The prestigious annual Sony World Photography Awards celebrates some of the best contemporary photographs from around the world. More than 122,000 entries from across 170 countries were whittled down to a final list of images that the judges believed represented the best across 25 categories. No mean feat we're sure you'll agree - but how exactly do the judges choose a winner from so many incredible entries?
“When the jury go through the photographs, they’re looking for something disruptive, something that is different enough that stands out,' says Michael Benson, curator of the exhibition. 'One of the entries that made us smile was Adam Pretty’s Olympic runners entitled ‘Bolted'. It’s not a usual angle for sports photography, and the image is elevated almost to an art form.'
[Pic Credit: Adam Pretty, Australia, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards]
The Architecture category was of particular interest to us here at ACHICA Living and was mostly comprised of black and white images, which was a popular medium amongst many of the shortlisted images. Photographer Fabrice Fouillet says of his series that he wanted to 'capture the modern elements of new places of worship – old traditions juxtaposed with modern aesthetics'.
[Pic Credit: Fabrice Fouillet, France, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards].
Another set of images that stood out was Ernest Goh’s photographs (below) of ornamental chickens that are bred around the world and entered into competitions not dissimilar to beauty contests. A cultural phenomenon for many from France to Indonesia and Malaysia. 'They work so well because they have a serious side, but ultimately make you laugh,' says Michael of the images.
[Pic Credit: Ernest Goh, Singapore, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards].
The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition is on until 12th May at Somerset House. These are just a few from the host of stunning pictures to see, so why not explore it for yourself...
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