2017 Sony World Photography Awards’ Best Photos Will Blow You Away
It’s that time of the year again when Sony announces the shortlist of the best photos competing in the biggest photography contest in the world. As always, these include best shots not only by professionals but by amateur photographers as well.
It’s the tenth Sony World Photography Awards and this year it managed to outpace the record-breaking last year’s event and gathered photographers from 49 countries; with the shortlist being drawn from 227,596 images, entered from 183 countries, including – for the first time – Armenia, Cuba, Iceland, and Saudi Arabia.
The winning photographers will be announced on 20 April, with the overall Photographer of the Year scooping a $25,000 cash prize plus some goodies from Sony.
Here we bring you 25 photos from the list of hundreds who made it to the shortlist. Check out the full list on Sony World Photography Awards website.
#1 Masayasu Sakuma, Japan (Open Competition, Nature)
Diamond-Dust. This picture was taken in February in Nagano-ken at an altitude of about 1,700 meters. In Japan, February is the coldest season in a year. Diamond dust can be seen only a few times during cold season. So, it took four years to make this work since I started taking diamond dust. Orange circle is diamond dust. Diamond dust usually looks white, but it turns into orange just for the morning sunrise. I expressed the diamond dust as a silent forest fairy.
Photo by Masayasu Sakuma
#2 Barry Tweed-Rycroft, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Architecture)
Photo by Barry Tweed-Rycroft
#3 Christian Vizl, Mexico (Professional, Natural World)
Silent Kingdom. Ever since I was a kid, as far back as I can remember, I was attracted to the sea. I dreamt about what lay beneath the waves, and how would it look if suddenly all the water vanished, leaving all the animals and living creatures in stasis. In this way, I could walk within the ocean and see them all, suspended for a moment in time and space. To this day I carry within me that dream, and very gratefully realize it through my photography. Each image is a visualization of that sublime moment whereupon the beautiful marine life around me is frozen majestically in its natural environment.
Photo by Christian Vizl
#4 Andreas Hemb, Sweden (Open Competition, Wildlife)
Photo by Andreas Hemb
#5 Francesco Russo, Italy (Open Competition, Nature)
Beyond dreams. The plain of Castelluccio Landscape in flowering. Sibillini Mountains National Park, Italy.
Photo by Francesco Russo
#6 Luo Pin Xi, China (Professional, Sport)
Shaolin Kungfu, also known as Shaolin Wushu, is one of the famous Wushu schools in China. It has a long history and profound influence, is an important part of the traditional martial arts Chinese. The most prominent feature of Shaolin Kung Fu is “Zen Wu one”, namely the Zen in Wuhan, practicing meditation, so there are “Zen martial arts”.
Photo by Luo Pin Xi
#7 Zhu Jianxing, China (Open Competition, Travel)
Photo by Zhu Jianxing
#8 Lars Sivars, Sweden (Open Competition, Architecture)
NYC Light II. A Manhattan sunset. Shot from Queens across the East River. Part two in a New York Trilogy which I call “NYC Light.”
Photo by Lars Sivars
#9 Alexander Vinogradov, Russia (open Competition, Portraits)
Mathilda. Inspired by the movie Leon. Model: Anastasiya Marinina.
Photo by Alexander Vinogradov