Shortlist: 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Strong increase in entries on 2016 from Asian and South East Asian countries

On March 3rd the shortlisted (top 10) and commended (top 50) photographers for all categories of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition which marks its 10th anniversary, were announced.

The 2017 edition sees record number of participating photographers. Photographers entered 227,596 images across the awards’ Professional, Open and Youth competitions – shining a spotlight on the medium of photography and the beauty of its art.

The competition shares key facts and stats (below):

• Strong increase in entries on 2016 from Asian and South East Asian countries including; China (90%); Myanmar (183%) Vietnam (108%); The Philippines (71%); and Hong Kong (73%).
• Youth competition saw a 56% increase in entries on 2016.
• Entries to the Open competition increased 11 % on 2016.
• Professional competition saw a 13 % increase in the number of photographers entering their work.
• 183 countries were represented in the submissions – with the most entries coming from (in descending order): China, United Kingdom, Italy, United States, Germany, Russia, India, Spain, France and Poland.
• 49 countries are represented on the shortlist, with the most shortlisted photographers coming from Italy (22), Germany (18), UK (18), China (14) and Russia (11).
• Armenia, Cuba, Iceland and Saudi Arabia represented for the first time on the shortlist.

Zelda Cheatle, a British curator and chair of the Professional jury, says: “There was a truly global reach to the Sony World Photography Awards judging this year- the images were more diverse and broad ranging than I have ever seen before. In its tenth year, I can confidently say that the Sony World Photography Awards and the fine art of photography are doing extremely well.”

Sony World Photography Awards forthcoming announcements

• March 28, 2017: Open and National Award winners announced
• April 20: Photographer of the Year plus Professional category winners and Open, Youth and Student Focus Photographers of the Year revealed at ceremony held in London
• April 21 – May 7: Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition at Somerset House, London

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