The photographers competing for the top prize in the professional category of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards have been revealed.
And here we present a selection of the selected participants that shows exactly why they are professionals.
The professional competition of the prize is intended to recognize a ‘remarkable oeuvre for technical excellence and a fresh perspective on contemporary topics’.
This year, more than 135,000 photos were submitted to the professional competition – the highest number of entries in the 13-year history of the awards. There are 10 categories, including architecture, environment, nature and wildlife, landscape, documentary and portraits.
The winner of the Photographer of the Year 2020 title will be announced during the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 ceremony in London on April 16. The winners of the open and youth competition of the Sony World Photography Awards will also be announced during the same event.
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Chinese photographer Peixia Xie, nominated in the landscape category, made this enchanting aerial photo of a winding mountain road in Xinjiang, northwest China.
Hasheem Shakeri, from Iran, is a finalist in the discovery category for his series of images that look at the lives of those who were forced to leave the Iranian capital Tehran due to an economic downturn. This photo he took shows half-built buildings in the new city of Pardis. He said: “Many of the apartments are owned by people who bought them years ago and are still waiting for them to be completed so that they can move in. However, the timing of completion is constantly being postponed. “
Marko Dimitrijevic from Switzerland is short-listed in the nature and wildlife category for his series of photos of wildlife in the Yukon, Canada. Shown is a recording by Marko of a grizzly bear chasing salmon. He said: ‘With temperatures down to -30 ° C, their wet fur freezes immediately when they come out of the river. The white icicles provide a strong contrast to their dark fur and give their faces a deep and varied expression.
A macaque walks in front of a wall with monkey graffiti on the outskirts of the Thai city of Lopburi. The striking image was made by the Spanish photographer Joan de la Malla, who is on the shortlist in the category nature and wildlife. She said: “Many people in Lopburi have a great appreciation for the macaques”
Ronny Behnert, from Germany, is a landscape category finalist for his series of photos of Buddhist and Shinto temples throughout Japan. This image shows the Bentenjima Temple on the west coast of Japan. He said: ‘It was like a little paradise, waiting for its visitors. I liked the combination of the detailed green trees and the beautiful red torii gate ‘
Korean photographer Chang Kyun Kim is on the shortlist in the landscape category for a series of images of Japanese internment camps, where thousands of American citizens and residents of Japanese descent were imprisoned during the Second World War. Pictured is the Topaz War Relocation Center in Delta, Utah. He said: “I tried to show this long-lasting artifact and the rough landscape around the campsite”
A dramatic image of the Dutch photographer Jeroen van Dam in an unknown location. He has been nominated in the landscape category for his series of images that follows urban explorers. He said: “I follow these people all over the world and document their adventures. This specific series contains tunnel systems, which are often intriguing and architecturally attractive because of their circular shapes and enormous scale ‘
Jon Enoch from the UK is shortlisted in the portraits category for his photos of delivery men on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam. He took this photo of a scooter driver with a delivery of companion animals. Jon said: ‘The riders have an amazing ability to transport all the wonders of goods in amazing quantities. I spent a week searching for great looking riders and their loads and convinced them to pose for the camera ‘
Tobias Friedrich from Germany made this beautiful coral reef photo during a sunset in Egypt for his series below the surface, which is shortlisted in the category nature and wildlife
A colorful diamond squid captured by the Chinese photographer Songda Cai in the waters of the bay of Anilao in the Philippines. He is on the shortlist in the category nature and wildlife. He said: “After trying with all the different compositions and poses, it offered me this very symmetrical photo with all the expansive tentacles, as if it is trying to show off its beautiful trips and chromatophores.”
Eddy van Wessel, from the Netherlands, has been nominated in the documentary category for his series filming in March 2019 of families living in the last ISIS stronghold of Baghuz in Syria. His image shows people trying to escape from Baghuz on their way to the desert. He said: “The remaining ISIS families in the city were between the front lines, leaving little room for escape.”
The American photographer Anton Dotsenko is shortlisted in the sport category for his series on bigorexia, also known as muscular dysmorphia. He said: “This anxiety disorder causes people to believe that their bodies are small and low in muscle, despite the fact that many patients can be described as large and muscular. Sufferers choose different approaches to building muscle, from compulsive training in the gym to injecting themselves with mysterious substances. Some of these methods are dangerous and sometimes deadly ‘
The Japanese photographer Marashiro Hiroike is a finalist in the nature and wildlife category for a work portfolio with fireflies in the forests of Tottori, Japan. This image was made in the mountains
The German photographer Swen Bernitz is on the shortlist in the architecture category with this image. It shows a former mine dump in the city of Bottrop, Germany. He said: “Through the construction of a number of art installations, some of these piles of slag and debris have become unlikely tourist attractions. As such they have been photographed many times’
A lonely fire truck is standing next to a wall of flames caused by a forest fire in Southeast Australia. The image was made by Australian photographer Nicholas Moir, who is shortlisted in the documentaries category