset House, London.
  • Youth – A single image responding to one brief for all photographers aged 12-19. The winner is included in exhibition at Somerset House, London.
  • Student Work – For Those Studying Photography. All shortlisted photographers receive Sony digital imaging equipment and the winner receives €30,000 for their university.

Andrew Quilty, Australia, Shortlist, Professional Competition, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Rasmus Flindt Pederson, Denmark, Shortlist, Professional Competition, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Adam Pretty, Australia, Shortlist, Professional Competition, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Impressed by the quality and perspective of the work, the 2018 judges have whittled the entries down to a shortlist of 50 uniquely stellar images. Winners of the open competition will be announced on April 19, 2018 and the open competition category winners will be announced March 20, 2018.

From new approaches to portraiture to creative responses to the landscape in which we live, the images illustrated what a broad and innovative field photography has become.” Clare Grafik, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Judge.

Tania Franco Klein, Mexico, Shortlist, Professional Competition, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Click here to check out the highlights of the shortlisted gallery and be prepared to get lost in awe. If you are inspired to enter the competition yourself, the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards will open for entries on June 1, 2018.

Brittany is a fashion and beauty photographer who works between NYC, Montana and LA. She photographs the way she has always wanted to feel and believes in the power of raw simplicity. When not behind a camera she can usually be found at a local coffeeshop, teaching fitness classes at the YMCA, or baking something fabulous in the kitchen.
Instagram: @brittanysmithphoto

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