Open Competition 2020 Category Winners and Shortlist Announced
(ASIA PACIFIC, 15 April 2020) – The World Photography Organisation is delighted to announce this year’s category winners and shortlist in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020, recognising the best single images from 2019.
More than 100 photographers were shortlisted in the 2020 competition alongside ten category winners. Each winner receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony to develop their vision and will go on to compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000 (USD) reward. The overall Open winner will be announced on 9th June on the World Photography Organisation and Sony’s online platforms.
The ten category winners are:
Rosaria Sabrina Pantano (Italy) for Emotional Geography, a black & white image featuring 38° Parallelo, a pyramid shaped sculpture by Mauro Staccioli which stands at the exact point where the geographical coordinates touch the 38th parallel.
Suxing Zhang (China Mainland) for Knot, a portrait of a young woman with a collage of symbolic elements. This single black & white image is part of the series Hua (meaning flower in Chinese) which looks at flowers as metaphors of femininity.
Antoine Veling (Australia) for Mark 5:28, a photograph capturing the moment when members of the audience were invited on stage to dance at an Iggy Pop concert in the Sydney Opera House on 17 April 2019. Depicting Iggy Pop in a crowd of dancing fans, the image focuses on the singer, a woman reaching to touch him and a stage assistant struggling to keep people at bay. The scene, which was likened to a Caravaggio painting, conjures a biblical passage: Because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” (Mark 5:25-34, line 28).
Craig McGowan (Australia) for Ice Reflections, an image of a solitary iceberg, set against the fjord walls in Northeast Greenland National Park. The iceberg and surrounding landscape are perfectly mirrored in the clear waters of the river resulting in a painterly and abstract photograph.
Alec Connah (UK) for Going Down!, a record of the moment the four cooling towers of Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire were demolished on 6 December 2019.
NATURAL WORLD & WILDLIFE
Guofei Li (China Mainland) for Tai Chi Diagram, taken in Botswana, the picture features two cheetahs licking each other clean following a successful hunt – their position in the frame resembles the shape of a Yin and Yang symbol.
Tom Oldham (UK) for Black Francis, a black & white portrait, originally taken for MOJO Magazine, of Pixies frontman Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis). When approaching the assignment Oldham, an experienced portrait photographer, was painfully aware of the many photoshoots his sitter has been the subject of and asked him to acknowledge his frustration with the process. The resulting image, picturing the singer digging his hands into his face, offered the perfect gesture and ran as the lead image for the article.
Jorge Reynal (Argentina) for A Plastic Ocean, a photograph of a dead fish seemingly struggling for breath in a plastic bag. The image aims to highlight the plastic pollution crisis impacting our oceans.
Santiago Mesa (Colombia) for Colombia Resiste, the photograph documents a protester in the city of Medellin where workers and street vendors were taking part in a march when the Medellin riot squad dispersed them. This demonstration is one of many that have broken out across Latin America in recent years for reasons including the rising cost of living, inequality and lack of opportunity.
Adrian Guerin (Australia) for Riding a Saharan Freight Train, an image taken from the top of the rear carriage of the iron-ore train in Mauritania as it was making its 700km long journey from the coastal town of Nouadhibou to the Saharan wilderness of Zouérat . Stretching 2.5km in length, it’s one of the longest trains in the world transporting more than 200 carriages loaded with rocks.
Standout images from this year’s shortlist include Pinball Pier by Stephen Tomlinson (UK, Architecture), a bird’s-eye view of Brighton Pier lit up at dusk; Metamorphosis by Stanislav Stankovskiy (Russian Federation, Creative), a cinematic image of car lights illuminating the darkness on a foggy night; Rivers by Or Adar (Israel, Landscape), a look from above at the network of rivers and creeks in a swamp area near Venice, Italy; That’s Nothing to Laugh About by Adam Stevenson (Australia, Natural World & Wildlife), a photograph of a lone kookaburra perched on a burnt tree branch surveying the damage left in the wake of one of the many devastating bushfires that gripped Australia; and Mother Love by Ottavio Marino (Italy, Portraiture), a poignant illustration of the deep bonds that exist between a mother and her child.
This year’s Open competition was judged by Gisela Kayser, Managing Director and Artistic Director, Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus e.V., Berlin.
Winning and shortlisted images will be celebrated across the World Photography Organisation’s online channels and platforms using dedicated content including videos, presentations and Q&As. This follows the cancellation of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 exhibition due to the current pandemic.
In response to recent events, the World Photography Organisation has also launched the Stay Connected page, featuring a varied programme of online initiatives, activities and resources which aims to support and inspire audiences and photographers recognised at this year’s Awards.
OPEN COMPETITION 2020 CATEGORY WINNERS AND SHORTLIST
Rosaria Sabrina Pantano, Italy
Suxing Zhang, China Mainland
Antoine Veling, Australia
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About Sony World Photography Awards
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most important fixtures in the global photographic calendar. Now in its 13th year, the free-to-enter Awards are a global voice for photography and provide a vital insight into contemporary photography today. For both established and emerging artists, the Awards offer world-class opportunities for exposure of their work. The Awards additionally recognise the world’s most influential artists working in the medium through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Awards; previous recipients include Martin Parr, William Eggleston and Nadav Kander. The Awards showcase the works of winning and shortlisted photographers at a prestigious annual exhibition at Somerset House, London. To find out more, please visit www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards-exhibition
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Clockwise From Top Left:
© Guofei Li, China Mainland, Category Winner, Open competition, Natural World & Wildlife, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Franco Tessarolo, Switzerland, Shortlist, Open competition, Architecture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Adam Stevenson, Australia, Shortlist, Open competition, Natural World & Wildlife, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© José María Pérez, Argentina, Shortlist, Open competition, Travel, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Gil Kreslavsky, Israel, Shortlist, Open competition, Culture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Arnaud Montagard, France, Shortlist, Open competition, Still Life, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Craig McGowan, Australia, Category Winner, Open competition, Landscape, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Greg Turner, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open competition, Portraiture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Tran Tuan, Viet Nam, Shortlist, Open competition, Travel, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Marcin Giba, Poland, Shortlist, Open competition, Landscape, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Or Adar, Israel, Shortlist, Open competition, Landscape, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
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