Climate change, Covid and migrants at the center of Sony World Photography Awards finalists

The eccentric architecture of Kazakhstan’s capital, the dramatic scenes of Trump supporters descending on the US Capitol in January 2021 and the impact of climate change in Bangladesh are all subjects of the work of the finalists in the professional category of Sony World Photography. Awards 2022.

The finalists and shortlisted photographers have been announced for the professional competition for the 15th year. These were chosen for their technicality and their original approach to contemporary subjects.

The 2022 Photographer of the Year will be chosen from this pool of finalists and announced on April 12, with a selection of works from the winners and shortlisted photographers to be featured in an exhibition at Somerset House in London from April 13 to May 2.

The winners and their subjects

Three finalists were chosen for each of the 10 professional competition categories, and between four and six shortlisted names per topic.

Categories include architecture and design, which features Spanish photographer Javier Arcenillas’ images of buildings in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, as well as Taiwan’s Yun Chi Chen, who creates multi-layered images to mimic the process of a plan traditional or cyanotype, using digital post-production. techniques. The third runner-up in this category is Domagoj Burilovic from Croatia, who uses photomontage to show how nature has reclaimed houses in Slavonia.

Shunta Kimura, Japan, Finalist, Professional Competition, Environment, Sony World Photography Awards.

In the Documentary Projects category, the German Fabian Ritter submitted The long days of Hanauwhich documents the aftermath of the racist attacks in the city of Hanau on February 19, 2020. Danish photojournalist Jan Grarup also qualified for the final for his documentation of the poverty of Venezuelans living in Colombia, alongside American photographer Win McNamee who has captured scenes from the United States Capitol early last year.

Giacomo d’Orlando, from Italy, documents the world’s first underwater greenhouse for the Environment category, while South African Gideon Mendel depicted people in buildings gutted after forest fires in Greece, Canada and in the USA. Japan’s Shunta Kimura completes the list of finalists in this category with an exploration of the impact of climate change in Bangladesh, where people are dealing with the effects of river erosion, landslides and rising water levels. salinity.

Raphaël Neal, UK, Finalist, Professional Competition, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards.

Climate change was at the center of this group’s concerns, as evidenced by the work of British photographer Raphael Neal, D’Orlando and Kimura, but also that of Andrius Resys, from Lithuania, who Solar chart captured sustainable energy sources during a winter of unusually heavy snowfall, reducing them to graphic abstractions. Neal also created new waves for the Creative category. The series juxtaposes scenes of climate change with portraits of teenagers, highlighting the consequences for those most affected.

Hugh Fox, UK, Finalist, Professional Competition, Portfolio, Sony World Photography Awards.

Covid-19 was the subject of British photographer Hugh Fox, who for his Wallet The series captured quiet moments of everyday life with family and friends during the pandemic.

Human issues were also at the fore, as in the work of Australian photojournalist Adam Ferguson for the Portraiture category, Migrants, a series of self-portraits of migrants in Mexico waiting to cross the US border. Documentary maker Brent Stirton from South Africa captured bushmeat hunters in the same category.

Adam Ferguson, Australia, Finalist, Professional Competition, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022_1

In the region, Khalid Najib from Palestine was shortlisted in the Architecture and Design category while three Iranian photographers – Mehdi Mohebi Puor, Majid Hojjati and Sara Goli – were shortlisted in the Environment, Landscape and Portfolio categories respectively.

Majid Hojjati, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Shortlist, Professional Competition, Landscape, Sony World Photography Awards.

“Humble and energizing”

Over 340,000 images from 211 territories were submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards this year, with over 156,000 entries for the professional contest in particular, the highest number of entries in the history of the awards.

The level of work in the professional competition surprised me with its depth and variety

Mike Trow, President of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 Jury

The works were judged by a jury comprising Rahaab Allana, curator and publisher from New Delhi, Richmond Orlando Mensah, founder and creative director of Ghana’s Manju Journal arts and culture platform, Brazilian artist, curator and postdoctoral researcher Angela Ferreira and Deborah Klochko, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA.

Independent curator and photo editor Mike Trow was the jury chair. “The 2022 Sony World Photography Awards finalists and shortlist are as diverse, thought-provoking and, I believe, as powerful as ever,” he said.

“The level of professional competition work has surprised me with its depth and variety. At times we may all have felt that the current Covid crisis meant the world had closed down, but during Looking at these projects, it’s clear that nothing could be further from the truth.To have the chance to see so much work around the world is both humbling and energizing.

What are the Sony World Photography Awards?

Created by the World Photography Organization, the prestigious free awards aim to be a global voice for photography and to recognize the world’s most influential artists working in this medium through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award. This year, the title goes to Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, joining past recipients such as Martin Parr, William Eggleston, Candida Hofer, Nadav Kander, Gerhard Steidl and Graciela Iturbide.

Updated: February 22, 2022, 1:43 p.m.