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Sony World Photography Awards 2019 Professional Short List February 9, 2019

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It’s been a record-breaking year for the Sony World Photography Awards, with 326,000 submissions from photographers in 195 countries. While the 2019 Photographer of the Year won’t be announced until mid-April, the World Photography Organisation has released its shortlist for the Open and Youth competitions.

The dazzling photographs show the diversity of imagery across the ten categories of the Open competition. The ever-popular Landscape and Portraiture categories once again had high-quality entries, while newer categories like Creative yielded unexpected and refreshing results. While photographers from the UK, Italy, and the USA submitted the highest volume of entries, Mexico, Korea, and India had the greatest increase in entry numbers, proving the global power of the competition.

In the Youth competition, which is open to photographers aged 12 to 19, eight images were selected. These young creatives were asked to respond to a theme—Diversity—and the results are an exciting look at emerging worldwide talent. “I was astonished with the diversity of work that was entered into the Open and Youth competitions,” shares Youth and Open judging chair Rebecca McClelland, Photography Director & Head of Art Production for Saatchi Saatchi & Prodigious. “The award represents a very democratic appreciation of photography, from tradition to emergent trends across all genres from nature to fashion. The competition allows the broadest demographic to have a platform.”

All shortlisted and winning images will be part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House in London. The show will run from April 18 to May 6, 2019. In the meantime, the photographers will anxiously await the February 26 announcement of the Open category and National Awards winners, as well as the Overall Open and Youth winners’ reveal on April 17.

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