Entries From the Sony World Photography Awards Revealed

(A salt caravan in the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia, by Guillaume Petermann)

The deadline to enter the Sony World Photography Awards isn't for months, however, that's not stopping Sony from releasing a stunning group of images to inspire others to enter. In fact, they're either taunting you to do better or letting you know that you've got in the bag. Look at that top photo! It feels otherworldly. Like a mashup LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and MAD MAX. The composition, the dead tree, the unforgiving landscape. The competition looks stiff.

What are the Sony World Photography Awards? Let's have them explain it to you in their own words:

The Sony World Photography Awards celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017, a decade-long partnership between Sony and the World Photography Organisation, bringing you one of the world's leading photography competitions. We aim to showcase the best photography in the world from the past year.
Free to enter and open to all photographers, the awards' are an authoritative voice in the photographic industry, with the power to shape the careers of its winning, shortlisted and commended photographers.
In 2016 the total number of entries received since the first edition in 2007 surpassed 1 million images, reinforcing its position as one of the most respected and influential photography competitions in existence.
total prize fund of $30,000 (USD) plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment is shared between winning photographers. Photographers are taken on a year-long journey, bringing untold exposure and providing a global stage on which to present their work.

In a worldwide contest that's free to enter there's bound to be stiff competition. Don't believe me, see for yourself below.

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(This picture by Víctor Vargas Altamirano shows the daily movement in the Oculus Subway Station in New York)

That's a real place in NYC, and yet because he chose to shoot it in black and white at the time of day that he did it looks more like a location from a science fiction movie than an actual Subway station in NY. If you've never entered a photo competition, pictures like this are a good place to start for inspiration, because it's not some exotic location or photo of something that's hard to capture. It's something that's seen by thousands of people every day, just in a different light.

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(Berufsschule Pool Robert Götzfried)

Now, this is similar but different. It's a local pool in Germany, something I'm sure many people have seen in their lifetime. But perhaps they didn't pay attention to the beauty in the lines and patterns like Robert Götzfried did. By centering everything, he's creating a beautiful image of symmetry that's interrupted by the paint scheme on the back wall. What should be an ordinary pool has now become art.

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(Mallorca, Cap de Formentor by Diego Faus Momparler)

Now, to get this particular image you have to be at this stunning location. But I'm guessing that even though this lighthouse has probably been photographed a million times, it's how Diego Faus Momparler uses a long exposure to see something that only a camera can see. Without people walking by or birds flying over to blur and ruin the image, he was able to capture the streaking lights of cars at sunset and make it look like a river of lava flowing down from the mountain. You can do that too, just make sure you have a tripod and an external trigger as to not shake the camera.

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(Fireflies Flying' by Jiamin Lu in Jiangsu, a city in Nanjing province)

Jaimin Lu takes what probably looks like an ordinary monastery in the daylight and turns it into a place of magic and wonder. Don't you want to walk through that Red Door and find out what's on the other side? Again it's all about perspective and seeing things in a new light. There's also the skill involved in exposing the camera properly to make the fireflies look like ethereal floating pieces of magic.

This year's judges were also announced and they include British Vogue Picture Editor Mike Trow and The Photographers' Gallery Founder Sue Davies OBE.

Mr. Trow gives potential entries invaluable advice:
"Pick your stories carefully, see how they fit with your belief structures. Research the story, and other people's work in the area, and then shoot it.
Be ruthless in your editing and quality control, and be consistent in the presentation of images. And always get the opinion of others - how they see things is not necessarily how you see it and will help give objectivity to the sense of whether your pictures work or not."

Basically, step outside your ego and be objective. I think releasing entries now is a way of telling everyone, "this is the kind of thing we're looking for, so, you better bring it."

There's still time to enter if you think you've got the chops. Just remember, it's free, so, why not submit something you love. Deadlines are as follows.

  • Enter Professional - 10 categories, judged on a body of work (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - January 11, 2018)
  • Enter Open - 10 categories, rewarding the best single images (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - January 4, 2018)
  • Enter Youth - for all photographers aged 12-19, a single image responding to one brief (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - January 4, 2018)
  • Student Focus - for those studying photography (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - December 4, 2017)

Further details about the Sony World Photography Awards and the World Photography Organisation can be found at worldphoto.org.

Source: THE SUN