UAE – Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition…

(MENAFN – Dubai Public Relations Network)

The World Photography Organization is pleased to reveal the finalists and shortlisted photographers of the professional competition for the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards. Now in its 15th year, the professional awards competition recognizes outstanding series of works both for technical competence and an original approach to contemporary subjects.

The 2022 Photographer of the Year winner is chosen from the professional finalists and announced on April 12. A selection of images from finalists and shortlisted photographers will be on display as part of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House from April 13 to May 2, 2022.

Over 340,000 images from 211 territories were submitted to the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards and over 156,000 were entered into the professional competition – the highest number of entries in the history of the awards.

The three finalists and projects per category of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 are:


In Nur-Sultan, Javier Arcenillas (Spain) presents a series of photographs of the remarkable and eccentric architecture of the capital of Khazakstan. In Blueprint, Yun Chi Chen (Taiwan) creates multi-layered images mimicking the process of a traditional architectural plan or cyanotype using digital post-production techniques. Dorf by Domagoj Burilović (Croatia) uses photomontage to express the irony of how nature reclaimed the houses of Slavonia, a region that became wealthy in the 19th century through forest and land exploitation local.


New Waves by Raphal Neal (UK) juxtaposes scenes of climate change with portraits of teenagers; the diptychs highlight the devastating consequences experienced by those who will be most affected. Sometimes the Sky Above Us is Open by Sarah Grethe (Germany) follows the photographer’s journey to her mother’s hometown in southern Germany, where she explores their relationship through staged portraits and still lifes. Mellow Apocalypse by Alnis Stakle (Latvia) takes visuals from open source collections such as museums, scientific institutions and image banks to create intricately detailed collages in which disparate elements jostle and collide.


The Long Days of Hanau by Fabian Ritter (Germany) documents the community of Hanau, Germany following the racist attacks in the city on February 19, 2020. Children of the financial collapse in Venezuela by renowned photojournalist Jan Grarup (Denmark ) depicts scenes of desperation and abject poverty of Venezuelans in Colombia. Insurgency by famed news photographer Win McNamee (USA) captures the dramatic scenes as a crowd of Trump supporters descended on the US Capitol and forced their way into the building on January 6, 2021.


Living in the Transition by Shunta Kimura (Japan) explores the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh, where residents are increasingly confronted with its effects such as river erosion, landslides and rising levels of salinity. In Nemo’s Garden, Giacomo from Orlando (Italy) documents the world’s first underwater greenhouse – a possible solution to the desperate need for alternative and sustainable methods of growing food. Portraits in Ashes by acclaimed photographer Gideon Mendel (South Africa) depicts families and individuals in the empty shells of gutted buildings, poignantly capturing the destruction following wildfires in Greece, Canada and the United States .


Taken during a winter of unusually heavy snowfall caused by climate change, Solar Graphic by Andrius Repšys (Lithuania) captures sustainable energy sources such as dams, wind turbines and solar batteries from above, reducing them to graphic abstractions. Life on Earth by Lorenzo Poli (Italy), delves into the ethereal magic of nature and the mysterious beauty of a wild world, portrayed through a diverse set of landscapes. When portrait photographer Gareth Iwan Jones (UK) was unable to continue his work during lockdown, he turned his lens to the tree figures against the twilight sky, creating a series of portrait-like images titled Tree.


The Beauty of Humanity by Anna Neubauer (Austria) explores the photographer’s desire to break away from traditional stereotypes and celebrate diversity through a series of thoughtful portraits. In Portfolio Hugh Fox (UK) captures quiet moments of daily life with family and friends during the pandemic. Commercial and editorial photographer Julian Anderson (UK) presents a selection of portrait, landscape and still life images taken for various magazine assignments.


Caryatis 2021 by George Tatakis (Greece) is a study of traditional Greek women’s costumes from different periods of Greece’s rich history, with each photograph meticulously researched and staged. Migrantes by esteemed photojournalist Adam Ferguson (Australia) is a series of self-portraits of migrants in Mexico as they wait to cross the border into the United States. Using a tripod-mounted camera with a cable release, Ferguson invited his subjects to choose when to capture, giving them power over their image. Bushmeat Hunters by respected documentary filmmaker Brent Stirton (South Africa) is a series of portraits of bushmeat hunters photographed with their prey, framed in a manner reminiscent of traditional hunter paintings.

Capturing the drama and excitement of the Olympics, Tokyo Twenty Twenty One by renowned sports photographer Adam Pretty (Australia) shows the strength and prowess of athletes. Ricardo Teles’ Kuarup (Brazil) documents a ritual by indigenous Brazilians Xingu to honor the dead that includes a martial art called Huka-huka – this year those commemorated were mainly victims of Covid-19. Loyal Fans by Roman Vondrouš (Czech Republic) depicts the zeal and dedication of fans of Bohemians Prague 1905 football club, who were undeterred by pandemic restrictions, bringing their own ladders to watch matches over the fence .


In his series From Nigeria to Nässjö, Cletus Nelson Nwadike (Sweden) photographs objects in the snow that particularly remind him of his home, a way of mourning his late mother who was unable to obtain a visa to come and meet her family. For Constellation, Haruna Ogata (Japan) & Jean-Etienne Portail (France) created colorful abstract sculptures which they then photographed in a series of elegantly graphic compositions. Concordia by Alessandro Gandolfi (Italy) focuses on a series of objects rescued from the wreck of the Costa Concordia, a cruise ship that sank in 2012 killing 32 people.


The Fox’s Tale by Milan Radisics (Hungary) follows the photographer’s observations over an eight-month period, as he spent almost every night photographing a young fox visiting his garden. Absolute Beginner by Oana Baković (Romania) is a series of images exploring the wide variety and beauty of flora in the photographer’s region. Exotic Appetite – Inside the Italian Exotic Animal Trade by photojournalist and 2019 Photographer of the Year award winner, Federico Borella (Italy) looks at the lesser-known trade in live exotic animals in Italy, where they are displayed and sold for huge profits.

The work of the finalist and shortlisted photographers in the professional competition was judged by: Rahaab Allana, curator and editor, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi; Ângela Ferreira, artist, independent curator of photography and postdoctoral researcher at the Escola de Belas Artes Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Brazil; Deborah Klochko, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA; Richmond Orlando Mensah, Founder and Creative Director, Manju Journal, Ghana; and Mike Trow, independent curator and photo editor, jury chair.

Commenting on behalf of the judging panel, Jury Chairman Mike Trow said: “The 2022 Sony World Photography Awards finalists and shortlist are as diverse, thought-provoking and, I believe, as powerful as ever. The level of work in the professional competition surprised me with its depth and variety. At times we may all have felt that the current Covid crisis has meant the world has shut down, but when looking at these projects, it’s clear that nothing could be further from the truth. Having the chance to see so much work around the world is both humbling and energizing. The importance of photography in interpreting our world, highlighting vital humanitarian, environmental and emotional issues while covering categories as diverse as sport, creation and landscape, makes this an exciting competition. Viewing photographs and challenging ourselves to read them openly and honestly is a privilege and with such a thoughtful, academic and global jury on board, I hope we have been successful in our mission to continue to highlight the vitality and power of photography.

The winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 student, youth, open and professional competition will be announced on April 12, 2022 and will be on display as part of the exhibition at Somerset House, London, from April 13 to May 2, 2022.


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Stewart C. Hartline